SUMMER 2012 APPEARANCES


School of the Wilds: Insect Song (A Cleveland Metroparks Free Public Program)

Rocky River Nature Center, Cleveland Metroparks.

Sunday, July 29, 2012, 2PM-5PM

Did you know that there are many different kinds of crickets and katydids in NE Ohio – and that these insects are actually Earth’s first musicians? This program, which is part of the Pollinator Power Weekend, begins with an indoor presentation followed by a search of the habitats around the Rocky River Nature Center for crickets and katydids.
More information at:
http://www.clemetparks.com/education/facilities/rockyrivernaturecenter.asp


Insect Songs at the Mill Creek Metroparks Farm (Mahoning County)

7574 Columbiana-Canfield Rd.  Canfield, Oh  44406

Friday, August 3, 2012, 2PM-5PM

Dr. Lisa Rainsong of the Cleveland Institute of Music will help us discover “Nature’s Music:” crickets, grasshoppers, and katydids. Meet at Metroparks Farm. Easy rating, 1 mile.
More information at:
http://www.millcreekmetroparks.org/parksfacilities/metroparksfarm/tabid/1474/default.aspx


“A Little Night Music”

Cleveland Museum of Natural History Family Field Trip

Saturday, August 4, 2012, 7:30 – 11:30 PM

Instructors: Nathan Taxel and Lisa Rainsong

Join us for a fun, family-friendly evening with Dr. Lisa Rainsong, a music theory faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music, who also does field recordings and surveys of crickets and katydids — the "singing insects." We will become expert listeners as we explore the choruses of Ohio's night shift. We will meet and listen at a museum property near Chardon called Soubusta Sugarbush.
For registration information:
http://www.cmnh.org/site/classesandprograms/family.aspx


Crickets and Katydids: The Insect Percussion Ensemble

Holden Arboretum, Kirtland (Lake County), Ohio

Friday, August 10, 2012, 7 PM-9 PM

As the avian chorus becomes silent in late summer, the insect percussion ensemble begins to take center stage. Have you ever wondered who is making all those different sounds in the late afternoon and evenings of August and September? Cleveland Institute of Music professor and naturalist Dr. Lisa Rainsong will introduce the basic types of insect singers - crickets and katydids - and how to identify their songs and habitats. This class will begin with an indoor presentation on these attractive insects, their songs, and how you can encourage these fine musicians to perform where you live. The second hour of the class will be outdoors in Holden's gardens as we listen to their music and perhaps actually see them "sing." Please bring a flashlight and dress for the weather.
Registration information can be found at:
http://www.holdenarb.org/summerforestexplorations.asp


“Katydid Kampout!” at Chickagami Park

Chickagami Park, 17957 Tavern Road (Route 168) Parkman Township (Parkman, OH 44021)

Saturday, August 11, 2012, 6:30 PM to Sunday morning, August 12, at 9:30 AM

Bring your tent and sleeping bag and spend the night under the shooting stars while listening to music provided by the insect orchestra!Arrive at 6:30 pm and pitch your tent in time to gather for the 7:30 pm program with cricket and katydid specialist Lisa Rainsong as we search for singing insects. Afterwards, enjoy a campfire and snacks as well as meteor shower viewing from 10 pm till midnight. Fee includes a continental breakfast from 8 to 9:30 am Sunday morning. Tents only - no hook-ups.
This is a Geauga Park District program. Reservations at:
http://reservations.Geaugaparkdistrict.org/programs/


The Summer Insect Concert: learn the musicians and share the performance with others

Holden Arboretum, Warren H. Corning Visitor Center, Kirtland (Lake County), Ohio

Friday, August 17, 2012, 3:30 PM-10:30 PM

Learn to identify crickets and katydids in the daylight hours of late afternoon and the magical hours after dusk when the entire meadow is a concert hall.  Between the afternoon and evening outdoor sessions, Lisa Rainsong will share a powerpoint presentation featuring her own photos and sound recordings of northeast Ohio crickets and katydids. Besides identification, this program will help you introduce these insects to participants of your own nature programs.  Learn how to find crickets and katydids, how best to catch them and how to encourage adults as well as children to participate. We will discuss the kinds of questions program participants are most likely to ask you. Many people have not yet learned nature listening skills, so our discussion will also include how to listen for the songs. We’ll also examine these insects’ role in their ecosystems. Bring a bag dinner.
Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist continuing education workshop open to OCVN graduates.
http://www.Holdenarb.org/search/ocvngraduateworkshops.asp


