Beginner`s guide to birdwatching: Finding birds & happiness
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Beginner`s guide to birdwatching: Finding birds & happiness

Look for birds, improve your health, reduce stress from the daily business life or enjoy making a bird-friendly garden
4.4 (46 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
157 students enrolled
Last updated 8/2018
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This course includes
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 5 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • You will have a better awareness of the general well being bird watching can bring to your lives.
  • You will learn to apply and take action on individual and creative practices to protect birds in your own home.
  • You will also get to know the 4 keys for bird identification. For this, we have created an easy to follow framework to be used as a guide.
  • Additionally, you will learn 4 practices that will help you get out more and explore nature. Here we are not only preparing you to see more birds when you go out, but to obtain other mental and physical benefits from bird watching.
  • You will be able to identify general groups of birds species. But most importantly, you will learn a simple step by step process that will guide you towards successfully identifying bird species.
  • *Psst We also made a bonus lecture called Bird Watching in Costa Rica , detailing bird hot spots to visit, and our list of the top species to see!
  • You only need to know that birds exist, however you will require a desire to learn more about them, and the motivation to deepen your connection with nature to enjoy all the benefits from the experience

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Medical professionals agree that exposure to nature is necessary for our good health. If you are looking for more natural ways to reduce stress, restore cognitive fatigue or simply have a happier and healthier life, this course is for you.

And what a better way to receive these benefits than by learning more about our surroundings and the birds that visit us every day (even if we haven't quite noticed these mysterious visitors yet). As you learn more about birds you'll start feeling curious and they will inspire you to travel, looking for more species with fascinating behaviours and striking colours.   

When you begin to identify birds with the personalized framework we have created and start applying the practices to attract birds to your own backyard; you might find your days far more enjoyable and will find that it is just what you need before getting into rush hour, or that complicated meeting with a client, or having that report delivered on time.   

We encourage you to share every insight you learn; the birds certainly need it, and our planet needs it. As bird populations are decreasing, you can shift the situation by taking simple and enjoyable actions with the practices we will show you, and create deeper connections with nature and people all around us.

Creators: Carolina Ramírez and Andrés Jiménez

Special thanks to:

Jorge Eduardo Ramírez Conejo for supporting the course with over 200 bird photos.

Junaid Khan for course videography, content edition, and for shooting over 30 bird videos.

José More for the stunning composition of the music.   


Who this course is for:
  • If you can differentiate between a peregrine falcon and a red tail hawk in flight, that's amazing! but... this course is not for you. My course is for you, students, professionals and non-professionals who want to start bird watching, but don`t know where to start and for those who are looking for ways to restore their body and mind from everyday stress and pressures. Simply put, this course is for all those who aim to benefit from the outdoors while discovering birds and learning about them.
Course content
Expand all 31 lectures 03:35:06
+ Introduction
4 lectures 08:42

Meet your instructor, his career, passions and what he loves teaching the most.

Preview 01:07
Our history with birds
What is birdwatching?
+ Three Practices to get more out of nature
3 lectures 11:38

Besides bringing your smile, we will tell you everything that you need to take with you to enjoy birds outdoors.

Plan your trip

Learn how to boost your senses to appreciate birds even more. 

Bring all your senses into the forest

Discover how birdwatching is good for your personal growth and your career, regardless of your field or specialty.

Leave your stress behind
+ Bird Basics
4 lectures 23:24

Yes, believe it or not, we need to define what makes a bird… a bird. Is it laying eggs? (Crocodiles also do, and they are not as friendly) Having wings? (Bats have wings, and they are nor birds or cute), Flying? (some birds think its cooler to swim!) so… what is the unique characteristic that separates a bird from 

What is a bird?

The goal of this lecture is to help you understand the basic shape and body parts of a bird in a way that can help you identify birds.

The body parts

We will present to you our bird identification framework, a step by step guide to finding out what is the bird you saw using four key features.

The four keys to bird identification

There are many types of bird guides; we will tell you which kind of bird guide will help you most with your identification process.

How to choose a field guide
+ Size and Shape
5 lectures 23:19

You will learn how to use these two features to recognize the essential bird groups.

Introduction to size and shape

Learn how the size of the bird will help you narrow down groups and species, this skill will help you navigate in your bird guide

Size basics

Learn two strategies to judge the size of birds. 

Estimating bird size

Learn how to use the variation on bird body-parts of many different bird groups to develop your identification skills.

Size and body parts
Shape basics
+ Color
2 lectures 23:43
Introduction to Color
How to use color location and pattern
+ Distribution
4 lectures 28:42

You will study how to use the bird`s special living place in your favour. You will use it to identify species and increase your odds to find those birds you want to see the most.

Introduction to distribution

Learn the different levels or stories where you can find birds.


Learn how geographical ranges can help you identify a bird or even help you find the bird you want to see.

+ Behavior
2 lectures 16:40

Know the basics to observe behavioral clues

Introduction to behavior

Learn the basics of the six most important and common behaviors to find: voice, flight, standing, treading, feeding, mating and nesting. 

The birds most common behaviors
+ Getting familiarized with groups
2 lectures 33:23

When there are so many groups of birds in the world, you need to get to know some main groups and families. This lecture will effectively teach you how to recognize 14 beautiful bird groups.

Non-Passerines (Non bird-like)

Get to know the main groups and families within the perching birds.

Passerines (Bird-like)
+ 4 ways you can help migratory birds complete their journey
4 lectures 33:50

This lecture will provide you with the techniques to adapt your windows to protect migratory and resident birds. Every time we adjust a window, we can save dozens of birds a year.

Preview 09:15

Gain three techniques to help your cat get along with birds and three methods to keep your dog from harming birds around you. 

Protect birds from our dearest pets

Discover the joys of making your garden a bird-friendly bed and breakfast. This lecture will give you the basics on how to enrich your garden towards attracting more birds. It uses the lessons from the forest to provide you with five useful and applicable solutions towards making your garden a lush habitat. 

Bed and breakfast for birds

Yes, it's ethics time. Hear about the main aspects on how to behave as a responsible birdwatcher. Birds are good for your health, but it is essential for you also to be good for birds. Get a gist of the critical aspects to take into account when you are looking for birds. 

Ethics in birding
+ Bonus Lecture: Birdwatching in Costa Rica
1 lecture 11:45

Know a little bit about this small country with immense birding opportunities; we’ll walk you through the country ’s bird hot spots, and hopefully get you inspired to travel.  

Birdwatching in Costa Rica