Have you ever wondered what birds are saying? Maybe you’ve noticed that a tufted titmouse has dozens of calls or that a blue jay can mimic a hawk. What are the birds thinking when they select a specific call? Are there other things happening in the surroundings that you can’t see or hear that the birds know about? YES!
Learning about bird behavior is a wonderful gateway to a greater understanding about all things living. Whether you’re in a park, hiking a trail or sitting in your yard, the birds are communicating to you! Bird Behavior includes a series of sounds and movements that fellow birds and all other wildlife understand. Their language serves as warning systems for the whole ecosystem.
White Pine’s approach to understanding birds goes beyond bird sightings. We dive into their sounds, their signs (ie: feeding and nesting habits), their movement and their interactions with each other to learn how they live and survive. We make connections between birds and climate change, native and invasive plants and how they interact with the entire ecosystem.
Once you begin to see birds through this lens, you’ll never look at a bird the same way!
What is the New England Bird Behavior Workshop?
- This weekend course designed to teach you how tune into different bird calls and sounds, to identify birds by their various calls and to interpret bird behavior.
- Spend a long weekend with our White Pine naturalist community. Beginners and experts alike come together to observe and share their knowledge and love for the birds.
Who is the New England Bird Behavior Workshop for?
- Anyone curious to discover more about the world of birds.
- It’s ok if you don’t consider yourself a “birder”? Do you hunt? Garden? Hike? Camp? Ski? Anyone who spends time outside and has curiosity around nature will benefit from this experience.
- This course is designed to meet people at all levels. No prior experience with birds is required, but if you are already tuned into the world of birds, we will group you with like-minded peers. Our team of expert birders will tailor your experience to your experience!
Our Hosts, The Ecology School
We are SO excited to be partnering with the Ecology School on the Saco River in Saco, Maine for this program. Their beautiful and NEW campus at Riverbend Farm is environmentally designed to, in their words, “create a symbiotic relationship between people and all aspects of the built environment.” Set upon 96 acres, their green, the campus was built to the “Living Building Challenge” to model conservation and to maximize the location with sweeping views and outdoor spaces. The farm also includes permaculture spaces and over three miles of well maintained trails.
Tuition for this program is $700. This allows us to pay our staff fairly for their time, provide scholarships to those who need it and to pay our partner, the Ecology School, for meals and accommodations. Nutritious meals will begin with dinner Friday and end with lunch on Sunday. Please check the Ecology school’s website to better understand dormitory accommodations. We do have limited financial aid available. When registering, please select the tuition that you can afford. In addition, we have set aside discounted tuition for those who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or a Person or Color (BIPOC). At this time, we are not offering a day-rate. Register by February 15 to receive our EARLY BIRD discount! At checkout, enter EARLY as the discount code.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 is still a thing. UGH! We will require proof of full vaccination (that includes a booster if your second dose was more than 5 months ago) or a negative test within 72 hours of arrival. Those who’ve had the unfortunate experience of already having had COVID will need a doctor’s note exempting them from testing. Masks will be required in all indoor spaces.