we teach the art of
identifying birds by
their sounds using
Our Mnemonic Approach
Speaking Engagements and Trips
ABOUT ALISON KONDLER.
A Sound Life
From a young age Alison was intrigued by the sounds of birds. By the time she learned how to whistle, she was able to imitate their songs and calls. Her skill at mimicry became so refined that she could call various birds in and have conversations with them. Her mother noticed this talent and bought her the book, Mouth Sounds by sound effects master Fred Newman. This book was paramount in her continued study of sounds and how to replicate them.
At the age of eighteen Alison began her stand-up comedy career. Her act contained short stories that incorporated, what else, mouth sounds! To support her comedy dream she became a singing telegram messenger and a graphic designer. She also acted in movies, television, theater, and improv theater.
With her love of nature cultivated so early in her life, she returned to those roots in her mid-twenties and began volunteering for environmental organizations as a naturalist and bird guide. With her public speaking background she was able to get many people excited about nature, and birds in particular.
Alison’s biggest turning point was graduating from The Audubon Society of Greater Denver’s Master Birder Course in 2009. Her final paper concentrated on mnemonic-based learning methods to help identify birds by their sounds. Shortly after this, she quit her graphic design job to analyze bird sounds full time. During this time she created hundreds of unique mnemonics for birds of North America.
Alison is now sharing these teachings with birders throughout the United States by providing keynote speaking engagements and educational workshops. She is also on the ground floor of building a bird sound educational field guide phone app.
Tell Us What You Think
Book Alison Kondler to speak at your next birding festival or event. Fees will vary depending on your needs and location.
Field Guide App
Like what you hear on this site? We are creating and expanding our ideas into a bird sound field guide app that will teach our techniques directly in the field. We just opened a crowdfunding account and are asking for your support to help us build this dream. We would love for you to be a part of it. Thank you!