Whether you are brand new to the world of birding or already have a strong base knowledge, you can quickly improve your skills of identification and expand your awareness, deepening your connection with those eloquent feathered ones of your bioregion.

You will learn the “Art of Questioning and Observation”, the key to identifying a bird by the flick of its tail, the signature swoop it makes in flight or its distinctive silhouette atop a far off tree.  You will also delve into the topics of deep bird language, bird behavior, habitat, field-marks, posture, shape, tracks, size and voice.


Understanding the language of the forest is an ancient skill that helped people survive and flourish for thousands of years.  In our device-driven nature-disconnected world so many of us are reliant on substances & media to medicate our longing hearts.  Though, when we slow down & deeply connect with the natural world, that original heartbeat of life, it’s like mainlining nourishment to our hungry souls.

What if I were to tell you that birds hold a key to this connection?  And, if you know the birds, you will know this language.

Not only can the language of the forest teach you to identify when a cougar is moving through the landscape, understanding it will also attune you to your surroundings, becoming sensitive to how you affect those around you. 

We will practice essential core routines, engage in interactive experiences designed to heighten your awareness, learn a new approach to quieting your mind and the simple system I developed to quickly advance your bird identification skills regardless of your prior birding knowledge.

Soon you will be able to interpret what the forest is communicating.

Event Details:

When: June 30-July 1st (3-4pm on Friday until 7pm on Saturday)

Cost: $200- includes camping, Friday dinner, Saturday Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks.

Location: UBC FARM



Kristi Dranginis, Founder of Bird Mentor

Kristi is the founder of where she teaches advanced birding skills, bird language and deep nature connection to people all around the world.  She is known for igniting curiosity, child-like passion and building confidence in her students.

She leads birding courses at primitive skills events like Rabbit Stick, Winter Count, Saskatoon Circle, The 4 Corners Earth Skills gathering and for organizations like the Boulder Outdoor Survival School & The Powerhouse Science Center.  Kristi is also a Field Ornithologist, Naturalist, Herbalist, and Photographer. 

Kristi is a conspirator on the Dipper Project, a research project established in 2015 to study the effects of the Gold King Mine spill on the avian world.  She also leads birding tours for the Mesa Verde Bird Festival, the Durango Bird Club and private groups around the 4 corners region.

She has volunteered at bird banding projects on Great Gull Island, focusing on the Roseate & Common Terns, as well as migratory birds at Oxbow Preserve and hummingbirds at Mesa Verde National Park.




One of the coolest skills that forms part of our bundle of teachings at Soaring Eagle Nature School is the practice of Bird Language.

This is the ability to go out into nature and listen for varying dynamics in bird vocalizations (especially bird alarms) in order to tell when there is a predator like an owl, bobcat, or coyote traveling out of sight.

It takes a lot of listening and practice to recognize the basic patterns of alarm out in the field, but with the right guidance and know-how anyone can learn to do it.  Bird language then becomes an indispensable tool for tracking wildlife and getting closer to nature.

Our friend Brian absolutely loves bird language and he’s been intensely studying for years how to use bird language in order to track down and learn about all sorts of cool animals like owls, hawks, bobcats, coyotes, eagles, raccoons and other springtime nest robbers.

He recently created a new program where he put together a whole series of stories, lessons, tips and strategies to share from his personal experience of what works in the realm of bird language.  The program is called bird language fundamentals.

If you’re someone who is interested in learning bird language, wildlife tracking or nature observation, this is a great opportunity for you to either get started on your learning journey or deepen your skills with interpreting the language of birds.

Here’s some of what you’ll get…

  • Simple and effective strategies for digging in and understanding birds on a deep level,
  • Nine essential components of behavior and how they inform your interpretations of bird alarms,
  • The four patterns of avian alertness,
  • How to recognize specific bird alarm patterns,
  • Inspire yourself to learn and connect with nature on a deep level,
  • See more wildlife and get closer to animals,
  • An easy-to-follow recipe for learning bird language.

If you’re interested in these features or in developing your own deep connection to the natural world, this could be a great opportunity for you to get a healthy boost.

Check it out here!