Birds are one of the most vocal animals on Earth. As a prey species, they need to be keenly aware of their surroundings at all times. Over millions of years, they have evolved highly effective communication systems. Their vocalizations often act as an alert to the other animals in the vicinity. This inter species communication system is not just for birds and other animals. Humans around the world have relied on birds to tap into the storylines that are hidden from view. Tuning into bird language is a great way to plug into the rhythm of the landscape and increase your awareness skills. Urban areas are perfect zones to start paying attention to bird vocalizations, as our bird friends are willing to show themselves to us every single day.
This introductory class will dive into the basics of song bird vocalizations, how bird language is different from bird ID, how to decipher songs from alarms, and how to key into body language and patterns of our resident birds. Ashley Conley is a naturalist and educator. Bird language is her passion.
Join us online the second Wednesday of each month for Ecology Club! We discuss an ecological themes related to Bark’s work on Mt Hood or seasonal skills to give the community a deeper appreciation and understanding of NW ecology. Some months feature presenters, who bring their unique skills to the community. Other times, we will work as a group on such topics as thinning, fire ecology, wildflowers, birds, road ecology, or other ecologicical knowledge.
At the meeting's close, we leave time open to further explore the topics of the evening, delve deeper into Bark's work to protect Mt Hood, and learn about what you can do to protect Mt. Hood National Forest!
This event is free + open to the public.