Green University® LLC Presents...
Birding and Bird Language
Bird Mentoring for Beginning Birders
All year long at Green University® LLC
The best way to learn bird identification and bird language is to team up with a knowledgeable guide, a interested friend, or a community of people sharing common interests. The Bird Mentoring program at Green University includes all the above and more.
Bird identification can be especially intimidating starting out. With no prior experience, how do you identify a brown-grey streak of fluff darting through the bushes? Why does it matter anyway? At Green University, immersion students have the opportunity to share observations in discussion with fellow students and staff members, collectively working through field guides to crystalize mysterious passersby into recognizable species and neighbors.
Bird language quickly follows bird identification. Bird language is much like paying attention to one's own dog to know who or what is passing by according to its bark or the wag of its tail. For example, listening to the shrill bark of robins can identify the location of an owl or other predatory bird. Hearing a scolding house wren in the yard can identify a passing cat. These are very basic bird language calls, and we at Green University cannot claim to be experts at either bird identification or bird language. Yet, through individual and group bird sits throughout the seasons, as well as ongoing bird discussions, we can cultivate a mutual tribal wisdom to vastly improve our birding skills.
From a survival skills standpoint, birding may seem relatively unimportant compared to fire-starting, shelter-building, or hunting skills. Yet, bird language is perhaps one of the most essential survival skills. Through bird language, you can learn to better sense the presence of wild animals even before you see them. More essentially, you can learn to avoid triggering bird alarms yourself, to avoid scaring away potential game when hunting. Most importantly, birding helps build a deep nature connection, enabling the individual to participate in nature and become part of the process, rather than just a noisy tourist passing through.
The semester and year-long immersion program at Green University, LLC includes complimentary enrollment in the Bird Mentor program with guide Kristi Dranginis. Bird Mentor is a home-study course, except in this case, students participate in a community of beginning birders at Green University. Work together through the step-by-step Bird Mentor program using Kristi's Advanced Skills for Beginning Birders guide books shown here. Share observations from individual and group bird sits. Participate in occasional bird walks with guides from the local chapter of the Audubon Society. Join Kristi Dranginis for weekly conference calls with bird nerds across the country to share notes, ask questions, and learn from everyone's combined experiences.
The year-long Bird Mentor program is included free for immersion students at Green University. Join us starting at the spring or fall semester!
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