Who's singing outside your door? This program celebrates the chirps, trills, and scrapes of crickets, katydids, grasshoppers, and cicadas. Author and naturalist Wil Hershberger will relate the genesis of his book, The Songs of Insects, and then focus on several species of these summer songsters. The talk will include sound recordings and brilliant photos to explain the natural history of these insects and offer identification tips. After an inside presentation, attendees will have the chance to join Wil outside for a brief search for singing insects.
During this presentation and walk, he’ll focus on the eight target species for Cricket Crawl 2015, the Baltimore/DC evening sound survey on August 21st. To preview and listen to those eight,and to learn about the Crawl itself, visit http://www.discoverlife.org/cricket/DC/.
Cost: $10 per person. To attend this program, pre-pay now.
Wil Hershberger has been an avid naturalist most of his life. After becoming an accomplished and well-respected birder, he rekindled photography skills learned in his dad’s basement darkroom. Today his photography has become an extension of his passion for the natural world. He has an innate ability to capture the natural world in an artistic way. Nearly a decade ago, Wil and his wife Donna formed Nature Images and Sounds, LLC. Together they photograph everything from birds to bugs. Wil is also an accomplished sound recordist. Most of his recordings, including birds and bugs, are archived at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology’s Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds. Through their photography and sound recordings, they hope to instill in others the desire to protect and save these sacred natural treasures.
Wil has articles published in Nature Photographers Magazine and NatureScapes.net online magazine. He co-authored the book, The Songs of Insects, (Houghton Mifflin Company) with Lang Elliott.
Learn more about these singing insects at: http://www.musicofnature.org/songsofinsects/index.html.
Wil's website is www.natureimagesandsounds.com and here's the link to his The Songs of Insects book.