What is Bird Language?
language is the art of interpreting the calls, postures and behavior of
birds to identify the locations of predators and other forces on the
landscape. Experienced bird language observers regularly use their
skills to locate Cooper's hawks in suburban neighborhoods, and to
identify the approach of hikers in the back-country two minutes before
they come into view.
You do not need to know the names or the
calls of individual species of birds to learn bird language. The
“language” is universal and inter-species. Bird language experts from
North America report that their skills server them very well when
traveling to other continents, even they are not familiar with the local
What do we do at the gatherings?
will follow a model developed by Jon Young, who has been teaching bird
language workshops for over 20 years. We will begin by gathering at the
Visitor Center for a welcome and orientation. Next, will head out onto
the landscape around the visitor center to sit and observe bird
behavior. Following our sit, we will return indoors to share our stories
and map our observations. By mapping our observations, everyone will
get a “birds eye view” of what happened on the landscape. Often, one
person will see a disturbance, while a different person will see a bird
react to it. Sharing our stories on a map will help connect the dots and
quickly build our understanding of the three-dimensional shapes of bird
What experience do I need to have?
None. All you need is a curious mind, and a love for connecting with nature. No birding experience is necessary.
What should I bring?
what you need to be comfortable sitting outside on the ground for an
extended period of time—perhaps as long as an hour. You will also need
something to take notes on. You do not need to have binoculars, but
there is no harm in bringing a pair if you would like. Here are a few
recommended and optional items to bring:
Note pad & pencil
Ground cloth, blanket or camp-chair
Poncho if it is rainingOptional:
Sign me up!
Registrations are encouraged, but not required. Feel free to drop in and join us—and
it would be great to know if you are coming! If you have any questions,
or to RSVP: