May meeting - Des Moines Audubon Society and Polk County Conservation invite you to attend a program on Bird Sounds, Decoded, by author Nathan Pieplow. The program will be held at Jester Park Lodge on Tuesday, May 16 at 7 p.m.
Bird Sounds, Decoded
Identifying birds by sound is a crucial skill that can be difficult to learn. Author Nathan Pieplow has devised a system that lets you identify bird sounds without having to memorize them. The Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds lets you look up sounds, the way you look up words in the dictionary. The key is learning to visualize sounds. Nathan’s clear, practical instructions for visualizing sounds will make you a better listener. You will hear details in sound that you hadn’t noticed before, and you will have the vocabulary to describe those details. Nathan will help you identify birds by their sounds, but he will also help you understand birds by their sounds. For the sounds of birds are a language, carrying messages from one bird to another. To understand the language, and decode the messages, all you need is the right dictionary.
Nathan Pieplow is the author of the Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds. He blogs about bird sounds at the website Earbirding.com. He is one of the authors of the Colorado Birding Trail and a former editor of the journal Colorado Birds. He teaches writing and rhetoric at the University of Colorado in Boulder.