In conceiving and co-creating For the Birds: The Birdsong Project—the compilation from which these songs come—one of my primary hopes was that it would be a springboard for a new musical category, one that would inspire future generations to dream. That genre, “BYRDSXNG,” is a musical human intervention of sorts, a collaboration with birds themselves. It’s celebratory in nature, and creatively and reverentially honors our winged friends.

Rebecca Reagan is an L.A.-based executive producer, adviser at Kiss the Ground, and co-founder of the Ecuador nonprofit Amazon Healing