Professor James Currie, Birding Enthusiast

Professor James Currie
  • National Geographic
Birding is a hobby with endless potential, that can be practiced anywhere, as much or as little as you please.

A lifelong birding enthusiast and native of South Africa, James Currie is one of the most recognizable faces in birding in North America. He holds a bachelor’s degree in African Languages from the University of Cape Town and a master’s degree in Sustainable Environmental Management from Middlesex University London.

Mr. Currie hosts Nikon’s Birding Adventures TV, a popular birding show airing on Discovery Communications’ Destination America. He also hosted the action-birding show Aerial Assassins on NatGeo WILD, which aired worldwide in 2012, and appeared in the reality birding show Twitchers, which aired on the National Geographic Channel in 2014. He has led professional wildlife and birding tours for many years, and his passion for birding, adventure, and remote cultures has taken him to nearly every corner of the globe.

Mr. Currie is a highly sought-after public speaker who has spoken to sold-out audiences at various venues, including the prestigious Explorers Club in New York City, the National Audubon Society headquarters in New York City, the Educational Travel Consortium’s Annual Conference, and the Travel & Adventure Show.

He has contributed to several birding and wildlife publications, including the acclaimed Southern African Birdfinder and Wildwatch. His first book, When Eagles Roar: The Amazing Journey of an African Wildlife Adventurer, details his life as a birding guide.

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9 Courses and Sets

  1. The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America

    The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America

    James Currie
    4.4 out of 5
    83% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (90)
    Starting at $234.95 Starting at $234.95 $269.95 $234.95$269.95
    Birding offers direct contact with one of our primary treasures of wildlife. In this course, you’ll learn core elements of birding and methods for observing birds in the field. You’ll also take a panoramic look at the bird species of North America, and visit 23 of the top North American birding sites. These lectures are your doorway to an endlessly rewarding pursuit, and a lifetime of enjoyment and discovery.
  2. (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America & Polar Explorations Set

    (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America & Polar Explorations

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Discover parts of our world that you've probably never seen up close. Start by discovering North America's spectacular bird life with The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America. Then, embark on an educational adventure led by five noted authorities in National Geographic Polar Explorations.
  3. (SET) The Wonders of America's State Parks & The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America Set

    (SET) The Wonders of America's State Parks & The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Tap into your inner birder and uncover new ways to appreciate America’s state parks with this pair of courses. First, in The Wonders of America’s State Parks, enjoy a riveting adventure through more than 100 state wilderness areas stretching from New England to the Pacific Northwest to the Hawaiian Islands—and learn how to maximize your next visit. Then, in The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North...
  4. (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America & The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography Set

    (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America & The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    This two-set course allows you to both learn about and capture the natural wonders around you. Start with The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America and discover birding in a thrilling course presented by a world class birding expert. Then, learn how to capture wildlife on film, led by two renowned photographers with The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography.
  5. (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America & How to Draw Set

    (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America & How to Draw

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Bring science and art together with this two-course set. Join a world class birding expert and discover the joys of birding with The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America. Then, tap into your creativity with dynamic and comprehensive training in art with How to Draw.
  6. (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America & Wonders of the National Parks Set

    (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America & Wonders of the National Parks

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Discover North America’s spectacular sites with this two-course set focusing on the wonders of our world. Explore North America’s spectacular bird life with a world class birding expert in The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America. Then, embark on a fascinating introduction to the geology that forged North America's national parks with Wonders of the National Parks: A Geology of North America.
  7. (Set) The Scientific Wonder of Birds & The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America Set

    (Set) The Scientific Wonder of Birds & The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America

    James Currie
    Starting at $404.90 Starting at $404.90 $469.90 $404.90$469.90
    Discover the marvels of the avian world with this two-course set. The Scientific Wonder of Birds provides a thrilling journey into the amazing physiology, biology, behavior, and intelligence of birds, while The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America provides you with the core elements of birding and methods for observing birds in the field.
  8. (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America & Fundamentals of Photography Set

    (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America & Fundamentals of Photography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    The world is full of natural wonders and this two-course set, developed in partnership with National Geographic, introduces you to aspects you've never considered and how to capture them. Uncover North America's spectacular bird life with The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America. Then, learn everything you need to know about the art and craft of great photography straight from a professional...
  9. (SET) Outdoor Fundamentals & The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America Set

    (SET) Outdoor Fundamentals & The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America

    James Currie
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Get out there and see the wonders of the natural world around you—but before you do, take time to get practical tips and insights from this two-course set. In Outdoor Fundamentals: Everything You Need to Know to Stay Safe, a highly experienced and accredited wilderness guide gives you the practical skills and knowledge you need to set off for the water or the woods. And in The National Geographic Guide to Birding...