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Slow Birding Field Session with Bird Diva Bridget Butler

Note: This workshop is currently full; you can join the waitlist here. Butler will also give a presentation the night before, Friday, June 8th, on Slow Birding. View more details >

Join Bridget Butler, Bird Diva for a Slow Birding Field session. The group will learn how to use some of the bird language techniques from the book What the Robin Knows by John Young and Dan Gardoquoi. 

Participants will use a sit spot technique to both watch and listen to birds as a group. Learn about how to look both with and without binoculars, map what you're hearing and seeing, and take field notes which will improve not only your identification skills but your awareness of the what's happening on the landscape. 

Participants will learn techniques that they can apply while in the field birding or stepping right outside their door to the birds in their backyard. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather and for being still for a period of time, to bring a notebook, water and comfortable, portable chair or pad to sit on. 

This experience is geared to adults (beginners are urged to join us) and is limited to a small group of participants.  Participants should be prepared for slightly hilly terrain at a slow nature lover’s pace and should bring a water bottle and binoculars. The museum has a number of binoculars available for participants to borrow. Please contact Carrie King,, if you would like to reserve a pair of binoculars for this walk.

Registration is required as space is limited. 

Ages: Adults, tweens and teens.
Cost: $20, registered in advance
Location: Private home in Grafton, Vermont

About Bridget Butler

Bridget Butler, Bird Diva  Photo by Jack Rowell

Bridget Butler, Bird Diva
Photo by Jack Rowell

Bridget has been a naturalist for more than 20 years, playing matchmaker for our wildscape here in Vermont and the people who call this place home. Her mission is to tap into each person's innate passion for nature through exploration and deep listening. Butler is heard on VPR's biannual Bird Show on Vermont Edition. She is the former Conservation Education Specialist at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center in Burlington. She also appears weekly on WPTZ NewsChannel 5 to discuss natural history and environmental topics.