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Presentations and classes 2009 - December, 2021

Wooster Science Café, Wooster, OH  December 7, 2021. Speaker: "Listening to Climate Change: what bird songs and insect songs can tell us."

College of Wooster, September 16, 2021: Seminar for the biology department and music department: Crickets and Katydids: Research by Ear. Seminar was followed by a field exploration for the Entomology class in search of singing insects.

Ohio Natural Area and Preserves Association annual conference, keynote speaker.August 21, 2021: Learning from Crickets and Katydids.

"Sonic Earth Expeditions" podcast 40-minute interview with Emmy winning TV news producer Mary Beth Toole:

"Ear Training with Lisa Rainsong"  March, 2021

ODNR annual Wildlife Diversity Conference, Columbus, OH. March 4, 2020. Speaker

Case Western Reserve University Musicology Colloquium. September 2019: Crickets and Katydids: Research by Ear

Arc of Appalachia  August, 2019. Appalachian Forest School "Nature's Choir" four-day singing insect workshop co-presenter with Wil Hershberger

Cleveland Museum of Natural History Conservation Symposium "Empathy and Entanglement" panel discussion member. September 2019.


“Biggest Week in American Birding” national festival organized by Black Swamp Bird Observatory.  May 2019, 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012: “Bird Song: Sorting Out the Singers in the Chorus.” This is the largest birding festival in the United States.

Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist curriculum: Ornithology, with focus on listening and bird song identification: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016.

National Federation of Music Clubs conference birdsong presentation, June, 2017

Holden Arboretum 7-part class series on bird song identification, amphibian song, and singing insects: 2009 – 2018

Ashland University Environmental Lecture Series presentation: “Crickets and Katydids: Research by Ear.” October, 2016

University of Akron Biology Department research colloquium: “Crickets and Katydids: Research by Ear.”  October, 2016

University of Akron Entomology Department singing insect presentation and field demonstration for entomology class: “Crickets and Katydids at the University of Akron Field Station.” September, 2016 and 2018.

Midwest Native Plant Conference, Dayton, OH.  Bird song presentation:  “I Know Where You Live by the Songs that You Sing.” July, 2016.

National Association for Interpretation Great Lakes regional conference. “The Music of Birdsong: learning and teaching bird song identification.” March, 2016.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Lyceum Series presentation: “The Chorus Returns to the Stage: Bird Song and Amphibian Song in Early March.” March, 2016

Cleveland Institute of Music, Music Theory Colloquium: “The Music of Birdsong.” February, 2016.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History Conservation Symposium presentation: “Crickets and Katydids: Research by Ear.” September, 2015

Midwest Native Plant Conference, Dayton, Ohio.  Speaker and field trip leader, “Crickets and Katydids in Concert.”  2015 and 2014.

Ohio Federation of Music Clubs state conference: “The Music of Birdsong.” 2015

Ohio Ornithological Society state conference: “Learning by Ear: Observations of a Bird Listener.”  April, 2015

Cleveland Institute of Music, Music Theory Colloquium: “Extreme Ear Training: Insect Musicians in a Summer Night Concert.” February 2015

Cincinnati Museum Center Edge of Appalachia Preserve:  Advanced Naturalist workshop faculty member for 3-day class/workshop. “The Singing Insects.” September 6-8, 2014

CWRU “Think Beyond the Campus” freshman orientation seminar: “Breeding bird survey on the CWRU Farm: using music theory skills in natural history research.” August, 2012.

Cleveland Metroparks: in-service training for Metroparks naturalists on singing insect identification and how to teach the species and songs to park visitors. 2012

Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists State Conference: “The Music of Birdsong: birdsong identification.” 2011

Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists post-certificate training session on singing insect identification, songs, and how to teach basic identification to others. Holden Arboretum, 2011

Cleveland Museum of Natural History: “A Concert Guide to Earth’s First Musicians” in conjunction with the museum exhibit, “Wild Music.” 2010

Programs and presentations for park districts and other organizations across Ohio:  2009 - present

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