Audubon Dallas is the proud sponsor of The North-central Texas Master Birder Program “”NCTMB”). NCTMB is a course in field ornithology for intermediate-level birders. It is designed to provide participants with techniques to enhance applicants’ existing bird identification skills and general knowledge of birds, ecology, conservation, and habitat requirements in Texas. It is also an “education for service” initiative. Participants will receive advanced training in field ornithology in exchange for volunteer services to the North-central Texas community.
The NCTMB provides training on ornithological topics using a combination of eleven classroom sessions and ten instructor-led field trips. Topics include but are not limited to:
1. Bird Identification by Sight
2. Bird Identification by Sound
3. Ecological Zones of Texas and the Associated Avifauna
4. Birding Equipment Including Optics, Field Guides, Written Forms, and Checklists
5. Birding Etiquette in the Field
6. Avian Biology
8. Texas Specialty Birds
9. Birding Ethics
10. Record Keeping and Reporting
Master Birder Class and Field Trip Schedule for 2016-2017
Resource Page and Downloads
Application Download at the Bottom of This Page (Adobe PDF and MS Word)
Joining the NCTMB:
All persons wishing to join NCTMB must complete an Application.
The NCTMB Application will be available on this website before June 1, 2016.
All applications are reviewed by the Master Birder Selection Board. Successful applicants will be birders who have
Written notification of acceptance will be e-mailed to applicants 30 days prior to the first scheduled class.
Full payment of the class fee of $150.00 will be due and payable at the first scheduled class. Transportation, food and entrance fees to birding areas are the responsibility of the participant.
Class size will be limited to 12 participants to ensure a quality experience for all.
Requirements for Certification