$70 – $80

Naturalist Field Day: Birding by Ear

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Montana Natural History Center

120 Hickory Street, Suite A

Missoula, Montana 59801

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Enhance your birding game by learning to bird by ear. Practice this essential skill in a fun and informative class with naturalist and birder Cedar Mathers-Winn.

This class will begin with a basic introduction to sound, the ways that birds produce and use sounds, and how these are related. You will learn to use spectrograms as a tool for learning to recognize and differentiate between similar sounds. In addition, you will learn some helpful practices for listening to and learning bird sounds in the field.

We will walk along the Kim Williams Trail and spend time in the riparian area near the river practicing our skills together. Later in the afternoon we will return to the classroom to review the most common songs heard and record our reflections for future reference.

Cedar Mathers-Winn, M.S. from the University of Montana, is a bioacoustician, behavioral ecologist, bird obsessor, and all-around sound nerd. His scientific work focuses on communication in birds and how this can be affected by the environment. He is also a musician and sound recordist and has collected animal sounds from the Mojave Desert to tropical Australia.

What to Bring:

  • Lunch, water, snacks
  • Clothes appropriate for changing Montana weather conditions – layers, rain coat, hat, etc.
  • Good shoes or boots for walking
  • Binoculars (optional – we have some to borrow)
  • Journal and writing implement (optional)

Cost: $70 members; $80 non-members. Add your MNHC membership to your order when you check out!

Scholarships are available! Please call us at 327.0405 to inquire!

Registration is required.

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