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ON Hive Community Programs: Seeing through the Animals' Eyes - Intro to Tracking and Bird Language

  • Montaña de Oro State Park The Sandspit Beach Access Day Use Area Parking Lot, Pecho Road Los Osos, CA 93402 United States (map)


with Nic Moss and Shele Jessee

Cost: $40/person

Materials fee: $0

Ages: 13+, 12 and under with adult

12 participants maximum (minimum 4)

Tracking and bird language are two of the oldest languages, tracing lines of relationship back to the very beginning of life.They hold the keys for human communication and the foundations of language. Even now, humans are using the tools of tracking and bird language daily–tools that have been hewn and sharpened, broken and rebuilt, by our ancestors.

Alongside humans, the animal and plant kingdoms have been communicating for millennia, using subtle cues, scents, signs, mark, and movement. Just as we can read the words in a book, we can learn to understand the language of nature.

In this class, we will begin the process of reading that language through basic tracking techniques, animal track and sign identification, bird language, ecology and topography, sensory awareness, and individual and group activities.

Be prepared for an easy wander with light hiking, as well as changing weather. Bring both a jacket and a sun hat. Drinking water is a must!