The March meeting  of the Cayuga Bird Club will be Monday, March 13, 2023, at 
7:30 pm at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology,    Our speaker, Alli Smith, will be 
presenting "Behind the Scenes of Merlin Sound ID". The Merlin Bird ID app, 
created by the Cornell lab of Ornithology, is a global field guide and a 
powerful tool to help identify the birds around you. Sound ID, the newest 
feature added to Merlin in Spring 2021, helps you identify 1,000+ bird species 
by sound even when you can’t see them - but how does it work? We’ll 
take a deep dive behind the scenes of Merlin to learn how Sound ID was 
developed, and how you can help us expand Merlin to cover more species 
worldwide. About the Speaker: Alli Smith is the Merlin Project Coordinator at 
the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, where her work focuses on outreach and 
supporting birders. She graduated from SUNY-ESF with a BS in Wildlife Science 
in 2016 and has been bouncing around the bird conservation world since then, 
including working with seabirds and managing citizen science monitoring 
projects. Alli believes in the power of community to make a positive impact on 
bird conservation, and is thrilled to be able to support birders worldwide with 
the Merlin Bird ID app. There will be a speaker dinner before the meeting at 
5:30 at Sumo Restaurant (Cayuga Mall on Triphammer Rd.). Please rsvp to Colleen 
Richards,, by noon Mon., March 13.
 In-person meetings at the Lab of Ornithology start with cookies at 7 pm, the 
reading of the bird list* at 7:25 pm, and club business at 7:30 pm, followed by 
the speaker's presentation starting around 7:45 and ending by 9 pm. Colleen 
Cayuga Bird Club 
Corresponding Secretary
 * NOTE: For March, 2023, one of our standing agenda items -- the Reading of 
the List -- will take place at 7:25, prior to the regular business meeting, to 
safeguard the speakers' time while retaining a long standing tradition during 
the more "social" and interactive time ahead of the business meeting. Cayuga 
Bird Club meetings are held on the second Monday of each month, September 
through June, and are free and open to the public. 

  We will attempt to make presentations available virtually as a recording 
posted a few days later.

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