Birding by Ear Workshops – 4 special sessions ♿

BIRDING BY EAR ONLINE WORKSHOPS ♿

Become a Better Birder

Expert birders identify most birds in any habitat using song identification. Some birds can only be safely identified by voice. You can learn to identify bird songs too!

Birding by Ear Workshops
Ovenbird singing - by May Haga

Join in our spring series of birding by ear online workshops via zoom designed to improve your skills at identification of common bird songs in the prairie provinces. Our workshops are arranged by habitat. Each one will focus on a small group of songbirds found in a given habitat at a particular time of year.

Bonus: An optional 1-hour outdoor morning or evening birding by ear field trip will be scheduled a day or 2 later for participants near Saskatoon. Out of town participants are welcome to participate in only the online sessions.

At the indoor birding by ear session, we will use online bird sounds to review the songs of our target species as well as listen to other species with confusing similar songs. Tips will be given for recording bird songs on your smart phone.

The optional bonus birding by ear outdoor sessions will involve a 1-hour walk in a habitat where many of the target species might be singing. Note that the date for some outdoor sessions might need to be changed due to stormy weather or other reasons. Field Trip participation limited by any Saskatchewan Covid outdoor gathering limits.  Please wear a mask and follow physical distancing during the walk.

This Birding by Ear workshop series also makes a great Mother's Day gift,  Birthday gift,  anniversary gift or graduation gift for the birding enthusiast in your family.

♿ These workshops are considered wheel-chair friendly because you may listen to them from your home. Some of the optional outdoor sessions are wheel-chair accessible.

Workshop Fee: CAD$35 per person for each birding by ear workshop or CAD$95 per person for entire series (a savings of $45). Maximum number of participants in the bonus outdoor sessions  determined by Saskatchewan COVID regulations. .

Cancellation Policy: Full refund will be given if cancelled before May 1, 2022. No refunds after that date.

Registration: Complete and submit the form below or Email birdtours@sasktel.net or phone 306-652-5975 and provide your email address and phone number. Please indicate whether you plan to attend the optional outdoor sessions in Saskatoon. Payment may be made by e-transfer payable to Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation and emailed to LSWR@sasktel.net

Persons attending from a different computer should register separately.
Use landline if you don't have a cell phone.
Payment using E-transfer payable to Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation may be e-mailed to LSWR@sasktel.net
Workshop Registration Required. No extra cost for field trips.
Smoking is allowed only inside your own personal vehicle. No smoking is permitted outside during optional field trips.
If requested, registrants will be given links to workshop recordings.

If you do not hear back from us within 24 hours, then please email: birdtours@sasktel.net or phone 306-652-5975.

Birding by Ear Workshop Schedule - 2022

ONLINE WORKSHOPS - WEDNESDAY EVENINGS IN MAY

Set 1. CONIFEROUS FOREST BIRDS

Online Workshop via Zoom: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Wed. May 4, 2022
Outdoor Workshop – President Murray Park: 7:00 am – 8:00 am Fri. May 6, 2022
Target Species: Merlin; Ruby-crowned Kinglet; Red-breasted Nuthatch, Black-capped Chickadee, White-winged and Red Crossbills; Dark-eyed Junco; Yellow-rumped Warbler.
♿ This outdoor workshop is wheel-chair accessible to those persons who may maneuver over the grass in this park.

Set 2. MARSH BIRDS

Online Workshop via Zoom: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Wed. May 11, 2022
Outdoor Workshop – Donna Birkmaier Park: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Thu. May 12, 2021
Target Species: Pied-billed, Horned, Red-necked and Eared Grebes; American Coot; Killdeer; Willet; Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs; Bonaparte’s, Franklin’s and Ring-billed Gulls; Black, Common and Forster’s Terns; Purple Martin; Tree and Barn Swallows; Song Sparrow; Red-winged and Yellow-headed Blackbirds; Common Yellowthroat.
♿ The park trails are wheel-chair accessible.

Set 3. THRUSHES, WOODPECKERS and SPARROWS

Online Workshop via Zoom: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Wed. May 18, 2022
Outdoor Workshop – Chief Whitecap Park: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Thu. May 19, 2021
Target Species: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker; Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers; Eastern and Western Kingbirds; Blue-headed Vireo; Veery; Gray-cheeked, Swainson’s and Hermit Thrushes; American Robin; Sprague’s Pipit; Purple Finch; White-crowned, Harris’s, White-throated, Vesper, LeConte’s, Savannah and Lincoln’s Sparrows; Spotted Towhee; Rose-breasted Grosbeak;  Orange-crowned Warbler.
Note: The dirt trails in this park are narrow and steep so are not considered wheel-chair accessible.

Set 4. ELM FOREST and RIVERBANK SONGBIRDS

Online Workshop via Zoom: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Wed. May 25, 2022
Outdoor Workshop – Nutana to Cosmopolitan Park: 7:00 am – 8:00 am Fri. May 27, 2021
Target Species: Least and Alder Flycatchers; Warbling and Red-eyed Vireos; White-breasted Nuthatch; House Wren; Gray Catbird; Brown Thrasher; Cedar Waxwing; House Finch; American Goldfinch; Chipping Sparrow; Baltimore Oriole; Ovenbird; Tennessee, Yellow, Black-and-white and Blackpoll Warblers; American Redstart.
♿ The sidewalks and paved park trails are wheel-chair accessible with gentle slopes.

GIFT CERTIFICATES

This Birding by Ear Workshop Series makes an excellent birthday gift, anniversary gift, Mother's Day gift, Father's Day gift, graduation gift, retirement gift or special gift for a birder, birdwatcher or anyone interested in nature.

TESTIMONIAL - Birding by Ear Workshops

Both my mom and I really enjoyed the workshop series. It’s the first time either of us has felt like we could fit birds and their songs into a framework to remember rather than placing it in a jumbled, confusing heap of facts that slip away almost immediately. You made it very accessible! (E.M. Saskatoon May 2021)

Birding by Ear Workshop Leader: Stan Shadick. Click for more information about your workshop leader.

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