Singing Insects: A Hamlet Village program

Meet at the Katydid Shelter at Frohring Meadows, 16780 Savage Road, Bainbridge Township (Chagrin Falls, OH 44023)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 2 PM

I will talk about our “singing insects” – crickets and katydids – and then we will walk along the paved, fully accessible dragonfly trail to look and listen for them. I will also be doing two different presentations on NE Ohio birds at Hamlet Village – one at 2 pm August 8 and a second at 2 pm August 15th. These will be located at the clubhouse at Hamlet Village Retirement Community in Chagrin Falls.
Directions and additional information
http://hamletretirement.com/
Admission to these programs is free, but please call for reservations: 440-247-4676.


“Musical Insects”

F. A. Seiberling Nature Realm Visitor Center, Metro Parks serving Summit County

Saturday, August 25, 2012, 7 PM

Late summer evenings are the perfect time to listen to Earth’s first musicians: crickets and katydids. Cleveland Institute of Music faculty member Dr. Lisa Rainsong will help identify who is singing and how to find them. Includes an indoor presentation and then a search outside in the Nature Realm “concert hall.” Bring a flashlight to spotlight the soloists. (Note: the Nature Realm has excellent habitats for crickets and katydids!)
More information at:
http://www.summitmetroparks.org/parksandtrails/faseiberlingnaturerealm.aspx


“Singing Insects:” Northeast Ohio’s crickets and katydids

Native Plant Society of Northeast Ohio hike (but visitors are welcome)

Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve, 15681 Old Rider Road (at Pond Road) in Burton Township

Saturday, September 15, 2012, 2 PM-4PM

Learn about the songs of crickets and katydids and search for these beautiful little musicians in their native plant setting. This program will be led by CIM music theory professor and native plant enthusiast Lisa Rainsong. The main concert hall will be the large meadow at Burton Wetlands with an additional chamber music performance at the edge of Lake Kelso. Call Diane to register: 440-666-4870. Visitors are welcome.
More information at:
http://www.Geaugaparkdistrict.org/parks/Burton.shtml


SUMMER 2011 APPEARANCES


Crickets and Katydids: The Insect Percussion Ensemble

Holden Arboretum, Kirtland (Lake County), Ohio

Friday, August 12, 7 PM-9 PM

As the avian chorus becomes silent in late summer, the insect percussion ensemble begins to take center stage. Have you ever wondered who is making all those different sounds in the late afternoon and evenings of August and September? Cleveland Institute of Music professor and naturalist Dr. Lisa Rainsong will introduce the basic types of insect singers - crickets and katydids - and how to identify their songs and habitats. This class will begin with an indoor presentation on these attractive insects, their songs, and how you can encourage these fine musicians to perform where you live. The second hour of the class will be outdoors in Holden's gardens as we listen to their music and perhaps actually see them "sing." Please bring a flashlight and dress for the weather.
Registration information can be found at:
http://www.holdenarb.org/summerforestexplorations.asp


Summer Insect Songs at the Grimm Fen

Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Go to "Classes," then "Adult Field Trips"

Saturday, August 13th, 5 PM-8 PM

Cleveland Museum of Natural History Cricket and Katydid song identification hike with Lisa Rainsong, Garrett Ormiston, and Stanley Stine in Geauga County


Crickets and Katydids in Concert!

Seiberling Nature Realm, Metro Parks Serving Summit County

Saturday, August 20th at 7 PM


Singing Insects, Fiddles and Drums

Liberty Park, Twinsburg, Ohio (Summit County)

Sunday, August 21st, 7-9PM

Lisa Rainsong, authority on the singing insects of our area, will provide a discussion about these musical but reclusive insects, which abound in Liberty Park. After the discussion we will take a short walk to "hear" if we can find some of these musicians.
Meet at the Stone House, 9207 Liberty Rd. 2 hrs.


Insect Orchestra: Nature's Musicians

Burton Wetlands State Nature Preserve, Geauga Park District
15681 Old Rider Road, Burton/Newbury Twps.

Friday, August 26th 7:30 - 9:00 PM

Enjoy an evening insect concert as cricket/katydid specialist and musician Dr. Lisa Rainsong introduces us to members of the Burton Wetlands insect orchestra.


