Identiflyer Lyric - making birding for kids fun!

The Identiflyer is something I've encountered in my quest to find kids birding equipment. This is perhaps my best lead thus far on boning up on my own birding skills but also a great way to teach kids to bird by ear and sight. Here is what I'm talking about for those of you that haven't heard about it yet:

It's basically a handheld device that emits the songs of common birds for beginning birders or those that just need to keep their ear and eye keen to the distinguishing notes and marking of backyard birds. There are cards that correspond with buttons on the edges of the machine and tell you what the name, physical appearance and song of a particular bird is. The Lyric is special and handy because it uses mnemonics as well as song -- this technique is used by birders and even birding professionals in ornithology labs and classes to memorize "sayings" with words to help to remember the bird song. For instance: "Poor Tom Peabody...Peabody...Peabody!" is a mnemonic device used to remember the song of the White-throated Sparrow.

What I love about this little device is that it is multi-functional -- compared to a field guide which takes up slightly more room and weighs a bit more as well and does not play sounds. It fits in your pocket and can be a quick reference as to what you might have just seen or heard. We still bring our field guide for slightly larger pictures and longer descriptions, but the combination is unmatched! In my experience birding with kids is hard enough so when you DO hear something or see something, it's nice to identify it quickly so that you can give kids confidence and a tangible result of their hard work sitting still and being quiet!

The product can have several other cards to make your birding experiences more diverse and expand along with your knowledge! Don't forget to bring your binoculars as you would on any other birding expedition! 

You can purchase your own Lyric for about $39.95 from the website -- make sure you select the right cards if you're going with the newer Lyric since it uses newer technology and is not compatible with older classic cards. Don't forget to Like For The Birds / BirdSong Identiflyer on Facebook for all the latest in birding gear, technology and fun!

Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary Identiflyer Lyric to try out with my pre-K aged son for the purposes of this review. The product was rated as if we had purchased it. I was not compensated in any other way. 


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