SU96 Bird Communication Workshop with Bridget Stutchbury
Time - 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Trip Leader(s): Bridget Stutchbury
Why do birds sing? Bird song is a complex form of communication designed to intimidate rivals and impress the opposite sex. Researchers study bird song by looking at it. Really! In this workshop you will learn how visualize bird song using the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s free RavenLite 2.0 software. This allows us to see and measure the incredible detail and complexity of even a single song. We will look at examples to understand how song can advertise a bird’s individual quality, how birds bark and whine, and how song is designed to travel to the listener without getting badly degraded. You don’t need a computer but you can bring a laptop (and download the free software ahead of time).