I recently watched the hilarious and heartwarming movie The Big Year, in which three birding enthusiasts vie for the Birder of the Year title – whoever sees the most species of birds in a year is crowned the champion. While watching, I thought it was interesting that you didn’t actually have to *see* a bird to check it off the list – it counted if the bird was simply heard. Working at Ai Squared, this got me thinking about visually impaired birding.
And I’m certainly not the first. Peter Torpey and Nancy Goodman Torpey started ViewPoints, a half-hour weekly radio show that discusses products, services and daily living tips for people with vision loss. A few months ago, they created a podcast entitled “Birding by Ear” – listen to the podcast or head over to their website to get more information about the show in general or to download other podcasts.
What better time than the beautiful fall to get out there and hear some birds!