Birding in British Columbia


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.  

Topics covered during the weekend may 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



UBC farm is situated within a 90-year old coastal hemlock forest that comprises a mosaic of cultivated annual crop fields, perennial hedgerows and orchards, pasture, teaching gardens, and forest stands.

An ideal location for a birding workshop.


Cost ~ $200

 Includes camping, Friday dinner & Saturday Breakfast.


Kristi has been a birder for 25 years. She 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.