The Singing and Dancing Insects of the Terraces

Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Go to "Classes," then "Adult Field Trips"
hike with Lisa Rainsong and Stanley Stine

Saturday, August 27th, 4 PM - 7 PM

Search for crickets and katydid singers with us at the hemlock grove of the Grand River Terraces. We'll explore the ponds looking for dragonflies and damselflies as they waltz over the wetlands. We'll enjoy the musical soundtrack of chirps, trills and buzzes on this easy slow-paced walk.
Grand River Terraces Preserve, Ashtabula County


SPRING 2011 APPEARANCES


Listening for Spring Sounds of the February Forest

Holden Arboretum

Saturday, February 26th, 2011 from 9 am - 11 am

Indoor presentation followed by outdoor listening hike
Register at:
www.holdenarb.org/visit/winterforrestexplorations.asp


Backyard Birdsong, session #1

Holden Arboretum

Saturday, March 26th, 2011 at 8:30 am

Indoor presentation followed by outdoor listening hike
(first session of a two-part class)


Backyard Birdsong, session #2

Holden Arboretum

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011 at 8:30 am

Indoor presentation followed by outdoor listening hike
(second session of a two-part class)


Musical Ear Training Technique as a Tool for Bird Song Identification

Black River Audubon Society

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 at 7 pm

Carlisle Reservation Visitor Center, Lorain County Metro Parks
12882 Diagonal Road, LaGrange, Ohio 44050


Birdsongs of the Forest and Edges: April arrivals

Holden Arboretum

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 8:30 am

Indoor presentation followed by outdoor listening hike


Birdsong Ear Training Techniques

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Kirtland Bird Club monthly meeting


Birdsongs of the Forest and Edges: Early May arrivals

Holden Arboretum

Saturday, May 7th, 2011 at 8:30 am

Indoor presentation followed by outdoor listening hike


Music in the Meadow: songs of Holden's meadow birds

Holden Arboretum

Saturday, June 11th, 2011 at 8:00 am

Indoor presentation followed by outdoor listening hike


2010 APPEARANCES


Kent Bog Singing Insects

Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Kent Bog

Saturday, September 25th, 2010 from 4 pm-dusk

3rd of three 'singing insect' field trips co-lead with CMNH conservation specialist and City of Twinsburg naturalist Stanley Stine.
More information at:
www.cmnh.org/site/ClassesandPrograms/AdultFieldTrips.aspx


The Insect Percussion Ensemble

Holden Arboretum

Friday evening, September 17th, 2010 7 pm-9pm

Holden Arboretum class followed by outdoor cricket and katydid search!

More information at:
www.holdenarb.org


The Singing and Dancing Insects of the Terraces

Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Grand River Terraces

Saturday, September 11, 2010 from 4 pm-7pm

2nd of three 'singing insect' field trips co-lead with CMNH conservation specialist and City of Twinsburg naturalist Stanley Stine.
More information at:
www.cmnh.org/site/ClassesandPrograms/AdultFieldTrips.aspx


Insect Orchestra: Nature's Musicians

Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve

Sunday, August 29, 2010 from 7:30-9:30 pm

Evening hike and outdoor class.

Register at the Holden Aboretum's web site: http://www.holdenarb.org/visit/fallexploringandconserving.asp


Evening Songs at the North Kingsville Sand Barrens

Cleveland Museum of Natural History, North Kingsville Sand Barrens

Saturday, August 28th, 2010 from 6 pm till dusk

1st of three 'singing insect' field trips co-lead with CMNH conservation specialist and City of Twinsburg naturalist Stanley Stine.
More information at:
www.cmnh.org/site/ClassesandPrograms/AdultFieldTrips.aspx


Field Trip

Mill Creek MetroParks, Canfield

Friday evening, August 27th, 2010

www.millcreekmetroparks.com/Home/tabid/1388/Default.aspx


Crickets and Katydids of Geauga

Geauga Park District, The West Wood Nature Center

Friday, August 13th, 2010 from 7-9 pm

This presentation will include the results of my 2009 survey of two of the Geauga Park Districts preserves and an outdoor demonstration of how I conduct my survey work.
www.geaugaparkdistrict.org


A Concert Guide to Earth's First Musicians and Their Music

Holden Arboretum

July 14th, 2010

Did you know that the Earth's first musicians were probably insects called katydids? They have been singing for around 250 million years now, and birds for probably about 150 million!

