Friday Fun: “Be a Better Bird Nerd”

I know, I know, it was only a couple of weeks ago that I used bird cams for Friday Fun. But I can’t resist another birds-on-the-brain entry!

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology challenges you to be a better bird nerd! Take its Bird Song Hero challenge, and then the “ultimate” challenge! Can you recognize the visualization of a bird’s song? There’s a brief training video first. I remember being asked to draw my visualize of some music for a class long, long ago…

Screen shot from Bird Song Hero web site

And if you’re interested in learning more, Andersen Library has resources! Searching the catalog will find titles such as A study of bird song (3rd-floor Main Collection, QL698.5 .A7 1973)and A guide to bird songs; descriptions and diagrams of the songs and singing habits of land birds and selected species of shore birds (3rd-floor Main Collection, QL698 .S355 1951). Searching article databases will find titles including “Finding Motifs in Birdsong Data in the Presence of Acoustic Noise and Temporal Jitter” (Behavioral Neuroscience, 2014, vol.128:no. 2, pp.228–236).

Want help? Ask a librarian!

About Barbara

I am a Reference & Instruction librarian, head of that department in Andersen Library, an associate professor, and a member of the General Education Review Committee and Faculty Senate. I've been working at UW-W since July 1, 1990.
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