There's Something Really Special About Birds!

WHETHER YOU COME SEEKING

ARTISTRY, MASTERY OR INTIMACY. . . 
An unconventional team of survivalists, photographers, scientists, and conservationists 

HAS SOMETHING TO REVEAL ABOUT BIRDS



Are you ready for a new way to know birds?

IMAGINE LEARNING 

from 12 of the world’s leading artists, survivalists, photographers, scientists, and conservationists

TO TRANSFORM THE WAY YOU KNOW BIRDS

I BELIEVE IT'S POSSIBLE FOR ANYONE TO ....

  • IDENTIFY a bird by the flick of it's tail
  • ​KNOW its distinctive song in spring
  • ​UNDERSTAND its mysterious behavior

NOW, COME MEET THE PEOPLE WHO CAN SHOW YOU HOW!

HELLO!

My name is Kristi Dranginis. 
This January 27-29th I'm bringing together some of the coolest and most innovative people in the bird-loving world to show you, from the comfort of your home, just how many ways there are to LOVE BIRDS!

WATCH THE VIDEO TO HEAR MORE

NOW, WATCH THE VIDEO TO HEAR MORE

We are a community of folks who are crazy about birds!
AND..FOR LESS THAN A BOX OF TRUFFLES, you can join us virtually for 12 pre-recorded sessions and discover the other ways to know birds.

MEET YOUR FESTIVAL GUIDES

The Coolest And Most Unconventional People In The Bird-Loving World

Woniya Thibeault
The History Channel's Alone Show

  Confirmed

Richard Crossley
Author of The Crossley ID Guides

  Confirmed

Kiliii Yüyan
National Geographic Photographer

  Confirmed

Nathan Pieplow
Author of Peterson Field Guide To Bird Sounds

  Confirmed

Craig Childs
Author of Animal Dialogues & The Secret Knowledge of Water

  Confirmed

Dr. Pepper Trail
Forensic Ornithologist
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

  Confirmed

Jennie Duberstein
Ph.D.
 "Conservation Matchmaker" & Wildlife Biologist

  Confirmed

John Muir Laws
Artist & Author of Laws Guide to Drawing Birds

  Confirmed

George Bumann
Yellowstone's Master Artist, Naturalist, and Animal Language Expert

  Confirmed

Kelly Magleby 
Primitive Pottery of The Southwest

  Confirmed

Casey McFarland
Professional Wildlife Tracker, Author of Peterson Field Guide to North American Bird Nests

  Confirmed

Paul Bannick
Award Winning  Photographer & Author of The Owl and The Woodpecker

  Confirmed

Julie Zickefoose
Artist, Naturalist & Author of Saving Jemima

  Confirmed

Pınar  Ateş Sinopoulos-Lloyd
Co-founder of Queer Nature;
Indigenous Multi-Species Futurist

  Confirmed

Corina Newsome
Ornithologist & Founder Of Black Birder’s Week.

  Unconfirmed

Elizabeth Hargrave
 Wingspan Game

  Unconfirmed

Jack Fincham
Actor
Love Island

  Unconfirmed

Geninne D. Zlatkis
Artist

  Unconfirmed

Amy Wallace 
Falconry & Me

  Unconfirmed

Eliana Ardila 
& Marc Kramer
Birding By Bus

  Unconfirmed

Paul Bannick
Wildlife Photographer, Author Of The Owl & The Woodpecker

  Confirmed

Helen Hays
Common & Roseitte Terns
Great Gull Island

  Unconfirmed

Tom Macelroy
Wilderness Survival
Wild Survival

  Unconfirmed

Rosalee de la Forêt
Herbs with Rosalee
Alchemy of Herbs

  Unconfirmed

Julie Zickefoose
Author
Saving Jemima

  Unconfirmed

Paige Davis
World Bird Sanctuary

  Unconfirmed

Lora Gier
Birds & Blooms Magazine

  Unconfirmed

Chris Morgan
The Wild (The Great British Birding Show)

  Unconfirmed

Ray Brown
Radio Show Host
Talkin' Birds

  Unconfirmed

Featured In...

I've met people ...

WHO THOUGHT THAT IN ORDER TO BECOME A BETTER BIRDER OR ENHANCE THEIR CONNECTION WITH NATURE THEY EITHER:

  • Had to run around the world with a detailed checklist wearing a multi-pocketed vest.
  • ​Had to be obsessed with birds since they were really young.

THANK GOODNESS ~ THAT'S JUST NOT THE CASE!

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE GOOD, 
YOU JUST HAVE TO LOVE

It doesn't matter if you've spent 20 years watching birds or 20 minutes... 

