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Field Trip: Understanding Bird Language

$25 Adult; $10 Youth

Sunday, Jan 27, 2019 7:30 am - 12:00 pm

Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center (Map)

Mostly birding by car and/or easy walking Mostly birding by car and/or easy walking


The wild birds around us have a deeply varied communication system which our ancestors understood and which we too can understand with practice. This field workshop will take a different angle on birding by attempting to slow down, focus on observation, turn on our senses, and to try to understand the meaning behind all the sound and movement of our feathered companions. We will begin with a short introduction of this topic, then participants will choose a spot on the landscape to sit and observe. We will then come together and make a large map with all the observations the group collects and see if we can weave a picture of what the birds are telling us. ALL LEVELS OF EXPERIENCE WELCOME!! You do not need to know the calls of all the birds to get a lot out of this field workshop. Please bring a chair or something to sit on as the ground can be very wet and a snack to share during the mapping process. Be prepared for cold weather and dress appropriately. Rain cancels this event only. All other Snow Goose Festival events go on as scheduled, rain or shine.

Field Trip Leaders

Wyatt Hersey

Wyatt Hersey is a seasonal Avian Ecologist with Point Blue Conservation Science, an artist, and an environmental educator with Earthbound Skills in Chico.

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Anasuya Basil

Anasuya Basil is a certified California naturalist and a certified wildlife tracker. She has studied bird language and nature connection with Jon Young, author of What The Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal The Secrets of The Natural World. She has co-facilitated bird language workshops on her property in Forest Ranch, as well as in Nurture in Nature retreats. As a holistic health practitioner of 22 years she believes nature connection and bird language are an intrinsic part of mental and physical health.

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