Every bird’s song is unique, and just by listening you can identify the birds around you. But it’s like learning a foreign language made up of chips and chirps that can confuse even the most experienced birdwatchers. Up until now! Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology has just updated its easy-to-use Merlin Bird ID smartphone app so it listens to the birds around you and shows real-time suggestions for who’s singing.
In this Zoom program led by Beverly and Anders Gyllenhaal, you’ll learn exactly how to use all of Merlin’s identification features with an emphasis on the song recognition feature. The Merlin ID app has been around for years, and it truly is a wizard. By answering three simple questions about a bird you are trying to identify, Merlin will give you a list of photos of possible matches. Beverly said it’s like having a professional guide in the palm of your hand, giving quick identification help for all levels of bird watchers. Then, on October 16, you will have a chance to put Merlin in action with a guided visit to Roosevelt Island.
The Gyllenhaals, former Village members who have moved to North Carolina, publish a birding website called flyinglessons.us/
and are writing a book on bird conservation for Simon & Schuster.
To get the most out of the program, the Gyllenhaals ask that you download the app in advance by establishing a free account with Cornell. Click this link merlin.allaboutbirds.org/
to find the app location and more information. After you install the app, tap "Get Sound ID" to activate the sound ID feature. If you already have Merlin on your device, simply visit the App Store or Google Play to download the latest update.
And for everything you need to know specifically about Sound ID, click here