Birding by Ear Class Series

Birdsong is one of the most beautiful expressions of the natural world, as well as one of the most important keys to bird identification. In this in-depth series, naturalist and educator Brodie Cass Talbott will take the student through how and why birds produce these incredible sounds, how even beginning birders can start to recognize them, and what to listen for from our common backyard birds. 

Class Price: Each class is $15 for members/$20 for non-members.

These are standalone classes so you do not have to take all three to participate. Sign up for all three or just one - it's up to you! 

If you'd like to sign up for all three classes, click the link below. If you'd prefer to sign up for just one or two classes, use the registration links for each individual class. 

Sign Up for All Three Sessions

Questions? E-mail GEAS Education Specialist Adra Lobdell at 

Class Schedule

Session One: Introduction to Birdsong - Wednesday, February 10, 7:00-8:30pm 

This introduction provides the backdrop for bird vocalizations, from how we categorize vocalizations, how they are made, and how they change between individuals and across the seasons. Full of examples, and drawn from the newest science, this class gives us the framework to begin to understand birdsong.

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Session Two: Tips and Techniques - Wednesday, February 17, 7:00-8:30pm

The second part of our series focuses on how to learn bird vocalizations. Rather than focus on the vocalizations of specific birds themselves, this lesson introduces the various tools and techniques that experienced ear birders use to learn to recognize the vast array of sounds that birds can make, drawn from the instructor’s personal fascination with decoding these sounds.

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Session Three: Backyard Favorites - Wednesday, February 24, 7:00-8:30pm

There are no better teachers of bird vocalizations than the birds we share our immediate space with. Learning their calls and songs well gives us the foundation needed to add other birds to our library of sound. In this third installment, we will focus on the variety of vocalizations made by the birds most familiar to us: our backyard birds.

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There will be optional in-person field trips available to those who enroll in any of the class sessions. Registration information for the field trips will be included with your registration confirmation e-mail. Field trips sizes will be very limited so please sign up ASAP. 

Instructor Bio

Brodie Cass Talbott is an educator and birding trip leader with particular interest in bird vocalizations and behavior, leading trips and teaching classes for kids and adults alike. A board member of the Oregon Birding Association, he serves as Field Notes editor for Oregon Birds, and writes the Rare Bird Alert for Portland Audubon. After years teaching, birding, and photographing in Taiwan, Bhutan, India, and central Oregon, he now lives in Portland with his wife.

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