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Naturalist Field Day: Birding by Ear

May 18, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

$70 – $80


TIME: 8:00 a.m.

Enhance your birding game by learning to bird by ear. Practice this essential skill in a fun and informative class with Research Biologist Cedar Mathers-Winn.

This class will begin with a basic introduction to sound, the ways that birds produce and use sounds, and how these are related. You will learn to use spectrograms as a tool for learning to recognize and differentiate between similar sounds. In addition, you will learn some helpful practices for listening to and learning bird sounds in the field.

We will walk along the Kim Williams Trail and spend time in the riparian area near the river practicing our skills together. Later in the afternoon we will return to the classroom to review the most common songs heard and record our reflections for future reference.

Cedar Mathers-Winn, M.S. from the University of Montana, is a bioacoustician, behavioral ecologist, bird obsessor, and all-around sound nerd. His scientific work focuses on communication in birds and how this can be affected by the environment. He is also a musician and sound recordist and has collected animal sounds from the Mojave Desert to tropical Australia. 

What to Bring:

  • Lunch, water, snacks
  • Clothes appropriate for changing Montana weather conditions – layers, rain coat, hat, etc.
  • Good shoes or boots for walking
  • Binoculars (optional – we have some to borrow)
  • Journal and writing implement (optional)

Cost: $70 MNHC members; $80 non-members.

Registration is required. Register here.

Scholarships are available. Please call 406.327.0405 to inquire.

Cancellation policy: The course fee (minus a 25% administrative fee) is refundable if a cancellation is made up to 7 days before the event. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after this deadline.



May 18, 2019
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
$70 – $80
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Montana Natural History Center
120 Hickory St.
Missoula, MT 59801 United States