Birding by Ear

Enrollment: FULL. Please use form below to register for the waitlist. Spots do open!


When & where: 

Offering two 1-day options in two different locations.

  • Birding by Ear with Kathy Dean
    • May 11, 2024  (rain date May 12th) in Ashfield, MA 
      • FULL. Please register for WAITLIST below.
    • June 8, 2024 (rain date June 9) in Putney, VT
      • FULL. Please register for WAITLIST below.

Program runs 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Ages: Adults. No experience necessary.

2024 Cost: $25 – 35 (sliding scale). Scholarship and Reparations Funds available.

A Doorway into the Song of the Forest

Birds are the news network of the natural environment giving the curious human a “bird’s ear” window into the thrilling comedy, tragedy, and romance being played out on a daily basis on the branches.

In this workshop we will be attuning our sense of hearing to the songs and calls of birds and what they are communicating to each other. Combining observation of birds’ vocalizations, behavior and movement patterns, we can deepen our understanding of the language of birds and what they have to teach us about the natural world.

Not only will you learn to identify several different species by their songs and calls, but you will gain deeper insight into the natural world through bird behavior and language.

Being able to identify bird song by ear can be a tremendous benefit for anyone interested in birds AND anyone who wants to connect more deeply with the community of life around us. We hope you’ll join!

Instructor Bio

Kathy Dean has worked in the field of outdoor education since 1983 as a wilderness guide, rock climbing instructor and teacher of animal tracking, bird language and nature awareness. In addition to working with several nature education centers, she offers wildlife tracking, bird language and custom-tailored nature programs through Trotting Fox Programs. Kathy is the author of Abbreviated Field Guide to Mammal Behavior: New England Region. She lives in a small hill town in western Massachusetts and is blissfully surrounded by woodlands, wetlands and wildlife. You can learn more about her here.


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  • Payment is due upon registration. Your spot is secure once we receive it.
    • Make a secure online payment via the PayPal box in the righthand sidebar of this page OR;
    • Send a check payable to “Vermont Wilderness School” to: Vermont Wilderness School, P.O. Box 2585, Brattleboro, VT 05303.

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