Learning the Language of the Birds

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A One Day Workshop with Jon Young and Staff


  • Saturday, July 25, 9am – 4pm, Montague Common Hall, 34 Main St., Montague, MA
  • Requested donation is on a sliding scale $50-$100; no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
  • Free admission to event volunteers.

This workshop is now full. Click here to be added to the waitlist.

You’ll spend the day exploring the dynamic interconnections of nature through learning bird language. Birds are the “alarm system” of the forest, broadcasting the whereabouts of hawks, owls, foxes and more through their calls and postures. Learn through a combination of engaging presentations coupled with guided field observation techniques. Topics include:

  • Understanding the Five Voices of the Birds
  • Interpreting the Shapes of Alarm, the building block of bird language
  • Engaging the Senses in Nature
  • Key bird species for learning bird language
  • Journal keeping techniques
  • And more!

Learn from experienced nature connection leaders who will provide instruction and insight into the power of bird language as a doorway into deep nature connection. In just a few hours, you’ll gain the core tools for interpreting bird language that you can use to enhance your own birding experiences. Plus, these behavioral patterns can be applied around the world. This event is part of the Bird Language Leaders Initiative – a collaboration of 8 Shields Institute, the Nature Connection Mentoring Foundation, and the National Audubon Society. This event is a benefit for the Vermont Wilderness School (Brattleboro) and Wolftree Programs (Montague), which help youth and adults connect more deeply to nature, in Southern Vermont and Western Massachusetts.  Event proceeds will be applied to offering scholarships to people who could not otherwise attend our programs.