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Understanding the Language of Nature – Quebec (Wildlife Tracking & Bird Language)

September 15, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - September 17, 2023 @ 3:00 pm





This training takes place entirely in English. However, exchanges in French between registrants may facilitate communication and ownership of the content.

This training takes the form of a full weekend with Dan Gardoqui, accomplished tracker, specialist in the language of birds and emeritus naturalist. A student of Jon Young, he has been involved for more than thirty years in the mission of developing the connection with nature of his contemporaries through the sharing of ancestral knowledge and skills. This is an opportunity to benefit from the experience and teachings of a person who has become a master in the art of decoding and interpreting the language of nature. If you want to push your skills in these areas up a notch and dive into the heart of the mysteries of nature in the company of an outstanding teacher, this course is for you.

 This training will take place over three days:

Friday, September 15, 2023: Introduction to the weekend, presentation of a slide show and discussion with the participants. 7-8:30pm.

Saturday September 16, 2023: Talking with Birds: Understanding the Language of Nature. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Description: Humans are one of the only species to ignore a universal language shared by our wild neighbors. What if you could decipher this language? We’ll delve into powerful observation techniques, interpreting bird behavior and vocalizations, shortcuts to finding bird predators, and the implications of our behavior in a more than human world. This workshop will include both theoretical notions and a field trip.

Sunday, September 17, 2023. Tracking Our Wild Kin. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Description : Tracking involves paying attention to energy transfers. Wild animals leave millions of tracks in their lifetime and we can sharpen our senses and learn to read the stories they leave in the forest, fields and wetlands. Depending on what we find, we will cover the following topics: examining imprecise tracks, gaits and types of tracks, advanced sign analysis, detection of disturbances and the integration of bird language into these skills.

Please bring: Food and drink for yourself, a notebook and pencil, and your full attention.

Please bring: Food and drink for yourself, something comfortable to sit on, notebook, pencil/pen, bird book(s), and binoculars (if you have them).

About Dan:Dan Gardoqui has shared his passion, curiosity and expertise in tracking wild animals, the language of birds and connecting with nature for over 30 years. He has contributed to numerous texts and research projects on wildlife, and was scientific editor of “What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World”. Dan was a co-founder and director of White Pine Programs for 20 years and now runs Lead with Nature, where he provides advice, training and nature-based outings. He is well known for his skills as a bird mimic, demonstrated via the “Learn a Bird” series on YouTube. Dan is a licensed Maine guide and certified wildlife tracker (on two continents). He lives, works,

You can arrive from Friday evening at 6 p.m. and you will have access to a place to pitch a tent. Toilets will be available as well as access to drinking water. You must be independent in preparing your food. A central fire will be available for cooking, but it is better to plan cold lunches for the day, because we will be constantly on the move. There will technically not be great distances to cover on foot.

 You will need :

  • Clothing suitable for the temperature. It is better to wear several layers so that you can adapt to the weather and the level of effort. Some activities could soil your clothes.

  • Provide a solution to sleep on site.

  • Of all your food and the elements necessary for its preparation.

  • A notebook and pencils. The amount of information given in our courses is considerable.

  • A camera, a visual way to take notes (no video or voice recording allowed).

  • To notify us of your health problems, allergies and other specific conditions.

Classes are given rain or shine. We take care of everyone’s level of comfort. Dress warmer than you think necessary!

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at info@lesprimitifs.com




September 15, 2023 @ 7:00 pm
September 17, 2023 @ 3:00 pm


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418 255-2103
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