Birding by Ear


  • June 2 (Saturday), 7:30 am – 9:30 am. Location: meet by corner of Norman Rd and South Cemetery Rd (near Red Gate Farm), Buckland, MA
  • June 10 (Sunday),  7:30 am – 9:30 am. Location: near Brattleboro, VT

Cost: $15 – 25 (sliding scale). Scholarship available. No experience necessary.

Register by completing the form below.

A Doorway into the Song of the Forest

Birds are the news network of the natural environment giving the curious human a “bird’s ear” window into the thrilling comedy, tragedy, and romance being played out on a daily basis on the branches. In this workshop you’ll learn how to identify common birds of Southern Vermont by their songs so that you can begin to uncover the drama of the wild. We’ll cover what to listen for when trying to identify birds by ear, common birds of the area, bird ecology, mating habits, and some basics on how bird language can be applied to understanding the behavior of the whole forest.

Being able to identify bird song by ear can be a tremendous benefit for anyone interested in birds AND anyone who wants to connect more deeply with the natural world. We hope you’ll join us!

Instructor Bio

Kathy Dean has been teaching in the outdoor adventure and nature connection fields for more than 20 years. Together with Jean Bergstrom she co-founded Her Wild Roots, which offers nature education programs for women. She has a passion for birds and has completed White Pine’s Advanced Bird Language Program and worked in wild bird rehabilitation with the Vermont Institute of Natural Science. 


  • Maximum 10 participants
  • Register by completing the form below and clicking “SUBMIT”
  • Make a payment either:
    • Online via credit card or Paypal by filling out the box to the right
    • Send a check payable to “Vermont Wilderness School” to: VWS, PO Box 2585, Brattleboro, VT 05303

See our scholarship and cancellations policy page for more information.