Birding By Ear
Speakers: Nadine Litwin
Date: April 20
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Our regular meeting location

The snow is melting and spring must certainly be just around the corner. One of the pleasures of the season for nature enthusiasts is hearing the cheery sound of birds singing.

Our guest speaker, Nadine Litwin, is hoping to expand our enjoyment with her presentation on "Birding By Ear". She will be using the familiar "dawn chorus" of bird song as our focus or "soundscape", and will apply underlying listening-learning principles to aid in bird identification.

A life-long birder, Nadine has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto, a post-graduate certificate in Ecosystem Restoration from Niagara College, and a Masters of Education from Brock University. She has studied the neurobiology of learning by sound and teaches bird identification to Niagara College students using these same principles.

To add a visual element to her presentation, Nadine will be bringing a collection of "birds on a stick" from the Royal Ontario Museum, making this an excellent program for the entire family. Although the birds are not alive, they will give us a rare opportunity to view various species up close. She hopes that those attending will leave with a "repertoire of bird sounds that they can use in the field and a new awareness of a learning process that they can apply in their own 'sound' situations."

Members of the public are welcome to join us to learn more about this unique approach to birdwatching

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