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Birds By Song – A Course in Bird ID & Ecology
June 8 @ 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until June 11, 2019
Held at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary with field trips to other Arc preserves
$450/person includes 12 meals and all curriculum.
This is an in-depth course that teaches you to learn and remember the songs, calls and field identification skills of the breeding birds in in America’s Eastern forest heartland, as well as their natural history and ecology. Gaining such skills requires lots of time in the field, patient repetition, good learning aides, and positive reinforcement – attributes that are not often found in casual bird walks with birders, but will be bountifully present in this course.
What you will learn.
Become familiar with the most common songs, and in many cases the call notes, of up to 85 species of nesting birds in the Appalachian heartland.
Increase your repertoire of recognized songs by 25-45 new species.
Learn and practice techniques of identifying birds in the field, based on markings, behavior, & flight patterns.
Tricks and tips for permanent memorization.
Learn bird assemblages by habitat – exploring the most common habitats in the mid-latitude heartland of eastern North America.
Gain a holistic view of avian life challenges and ecosystem requirements.
Learn the taxonomic groupings to which bird species belong, evidencing evolutionary lineages and relationships to other species here and abroad.
Learn bird food sources and behaviors; and how they change from season to season, and from species to species.
Hear educational stories about bird natural history and ecology that can be remembered and passed on to others.
Learn conservation challenges facing bird species in eastern North America.