Bird Speak: An Introduction to Bird Language

October 21, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
State Botanical Gardens
S Milledge Ave
Athens, GA
Sarah Hubbard


Bird Speak

An Introduction to Bird Language

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So, you have been birding for while and know who is who at your bird feeder.  You can cull out whether the bird you are hearing is a wren or a cardinal.  Maybe you are excited because your yearly Wood Thrush has shown up singing its flute like song to the winds – And now, you are curious to know more..

Birds do not do anything without a reason.  Their whole lives are spent surviving being relatively low on the food chain.  Any energy spent needs to not be wasted..

Bird sounds are a deep and continuous conversation happening around you that every wild critter in your neighborhood is tuned into.  What is awesome is that you too can tune into too once you understand how to utilize a few simple observation tools a whole new world can open up to you.

Birds communicate through their voices just like we do.  Each species has its own song or sound, in addition to variety of vocalizations with specific meanings.  By learning how to pay closer attention to the birds melodic communication and their behaviors their simple lives easily open themselves up to us.

The birds communicate very specifically when there is a hawk or owl around, and their body language and sounds can reveal rabbits, coyotes, deer, and many other things that are going on around us.  All we have to do is listen.

In this short course Sarah Hubbard will take you into the realm of Bird Language and the skills you can cultivate to understand it in a whole new way.

In this class we will explore

  • Understanding bird behaviors
  • The 5 voices of the birds
  • Alarm Shapes and Sounds
  • Corvid Clause

Spend a Saturday in an intimate class setting while soaking in beautiful woods, watching the birds, and sharing in ways to connect to the natural world around you.

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Sarah Hubbard has been a mentor at Wild Intelligence for 6 years.  She has nurtured a life-long relationship with the natural world and loves learning new things  – especially with people who love it as much as she does.  For the last 5 years she has maintained a daily practice of getting outside and connecting to the Earth while also studying bird language with Rick Bedsworth & Dan Gardoqui – both of whom contributed to Jon Young’s book ‘What the Robin Knows’. She has lived in Athens, Georgia all her life, and homesteads with her husband and two children on land she was raised on.  Sarah describes herself as a pathological earth lover.  She writes a daily journal which she shares on her blog that include moments from her sit spot, stories, photos, meditations, and poetry.  You can find her blog at

2 Comments on “Bird Speak: An Introduction to Bird Language

  1. The description says “spend a Sunday” but Oct 21 is a Saturday. Did you mean 10/21 or 10/22?

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