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So you are not good at birding by ear.

You have a tough time telling an American Redstart song from a Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Canada Warbler, Golden-Winged Warbler or whatever. You struggle to figure out bird sounds and then translate them to the actual bird sound. You also have difficulty remembering songs/calls and which birds make them, no matter how often you have heard them! Do you wish someone would give you the tips and tools that you can use to solve the mysteries of bird song?

Well. Michael Carlson is a natural at mnemonics. His gentle style and keen ear will definitely enhance your ‘listening’ experience.

michael3On Saturday, May 28, he will be leading A14BIRDING BY EAR. This field workshop will give you an up-close and personal tutorial on how to demystify bird songs.

Michael is an internationally recognized field ornithologist and a popular HFBF leader. The Huron Fringe Birding Festival welcomes him back in three special events that are sure to showcase his scouting talents and patience and, as always, enhance your birding experience.

If you want to learn how to listen to and identify bird vocalization…Michael is your man.



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Michael Carlson – looking and listening.

Michael Carlson has over 45 years of experience in the field identification of birds. He is an expert at identifying birds by sound and has led workshops in birding by ear at the the Huron Fringe Birding Festival for many years. Michael was a member of the elite Canadain team KOWA, which won the E.S. Stearns Award in 1989/1992 and the coveted Urner Stone Cup in1992 at the New Jersey World Series of Birding. From 2002 to 2005 he conducted bird density surveys on the Bruce Peninsula for the Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Ontario (2007). Formerly from Rochester, New York, Michael spent his formative years birding the Lake Ontario shoreline. In the early 1980s he was biologist-in-charge of studies examining the utlization of urban microhabitat by avian migrants and the collision of nocturnal avain with tall buildings in Rochester, New York, and Detroit, Michigan. Michael organized the Letchworth-Silver Lake, New York Christmas Bird Count for 30 years. He also developed bird identification and nature appreciation programs, including training for Christian youth camps in Michigan. Professionally, Michael is an environmental consultant providing regulatory compliance and wildlife management services to industry. In addition to frequenting the Brue Peninsula, Michael regularly birds Point Pele in Leamington, Ontario, the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas and southeastern Arizona. He has also birded in England, Isreal and Costa Rica. Participants of his tours and field trips have praised his bird finding abvilities and his identification skills.                               (Bio courtesy Bruce Bird Tours website)


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