Bird Song Through The Ages

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Friday April 21

2:00 PM  –  3:00 PM

Bird Song Through the Ages”

Friday, April 21 at 2:00 pm                    

Saturday, April 22 at 3:30 pm


Dr. Robert Benson is a retired professor of physics and astronomy and the founder of Texas A&M University’s Center of Bioacoustics.  He is a long-time birder and remains actively involved in avian research.  He has served as president of the Texas Ornithological Society and as its Bulletin editor.



Learn how birdsong may have evolved, discovering how it has changed  and is changing over time and across distances.  Did you know that some species’ repertoires of songs and calls exhibit regional dialects and that those dialectal differences are often noticeable over just a few miles?  This information rich and down to earth presentation will have you “hearing” bird vocalizations in a brand new way.



Our talks are offered to all paid festival registrants at no charge, but seating will be reserved.  They are scheduled twice on different days and times to provide more opportunities for everyone to participate in their choice of talks.  Please DO NOT select a talk that conflicts with your choice of field trips.  Most participants should be able to attend 3 to 4 talks.              

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