Online Courses & Content

Bringing You the Power of Nature Anytime, Anywhere. From free content to fee-based expert courses, I’m constantly expanding my online presence to best serve you. Read on to learn about current and past online courses.


Bird Migration: An Epic Journey

Fall 2021 Session Enrolling NOW!

Come join Dan as he shares his passion and knowledge about the feats, perils and fascinating facts regarding bird migration. Content will include bird natural history; fall raptor migration identification tips; a deep dive on a weekly focal species’ migration story; and much more.

This course involves both online and interactive learning. Join weekly sessions live (via Zoom) and/or watch the recordings at your leisure.

Ever wonder how millions of birds successfully prepare for and survive one of the most amazing feats of nature year after year? BIRD MIGRATION is truly Epic Journey. In this course you’ll get the following:

  • Live, interactive sessions with Dan & your classmates (optional)
  • Personalized connection with an expert naturalist and birder
  • True Stories of Migration that will expand your mind and awareness.
  • Anytime Access to recordings of our live sessions.
  • Exclusive content on a dedicated course page.
  • Optional Assignments & Challenges that will push you further.

Details:

  • Dates: Live classes on Wednesdays, September 29th, Oct. 6th, Oct. 13th & Oct. 20th.
  • Times: Live sessions run from 7:30-8:45pm EST
  • Access: Registered students access a course page with bonus materials
  • Tuition: $149

Each class session will include: up-to-date curricular content, first-hand stories; bird migration updates; and guidance, challenges and assignments (optional) for the class.


Online Wildlife Tracker Training

Can’t make it in person to study wildlife tracking? Live too far from the usual workshop places? Sign up for one (or more) of these affordable, monthly wildlife tracker training sessions focusing on the tracks and sign of mammals, birds, herptiles and invertebrates. While these sessions are designed to best prepare those with an upcoming wildlife track and sign evaluation, they’ll be useful to anyone wanting to brush up on their wildlife tracking skills.

We’ll expose you to as many tracks and sign of wildlife as possible (breadth) as well as taking time to dive deep and understand the natural history and behavior of wildlife (depth). Each zoom session will also have time for questions and answers about wildlife track and sign, natural history and the evaluation process.

Trainers: Dan Gardoqui of Lead with Nature has been training and mentoring wildlife trackers for over 20 years. He is an expert naturalist, bird language specialist and registered Maine Guide. Bill Marple has trained trackers for nearly two decades, mostly via the Tracker School and the United State Marine Corps, where he served for 8 years. Both Bill & Dan are dedicated to passing on the skills of tracking through their work.


Tracking Wildlife in Winter

~Winter 2021 Recordings Now Available~

Footprints in the forest. Trails of tracks in fields. Winter in the temperate regions brings snow and reveals the amazing diversity of wildlife that share our world with us daily. This course is specifically designed to help you learn how to decipher the tracks, trails and sign of wildlife in winter and to bring you knowledge of and connection to the nearby natural world.

This 4-week, online course is a deep dive into the skills, techniques, stories, science and art of winter wildlife tracking. You can join live on Wednesday evenings OR watch the recordings anytime you like. Topics will include:

  • How winter tracking differs from the other three seasons
  • How to maximize snowcover for learning tracking
  • Tips and tricks for trailing a single animal over distance
  • Traps and common mistakes made while winter tracking
  • Methodologies for analyzing carcasses/kill sites
  • Species specific winter track & sign profiles w/ weekly review quizzes
  • Understanding wildlife ecology to become a better tracker

Details

  • Dates: Purchase includes 4 90-minute recorded class sessions* from winter 2021
  • Access: Registered students access a course page with bonus materials
  • Tuition: $99 (discounted price for recorded sessions)

NOTE: When purchasing the recorded sessions of the class, there will be NO instructor interaction.


Talking with Birds

~Currently NOT available…check back soon~

Talking with Birds is a 4-week online journey focusing on how to better understand and communicate with birds. Experience unique, interesting and engaging lessons with seasoned educator, naturalist and bird language expert, Dan Gardoqui. Each week, Dan curates a class experience that includes elements of: well-researched content (photos, videos, facts and stories); class connection time where we learn as a “flock”; and time for individual questions and answers from students.

This course will include:

  • How to do a “Bird Sit” & Interpret the Five Voices of Birds
  • Bird Awareness Training – Tips and Practices
  • Beyond Birding: Moving from Listing to Listening
  • Case Studies of Common Birds & What They’re Saying
  • How to Stoke Your Curiosity & Enhance Your Empathy for Birds
  • Ways to Reciprocate and Support Bird Conservation at Home

Cold Survivors: The Story of Wildlife in Winter

Winter 2022 Sessions TBA

Can you imagine surviving the entire winter outdoors? What would like be like with no fridge, pantry or heat? In COLD SURVIVORS Dan will share all about the amazing adaptations that help animals make it through winter. From moose to weasels, fish to frogs and much more – you’ll be amazed at the amazing natural world right outside your door.

  • Live, interactive sessions with Dan & your classmates
  • Personalized connection with an expert naturalist and ecologist
  • True Stories of Winter Survival that bring you closer to wildlife
  • Anytime Access to recordings of our live sessions.
  • Exclusive content on a dedicated course page.
  • Optional Assignments & Challenges that will push you further.

This 4-week, online course is a deep dive into the stories, science and ecology of winter wildlife. You can join live on Tuesday evenings OR watch the recordings at your own leisure anytime.

Details

  • Dates: Winter 2022 Sessions TBA
  • Times: Live sessions run from 7:30-8:45pm EST (via Zoom)
  • Access: Registered students access a course page with bonus materials
  • Tuition: $149

“Learn A Bird” – YouTube Series

  • “LEARN A BIRD” is a popular series on my YouTube channel. These short, informative videos focus on common birds in North America. I mimic the birds, show you what they look like in a bird book and tell you little-known secrets. IF you like it, be sure to subscribe!

Audubon Webinars

  • BIRD LANGUAGE: A 3-PART WEBINAR w/ AUDUBON – This FREE series with Audubon California covers the following topics: “What is Bird Language?,” “How to do a Bird Sit,” “The Five Voices of Birds,” “Six Ways to Spot Trouble,” and “Mimicry: A Tutorial on Bird Whistling.”

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