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Introduction to Birds & Bird Language w/ Luke Cannon

June 9 @ 9:30 am 1:00 pm

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About the Workshop: Introduction to Birds & Bird Language

Join longtime Firefly Gathering instructor Luke Cannon on this exciting introduction to the amazing lives of birds! In this discussion-based class, Luke will share his knowledge about birds’ incredible adaptations and how to interpret their vocalizations and actions to learn more about the world around us. Through storytelling and deep peeks into their natural histories, Luke Cannon brings participants into a new depth of awareness, relationship and awe with the birds about us each day. 

This class will cover: 

  • How to See and Interpret Bird Language
  • Bird Predators and Defenses
  • Avian Senses/Super Powers
  • Bird Evolution
  • Bird Migration – Why and How
  • Nesting Strategies
  • Avian Ecology – Native Plants
  • Methods of Conservation
  • And many Fun and Fascinating Stories 

This class will greatly widen your awareness of all that is happening in the natural world around you.  You will leave with a deeper understanding of the daily lives of birds, the current challenges facing many species, practices for advanced observation and some ways you can help in bird conservation.  

This class is created for everyone, from total beginners to advanced bird nerds. Minimum age is 13 w/ adult.

This class will be held outdoors on Sunday, June 9, 2024, from 9:30 am – 1 pm near Asheville, NC.

About the Instructor: Luke Cannon

More than a botanist, Luke Cannon is a long time pursuer and teacher of our astounding natural world.  Over the last two decades, Luke has instructed numerous wilderness awareness programs and led hundreds of classes, walks and workshops. An avid naturalist, he blends biological studies with ecology, animism, permaculture, survival skills, rural homesteading, and experiential education. He has taught for the North Carolina Arboretum, the Blue Ridge Audubon Society, Organic Growers School, the Finger Lakes Native Plant Society, the Asheville Mushroom Club, Wild Abundance, and the Appalachian School of Holistic Herbalism to name a few. In 2011 he founded Astounding Earth – dedicated to helping people deepen their relationships with the our living planet. Luke currently lives in the mountains of North Carolina studying, teaching and living Appalachian Ecology and Animism. He offers regular public walks and workshops to share his knowledge and love of local plants, birds, mammals, mushrooms and ecology. Find out more at: www.AstoundingEarth.com  

Equitable Pricing Model $75 – $25

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  • Sponsor Price $75: For those who have enough to share, thank you for being a Sponsor. This is an opportunity to contribute towards the cost of the class for someone else.
  • Standard Price $50: The Standard reflects one person’s share of what it costs to produce the class and cover basic expenses.
  • Equity Discount $25: We offer an additional Equity Discount for those from the following communities who support reparations and/or an equitable redistribution of wealth and would not have access to this workshop without this discount:

Thank you for helping transform the world into a culture of abundance, resilience, and opportunity for all.

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Lily Harlin


Lily is an artist, creator, and dreamer. Since a very young age, she has been immersed in the natural world and draws heavy inspiration from the wild. Though her medium changes frequently, Lily’s art and expression always incorporate an element of the organic and unpredictable. She got her associate in fine arts in 2023, and now volunteers at her school as a ceramic studio monitor. She hopes to open a studio of her own one day to have a place to teach and inspire others. In addition to doing commission work, Lily has been creating many graphics for The Firefly Gathering since 2019. Lily grew up in the Earthskills community from the time she was eight years old, so having the opportunity to grow and give back in so many ways has been incredibly fulfilling. No matter where she ends up, this group of people and ideas will always hold a special place in her heart.