Recognize Birds by Song
Birding by ear is a great way to take your identification skills to the next level, and it isn’t that hard. Here are some resources that can help.
Online Bird Audio Resources
- The Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds, at Cornell University
- Xeno-Canto, a worldwide community database of shared bird sounds
- Western Soundscape Archive, a repository of ambient, bird, and animal sounds from the western U.S.
Articles/Stories about Bird Song
- From *Fresh Air* with Terry Gross: Understanding Birdsong
- The Music of Wild Birds (NPR)
- The Bird Singer and His Travel Log (NPR)
- A new generation of audio technology is opening up the wonders of birding to the visually impaired – and the sighted, too.
- Birding by Ear Basics, How to Identify Birds by Sound, by Melissa Mayntz, About.com
- “Tweets 'n' Squawks: Learn How to Identify Birds by Song,’” by Adam Sedgley with contributions from science advisor Dr. Dennis Paulson.
Birding By Ear Projects
- Supported by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department grant funding, a group of visually impaired people in the Lower Rio Grande Valley is breaking new ground in what may seem an unlikely area – competitive birdwatching for the blind.
- A sightless birder in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, shares his nature recordings and links to other resources.
- Bird Song Central, from Dick Walton and The Virtual Birder
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