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Nature Moments: Birdsong Baby Babble Archives

Every bird in the world makes some kind of sound. But in order to develop a proper song, some birds need to listen to adults and then practice what they hear, in the same way children learn to speak, explains says Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Natural Sciences Nathaniel T. Wheelwright.

If you want to make your own natural history observations, The Naturalist’s Notebook (Storey Publishing, 2017) by Wheelwright and Research Associate in Biology Bernd Heinrich, provides guidance and a systematic format, with 100 percent of royalties going to conservation and environmental education.

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2 thoughts on “Nature Moments: Birdsong Baby Babble

  1. Whitney Barnard

    Thanks to Prof. Wheelwright for the hearty chuckle evoked by the close of his video! I had started to think my memory was packing it in due to unfamiliar bird songs – this may explain some of it.

  2. Elizabeth Davis

    I’ve heard those baby white throats on Isle au Haut, and I always wondered why some of them knew the song and others didn’t! Another ornithological mystery solved. Loved the lowly worm recording.

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