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Gear up for Global Big Day 2017!

Gear up for Global Big Day 2017!

May is when the birds return to much of the United States and Canada. This Saturday, May 13, 2017, birders around the world will be counting and documenting bird sightings as part of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Global Big Day event. The event is not just for birding enthusiasts, anyone can participate and count birds from any location.

"One of the great things about birding is that you can always find a bird nearby no matter where you are,” said Sherwood Snyder, birding enthusiast and director of product management here at Wildlife Acoustics. “Birding is a very accessible hobby. Depending on your schedule, you can spend fifteen minutes or many hours searching for and observing birds. I never leave home without binoculars!”

Sherwood has a few recommendations for those interested in participating in the Global Big Day or for anyone who would like to get more involved in birding. 

4 Reasons to Fall in Love with Birdsong

4 Reasons to Fall in Love with Birdsong

February is not only the month of love, but it also signals that spring is right around the corner. Soon your backyard with be filled with the sounds of the season, and what sounds are more melodious than those of song birds? 

Here are 4 fast facts that just may help you fall in love with bird songs: 

1. Nearly half of the 10,000 birds in the world sing songs, and each of those birds has a repertoire of songs its sings. For some birds, it’s one song and for others, it's dozens or even hundreds! 

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Get Field-Ready With This Checklist

Get Field-Ready With This Checklist

If your Song Meters are in from the field, winter is an excellent time to make sure they're ready for this spring.

Here's a short checklist to help you prepare:

  • If you have our ultrasonic equipment, check your SM3BAT, SM2BAT+, Echo Meter Touch, Echo Meter EM3 recorders and ultrasonic microphones with our Ultrasonic Calibrator. And if you don’t have our Calibrator, add it to your field kit.
  • Make sure you have cable extensions for your SM2+/SM2BAT+ microphone.
  • Look for any evidence of physical damage and/or water intrusion to your Song Meters.
  • Check, and if necessary, replace the batteries in your Song Meter recorders.
  • Check your windscreens for wear and tear. Order extra for the upcoming season.

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