By Angela

“Bird Talk” WalkMourning Dove

Therapeutic Benefits:

Cognitive

  • Increase memory skills by identifying birds by sound

CardinalPhysical

  • Go outside in the sun and fresh air – encourages mobility as well as producing positive feelings from being outside in the fresh air

Language

  • For individuals with auditory hyper-sensitivities, listening to bird sounds in nature may be a tolerable activity
  • Increases communication skills by providing something interesting to talk about with others
  • Listening to birds and identifying them by sound provides rich opportunities for receptive language skills (i.e., a person does not have to talk to be able to hear & identify a bird call)

Social-Emotional

  • Helps build a sense of self-esteem as the person is able to do things related to the hobby
  • Decreases social isolation by providing an activity to do with others who share this hobbyKilldeer
  • Helps person stay connected to the world around him/her even if it is just a connection to nature
  • Provides feelings of normalcy since this is an activity enjoyed by people without handicaps
  • Feeling the warmth of the sun or a gentle breeze while listening to and watching birds may provide a relaxing activity to do
  • Being out in nature listening to the birds may be uplifting to a person’s mood

ChickadeeEquipment and Supplies to Consider:

  • Picture or book of birds in your area
  • Computer connection to the internet or CD of bird songs

*These bird songs could be placed on an MP3 player to make it easier to refer to the specific bird song(s) you are trying to learn

Directions

1. Choose 1 bird you would like to be able to identify by its song.

2. Before going on your walk, listen to this bird song over and over again.

3. Go outside and listen for this same bird song.

4. Try to figure out where the bird song is coming from – in front of you, in back of you, to the left or right? Up in a tree? Down on the ground? In a bush? How far away do you think it is? Can you see the bird that is singing?

Books:Robin

A Field Guide to Bird Songs: Eastern & Central North America (Peterson Field Guides), by Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and Roger Peterson

Bird Song Ear Training Guide: Who Cooks for Poor Sam Peabody, by John Feith

Bird Songs: 250 North American Birds in Song, by Les Beletsky

Common Birds and Their Songs, by Lang Elliott

The Backyard Birdsong Guide: Eastern and Central North America, by Donald Kroodsma

Do you know the following birds’ songs? Click on name to find out.

Cardinal

Quail

Mourning Dove

Robin

Chickadee

Bobwhite/Quail

Killdeer

Websites:

Learn Bird Songs.com

eNature.com

© Angela Cramer, 2008-2009

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“Bird Talk” Walk

Therapeutic Benefits:

Cognitive

· Increase memory skills by identifying birds by sound

Physical

· Go outside in the sun and fresh air – encourages mobility as well as producing positive feelings from being outside in the fresh air

Language

· For individuals with auditory hyper-sensitivities, listening to bird sounds in nature may be a tolerable activity

· Increases communication skills by providing something interesting to talk about with others

· Listening to birds and identifying them by sound provides rich opportunities for receptive language skills (i.e., a person does not have to talk to be able to hear & identify a bird call)

Social-Emotional

· Helps build a sense of self-esteem as the person is able to do things related to the hobby

· Decreases social isolation by providing an activity to do with others who share this hobby

· Helps person stay connected to the world around him/her even if it is just a connection to nature

· Provides feelings of normalcy since this is an activity enjoyed by people without handicaps

· Feeling the warmth of the sun or a gentle breeze while listening to and watching birds may provide a relaxing activity to do

· Being out in nature listening to the birds may be uplifting to a person’s mood

Equipment and Supplies to Consider:

Picture or book of birds in your area

Computer connection to the internet or CD of bird songs

*These bird songs could be placed on an MP3 player to make it easier to refer to the specific bird song(s) you are trying to learn

Directions

1. Choose 1 bird you would like to be able to identify by its song.

2. Before going on your walk, listen to this bird song over and over again.

3. Go outside and listen for this same bird song.

4. Try to figure out where the bird song is coming from – in front of you, in back of you, to the left or right? Up in a tree? Down on the ground? In a bush? How far away do you think it is? Can you see the bird that is singing?

Books:

A Field Guide to Bird Songs: Eastern and Central North America (Peterson Field Guides), by Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and Roger Peterson http://www.amazon.com/Field-Guide-Bird-Songs-Peterson/dp/0618225943/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1244514581&sr=8-2

Bird Song Ear Training Guide: Who Cooks for Poor Sam Peabody, by John Feith. http://www.amazon.com/Bird-Song-Ear-Training-Guide/dp/0975443402/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1244514581&sr=8-6

Bird Songs: 250 North American Birds in Song, by Les Beletsky http://www.amazon.com/Bird-Songs-North-American-Birds/dp/1932855416/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1244514581&sr=8-1

Common Birds and Their Songs (Book and Audio CD), byLang Elliott http://www.amazon.com/Common-Birds-Their-Songs-Audio/dp/0395912385/ref=sr_1_30?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1244515287&sr=8-30

The Backyard Birdsong Guide: Eastern and Central North America (Backyard Birdsong Guides), by Donald Kroodsma http://www.amazon.com/Backyard-Birdsong-Guide-Eastern-Central/dp/0811863425/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1244514581&sr=8-5

Websites:

Learn Bird Songs.com http://www.learnbirdsongs.com/

eNature.com http://www.enature.com/birding/audio.asp

Cardinal http://www.learnbirdsongs.com/birdsong.php?id=3

Mourning Dove http://www.learnbirdsongs.com/birdsong.php?id=7

Robin http://www.learnbirdsongs.com/birdsong.php?id=1

Chickadee http://www.learnbirdsongs.com/birdsong.php?id=12

Bobwhite/Quail http://www.enature.com/fieldguides/detail.asp?sortBy=has+audio&curFamilyID=207&curGroupID=1&lgfromWhere=&curPageNum=4

Killdeer http://www.learnbirdsongs.com/birdsong.php?id=18

© Angela Cramer, 2008-2009

Clipart is the property of Jupiterimages made available through subscription:
© Jupiterimages Corporation, 2008 www.clipart.com


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