Learn how to capture field recordings of bird sounds like the pros do.
Recording a Sandhill Crane. Photo by Karl Fitzke

Capture the Sounds of  Nature at Recording Workshop

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For release: March 1, 2012

Ithaca, NY— The annual Sound Recording Workshop offered by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology immerses students in field recording and shows them techniques used by the pros to capture bird sounds. The next workshop is taking place June 16 through 23 at San Francisco State University's Sierra Nevada Field Campus in the Tahoe National Forest.

“This workshop is appropriate for all who have an interest in recording wildlife sounds,” says audio curator Greg Budney. “Whether you are a seasoned researcher or someone who’s never recorded a bird before, we give you the knowledge and skills to make wildlife recordings for education, research, and conservation or just for your own enjoyment.”

Through daily field recording sessions, lectures, and demonstrations, participants learn how to get the most out of their field recording equipment and take advantage of every recording opportunity. They also receive an introduction to sound analysis software that converts sound waves into visual images so they can “see” a bird’s sounds, revealing details that the human ear alone cannot detect.

Alumni of the program have gone on to record natural sounds around the world and contribute recordings to the Cornell Lab's Macaulay Library archive—the largest archive of bird and animal sounds in the world.

The Sound Recording Workshop fee of $985 covers tuition, class materials, local transportation, food, lodging, and the loan of a recording system for the course to the first six registrants who request it. A deposit is requested to reserve a space in the workshop, which is limited to 20 students. Registration and a $100 down-payment are due by May 15.

To register or get more information: Kelly Smith at (607) 254-6323 or

Media Contact: Pat Leonard, (607) 254-2137,
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