Posted by Denise Deby. Thanks to Katherine Forster of the Ottawa Bird Count for sending along this information.
Katherine Forster alerted us to this opportunity to learn to recognize native bird songs:
Chirps, tweets and trills: Learn your local bird songs
Offered by the Ottawa Bird Count, a volunteer-based, scientifically rigorous survey of birds in an expanding city.
Free course open to all to learn about Ottawa’s native birds. By the end of the course, participants should be able to quickly recognize the songs of at least 70 common species that are encountered within the nation’s capital. Opportunities to volunteer with the organization after training is complete.
Space is limited – please sign up on Eventbrite.
When: 6 Saturday Mornings starting on April 5th from 8 am to 10 am
Where: Jack Purcell Community Centre, 320 Jack Purcell Lane off of Elgin Street
Katherine adds: “The course is free due to the generosity of our business supporters, the Awesome Ottawa fund and Adam Smith (OBC director) who is donating his time to teach the course. We are very grateful for all this support.”
According to the Ottawa Bird Count, a trained birder will hear around 8-10 times the number of bird species than can be seen, so learning bird songs is definitely useful, whether you’re an experienced birder, a new birder or an all-round outdoor enthusiast. Amazingly, there’s no charge for the course. Participants sign up to attend all six Saturdays, so will receive 12 hours of training.