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'Birding by Ear' spring workshop offered in Fergus Falls

"Spring is the perfect time to challenge yourself to identify a greater variety of bird species by their calls since new migrants are arriving quickly," encouraged Matt Conner, Visitor Services Manager at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center (PWL...

"Spring is the perfect time to challenge yourself to identify a greater variety of bird species by their calls since

new migrants are arriving quickly," encouraged Matt Conner, Visitor Services Manager at the Prairie Wetlands

Learning Center (PWLC) in Fergus Falls.

You can join other bird enthusiasts at the Outta Sight! Birding by Ear

Spring Workshop at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center on Saturday, April 27, from 6:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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The early bird gets the worm! At 6:30 a.m., participants check mist-nets for songbirds to band, examine, and release. Next participants will take a walk on-trail to listen to the morning symphony and identify who's singing.

The event finishes up inside where you can take a closer listen at how birds make sounds, what their sounds mean in

spring, and which spring birds you can hear in your yard and at the PWLC. Focal species include dynamic duos

duking it out (such as robins and grosbeaks) and stand-alone champions (like bobolinks). Mnemonic devices,

technological tools, taxidermy specimens, and other tips will be shared.

Indoor instruction and outdoor adventure are provided. Participants are advised to dress for the weather in

layers. Binoculars and field guides are available, or bring your own. Participants should bring their own field

notebook or recording device if visually impaired.

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The event is free. All educators who participate receive a certificate documenting continuing education/clock hours. Mist-

netting is subject to weather conditions.

Register by calling (218)998-4480 or emailing prairiewet@fws.gov . Feel free to also indicate your interest on

Facebook. Come back in summer and fall to learn new bird calls and songs in changing seasons -- July 20 and

October 5.

PWLC Instructional Systems Specialist Molly Stoddard will lead the workshop, along with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Biologist Neil Chartier leading bird banding.

The PWLC is comprised of 330 acres of wetlands and prairies, and includes a visitor center with classrooms,

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exhibit hall, and dining area, plus four miles of trails and 28 wetlands. It is located on State Highway 210

East, south of Fergus Falls, one mile from exit 57 off I-94. For more information, call (218) 998-4480, or visit

www.fws.gov/midwest/pwlc .

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