Songbirding Season 5: New Episodes Mondays

Acoustic explorations of songbird habitat in the Great Lakes region


What Songbirding Listeners Say

About the host & creator

Rob Porter

I’m a naturalist and software engineer in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. For a decade I’ve been learning bird identification both by eye and ear, and occasionally leading small group birding outings with the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club.

In the last few years I’ve also been recording birdsong, starting with with my handheld setup (iPhone + mic) and with automated bioacoustic recording devices I’ve built or acquired, then followed by more professional equipment, such as the Zoom H6 and Zoom XYH-5.

In 2018 I set up the Hamilton Bioacoustics Research Project where we’ve recorded thousands of hours of soundscapes in natural spaces throughout our region. We’ve also devised various methods for volunteers to turn the recordings into observational data. This was as stepping stone towards the creation of Songbirding.