Listen and Decipher: Bird Language in the Field
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Sobrato Conference Center (lecture), Milpitas
Ulistac Natural Area (field trip), Santa Clara
Songbirds are the inter-connected eyes and ears of our ecosystems. Can we learn what they are saying?
•Each species communicates through their own calls, songs and alarms, but research shows that they respond to a common language that enables them to watch and warn other animals about cats, hawks, and curious humans!
• Research is showing that human language may have had its roots in bird language.
•By learning to interpret the common language consisting of bird songs, sounds and movements, we can begin to develop a deeper connection with nature, birds and ourselves.
You will learn:
• The 5 different common voices of song birds
• To begin to interpret their communication from sound, movement, and alarm
• Skills you can apply in your backyard, on a hike or sitting quietly observing
Who is this workshop for?
• Open to all skills levels —especially beginners
• Great for kids and families!
• This special event is limited to only 20 participants
Join Jeff Caplan, who weaves 30 years as a naturalist and a teacher of communication skills, to cultivate a common language for connecting more deeply with nature and birds. He has lead bilingual classes and walks for the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, the UCSC Bird School Project and Watsonville Wetlands Watch. Internationally, he has given workshops and keynotes in Malaysia and in the Amazon jungles of Ecuador. He combines story telling, citizen science and strengthening observation skills to inspire connection and stewardship among his audiences.