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Upcoming Programs

    • 7 Feb 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • via Zoom - watch for email with link

    Nathan Pieplow - The Language of Birds

    All around us, the birds are constantly telling us who they are and what they are doing. In this talk for any audience, Nathan Pieplow unlocks the secrets of their language. You’ll listen in on the pillow talk of a pair of Red-winged Blackbirds, and learn the secret signals that Cliff Swallows use when they have found food. You’ll learn how one bird sound can have many meanings, and how one meaning can have many sounds—and how, sometimes, the meaning isn’t in the sounds at all. This talk from the author of the Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds is an accessible, entertaining introduction to a fascinating topic.

    Nathan Pieplow is the author of the Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds, published in two volumes, Eastern (2017) and Western (2019). An avid bird sound recordist and videographer, he is the author of the bird sound blog Earbirding.com, a board member of the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, an author of the Colorado Birding Trail, and former editor of the journal Colorado Birds. He teaches writing and rhetoric at the University of Colorado in Boulder.



    • 7 Mar 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • via Zoom - watch for email with link
    The Sax-Zim Bog is a well known bird watching area located in northern Minnesota. This vast area, over 147,000 acres, is perhaps best known for winter bird watching opportunities, especially for those folks interested in braving subzero temperatures for owls, finches, and other boreal forest specialists. However, this is a location that has year-round biodiversity across an incredibly diverse landscape! This talk will serve as a good introduction to the Sax-Zim Bog, will consider the Friends of Sax-Zim Bog organization, and discover some of the birds and other critters that call this place home through the coldest winter weather and warmest summer sun. 

    Speaker information: Clinton Dexter-Nienhaus is the Head Naturalist for the Friends of Sax-Zim Bog, a position that he has held for 6 years. He is an Environmental Educator, with a Master's Degree in Environmental Education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Biology from St. Mary's University in Winona, Minnesota. As Head Naturalist for the Friends of Sax-Zim Bog, Clinton's roles vary including teaching and scheduling education field trips in the Sax-Zim Bog, teaching Minnesota Master Naturalist courses, serving as a bird guide, coordinating a number of Citizen Science endeavors in the Sax-Zim Bog, and documenting and identifying all species found in the Sax-Zim Bog. His interests in the natural world include fish, dragonflies and damselflies, birds, reptiles and amphibians, moths and butterflies, lichens, prairie and boreal forest plant communities and ecology, beetles, and recently ants and grasshoppers.

    Pine Grosbeak, photo by Sparky Stensaas

    Evening Grosbeak, photo by Sparky Stensaas


    Great Gray Owl, photo by Sparky Stensaas

    Canada Jay, photo by Sparky Stensaas




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