THIS FESTIVAL IS GOING TO TRANSFORM THE WAY YOU KNOW BIRDS

WHAT YOU'LL EXPERIENCE AT THE FESTIVAL

AT MOST FESTIVALS, YOU PRETTY MUCH ONLY HEAR FROM EXPERT BIRDERS. 
At this virtual festival ~ 

YOU'LL GET TO LEARN FROM SOME OF THE WORLDS LEADING 
ARTISTS, SURVIVALISTS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, SCIENTISTS AND CONSERVATIONISTS.

Don't worry. For those die-hard birders out there, we've got bonafide bird nerds here for you too.

We’re talking about 12 speakers who are experts in their fields, 
ready to help you expand what you thought was possible, learn practical skills and fall even more deeply in love with the world of birds.

DURING THE VIRTUAL FESTIVAL WE'LL UNCOVER STORIES LIKE ~

  • What Ravens Say: And how you can learn to understand them.
  • The Gyrfalcon: North America's largest falcon from the vantage point of a National Geographic photographer in the remote Arctic.
  • How Birds Helped Woniya Survive 73 Days Alone in Winter: Star of the History Channel's Alone Show shares her unorthodox approach to surviving in extreme conditions.
  • ​What Feather Is This: Learn tips to identify bird feathers from the man who created the Feather Atlas.
  • ​One Simple Trick To Draw Birds Like A Pro: Learn the technique that has helped over 20,000 people draw a bird easily. It even worked for me.
  • ​The Groundbreaking Discovery Nathan Pieplow Made For Birders With Hearing Loss: This is a game changer, if you're willing to learn a new language that is.
  • Why Female Birds Don't Sing Like They Use To: Yes! Female birds sing. More than most people think they do. How has this changed over time?
  • ​You Don't Believe In Field Guides!: Why Richard Crossley, author of the Crossley ID Guides, doesn't believe in field guides. Hu?
  • ​The Crazy Things Craig Childs Has Endured To Get Close To Animals: Author of Animal Dialogues & The Secret Knowledge of Water put himself into uncomfortable, even dangerous situations in order to tell the most authentic stories possible.
  • Why Bird Nests Are The Ultimate Sign: How the study of bird nests reveals layers of ecological insights and might even alter your view of the life on earth.
  • Saving the Helmeted Hornbill: Hear how a forensic ornithologist is helping interrupt the trade of “red ivory”, a.k.a. rare hornbill horn.

FESTIVAL AT A GLANCE

All Sessions ARE Pre-Recorded
And Available To You Through Jan 31st.
Once they go live, you'll have a few days to watch them.

DAY 1

JAN 27

ARTISTRY

Kiliii Yüyan
John Muir Laws
Kelly Magleby
Paul Bannick


DAY 2

JAN 28

MASTERY

Richard Crossley
Nathan Pieplow
Dr. Pepper Trail
Jennie Duberstein
Casey McFarland

DAY 3

JAN 29

INTIMACY

Woniya Thibeault
Craig Childs
George Bumann
Julie Zickefoose
Pınar Ateş Sinopoulos Lloyd

  • 4-5 Master Guide Sessions Each Day
  • ​Guided Mindful Bird Sits Each Morning
  • Membership to the private festival Facebook group
  • ​Free giveaways from select speakers
  • ​20% of your ticket goes to support bird habitat restoration
  •  Opportunity to upgrade your ticket to win prizes, interact with speakers during LIVE Q&A, bonus classes & much more.
  • ​All sessions are PRE-RECORDED and will go live the day they are scheduled. You'll have until January 31st to watch them (or pick up the VIP pass to get access forever).

WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS?

KRISTI DRANGINIS

GREAT QUESTION! Hi. My name is KRISTI and I am the founder of Bird Mentor, where I teach advanced skills to thousands of beginning birders around the world through engaging courses and events. I have been actively involved in the birding and nature skills community for 25 years, working with casual birders, educators, and industry leaders. 
 
After years of mentoring a diverse range of students, an unexpected pattern emerged. I found that many of my students felt excluded from the birding world because they didn’t believe they fit the traditional birder mold and therefore didn’t identify themselves as birders. The truth is, these people were as devoted to learning about birds as any traditional birder I knew.

To give these students, and the hundreds of thousands of people silently believing they too don’t belong, an opportunity to see what the varied faces of birding look like, and learn from some of the greats…I created this virtual festival.

Come get your bird love on with us.
~ Kristi Dranginis

REGISTER HERE FOR THE FESTIVAL!

ONLY  $12  FOR  ALL  3  DAYS

20% of your ticket goes to support 3 organizations across North America 
working to restore & establish habitat for migrating birds.

Missouri Prairie Foundation - Point Blue Conservation Science - Delaware Ornithological Society

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