It’s that time of year where the birds come out to signal the start of spring, usually beating the weather to the punch. But what if you could, just by listening, identify those birds based on what they have to say? “Birding by Ear” is a popular annual program organized by a partnership between the Wisconsin Council of the Blind and the Madison Audubon. The class teaches techniques for identifying birds by close listening, and people who are sighted as well as blind or visually impaired are welcome to enroll. Joining host Andy Moore to talk about “Birding by Ear” are Judith Rasmussen, the Program Assistant for the Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired, and Kerry Wilcox, class instructor.
“Birding by Ear” is hosted by the Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Madison Audubon. Classes take place this year in late April and early May, both online and in the field. For exact dates, locations and times, and to register, go to madisonaudubon.org/. There is a 20 dollar registration fee. Note: the Madison Audubon is currently in the thoughtful process of changing the organization’s name. More information can be found at madisonaudubon.org/audubon-name.
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