Apr 2017 Chapter Meeting: Bird Sounds, Decoded

  • April 6, 2017
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Singing Spotted Towhee (c) Mark Meremonte

Evergreen Education Center
Speaker: Nathan Pieplow, author of Peterson’s Field Guide to Bird Sounds

Spring is rapidly arriving in our Evergreen world, even as we anticipate the possibility of spring snowstorms.  One of the most pleasurable ways Spring announces itself is by the sounds and songs of returning and migrating birds to the Bear Creek Watershed, such as our Western and Mountain Bluebirds, and the increase in activity and vocalizations by those hardy avian winter residents—I’m thinking of you, Black-Capped Chickadee and Dark-Eyed Junco!

Even as the volume turns up in the aspens and along our creeks and streams, we are often left to wonder: what do all the calls and songs signify?  What are the uses and meanings of these sounds beyond establishing territories and finding mates?  Perhaps most importantly, you may ask yourself how in the world do I learn the differences between species, particularly the many that sound so similar? It can drive you to distraction!

Don’t despair, but come to our next Evergreen Audubon Chapter meeting, on Thursday evening, April 6, 2017, when author and bird song expert Nathan Pieplow helps us in our understanding of the language of birds with his presentation “Bird Sounds, Decoded”.  Come at 6:30 pm to the Evergreen Audubon Education Center (29997 Buffalo Park Road) to visit with your fellow members and Evergreen neighbors, and stay for a fascinating presentation that engages the eyes and ears.  The presentation will start at ~7:20 pm, after a brief business meeting.

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.

book cover

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Nathan has offered to sign copies of the recently published Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds.  If you are interested in having Nathan sign one or more copies for you (they make great gifts!), he suggests you purchase a copy from your favorite book vendor ahead of the meeting and to bring it with you.  If you use Amazon Smile (smile.azmazon.com), you can designate Evergreen Audubon as a beneficiary for a small contribution from your purchase.  There also are many worthy local booksellers who would be happy to order a copy for you as well.

So plan on arriving at Evergreen Audubon Education Center at 6:30 on Thursday, April 6 to visit with your fellow Chapter members, compare Spring bird sightings, and get a good seat for an auditory education and lively presentation. I hope to see you there!



Venue Phone: 303-900-8586

29997 Buffalo Park Rd, Evergreen, Colorado, 80439, United States

Evergreen Audubon now has an extension of the Nature Center adjacent to Alderfer/Three Sisters Park. We are on Buffalo Park Road between Evergreen High School and the first parking lot for Alderfer/Three Sisters Park. This wonderful location has classrooms and access to 15 miles of trails for the many educational programs we offer. Monthly Chapter Meetings are located here the first Thursday of every month. This is the primary location for staff as well so stop by to visit. Via I-70: Take I-70 to the Evergreen exit (#252 westbound; #251 eastbound). Then proceed down State HWY 74 (also called Evergreen Parkway) for approximately 8 miles. Just past Evergreen Lake is the intersection with County HWY 73. Turn right onto 73 and proceed for a 0.5 mile to the first stoplight. Turn right onto Buffalo Park Road and continue for 1 mile. Our facility is on the right hand side of the road and you will see a sign that says Basecamp at the top and our name listed below. Parking is behind the building. From South of Denver:  Take US HWY 285 west to the Parmalee Gulch Road exit. Turn right and proceed towards Kitteredge for 5.5 miles. At the juncture with state HWY 74 (also called Bear Creek Road) turn left and drive through downtown Evergreen. Turn left onto County HWY 73 and proceed for a half mile to the first stoplight. Turn right onto Buffalo Park Road and continue for 1 mile. Our facility is on the right hand side of the road and you will see a sign that says Basecamp at the top and our name listed below. Parking is behind the building.

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The mission of The Evergreen Nature Center is to foster contagious enthusiasm and life-long respect for the natural world by providing fun and inspiring educational experiences throughout the Bear Creek Watershed.

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