31 May '17, 9pm

Learning the calls and songs of other animals can make you a stronger birder.

Learning the calls and songs of other animals can make you a stronger birder.

Has watching birds made you more aware of other winged beauties such as butterflies, moths, and dragonflies? Listening to birds can have the same effect: It opens your ears to the tunes of nature’s other musicians. This has some great benefits like helping you to tell the difference between, say, a Grasshopper Sparrow and an actual grasshopper's song, and keeping you in rhythm with the seasons—an art that's essential to birding. Frogs and toads, for instance, sing throughout the spring, with cicadas joining them in summer. As the birdsong quiets down at the end of nesting season, a chorus of crickets and katydids takes the stage. Meanwhile, mammal calls can be heard after nightfall in most any season.

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