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Lifelong Learning - How and Why Birds Sing

April 5 to 12, 2023 at 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. EST
Hosted Virtually by IUAA

Two Wednesdays, April 5, 12

7-8:30 p.m. ET

Virtual class offered via Zoom*

$40 per person


During this class, participants will discuss how birds produce their songs, looking at differences between the warbling songsters, the grunts of vultures, and the cooing of doves. We will look briefly at the physiology of birdsong production and how birds learn their songs and discuss the selective pressures that have driven the evolution of song, examining differences between male song and female song. We will spend time at the end of the course teaching participants how to learn bird songs and introduce tools that can help. 

*Please note: this course is a virtual learning opportunity held via the online platform, Zoom. The link needed to participate will be supplied via email prior to the first class session.

About the Instructor:

Jim and Susan Hengeveld both have taught in the biology department of IU for more than 25 years. Together, they have conducted many Breeding Bird Survey routes and annually participate in several Christmas Bird Counts, including the Lake Monroe CBC. They run the local northern saw-whet owl banding station, have led many field trips for the local Sassafras Audubon Society, and each has been a member of the Indiana Bird Records Committee.