NORWOOD, CO AUGUST 26-28, 2016

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, expand your awareness and repertoire of bird calls, as well as deepen your connection with those eloquent feathered ones of your bioregion during this weekend workshop at the lovely Earth Star Retreat Center.

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.  

All skill levels are welcome.  

Some of the topics covered during the weekend include,


  • The 7 Questions to Mastering Bird Identification

  • Unpacking Sound – How to Learn & Remember Bird Song/Calls

  • Deep Bird Language – The 5 Voices of Birds

  • The Who, What, Where of Bird Tracking

  • Becoming A-Part of the Forest

  • Baseline Behavior – Basic? Not Quite!

  • Predators & The 5 Shapes of Alarm


Sample Daily Schedule


5:30 – meet… go to bird sit spot

5:45 – 7:00 – Bird Sit

7:00 – 8:00 – Breakfast

8:00-9:00 – Recap of morning sit

9:00 – 11:30 – Lecture 1

11:30 – 1:30 – Lunch and Siesta

1:30 – 2:30 – Bird Walk/Bird Nerd Hour

2:30 – 4:00 – Lecture 2

4:00 – 4:30 – Break & Snack

4:30-5:30 – Lecture 3

5:30 – meet… go to sit spot

5:45 –6:45 – Bird Sit

7:00 – 8:00 – Dinner

8:00 – 9:00 – Stories of the Day /

Bird Language Stories

Early to BED



Only 30 minutes from Telluride, CO, the Earthstar Retreat Center is the ideal environment to unplug!

You will enjoy many indoor and outdoor meeting areas in and around a cozy lodge. The grounds around the center are private and pristine; renew with fresh air, clean water, quiet and undisturbed natural beauty.

Cost ~ $240

 Includes lodging & all organic garden to table meals



Earth Star Retreat Center

Christy Cook



Kristi is the founder of

She teaches advanced birding skills and deep nature connection to people all around the world. She is a Field Ornithologist, Naturalist, Herbalist, Photographer and practitioner of Deep Bird Language.

Kristi is a collaborator on the Dipper Project, founded last year to study the effects of the Gold King Mine spill on bird life.  She also leads tours for the Mesa Verde Bird Festival and the Durango Bird Club.  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.