If you'd like to learn more about really "early music," Join me at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History on Wednesday evening, July 14th. My talk, in conjunction with the Museum's Wild Music exhibit, will explore the songs and other communications of NE Ohio birds, amphibians, and insects. I'll include many of my own field recordings and will also give you some ideas on how to identify the singers you hear.


Bird songs in the Meadow

Holden Arboretum

Saturday, June 19th, 2010:

This three-hour class will begin with an hour indoor presentation of the songs of Holden's meadow and grassland birds. We will then spend two hours in Holden's meadows to listen for these wonderful singers!


SPRING BIRD SONG IDENTIFICATION CLASSES AT THE HOLDEN ARBORETUM

( A three-class series - take one or take them all)

The basic elements of music can help us identify and remember common bird songs and give us a basis for comparison with songs that are less common. Using an approach derived from teaching music appreciation and ear training classes, Cleveland Institute of Music faculty member Lisa Rainsong, Ph.D., will develop your ability to recognize, identify, and remember the singers and their songs. The series will focus on year-round residents and migrant birds which stay in Northeast Ohio to nest. Each session will begin with an indoor audio component and conclude with a trip outside to practice recognition of bird songs. Please dress for the weather and bring binoculars.


Saturday, March 27 and April 3: 9am - 11:30am
SESSION 1: Backyard Birdsongs

Session one includes two back-to-back classes, which will concentrate on common year-round resident birds and early spring migrants that can be heard in the trees and shrubs around your home. We will add to our repertoire of bird songs each week as more birds arrive at their breeding territories This is a great session for beginners and those new to studying bird song.


Saturday, April 24th:
SESSION 2: Bird songs of the Forests and Edges #1

Sessions two and three will explore several different wooded habitats to compare the resident bird composition of each. Special attention will be paid to sorting out similar songs of the birds residing in these areas. A knowledge of basic bird song, either from the earlier spring class or from prior experience, would be helpful. After a quick review of the most common bird songs, we will learn additional songs of newly-arriving forest birds.


Saturday, May 15th:
SESSION 3: Bird songs of the Forests and Edges #2

More singers have arrived since the end of April, and we will add more singers to our woodland ensemble.


How a musical approach to birdsong can sharpen your birdsong identification skills

Greater Akron Audubon Society, Mingo Pavilion in Akron's Sand Run Metro Park

January 26th, 2010 at 7 pm

Meeting begins at 7:00 PM with a few minutes of chapter business, followed by my 45-60 minute featured presentation.


2009 APPEARANCES


Crickets and Katydids: the Insect Percussion Ensemble

Holden Arboretum

Friday, September 18th, 2009 7 - 9 pm

The first hour will be an introductory class on the insects and their songs. We will then go outside into the Holden gardens with our flashlights to look for/listen to them.


Insect Orchestra: Meet the Musicians

Burton Wetlands

Friday, September 11th, 2009 7:30-9 pm


Singing Insects with Lisa

Liberty Park in Twinsburg

Sunday, September 6th, 2009 6pm-8pm


Cleveland Museum of Natural History field trip:

Summer Night Insect Recital

Singer Lake in southern Summit County

Saturday, August 29th, 2009 7:30-9:30 pm

Sandy soils left by glacial deposition in the southern end of Summit County have created an excellent stage for the insect percussion ensemble of late summer. Co-leading this hike with Stanley Stine, Lisa will provide interpretation of the music we hear and identify the performers responsible. Flashlights and after-dark fortitude are highly recommended.


Holden Arboretum: Bird song identification.

Two-session class on Saturday morning, March 28 and April 4th, 2009.

This class will include both indoor lecture and outdoor field practice. Watch for details on the Holden Arboretum web site.


Holden Arboretum: Composing Music Through Birdsong

Saturday, February 14, 2009 2pm - 4pm

Birds are extraordinary performers, composers and arrangers. Human composers have borrowed musical ideas from their avian counterparts throughout musical history and continue to do so. A naturalist as well as a musician, Lisa Rainsong, PhD, Cleveland Institute of Music faculty member, will integrate nature’s music and human music in this exploration of ways in which composers have used the music of birds from the Renaissance to the present. The evening will conclude with a demonstration of how she herself accomplishes this in her own music.