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This Clever Game is Like Guitar Hero, But For Bird Songs

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has created a new tool to help bird-watchers learn bird songs in a visual, as well as auditory, way. It’s an online game that they call Bird Song Hero, an homage to the popular game Guitar Hero, which popularized the visualization and gamification of learning music (though what you learn isn’t exactly a real instrument… But here, you get to learn to recognize real bird songs).

Bird Song Hero can teach you to recognize 50 different bird songs, and once you’ve learned them, help you practice your skills so you don’t lose them. What makes this way of learning so powerful is that you not only train your brain to recognize the sounds, but you also train the visual parts of your brain with the use of spectrogram visualization. This increases your chances of committing the sound patterns to memory. Very cool.

Watch the intro video above, which shows you how Bird Song Hero works and gives you some examples.

Want to play/learn? Click here: Bird Song Hero.

Via Bird Song HeroLaughing Squid
Image: screenshot of Bird Song Hero video

By Michael Graham Richard, TreeHugger

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5:23AM PDT on Jul 27, 2014

Neat! Is there an Australian version?

8:01PM PDT on Jul 17, 2014

This is really cool!!

11:50PM PDT on Jul 6, 2014

That's a great one! Thanks for sharing :-)

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7:51PM PDT on Jun 22, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

2:48AM PDT on Jun 22, 2014

ty for sharing

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3:08AM PDT on Jun 21, 2014

Thanks for sharing!

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