Nathan Pieplow: Bird Sounds Decoded [video]

April 9, 2018
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Nathan Pieplow offers expert tips on how to learn bird songs and identify birds by ear without having to memorize each species’ sounds. Anyone who has tried to use sound to identify birds knows that it can be difficult to learn, but it is a crucial skill as birds don’t always show themselves. Pieplow suggests that the key is learning to visualize sounds, and his practical instructions will make you a better listener. He will also help you understand birds by their sounds, guide you to hear the details that you hadn’t noticed before, and give you the vocabulary to describe those details. The Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds, authored by Pieplow, lets you look up sounds, the way you look up words in the dictionary, and helps decode the messages hidden in birds’ songs and calls.

The talk took place on April 2, 2018. It is part of the Cornell Lab’s long-running Monday Night Seminar series, a tradition established decades ago by Lab founder Dr. Arthur Allen. If you enjoyed this seminar, check this page for our list of future speakers—we’ll note which upcoming talks will be livestreamed—or come visit us in person!

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