Course Overview

Enjoy a dynamic 4-chapter series of lessons that will take you into the world of winter birdwatching. Through a combination of video, photos, slideshows, assignments and quizzes, come away with a solid base on winter birds and birding tools.

  • Get to know the top 50 winter birds of inland New England

  • Sharpen skills in bird identification techniques

  • Test your understanding of Birding Apps and eBird

  • Know the history of the Christmas Bird Count and how it supports science

  • Learn how to find hotspots in the meadows and waterways

Course curriculum

Explore the world of winter birds with a series of informative lessons that will build skills and species knowledge

Your Birding Expert

New England's resident birder and author guides the way

Peter Alden

Peter Alden is a world renowned naturalist, lecturer, ecotourism guide and author of 15 books on North American and African wildlife, including the National Audubon Society’s Regional Field Guide Series. He is considered to be an authority on birds and larger mammals of the world and is often consulted by the media and the ecotourism industry for his expertise. Peter is also a highly entertaining and widely sought after lecturer on topics that include world wildlife, the Polar regions, invasive plants and biodiversity of the northeast.

This course is entirely online

A fun, informative way to learn the basics from an expert

  • Self-paced, no deadline to complete the course

  • Return to the lessons as often as you want

  • All course materials - instruction, videos, quizzes are accessible via web browser

Course reviews for Peter Alden

5 star rating

Great fun and well-delivered

Beth Clary

Great fun and well-delivered information. Mr. Alden is clear and shares tidbits of bird trivia, history and perhaps little known facts that add to the genera...

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Great fun and well-delivered information. Mr. Alden is clear and shares tidbits of bird trivia, history and perhaps little known facts that add to the general information about becoming a birder.

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5 star rating

A truly fun experience

Molly Nye

A truly fun experience, full of surprising information, like the biological background of the blue jay and the fact that the tufted titmouse is related to th...

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A truly fun experience, full of surprising information, like the biological background of the blue jay and the fact that the tufted titmouse is related to the chickadee.

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