Master Birder Program


From left to right; back row Judy Stoops, Chris O’Neal, Charlie McCoy, Carey Coghill, Chris Hamory, Donna Krolczyk, Charlie Loeb From left to right; front row Sandra McCoy, Libby Howze, Cindy Wolfe, Donna Thomas, Lisa Hurt (instructor), Diane LaCole (Instructor

The Atlanta Audubon Master Birder Program is an introduction to ornithology designed to provide participants with bird identification skills and general knowledge of birds, their life histories, and habitat requirements.


Course content includes classification and identification of birds, birding equipment, bird songs and calls, attracting birds and backyard wildlife habitat, anatomy and physiology, bird ecology, bird behavior, flight and migration, and bird conservation.  Upon graduation, Master Birders are encouraged to complete annual volunteer service for Atlanta Audubon and receive added membership benefits.


You must be a current Atlanta Audubon Society Member to register.


A course fee of $400 includes lectures and guided walks, books, audio CDs, a comprehensive binder of information, and a graduation luncheon.  Throughout the year, Master Birders may be offered early bird or discounted registration for workshops. You will be added to the Master Birder ListServ and Facebook group, which act as a means of communication and of sharing knowledge.


The Winter Master Birder Class will be held from February 24 to March 31, 2018. An orientation and the first session will be held at the Atlanta Audubon office at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve on Saturday, February 24, from 10 AM to 3:00 PM. Subsequent Saturday sessions will be held March 3, 10, 17, and one Sunday (March 25) from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the Johns Creek Environmental Campus in Roswell, Ga. These sessions will be preceeded by a guided birdwalk from 8:00 to 10:00 AM to nearby hotspots and will include a break for lunch. The final exam and graduation luncheon will take place on Saturday, March 31, at the Atlanta Audubon office at 10:30 AM.


Please email Melanie Furr, Director of Education, at if you have questions.  


Click here to register.  


Cancellation policy: a full refund less $20 processing fees will be issued if registrant withdraws by February 1, 2018. After February 1, a refund will only be issued if the space can be filled.