Bird song can be one of the most rewarding aspects of birding with the variety of songs, calls, and chip notes expressed by our avian populations; however, it’s no wonder most people are intimidated by the challenge of learning to identify birds by sound.  Taught by naturalist Chris Lewey, RAVEN Interpretive Programs, this workshop will focus on our most common songsters and will teach techniques for recognizing and remembering their songs.  We also will look into some of the behavior surrounding birdsong and the biology behind it.  Suitable for beginners as well as experienced birders, this program is timed to get you working on birdsong before the return of our native migrants from their wintering grounds.

Chris Lewey is the Executive Director and Founder of RAVEN, Chris holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies from Antioch University. He currently leads natural history tours for RAVEN, teaches at Granite State College, and serves as a National Audubon Society Ornithology instructor at their Hog Island ecology camp in Maine.

The classroom session on Tuesday, March 26, will cover the more commonly heard birds in the area as well as some of the more complex and challenging groups of birds to work with recognizing their songs.  The class will also touch upon technological tools available such as birding software and ipod/iphone apps for rapidly speeding the learning process and easily providing quick access to recorded songs and calls. There will be a field session following the class on Saturday, March 30. Participants from the class are encouraged to attend this practical session to put their newly honed skills to work. Timing and location of the field program will be determined at the Tuesday evening program.

For more information or to register, please call 447-6991. There is a program fee of $10/member and $15/non-member for each session. Tin Mountain Conservation Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit environmental education organization. Since 1980, the Center has offered hands-on programs in the schools, at summer camps, and within communities throughout northern New Hampshire and western Maine.