Basic Bird Biology - CSP2100

Course Description


This extensive survey course on bird biology and ecology is designed to provide you with the ability to integrate ecological knowledge and thinking into your daily work process.

The goal of the course is to provide you the ecological knowledge to handle basic questions or problems regarding migratory birds.

During the course, you will have hands-on learning about bird morphology, behavior, habitat selection, identification, and regulatory protections. You will also work with live and preserved specimens.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the basic morphological characteristics of birds;
  • Describe the functional anatomy of birds;
  • Explain life processes of breeding and migration to habitat requirements;
  • Identify factors influencing bird populations;
  • Identify regulations that address bird populations and management;
  • Answer the “Top 10” most common bird questions asked by stakeholders; and
  • Use additional on-line resources to expand your knowledge of birds.

Course Logistics


May 15 – 19, 2017


National Conservation Training Center Shepherdstown, WV

Who Should Attend:

Individuals who interact with the public and would like to be able to answer basic bird ecology questions; permits specialists, law enforcement, inspectors, administration, park rangers, outdoor recreation planners.


4 ½ days


2 Semester hours

To Register:

Register online via DOILearn, the Department of the Interior’s Learning Management System.


For course content questions:
Jen Ryan, 304-876-7677

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