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ONLINE Course: Audubon at Home—Birding by Ear: The Robin Song Family

Scarlet tanager by alabamabirder.com Charles Grisham.

June 18, 2020 , 5:30 pm 6:00 pm

Pre-registration is required by 3 p.m. CDT Wednesday, June 17th, and space is limited.

UPDATE: Due to an unforeseen medical emergency, we must cancel this online course. We do apologize for the late notice and for any inconvenience.

Check out our other upcoming online courses here.

In response to social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are offering free online courses as a public service to help folks continue to learn about the birds they love! While these will initially be offered for free, please support our work if you are able and make a tax-deductible donation at alaudubon.org/give. Please make sure to comply with all state and local social-distancing regulations. See our full COVID-19 statement here.

Did you miss the first offering of this course last month? No problem! Join Paul H. Franklin as he explores and explains the primary songs of the robin, the tanagers, several of the vireos, the rose-breasted grosbeak, and the orioles for what promises to be a lively walk through the realm of native bird songs. A key element in learning to identify birds by their songs is categorization—learning to group birds with similar songs, then separating the individual species by their similarities and differences. An important “cluster” of bird songs is the one composed of birds that sing short, tumbling phrases like the American robins.

Where and when do we meet? This online course meets on Thursday, June 18th, from 5:30–6 p.m. CDT. It will be a thirty-minute online class with ten minutes at the end for questions. Click on the registration link above to sign up, and you’ll receive the instructions on how to join the meeting via a confirmation email.* 

*Please note, you will receive a separate email with the Zoom meeting instructions before the class (likely the afternoon before). You’ll need the meeting ID and password from this email to join the meeting. In the event the link does not work for you, you may need to go to the Zoom website and manually enter the meeting ID and password.

Registration: Class size is limited to 100. To register, click on the button above. If you’re new to our online system and don’t yet have a username and password, simply click the “X” on the pop up and fill out the basic form.

Please only register if you intend to take the online course. We’ve had a lot of people reach out after these courses fill up who want to take them, and we want to ensure everyone has a spot that wants one! Also, please double check your email and make sure it’s a valid email address prior to completing your registration. We’ve had several kick-backs when sending the Zoom meeting instructions out to registrants, and you won’t be able to join the meeting without this information. Thanks!

Questions? Email the Outreach & Communications Director.


Will this be recorded, and will I have the ability to view the presentation later? Unfortunately, we do not have the ability to record our online courses. Please check out our other upcoming online courses here.

Is there a waiting list? We do not have waiting lists for our online courses at this time. 

The link doesn’t appear to be working. You may need to go to the Zoom website (https://zoom.us) and manually enter the meeting ID and password. Also, wait until just a couple of minutes before the meeting is supposed to begin to try to enter the meeting. It will not work if you try to join the meeting, say, half an hour before it’s scheduled to begin.

I did not receive the email with the Zoom meeting instructions. Please double-check the email address you enter when registering for the course as that is where the instructions will be sent (typically the afternoon before). You may need to add us to your email provider’s safe sender list in the event it goes to spam. Also, please contact us by the morning of the event if possible as generally you should have received the email the afternoon before the course offering.