Environmental Studies Institute: Introduction to Slow Birding

Monday, May 24, 2021 at 5:30pm

Hancock, NH 03449

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Slow Birding is an approach to connecting with nature through bird observation focused on place, and on slowing down and being in the moment with birds. It’s not about listing the species you’ve seen or chasing down rare birds, but instead reawakening and fine-tuning your innate birding skills while creating a deeper connection to birds, to the place you live, and to yourself.

This four-week course will guide you in developing this alternative approach to birding, and help you establish a practice focused on birding in place. Through customized email prompts, video tutorials, a private Facebook group, and live weekly discussions, you’ll learn how to start a “sit spot” practice, take your observation skills to the next level, and deepen your connection to the birds right outside your door. Great for beginners and experienced birders alike!

Instructor: Bridget Butler has been working in conservation and environmental education throughout New England for more than 20 years. Through her business Bird Diva Consulting, she gives presentations, leads bird walks, and conducts bird surveys for landowners. Bridget has worked for the Audubon Society in Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, and helped create Audubon Vermont’s Forest Bird Initiative. You may even have heard her on Vermont Public Radio’s annual Vermont Edition bird shows. Her signature Slow Birding program is resonating with nature lovers looking for a different way to connect with birds and the places around them, especially during these challenging times.

Registration is required. Please register via this online form; we will follow up with a call or email to collect payment. For other questions or more information, contact Miles Stahmann at (603) 525-3394 or via email.

Cost: $80 for Harris Center supporters / $100 for all others

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