Birding By Ear Workshop Sessions

The Birding By Ear workshop sessions will boost your ability and confidence in identifying birds by their songs and calls. This course is taught by Bob Lawson, co-author of the Peterson Field Guide’s ‘Birding By Ear’ CD series. The material presented is geared toward novice-intermediate birders. We will employ various tried-and-true techniques to learn birdsong including phonetics, descriptive terms, comparisons to everyday sounds, etc. Birds with similar vocalizations will be grouped together and the distinguishing features of each will be pointed out. Group discussion and questions are encouraged as people learn more efficiently when they get personally involved. The sessions are fun.

The first workshop session will take place on Thursday, April 20th, 2017, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Reading Public Library, 64 Middlesex Avenue in Reading, MA.
The second workshop session will take place on Thursday, April 27th, 2017, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at The Pleasant Street Center (Reading Senior Center),  49 Pleasant Street in Reading, MA.

This course is designed to encompass two consecutive Thursday evenings, with different species to be covered each time, but the first class is not a prerequisite for the second. Each can be signed up for individually if your schedule doesn’t allow you to attend both.

SESSION I: April 20th_

* Whistlers
* Thrillers
* High-pitchers
* Up-and-down Singsongers
* Warbling Songsters
* Woodpeckers
* Warblers (MA nesting)

SESSION II: April 27th_

* Wrens
* Mimic Thrushes
* Rails
* Flycatchers
* Warblers (passing-thru migrants)
* Thrushes

The fee for these workshop sessions is $10 for BBC members and $20 for non-members and are open to 30 participants.  Sign up for both workshop sessions and BBC members pay only $15 and $35 for non-members.  All proceeds will benefit the BBC Young Birders Scholarship Program.  Advance registration is required; please preregister with BBC Workshop Chair, Eddie Giles at