birding by ear


Jenny Rechel is a researcher for the U.S. Forest Service. At age 9, Rechel first learned from her father how to identify bird species just by hearing their calls.

Video by Maya Sugarman/KPCC.

Music: "Roomba" by Podington Bear.

The Process

For the hand-written elements, I used Adobe Illustrator Draw on my iPhone using a stylus. I exported each element as PNG files and worked with them in After Effects.

I considered getting fancy with the handwritten text using a stroke effect or alpha mask, but this was a quick-turnaround fun experiment and we went for an MVP. More experiments to come!