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Introduction to Birds & Bird Language with Luke Cannon

March 12 @ 9:30 am 12:30 pm

Bird Language Workshop

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 and deep peaks into their natural histories, Luke Cannon brings participants into a new depth of awareness, relationship and awe with the birds about us each day.   

Topics discussed include: 

  • 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 both total beginners and advanced bird nerds. 

Bird Language Workshop Details

This class will be held outdoors under a covered pavilion on Sunday March 12, 2023 from 9:30am – 12:30pm near Asheville, NC.

This class is created for both total beginners and advanced bird nerds. Age minimum is 13, students under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Be sure to bring a bagged lunch, water, notebooks, warm clothes, and binoculars (optional).

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 $65 – $25

In order to make our workshops more accessible, we offer two price options for each class, with an additional Equity Discount for qualifying individuals. Please consider these options and select your price at checkout.

  • Sponsor Price $65: 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 $45: 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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BIRD LANGUAGE 03/23/2023 Sponsor Price
Supports accessibility for others as well as yourself
$ 65.00
BIRD LANGUAGE 03/23/2023 Standard Price
Covers your share of basic class expenses
$ 45.00
BIRD LANGUAGE 03/23/2023 *Equity Discount
*Available for those of the global majority who identify as coming from a racialized community or an underrepresented ethnicity and would not have access to this workshop without this discount
$ 25.00
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Kim Dunn

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Kim grew up in a multicultural home in the Midwest. Since her teenage years she was already enamored with yoga and spiritual traditions of the East. After college, she answered a deep longing to go to Asia to discover her roots, to immerse herself in the Chinese language, and to expand her mind.

Living in Shanghai for over 5 years brought the wonderful experience teaching yoga full time and connecting with her cultural identity. In 2018 she left China to go to Europe, where she lived in Romania and then France for a couple years. This was her “DIY Masters” degree period where she learned yoga nidra, astrology, guitar, and wildcrafting, all while facilitating women’s circles and addressing personal health issues.

In the spring of 2021, Kim made the decision to come back to the US for the same reason why she left: roots. A true rooting phase is in process, with long term dreams of building a home and community. She’s grateful to be back in NC, tucked away in the mountains where she’s synthesizing all that she’s learned to offer to the world. These travels have enabled an authentic embodiment of the bridge between East and West that she was born to be.