Bird Language: Nest Robbers

Springtime is often the most splendid time to observe birds because of avian migrations and their territorial/breeding behavior.  But it is also perhaps the most difficult time for them because of the energy they are forced to spend in hatching and feeding offspring and defending against nest robbers and owls.  Join us for a fascinating day to examine what species of birds and other animals prey on the nests of songbirds, and what are the associated alarm behaviors of nesting birds to defend their eggs and young offspring against these marauders looking for an easy meal!

Earth Native is a sanctioned Bird Language Leaders affiliate, the only training location in the entire southern U.S. certified by Jon Young’s 8shields organization.  In this class you will learn to identify certain alarms that only occur during breeding season caused by nest robbers, as well as the corresponding alarm “shapes” caused by the most common threats to nests including:

  • Skunks
  • Raccoons
  • Rats
  • Snakes
  • Squirrels
  • Owls
  • Other bird species

Upon completion of this class, you will come away with a new way of enjoying the arrival of our breeding birds in addition to simply identifying the various species that return each year after wintering in warmer climates.  Additionally, you will have a deeper understanding for the numerous threats that they face in trying to protect their offspring, as well as an appreciation for how much effort they must spend during this time of year in order to ensure the survival and perpetuation of their species. 

ENROLLMENT NOT CURRENTLY OPEN - Please contact us to be notified when dates are announced for this class.

Class Cost: $65 per person

Class Dates: TBA

Class Times: 9am-3pm

Class Location: Our campus in Bastrop, TX at 137 Woodview Lane (read more about our campus here)

*This is an ADULT class but is open to ages 12 and up. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult participant.

Requirements: There will be short walks involved with class and participants should be comfortable hiking on a paths with short inclines and crossing small stream beds


There is an online course offered by Jon Young in conjunction with the University of California at Davis called “Backyard Bird Language.”  Jon covers all the major bird language topics in 5 modules with video and audio segments along with daily practices, practical tips, and journaling exercises.  The course is self-paced so can be completed in 5 weeks, or over a longer period of time and is an excellent way to begin your bird language journey, whether you are long time birder or completely new to the study of bird behavior.  It will open up a whole new world for you as each time you step outdoors, whether that be in your backyard or in the most remote wilderness, you will begin to greatly enhance your connection, enjoyment, and knowledge of the natural world. To register use this link:

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