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Improve your birding, photography, and travel skills with some of the best people in the business. All of our instructors are lifelong natural history lovers, with many decades of combined experience in global travel, birding, and photography. We make learning fun and easy, with webinars that are richly illustrated, and light-hearted yet heavy-hitting when it comes to the essential skills. 

Use the extra time afforded all of us by the current pandemic to improve your skills, to make the most of your future time in the field. 

To purchase a course, click on the "Choose Payment Method" button. Then you can choose to pay directly via PayPal or to choose another method. Once the instructor receives payment, they will send you a download link for the course. Once you have downloaded all of its modules, you can keep it forever, and do not need internet to view it. We just ask that you don't share it with other folks who have not paid. Please note that the prices below do not include transfer or conversion fees.

We offer a $5 discount on all of our tutorials to birders under 18! Send us an e-mail to get the discounted price. 

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Our Instructors

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Andrés Vásquez

Andres is a professional tour guide and photographer who has explored and photographed fauna in 6 continents. He has authored several books and given many birdwatching and photography talks during various events and in several countries.

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Ken Behrens

Ken is a world traveller, photographer, and professional guide, who has authored five books on birding and natural history. He lives in Madagascar, and works all over the world. 

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Charley Hesse

Charley is a die-hard traveller, insatiable linguist and fanatical lister. He lives in Thailand and guides all over the world.

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Keith Barnes

Keith trained as an ornithologist in Africa. But he prefers gallivanting around the world, showing interesting people birds and wildlife. He loves popularizing science, telling stories, and writing books. 

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Our Tutorials

Charley Hesse

Designed for parents, grandparents, caregivers and educators who would like some ideas about how to encourage an interest in birds for their kids. Both general advice and specific ideas for activities are clearly laid out and demonstrated by Charley and his son Felix. Both informative and entertaining!

$20

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Charley Hesse

Want to plan a birding trip? This tutorial will show you how to create the best possible itinerary to maximize your number of lifers. Whether you are a beginner birder or a fanatical world lister, you are likely to learn new skills in how to effectively get information online, plus how to interpret and use that information.

$20

Andrés Vasquéz

This tutorial is designed for the birder whose record shots are not enough, the birder who doesn’t know that poorly exposed pictures with messy backgrounds can be improved a lot with a few clicks, and for the already experienced photo processor who wants to learn some new tricks.

$20

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Charley Hesse

Do you know what your life list is at? Do you want to find out?! There has never been a better time to put it together or to better organize your current list. This tutorial gives a clear introduction to the free Scythebill listing software and to eBird listing, from the basics to more advanced features. 

$20

Doing some focused preparation can really add to how much you enjoy traveling. Figure out what level of study you want to do, and learn specific techniques that will help you prepare efficiently. Good for everyone from very casual birders to photographers to world travel fanatics. 

$20

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Andrés Vasquéz

This is a sequel tutorial to PS Basics for Birders which complements it by teaching you advance noise reduction on backgrounds and  sharpening of the main subject, removing objects (twigs or other distracting elements) from the photo, creating extra background area for better balancing the shot, and applying settings to multiple photos with only a few extra clicks.

$20

Keith Barnes

Bird taxonomy is confusing. Keith will guide you into this complicated realm, and explain the aspects that are most relevant to birders. 

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Daniel Aldana

Birding WITH a camera is the fastest growing portion of the birding community. Daniel will show you ways in which birding and photography can be complementary. 

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