Resources for Educators

The mission of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is to interpret and conserve the earth’s biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds. The Lab has a number of resources to help educators bring kids closer to nature and birds while fostering a love of science. Check out the resources below to find the best materials for your audience.

BirdSleuth K–12 

Explore free resources that support K–12 classrooms through content about evolution, student investigations, life cycles, and more. 

Discover upcoming conferences, workshops, and free online webinars for professional development. 

Crossing Boundaries 

Motivate students with free online videos about young conservation scientists and use web-based technology for biodiversity lessons.

Bird Academy 

Broaden your understanding of birds–from birding basics to college-level ornithology–through interactive content, webinars, and courses.

All About Birds 

Discover something new about your local birds through our popular Bird Guide. Watch streaming bird cams and access Lab resources with a single search.


Answer five simple questions about a bird you are trying to identify and Merlin will come up with a list of possible matches. 


Keep track of your bird sightings while contributing to science and conservation. Explore dynamic maps and graphs of worldwide bird distribution. 

Citizen Science

Compare different citizen-science projects from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and decide which ones fit your classroom’s needs.

Macaulay Library 

Introduce students to the wonders of the natural world through our collection of audio and video recordings.