Slow down and listen to the birds…and they will tell you nature’s secrets. Birding can be whole lot more than feeding, watching, photographing, keeping life lists, or chasing rarities. It can also involve knowing what birds are saying. Deep Bird Language requires slowing down and truly listening to the birds. Dan says “It’s more about quality than quantity.” For the vast majority of human existence, this was a skill we could not afford to ignore. Once critical to our survival it is now, nearly gone. Local tracker, naturalist, and birder Dan Gardoqui will give us a peek into the world of Deep Bird Language including tips on how to “re-awaken” this hardwired skill set of awareness.
This workshop will run from 7 am till noon on Sunday, June 25th and will be held at the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust on Gravelly Brook Rd in Kennebunkport. It will blend field observation and interpretation with some indoor lectures & lessons about the fundamentals and nuances of learning bird language. Participants should dress to be outdoors for a few hours at a time (be prepared for biting insects); bring something to sit on (if you don’t want to sit on the ground); and bring a field notebook, pencil, and binoculars.
Dan is co-founder and Executive Director of White Pine Programs. He lives in the Agamenticus region, and has been studying naturalist skills, wildlife tracking, bird language & mentoring since 1990. Dan has a M.S. in Natural Resources, is a Certified Wilderness First Responder, Certified Wildlife Tracker, Registered Maine Guide, & served as Science Faculty at Granite State College for over a decade. Through wildlife tracking, Dan has contributed to wildlife studies and served as science editor for the bird language book “What the Robin Knows” FMI: http://www.whitepineprograms.org/
Space is limited, and advance registration (via this website) is required. Please click on the link under “What’s Coming Up” on the right side of this page, then scroll down to find the registration form. Fee of $10 is payable by cash or check at the workshop.