Many agency partners and conservation organizations offer great field seminars for learning about birds and their habitats. Seminar programs may offer university credit for students and continuing education credits for teachers. Participants get the chance to learn about birds in beautiful landscapes, and do field research projects to explore aspects of bird ecology or behavior. Check your nearest national park, or one you would love to visit, to see if their cooperating association offers educational seminars. Sometimes, these opportunities can lead to a second paid or volunteer career in bird research or conservation!
Here’s a story about Rich Levad, a high school English teacher and bird lover, who was inspired by taking a bird seminar in a national park and dedicated the rest of his life to bird research.