SOUTHBURY — The Western Connecticut Bird Club will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 16, at The Hearth at Southbury, 655 Main St. South. A half hour social will precede this meeting, which is open to the public. Kristi Dranginis, founder of Bird Mentor, will unveil The Seven and a Half Questions to Bird ID that will help participants catapult their skills from basic to advanced after just a little practice.
Those who are able to identify a handful of birds will walk away with a solid set of skills that are immediately applicable.
Bird Mentor provides live and online courses to help people build confidence learning about birds and the natural world and the principles of instinctive birding, deep nature connection, bird language, and her innovative model for advanced bird identification.
Ms. Dranginis also teaches birding at traditional skills events like Rabbit Stick, Winter Count, Saskatoon Circle, Buckeye, Sharpening Stone and for organizations such as the Boulder Outdoor Survival School, The Women’s Wilderness Institute, Crow Canyon Archeological Center, The Vermont Wilderness School, Flanders Nature Center, Eight Shields and The Powerhouse Science Center.
A few years ago, she helped to found the Dipper Project, a research study designed to look at the effects of the Gold King Mine spill on avian life in the Animas River in Colorado.
She’s also led tours for the Bosque del Apache Sandhill Crane Festival, Mesa Verde Bird Festival, the Durango Bird Club and The White Memorial Conservation Center and helped to band birds on Great Gull Island, focusing on the Roseate and Common Terns, migratory birds at Oxbow Preserve, and hummingbirds at Mesa Verde National Park.
Ms. Dranginis is a naturalist, herbalist, and photographer and has made contributions to the new Peterson’s Field Guide to Bird Nests and ABA’s Birder’s Guide.