A couple of VINS programs on bird song that might be of interest to birders.
No need to register for the slide show on March 10, but the workshop on
March 11 requires pre-registration.
VINS NATURALIST JOURNEYS - 2nd Annual Slideshow Series
Friday, March 10, 7pm
The Singing Life of Birds: The Art and Science of Listening to Birdsong
With Donald Kroodsma
Bethany Church, Montpelier
For centuries, the question of why birds sing and what their
songs mean has captured the imagination of scientists, naturalists, and
poets. Author and scientist Donald Kroodsma will answer that question by
taking you on a listening and viewing adventure to understand the hidden
dramas in our backyards. With absorbing detail, he'll put you inside the
mind the research scientist and the singing bird itself, exploring how and
why birds sing and how we can better understand them through their songs.
Donald Kroodsma, professor emeritus at the University of
Massachusetts, has studied birdsong for more than thirty years. He has
edited three scholarly volumes on the field of acoustic communication among
birds, and more than one hundred articles in popular magazines such as
Birder's World, Living Bird, and Natural History. In graduate school at
Oregon State, a singing wren in his backyard got Kroodsma started on a
lifelong passion for listening to birds. The Singing Life of Birds is
Kroodsma's first full-length book.
The Singing Life of Birds
A Birdsong Workshop with nationally acclaimed author Donald Kroodsma
Saturday, March 11, 7am - 11am
VINS North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier
Contact VINS for fees and to pre-register.
Why do birds sing? And what do their songs mean? University of Massachusetts
professor Donald Kroodsma has been researching birds and birdsongs for over
thirty years. Author of dozens of articles in Birder's World, Living Bird
and Natural History, he recently published The Singing Life of Birds, his
first full length book. He'll be presenting a slideshow and discussion of
his research on March 11th at the Unitarian Church. Join us the following
morning for a fascinating, first hand exploration of bird song. Participants
will improve their listening skills, learn the basics of sound recording,
and learn how to "see" and analyze birdsongs, primarily with Cornell's
Raven-lite software. Participants will be outside for several hours,
listening for and recording bird calls. After those early morning hours in
the field, we'll use an indoor session to talk farther about recording
techniques and also to study sounds that we have recorded or sounds that we
can upload from published CDs. This workshop experience will change forever
the way you listen to bird song. See http://www.TheSingingLifeOfBirds.com/
for more information.
VINS North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
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