At BirdingByEar.com
we teach the art of
identifying birds by
their sounds using
creative mnemonic
techniques.

MEDIA.

Educational Bird Sound Videos

bird songs, calls, and noises

Bird Noises

birds heard in words

Bird Words

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Mallard Calls

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Red Crossbill

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TECHNIQUES.

Our Mnemonic Approach

BIRD WORDS

Add a word to a birds song
WATCH

VISUAL CLUES

A visual way to learn bird sounds
WATCH

SOUNDS LIKE

Compares to known sounds
WATCH

SOUND CLIP

Listen to a piece of the bird’s song
WATCH

EMOTION

What emotion could the bird be feeling
WATCH

HUMAN SONG

Compares to a human song
WATCH

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SCHEDULE.

Speaking Engagements and Trips

Date Location Activity
4-25-04 Waterton to Chatfield Guided Field Trip
10-24-04 South Platte Park Guided Field Trip
2-18-06 Lakes of Lakewood Colorado Guided Field Trip
2-11-07 Lakes of Lakewood Colorado Guided Field Trip
7-22-07 Genessee Mountain Guided Field Trip
11-17-07 Lakes of Lakewood Colorado Guided Field Trip
1-19-08 South Platte Riverp Guided Field Trip
4-19-08 Roxborough State Park Guided Field Trip
5-3-09 Roxborough State Park Guided Field Trip
7-12-09 Denver Foothills Guided Field Trip
4-27-10 ASGD Nature Center Presentation and Guided Field Trip
7-24-10 Denver Foothills Guided Field Trip
Entire 2010 All Over Colorado Field Trip and Class Mentor
2011 Denver Field Ornithologists Board Member
4-14-12 Roxborough State Park BBE Presentation and Guided Walk
4-22-12 Boulder Bird Club Keynote Speaking Engagement
5-26-12 Roxborough State Park Presentation and Guided Field Trip
6-2-12 Roxborough State Park Presentation and Guided Field Trip
11-24-12 Roxborough State Park Guided Field Trip
4-27-13 Roxborough State Park Presentation and Guided Field Trip
5-12-13 Roxborough State Park Presentation and Guided Field Trip
5-25-13 Roxborough State Park Presentation and Guided Field Trip
6-8-13 Roxborough State Park Presentation and Guided Field Trip
5-10-14 Rocky Mountain Arsenal Keynote Speaking Engagement
5-3-14 Roxborough State Park Presentation and Guided Field Trip
5-17-14 Roxborough State Park Presentation and Guided Field Trip
5-25-14 Roxborough State Park Guided Field Trip
6-14-14 Roxborough State Park Guided Field Trip
11-15-14 Lakes of Lakewood Colorado< Guided Field Trip
4-25-15 Roxborough State Park Presentation and Guided Field Trip
5-25-15 Roxborough State Park Presentation and Guided Field Trip
5-9-15 Denver Zoo Keynote Speaking Engagement
5-16-15 Roxborough State Park Presentation and Guided Field Trip
4-30-16 Roxborough State Park Presentation and Guided Field Trip
6-7-16 Roxborough State Park Presentation and Guided Field Trip
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ABOUT ALISON KONDLER.

A Sound Life

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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.

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CONNECT.

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.

Lectures
  • One hour lecture: Bird Words - Creative ways to identify birds by their sounds.
  • One hour lecture: Bird Words - Creative ways to identify birds by their sounds. Includes bird species specific to your area. Customizing fees apply.
Workshops
  • Two hour outdoor birding by ear walk at dawn, followed by an indoor lecture presentation.
  • Keynote lecture in the evening with outdoor birding by ear walk the next morning.
 

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DONATE.

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!

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