Bird Language Group Mentoring

​Deepen your outdoor skills this spring through our Bird Language Group Mentoring ​training, with two amazing ​mentors...

​Registration is open through this Monday May 18th.

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Read below for complete program details.

​Do you want step-by-step guidance to learn the language of Nature?


​Join us for a guided journey into the world of the birds. As a group, we will help you fast-track your bird language ​understanding, as together we explore the six modules of the
Backyard Bird Language online course.

In the course, you'll receive daily field practices and a weekly training video with a focal topic to explore. This group mentoring add-on is designed to amplify your learning and give you extra guidance with each step.

​About Group Mentoring:

With each Backyard Bird Language module, the group mentoring video calls will be an opportunity for us to check-in on your course assignments, share stories, answer your questions and more. We'll learn from each other's stories and experiences, and benefit from many eyes and ears connecting with the birds all together as a group.

​During each group ​gathering, you'll enjoy a curated deep dive into the weekly lessons, to help you tease out the gems and clarify any points of confusion.  You'll get to share your stories and mysteries that arise from your personal experiences each week.  As mentors, we'll help you weave the new concepts you are learning and experiencing into a "muscle memory" that will, over time, become second nature and old-hat.  

Backyard Bird Language Onlien Course

Beyond the Backyard Bird Language course curriculum, special topics we'll explore together will be guided by the needs of the group, and may include:

  • Bird language as a tool for mindfulness;
  • Bird language as a gateway to deep nature connection
  • Tips on bird ID, bird song ID, bird behavior, mammal ID, track and sign, body mechanics, deep bird language, and more.

​What's Included:

  • ​Backyard Bird Language online course (required - tuition discount available for existing members, see registration details below)
  • ​6 weekly group mentoring Zoom sessions held Wednesdays at 8-9pm Eastern, starting May 20th
  • ​1 personal mentoring call structured to get you set up and ready, and to help you hone your skills, so that you get the most out of this training.

​What You'll Need to Participate:

​Group calls will be held on Zoom. Come to each call with your journal/notebook, bird field guide, mammal guide + your questions and stories from the week ready.  Please arrive 5 minutes early (situated in a space where you will be free of distractions, (bird distractions don't count) so we can all get going as soon as the call starts.

​Group Zoom session will be held weekly on Wednesdays at 8-9pm Eastern time, starting May 20th.

​Meet Your Bird Language ​Mentors

Kristi Dranginis

​Kristi Dranginis is the Founder of BirdMentor.com, a resource for live and online courses helping people worldwide build confidence learning about birds and the natural world. She also leads birding programs for the Bosque del Apache Sandhill Crane Festival, Mesa Verde Bird Festival, and The White Memorial Conservation Center. Over the years she’s spent time banding terns on Great Gull Island, migratory birds at Oxbow Preserve and hummingbirds at Mesa Verde National Park. In 2015 she helped to found the Dipper Project, a research study looking at the effects of the Gold King Mine spill on avian life in the Animas River in Colorado. In addition to geeking out about birds, she's also a naturalist, herbalist, and photographer and has made contributions to the new Peterson’s Field Guide to Bird Nests, Coyote’s Guide and ABA’s Birder’s Guide.

Dan Gardoqui

​Dan Gardoqui, Founder of LeadWithNature.com has been called a mimic thrush, a skilled mentor, and a pioneer in the field of bird language. Working alongside Jon Young, Dan has served as the science & audio editor for What the Robin Knows. He also helped create “A Birds World” - a permanent exhibit at the Boston Museum of Science that reaches 1.4 million people annually. As a curious naturalist and aspiring hunter-gatherer for three decades, Dan has amassed his share of lessons from nature. He’s a certified wildlife tracker, Registered Maine Guide and has served on two college faculties. Dan lives in Maine with his wife and two sons where he tempers his high energy with lots of trail running and cycling. (Fun fact: Jon Young was a high school teacher of Dan’s in the 1900’s).

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