Get ready for spring migration by learning bird songs from an expert! William Mueller, Director of the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, is offering an eight-week workshop on identifying birds by ear in February and March.
Classes will be held on Wednesdays from February 6 to March 27, from 7 to 8:30 pm, at the UWM Field Station, in Saukville. The workshop fee is $80.
The course is intended for students of all skill levels -- those who are just beginning to learn bird songs as well as those who want to deepen their understanding. Mueller will provide an introduction to bird-song identification, covering how and why birds sing, how they “use” song in their reproductive cycle, and the ecological and evolutionary functions of song.
Current research on bird song, including how scientists use bird song to understand aspects of avian behavior and ecology, will be surveyed. An overview of resources for studying bird song will be made available and demonstrated. The aesthetics of bird song will also be explored. A final skill test and methods and resources for further study will end the class period.
Registrations will be accepted on a first-received basis up to the course capacity of 20 students. Available for 1.2 CEU. Not offered for college credit.
About William Mueller: In addition to directing the work of the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, Bill serves on the steering Committee of the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative and is the co-chair of its Issues Committee. He has had many other leadership roles in bird-conservation projects, including serving as Conservation Chair of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology (2002-12), co-chair of the Midwest Aerial Insectivore Working Group, and project coordinator for the Milwaukee BIOME Project.