Bird Language: Aerial Predators 

Did you know that often a bird’s greatest threat to survival is another bird?  In this exciting class, you will expand on your bird language knowledge to learn which bird species prey on other birds, and what the signs are that indicate such an attack is either taking place or about to take place.  Birds respond in particular ways to different types of threats, and aerial predators elicit a complex response mechanism and associated behavioral patterns depending on which species is the aggressor, what time of year it is, the location and eco-habitat in the zone of conflict, and many other factors (the New York Times recently published an article on the cutting edge scientific research being done on aerial predators and bird language).

 

Earth Native is a sanctioned Bird Language Leaders affiliate, the only training location in the entire southern U.S. certified by Jon Young’s 8shields organization.  In spending a day with us, you learn to distinguish between baseline and aerial predator alarms, the various contexts of these alarms, the principles of energy conservation, and how different prey species of birds cooperate with each other to ensure mutual survival.  

Specifically, you will learn to identify the basic “shapes” of alarms including:

  • Sentinel position
  • Hook maneuver
  • Bird plow
  • Wake Hunting
  • Bullet maneuver
  • Ditch maneuver
  • Respect and hawk drop

 

After attending this class, your level of awareness about what is occurring between our feathered friends in the grasses, shrubs, and trees above you will be greatly enhanced.  You will also come away with a new appreciation for a prey-predator relationship that most people don’t know exists even in their own back yard (or rarely pay attention to), as well as expanding your respect and appreciation for the complex web of life that is all around us both in urban and rural landscapes. 

ENROLLMENT NOT CURRENTLY OPEN - Please contact us to be notified when dates are announced for this class.

Class Cost: $65 per person

Class Dates

Class Times: 9am-3pm

Class Location: Our campus in Bastrop, TX at 137 Woodview Lane (read more about our campus here)

*This is an ADULT class but is open to ages 12 and up. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult participant.

Requirements: There will be short walks involved with class and participants should be comfortable hiking on a paths with short inclines and crossing small stream beds

 

BACKYARD BIRD LANGUAGE

There is an online course offered by Jon Young in conjunction with the University of California at Davis called “Backyard Bird Language.”  Jon covers all the major bird language topics in 5 modules with video and audio segments along with daily practices, practical tips, and journaling exercises.  The course is self-paced so can be completed in 5 weeks, or over a longer period of time and is an excellent way to begin your bird language journey, whether you are long time birder or completely new to the study of bird behavior.  It will open up a whole new world for you as each time you step outdoors, whether that be in your backyard or in the most remote wilderness, you will begin to greatly enhance your connection, enjoyment, and knowledge of the natural world. To register use this link: https://hh156.isrefer.com/go/OCBYB/enstx/

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