BCR 195: Don Kroodsma, Birdsong for the Curious Naturalist

Donald Kroodsma, Birdsong for the Curious Naturalist. Photo Courtsey ©Janet Grenzke All Rights Reserved.

Donald Kroodsma, Birdsong for the Curious Naturalist. Photo Courtsey ©Janet Grenzke All Rights Reserved.

Donald Kroodsma has 45 years of active birdsong research as his guide, he cherish the birdsong of spring and summer more than ever. An excellent day is when Don is out in the predawn darkness, waiting for first light to deliver the dawn chorus, and returning home hours later with a wealth of recorded song for further study. A good day is listening and studying and writing about birdsong at his desk. A bad day has no birdsong in it.

Don is a life-long scientist, one who asks questions, seeking answers and increasingly deeper understandings. No longer entrenched at the University, Don is eager to share what he have learned and eager to encourage a deeper appreciation of birds and their songs by the tens of millions of others who also treasure birds.


Birdsong for the Curious Naturalist is a basic, how-to guide that teaches anyone, from beginning to advanced bird-lover, how to listen to our singing planet. The approach is organized concept by concept, and nested within concepts, species by species.

Show Notes:

  • Birdsong for the Curious Naturalist, Your Guide to Listening.
  • Designed to stimulate and encourage active listening to birds on many levels
  • Explore on you own
  • hearing with my eyes
  • songbird, passerine, sub oscines
  • Big Silence
  • bird calls and bird song
  • Matching calls
  • Examples of Dialects
  • What do songs of widespread birds tell us about the status as a species?
  • Ruff Grouse and Vancouver Island
  • Sister species with common ancestor

Mentioned In Episode:

BCR 152: Donald Kroodsma, Birdsong

Donald Kroodsma

NOTE: Special thanks to Don for the permission and use of his audio birdsongs of the ; including his photographs. All audio birdsongs, sonsgrams and photographs in this show are solely used for this specific BirdCallsRadio™ & Podcast show BCR 195: Donald Kroodsma, Birdsong. Courtsey of ©Donald Kroodsma & ©Janet Grenzke All Rights Reserved. Audio birdsongs WAV files and photographs may not be used in any form without written permission. Please respect the wishes of the creators of Donald Kroodsma and Janet Grenzke.

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