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Each bird song recording is followed by a short description of the sound along with a common mnemonic used to remember it. Many well-known song mnemonics such as "Who cooks for you?" for the Barred Owl and "Poor Sam Peabody" for the White-throated Sparrow are included. Following the song and mnemonic, the source of the sound is revealed. By naming the bird at the end of each track, the listener is allowed to wonder and guess at the nature of the sound. Active listening, similar to what one experiences in the field while searching for an unknown bird song, is a key to engaging the memory process.
One way to use this CD is to enable the "Random Play" or "Shuffle" option on a home CD player, portable stereo, or personal computer. Although it may be frustrating at first, repetition of this "quiz" game will quickly improve recognition skills. Gaining familiarity with these songs will greatly increase any bird watcher's enjoyment and awareness of birds in their natural habitat.
- 189 bird species found in the Midwest and Northeast states - Digital bird song recordings made in Wisconsin - Brief narration after each song includes descriptive, memorable and often funny mnemonics - Can be used as a field guide to learn and identify songs or as a recognition quiz game - Easy to use alphabetical track listing of all birds and their mnemonics - It is a great gift for any birdwatcher, beginner or advanced. - Total running time: 60 minutes