Update: Still on for Tuesday, 03/16/2021. Thanks to Zoom, the snow won’t stop us. Join us for the great presentation at 7:00 p.m.!
The Cheyenne – High Plains Audubon Society invites the public to a free, virtual presentation on “The Language of Birds” given by Nathan Pieplow, author of the Peterson Field Guide to the Bird Sounds of Western North America, https://earbirding.com. The Zoom program will begin at 7 p.m., Mar. 16. Find the link at https://cheyenneaudubon.wordpress.com.
The chapter hopes to have Pieplow come up to Cheyenne for a book signing late spring or early summer.
In this presentation, Pieplow unlocks the secrets of bird language. You’ll listen in on the pillow talk of a pair of Red-winged Blackbirds and learn the secret signals that Cliff Swallows use when they have found food. You’ll learn how one bird sound can have many meanings, and how one meaning can have many sounds—and how, sometimes, the meaning isn’t in the sounds at all.
Growing up in South Dakota, Pieplow got started identifying bird songs by studying the classic “Birding by Ear” field guides in the Peterson series. It wasn’t until 2003, when he faced the frustrations of studying sounds for his first trips to Mexico and Costa Rica, that he became dedicated to finding new and better ways to learn, describe, and catalog bird sounds. Along the way he became a sound recordist and an amateur ethologist (a student of animal behavior).
He lives in Boulder, Colorado, where he teaches writing and rhetoric at the University of Colorado. He is a former editor of the quarterly journal Colorado Birds and one of the developers of the Colorado County Birding Website and the Colorado Birding Trail.
Access the program on the evening of March 16, 7 p.m. by clicking here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85863955431. You are welcome to join 15 minutes early.