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Don Kroodsma to speak at Hampshire Bird Club

Author and avian song expert Don Kroodsma will focus on the western birds he encountered on a 4,500-mile bicycle trek across the United States at the Hampshire Bird Club’s meeting on Monday. The meeting, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Immanuel Lutheran Church at 867 North Pleasant Street, Amherst.

Kroodsma, a professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts and a charter member of the bird club, discovered birds during his last semester in college, back in 1968, and quickly learned how to record them. For his doctorate at Oregon State, he studied where and when young Bewick’s wrens learn their songs. In honoring him with the Elliott Coues Award in 2003, the American Ornithologists’ Union described Kroodsma as the “reigning authority on avian vocal behavior.”

Since his retirement, Kroodsma has turned to writing about birds for a general audience. His book “The Singing Life of Birds” won the 2006 John Buroughs Medal “for outstanding natural history writing” and the American Birding Association’s Robert Ridgeway Award “for excellence in publications in field ornithology.”

He has also written “Birdsong by the Seasons” and “Backyard Birdsong Guides” to the eastern and western U.S. that include an attached player and digital files of bird songs.

For more information, see http://hampshirebirdclub.org.

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