Spring Ornithology

Dr. Stephen Kress is well known for teaching a popular Spring Field Ornithology course at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology for more than 40 years. He is the founder of Audubon’s Project Puffin and served for many years as director of the Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine. Dr. Kress has written numerous books, articles, and online courses about birds and wildlife conservation. He is renowned for his entertaining and engaging teaching style, and loves sharing his extensive knowledge of bird life. For more information about Dr. Kress, click here.

March 25, 2021: Listen to this radio interview with Steve Kress on WHCU.


Would you like to learn more about local birds? The Cayuga Bird Club is offering an eight-week, online course taught by Dr. Stephen Kress, from March 30 to May 18, 2021. See the schedule here.

This course is perfectly timed to help people identify spring migrants and better understand bird behavior. Each weekly lecture features a group of migratory birds that are at the peak of their spring migration, with discussions about bird song, migration, courtship, family life, and conservation. Dr. Kress, well known for his entertaining and engaging teaching style, loves sharing his extensive knowledge about bird life. Each presentation is illustrated with stunning photos and bird song recordings. The course concludes with one of Dr. Kress’s favorite topics: how to create a bird-friendly habitat on your own property. While the course focuses on the birds of the northeastern U.S, most of the identification, behavior, and conservation tips are relevant to people everywhere.

Registration for individuals or as a gift

Sorry, but registration for the course in 2021 is now closed. Check back next year!

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