Birding

Birdsong for the Curious Naturalist with Donald Kroodsma

Presented by The North Branch Nature Center. Sponsored by the Green Mountain Audubon Society, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Onion River Outdoors, GreenVest, Union Mutual, and Capitol Copy.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
7:00pm - 8:00pm Eastern Online Event

Birdsong for the Curious Naturalist with Donald Kroodsma

January 13, 2021

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Once you are attuned, every singing bird becomes interesting. There’s never “just a robin,” for example, or chipping sparrow, or whatever it is that you’re listening to. No, there’s more to be heard– something beyond the ID that can forever captivate the curious listener. As a result, you’re never “done” with birds, never done listening to the most common of birds, such as . . . robins, thrushes, sparrows, chickadees, blackbirds, buntings, starlings, mockingbirds, thrashers, tanagers, wrens, grosbeaks, cardinals, and, oh my, warblers galore . . . you name it. Not a bad bird anywhere. Each one captivating. Somehow, sadly, we’ll have to limit the number of performers to fit into the confines of the allotted time.

About the Presenter

Donald Kroodsma is an authority on birdsong and professor emeritus of ornithology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. As a research scientist, he published widely on birdsong for more than 50 years, receiving life-time achievement awards from the American Ornithologists’ Union, the Wilson Ornithological Society, and the American Birding Association. More recently he has authored books that introduce the general public to birdsong: The Singing Life of Birds (winner of the John Burroughs Medal), The Backyard Birdsong Guides, Birdsong by the Seasons, Listening to a Continent Sing: Birdsong by Bicycle from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and most recently Birdsong for the Curious Naturalist. He lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts.

Photo: Western Meadowlark. Credit: Vida Ward/Audubon Photography Awards

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