Language of Birds
Adults, and kids 12 and up
Program is designed for the learning styles of adults, and kids are welcome with adult supervision.
Owen Sowerwine Natural Area
Meet in the Kalispell Montessori Parking Lot, 349 Willow Glen Dr, Kalispell, MT
May 13 9am-4pm
Flathead Audubon and Ravenwood Outdoor Learning Center are hosting and teaching a FREE full-day outdoor experience on the “Language of Birds.” In the woods, birds miss nothing! Their survival depends on that. Their vision and hearing are beyond our understanding. Their language – both between species and among their own – is complex, sophisticated and effective. Best of all, the patterns of their songs and calls can tell stories as they happen, and it only takes some patience and sensory awareness to understand what is going on in the woods – beyond what we can usually observe through our binoculars.
We will get acquainted with the special techniques of becoming “invisible” (or at least “not scary”) in the woods, so the stories that birds tell can unfold around us. From there, we will be practicing what we preach. The four program leads will each take a small group to a different spot in the Owen Sowerwine Nature Area, sit quietly, let the birds and other residents acclimate to our presence, take some notes and do some mapping of “the events of the day”. We will be practicing presence and awareness, and also getting some peaceful quiet time in a beautiful area. We will be concentrating less on the “who” of bird sounds, and more on the “what’s happening” – the stories being described by birds.
This will be a grand start to a new way of appreciating birds, and it will enrich your appreciation for our feathered friends and confidants! Please join us — and dress for outside!
Jennifer Bresee, Ravenwood’s Program Director, has practiced bird language for 10 years and is still learning! She will lead discussion of bird language patterns, and will help us put the whole story together at the end of the day.
Dennis Olson, Flathead Audubon’s Conservation Educator, was born with a (so-far) non-lethal mutation. He can mimic quite a few bird songs. He will teach some strategies for learning songs and calls, and help participants begin to learn the differences between the sounds of a single bird.
Brett Holmquist is the founder of Ravenwood and an expert in nature connection mentoring. He will lead awareness exercises, facilitate discussion on patterns of bird language, and make sure we all have a lot of fun!
Bruce Tannehill, Flathead Audubon’s own bird song recorder, bird song CD author and expert on the science of bird song, will present on the complexity, variety and detail in bird language. And true to Audubon tradition, will teach us some of the “who’s who” out there.