Audubon Society of Kalamazoo October 2021 Zoom Program: Birdsong and Soundscapes – Listening to Stories from Nature

October 25, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Via Zoom
Donna Keller

The sounds of the environment connect us to nature and help build memories of time and place. As humans change the sound environment, we risk degrading not only our experiences in nature but also those of birds, which rely on communication during reproduction in the natural areas we adore. At our October 25 meeting, Dr. Sharon Gill will share her perspectives on the im- portance of listening, and discuss research from her lab investigating effects of environmental change on bird songs and soundscapes, as well as a project merging art and science to explore human experiences of our changing environment.

Dr. Gill is a Professor of Biological Sciences at Western Michigan University. She and her students study sound. They primarily study songbirds, exploring the ways in which they interact vocally, how the com- binations of their signals and other sounds form sound- scapes, and the impacts of anthropogenic or human- generated noise on songs and calls. Dr. Gill is also in- terested in diverse ways of understanding and com- municating the loss of and threats to nature and works with artist Mary Whalen on projects combining pho- tography and sound recordings to explore bird declines and habitat change over time. She serves on the Board of the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy and sup- ports SWMLC’s work as a member of committees fo- cused on community outreach and stewardship.

Join us on Monday, October 25, 2021, 7:30 PM via Zoom. A link to the meeting will be emailed to the membership a few days prior to the meeting. If ASK does not have a current email address for you, please let us know at Our plan is to record the meeting and make it available for later viewing.