The "Birdsong Tutor" Course Resource List

Student-recommended books (or books recommended by others):

Private Lives of Garden Birds by Calvin Simonds. The author shares information about the behaviors of eleven common backyard bird species. (This is available in braille from NLS and may also be available on cassette.)

Student-recommended audio resources:

"Seattle Song" (This is available through the Seattle Audubon Society and has recordings of 77 birds from the Seattle, WA area.)

"Birding by Ear" from the Peterson Field Guide (for birds of the western U.S.) produced by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.

Web site resources I have discovered and shared:

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Patuxent Bird Identification
InfoCenter Site/U.S. Geological Survey

Owens Rain Forest Aviary Site/San Diego Zoo

Birdlife International

Audubon Society

Birdnet Site/Ornithological Council

International Migratory Bird Day Site/Environment for the Americas

Sibley Guides Site/David Sibley

Bird Treatment and Learning Center

Migratory Bird Site/US Fish and Wildlife Service

Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park

Additional bird-related resources:

Recipe for Homemade Suet Cake (provided by a student and was passed on to this student from several other people left anonymous here for privacy reasons):

1 lb. lard
16 to 20 oz. crunchy peanut butter
¾ to 1 cup raisins
¾ to 1 cup sunflower seeds or mixed bird seed
6 cups cornmeal
5 cups all-purpose flour

In a saucepan, over medium heat, cook lard until melted, then remove from heat and add peanut butter until melted. Stir in raisins and birdseed. Add cornmeal and flour. Mix until well-combined. Spoon into store-bought suet containers or any similar-size containers. Store in freezer until ready to serve. Makes 8-10 squares.

(Submitted by: Angie Sveum; Last updated: February 8, 2010)

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