This was my first experience in undergraduate research way back in 1992. I helped acoustically analyze redwing blackbird songs. I listened to those songs so many times they are permanently etched in my memory. Dr. William Searcy let me contribute to a publication with that analysis, which started on a path of professional science. Redwing blackbirds are common around the Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology, Pitt’s field station. Since I spent so much time there as faculty-brat, then later as an undergraduate, graduate student, and TA, I have a special affinity for that place and those birds. Products include: Searcy et al. 1994.