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Birding with Technology: Q&A with David Sibley

Birding with Technology: Q&A with David Sibley

Ornithologist David Allen Sibley, author and illustrator of The Sibley Guide to Birds and illustrator for our Song Sleuth app, is widely considered to be one of the foremost authorities on North American birds.

While he collaborated with us, providing the beautiful artwork featured in our app, we decided to ask him about what he thought of technical birding tools, the future of birding, and whether or not he thinks he could outperform Song Sleuth (of course he can). 

Q: As a kid, what was the most meaningful piece of gear for you as a birder?

David Sibley: The most meaningful, for me, was my sketchbook. Sketching is how i really engage with birds. Just going out searching and watching is rewarding and fun, but my most memorable and satisfying experiences involve drawing.

5 ways to fund citizen science in your classroom

We’ve just unveiled one of the coolest citizen science/Ed-tech tools for the classroom. The Echo Meter Touch Bat Detector

Check out teachers’ reactions at NSTA 2014 here:

The device, which is $499 (and comes with an additional educator’s $75 rebate for the App Store) had many teachers asking: “How can I get funding for one ASAP?”

How to get an iPad and Echo Meter Touch for your Classroom

How to get an iPad and Echo Meter Touch for your Classroom

The Echo Meter Touch is our unprecedented, easy to use device which turns your iPhone (5s, 5c and 5) or iPad (Air, mini with Retina display and iPad, 4th generation) into a bat detector/recorder/analyzer. And with the growing trend of iPads and even iPhones being used as educational tools, it’s a natural fit for the classroom. After all, it allows kids to interact directly with nature and brings normally unseen and unheard of creatures to light: Kids can see the spectrogram (graph) of bats sounds and hear them through our patented Real Time Expansion technology. We are even developing a detailed curriculum to make teaching with the Echo Meter Touch even more seamless and engaging!

What if your class or school doesn’t have a budget for the iPad/Echo Meter Touch?

That’s where DonorsChoose.org comes in.

Wildlife Acoustics is proud to support wildlife conservation efforts

Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation Orginization for Bat Conservation Bat Conservation International Bat Conservation Trust