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

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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

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

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

  • IDENTIFY a bird by the flick of its 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 26-30th I'm bringing together some of the coolest and most innovative people in the bird-loving world to show you 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!
Join us virtually for 12 pre-recorded sessions that you can watch any time of day and discover the many rich ways to know birds.

MEET YOUR FESTIVAL GUIDES

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

Kenn Kaufman
Naturalist, Artist & Author of Kaufman Field Guide Series

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Amy Wallace
Falconer & Co-founder of Female Falconers Club

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Eliana Ardila Kramer
Bird Guide, Photographer, Biologist & Founder of Birding By Bus 

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Marshall Johnson
Chief Conservation Officer for The National Audubon Society

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Julie Zickefoose
Artist, Naturalist & Author of Saving Jemima

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Jose Martinez Amoedo
Survivalist & The History Channel's Alone Show

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Elle Kaye
Taxidermist & Host of Specimens Podcast

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

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

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Purbita Saha
Senior Editor & Journalist at Popular Science

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

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Freya McGregor OTR/L
 CIG, Birdability Coordinator

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

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Elizabeth Hargrave
 Wingspan Game

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Jack Fincham
Actor
Love Island

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Geninne D. Zlatkis
Artist

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Amy Wallace 
Falconry & Me

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Eliana Ardila 
& Marc Kramer
Birding By Bus

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

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Helen Hays
Common & Roseitte Terns
Great Gull Island

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Tom Macelroy
Wilderness Survival
Wild Survival

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Rosalee de la Forêt
Herbs with Rosalee
Alchemy of Herbs

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Julie Zickefoose
Author
Saving Jemima

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Paige Davis
World Bird Sanctuary

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Lora Gier
Birds & Blooms Magazine

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Chris Morgan
The Wild (The Great British Birding Show)

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Ray Brown
Radio Show Host
Talkin' Birds

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Featured In...

I've met folks ...

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 TRUE!

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

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WHAT YOU'LL EXPERIENCE AT THE FESTIVAL

AT A TYPICAL FESTIVAL, YOU OFTEN ONLY HEAR FROM EXPERT BIRDERS. 
However, 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 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 ~

  • The Ancient Art of Hunting With A Trained Raptor: A female falconer from the UK unpacks what it takes to work with these independently-minded animals.
  • What To Do When You Can’t Identify A Bird?: World-renown birder, author and artist, Kenn Kaufman, shares his Top 4 recommendations. 
  • Survival Expert & Star Of The History Channel’s “Alone Show”: reveals how a nightjar once saved his life. 
  • What To Do When You Find A Stranded Baby Bird: ​An unorthodox approach from a boutique rehabber. 
  • ​Twitch Sketching Warblers: Tips for sketching quickly in the field, with beloved nature artist John Muir Laws.
  • The Secret to Telling The Difference Between A Male & Female Sandhill Crane: without using field marks as a clue. 
  • Seeing Life - Not Death: through the eyes of a fine art taxidermist.
  • The Unexpected Favorite Prey of The Swainson’s Hawk: during spring migration. Large groups will gather to eat this unusual menu item.
  • A Self-proclaimed "Grassland Evangelist" Is Changing The Culture Of Food: and reviving ancient practices of raising cattle.
  • The Elusive Hummingbird Love-Charm Trade: How America's Senior Forensic Ornithologist helped to crack this case.
  • Tips & Tools For Birding With Hearing Loss: Birdability’s Coordinator shares the most helpful resources.. PLUS..her absolute favorite accessible trail in the US.
  • ​3 Expert Tips To Distinguish Hawk Feathers: from the commonly confused turkey feathers. One of them I'd never heard and it blew my mind.
  • ​How To Feel The Approach of A Peregrine Falcon: before you ever see it.

FESTIVAL AT A GLANCE

All Sessions ARE Pre-Recorded
They will be available to view from Jan 26 - Jan 30th ~ any time of day.
OR.. pick up the VIP pass (after you register) and watch them whenever/forever!

JANUARY 26

ARTISTRY

Julie Zickefoose
John Muir Laws
Amy Wallace
Elle Kaye

Plus
✨ Special Live Events ✨

JANUARY 27

MASTERY

Dr. Pepper Trail
Kenn Kaufman
Marshall Johnson
Purbita Saha

Plus
✨ Special Live Events ✨

JANUARY 28

INTIMACY

Jose Martinez Amoedo
George Bumann
Eliana Ardila Kramer
Freya McGregor

Plus
✨ Special Live Events ✨

  • 4 Expert Speaker Sessions Every Day
  • ​Guided Mindful Bird Sits Each Morning
  • ​Dinner With Kristi Wednesday - Friday Night
  • Membership To The Private Festival Facebook Group
  • ​Free Giveaways From Select Speakers
  • ​20% of your ticket goes to support 3 organizations across North America working to restore & establish habitat for migrating birds
  • ​All sessions are PRE-RECORDED and will be released each respective morning of the festival. You'll have from Jan 26 - 30th to watch them any time of day or pick up the VIP pass (after you register) to get access forever

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

If you register before December 27th 
You’ll receive a BONUS live zoom Bird ID Workshop!

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 beginning birders all 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 folks 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 looks like, and to learn from some of the greats…I created this virtual festival.

Register today and come get your bird love on with us.
~ Kristi Dranginis

FESTIVAL SPONSORS

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REGISTER HERE FOR THE FESTIVAL!

ONLY  $12  FOR  ALL  3  DAYS

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

Missouri Prairie Foundation - Raise The River - Delaware Ornithological Society

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Frequently Asked Questions

 What does the festival look like each day? 

Each day, I will release 4 prerecorded interviews conducted between myself and one of our expert speakers beginning at 7 a.m. EST. All interviews for that respective day will be released at the same time. 

These interviews are grouped according to the type of content they cover.
a. Artistry – Speakers who are masterful in their artistic expression in the world
b. Mastery – Speakers who are either professional ornithologists or who have made working with birds their life’s work.
c. Intimacy – Speakers who have devoted their life to the practice and education of deep nature connection.

*Each morning of the festival Molly Tsongas, from Audubon California, will be facilitating LIVE virtual bird sits.
*Enjoy "Dinner with Kristi" live each night to discuss what you learned that day.
*Plus, there will be Special Live Programming throughout the festival with our sponsors.

 How long do I have to watch the interviews?

You'll get access to the speaker interviews through Sunday, January 30th. The first group of interviews will be released starting Wednesday, January 26th.  

UNLESS.. you purchase the VIP After Party Pass.  Then you'll receive unlimited life-time access to each interview, so you can watch them whenever you like.  You can pick up your VIP Pass ($47) at the next step and learn about all the other amazing Bonuses that come with it... AFTER you register

 What if I have another question?

You can send your questions to our team at LoveOfBirdsFestival@gmail.com