The Birder Certification Online program provides a rigorous method for verifying field identification skills of both professional and non-professional bird observers. A major goal is to help validate the integrity of bird inventory and monitoring projects by improving and documenting birder identification skills. The program also provides an educational tool for students and recreational birders of all skill levels.

Birder Certification Online is a project of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, with funding and collaboration from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

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Certification is available in 8 separate Bird Conservation Regions. Visit the North American Bird Conservation Inititiative for more information about the Bird Conservation Regions. Birders can also take a newly added specialty test called BCR 101, also known as the Great Lakes Waterbird Visual Test. For more information, go to the Certification Levels page.

Bird Conservation Regions

Cofrin Center for Biodiversity
US Fish & Wildlife Service

Website Credits. All images used in the Flash movie are from the USFWS Digital Library: Hermit Thrush (Lee Karney), Researchers (Laura Kennedy), Northern Shrike (B.J. McCaffery), Green-winged Teal pair (Dave Menke), American Tree Sparrow (Dave Menke), Birdwatchers (Ronald Laubenstein), Green Heron (Eugene F. Hester), Piping Plover (Gene Nieminen), Prothonotary Warbler (John and Karen Hollingsworth), Students (Mark Bertram), Red-breasted Nuthatch (Dave Menke), Western Meadowlark (John and Karen Hollingsworth).