Learn About Bird Conservation

Educating others about what they can do to minimize and avoid impacts to migratory birds in their daily activities is one of the many resources U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service offers to help improve nationwide bird conservation practices. There are currently three classes available for this purpose. Click on the course name to receive more detailed information about each class.

  • Migratory Bird Conservation: A Trust Responsibility - The goal of this course it to provide the information and tools necessary to empower participants to enact effective bird conservation strategies into their daily work. The target audiences for this class are:
    • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff
    • Federal Agency staff
    • Non-governmental Partners
    • Project Proponents
    • Consultants
  • Migratory Bird Conservation for Federal Partners - The goal of this course is to provide the information and tools necessary to empower federal agencies to incorporate effective and efficient bird conservation strategies into the agency’s actions, plans, and policies.
  • Basic Bird Biology - This extensive survey course on bird biology and ecology is designed to provide a participant with the ability to integrate ecological knowledge and thinking into their daily work process. Individuals that would benefit from this course include permits specialists, law enforcement, inspectors, administration, park rangers, outdoor recreation planners, wage-grade employees, those new to the migratory bird program, and anyone who did not receive ornithology in college.
Other Training - Other federal agencies, state agencies and some nongovernment also offer training in bird conservation topics. Here is a small selection of what's available.*

 Cornell Lab of Ornithology offers training programs for all ages and experience levels, both in person and online.  Cornell's Bird Academy teaches about bird identification, behavior, calls and more.
The  Smithsonian Institution's Migratory Connectivity Project examines the full life-cycle of bird and offers resources for professionals and policy makers.
Over 40  Audubon Centers in the U.S. offer seminars, workshops, education programs and citizen science opportunities for all ages. Many  Audubon chapters also offer education and training.
The   Cooperative Extension System is operated through the nation’s Land-Grant University System in partnership with the federal and state and local governments and supports universities and local CES offices to bring science directly to the regional and county level.
Your local college, university or community college may offer adult education courses in wildlife and conservation related topics - check their website or drop in for a visit.

*Listing on our website does not imply endorsement by USFWS

And be sure to visit our Bird Enthusiast and Education Resources sections, where we have educational tools, helpful links and more.

Last Updated: July 31, 2018