The Modules


HERE’S A LOOK AT WHAT YOU’LL FIND

INSIDE EACH MODULE



This is where it all begins!

In Module 1 you’ll jump right in with the Foundational Elements of the curriculum:

 

  • The Seven Questions to Bird Identification

  • The Invitation to Approach Routine

  • A Host of Powerful Experiential Activities

All of which gets you outside, right away, to begin deepening your relationship with the birds in your backyard.

This chapter also sets you up with the tools you’ll use throughout the course (and the rest of your life).



Have you ever wanted to know how to get close to a bird without disturbing it?

Do you know how to identify a bird from a distance based on the size of certain features?

 

Along with learning the core features of bird topography and some of my best tricks for distinguishing the relative size of a bird,

 

I’ll also introduce you to a technique that will help you decrease your sphere of disturbance, bringing the birds closer and closer the more you practice it.



How is a finch bill different from a warbler bill?

Can you tell a Cooper’s Hawk apart from a Peregrine Falcon just by looking at the shape of its wings?

What is unique about the way a woodpecker flies compared to that of a robin or jay?

What is characteristic about the way a flock of black birds fly versus a flock of grosbeaks?

Upon completing Module 3 you will be well on your way to answering these questions and many more.



It probably wouldn’t take you long to identify a family member or dear friend if you were looking at group of people with their backs to you.

Even if they were far away and all you could see was their silhouette, their posture would likely give them away.

You can learn to identify birds (and impress your friends) using this same concept.

Every family of birds has a basic posture that you will learn to distinguish in Modle 4 along with a new method for heightening your awareness in the natural world.

Chapter 5 is designed to enhance your skills of observation with activities that really take you deep into the world of bird behavior.

I turn up the heat in this chapter by sharing with you a series of questions that you’ll learn to ask yourself every time you encounter a bird, pushing you to become more intimately aware of the birds and your surroundings than you ever have before.

Some of the topics we’ll cover include; diagnostic behaviors, definitive flight patterns and signature body movements for individual species of birds.



Module 6 is the one most people are itching to get in to.

In this chapter I will reveal the secrets of field mark identification by teaching you where to direct your attention to when observing a bird.

You will expand your relationship with 4 different families of birds; raptors, warblers, ducks and sparrows while also exploring stories of lineage and origin. 

Finally, you’ll also become quite well versed in the more detailed aspects of avian topography.


Renown avian photographer, Paul Bannick, says when he is searching for a rare species to photograph he doesn’t actually look for the bird, he looks for their habitat.

Would you like to know where your local robin sleeps every night or where the Virginia’s Warbler makes her nest each year and of what materials?

Have you ever wanted to know how big the towhee’s territory is and if he moves up or down in elevation with the seasons?

The teachings of Module 7 will prepare you to answer these questions and also to ask these questions of any bird you encounter.


Module 8 unveils the creme de la creme of the birding world, Deep Bird Language.

Understanding the language of the forest is one of the greatest pleasures for most beginning birders, even many Field Ornithologists find this topic intriguing and often mysterious.

After completing the previous seven chapters you have now built a powerful foundation from which to understand and apply the concepts revealed in this chapter.

It’s here that I’ll share with you, The 5 Voices of the Birds and 5 Shapes of Bird Alarm. 

We can then begin to unlock what many ancient stories are based upon, the interrelationship between predator movement, bird behavior and the ones who are adept enough to interpret what is unfolding before them.