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All sound files on this site are wav or mp3 files.  Sometimes there is conflict between
screen-reading software and other sound players.  If you have problems hearing the
sounds, contact your technical specialist.  If you still have problems, 
and we'll try to help. Also be sure to let us know of any general access
problems.  Thanks.

Steve Colman's annual birdwalk, 2011

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Steve Coleman's Birding By Ear Walk at Fields Pond Nature Center -- May 14, 2011; 9 - 11 am

Learn to identify birds by sound. For visually impaired and others interested in sounds of nature

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For further information call Fields Pond at 207-989-2591

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One person goes blind every 7 minutes in the United States according to one estimate. Add to this number the new victims throughout the rest of the world and those already blind -- including those blind from birth and those with other severe visual impairments -- and the totals reach a stunning 160,000,000 according to the World Health Organization.

The development of the personal computer and advances in digitized sound offer a way 
for blind and low 
vision persons to find a satisfying hobby in nature study and to contribute to the world in 
which we live.  Even profoundly multiply impaired children are 
able to benefit from digitized sounds of 
NHEST, Inc. (Natural History Education Science and Technology) is working to design 
nature educational/recreational materials for the blind.

Blind and low vision persons are able to operate easily the 
NHEST computerized bird identification lessons which use bird voice recordings 
produced by MIST Software Associates.  This website is designed for accessibility
to screen readers and browsers used by those with visual impairments.

We have presented programs on bird identification at Fields Pond Nature Center 
of the Maine Audubon Society (located in Orrington) and at the 1999 convention of the
American Council of the Blind, and at a number of sites during 2000-2004.  This website is seeing an increasing amount of use as blind and low vision
nature enthusiasts become aware of its existance. 
Further development is needed, but we have made great progress.  Our programs Fields Pond and other sites to teach the identification of trees using non-
cues programs 
the feasibility of this approach, and the section on trees (and one on gardening
for non-visual aesthetics) on this website has
received favorable comment and increasing use.

However, to develop this opportunity further, we need more help.
  We need donations of money and time.  To find out what you
can do to help, e-mail us at, call us at
207-327-1453, or write us at:
144 Atkinson Rd
Bradford, ME 04410.

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