Bird Language


Birds talk to each other. We can understand it. And it’s fun!-Joe Ellis, National Audubon Society Board Member


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Bird Language Leaders

Bird Language is a deeply connective ancient skill practiced by indigenous peoples the world over in order to survive and thrive. In a modern context, bird language leads us to reawaken our senses, expand our awareness and remember our interconnectedness with all of life – it is a unique and powerful pathway to enhancing our wellbeing and empowering our relationships with ourselves, each other and nature.

The calls, postures, and other behaviors of birds convey much information to those who understand their patterns. The attentive, trained observer can deduce through bird language the location of predators and other forces on the landscape.

NCMF’s signature program, Bird Language Leaders (BLL), is a fun, easy to learn, experiential process that leads participants into the exciting world of bird language.

Bird language learning opportunities are not only fun, they foster deep bonds in communities and across generations, and support participants to develop a profound appreciation of the communication networks of birds and wildlife, so they become more responsible, connected stewards of the environment.

In 2014-2015, NCMF will roll out up to 60 Bird Language Leaders workshops in 20 cities across the U.S.

What Happens at a BLL Workshop

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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.

For a lot more information go to Bird Language.com

Why Bird Language

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By learning bird language, we can gain greater insight into the processes and events occurring across a landscape. Through bird language, we can understand our own relationship to, and role in stewarding, the entire ecological system.

This program brings a time-tested educational workshop in nature connection to a national scale through partnerships with major conservation organizations such as our current partner, the National Audubon Society.

Read more about Bird Language Leaders.

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“Learning bird language has taught me to listen deeply to others and widen the range of my awareness to beyond what I can see. I encourage you to jump into learning bird language – it will makes your life more fascinating, more mysterious… you will never know boredom again! ”-Jean-Claude Catry