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Beginning Birding by Ear: The Language of Birds and Nature Awareness

  • Point of View International Retreat and Conference Center 7301 Old Spring Drive, Lorton, VA 22079 Lorton, VA 22079 USA (map)

Point of View International Retreat and Conference Center
7301 Old Spring Drive, Lorton, VA 22079

 Dr. Tom Wood

Dr. Tom Wood

Join Dr. Tom Wood, Associate Professor of Integrative and Interdisciplinary Studies in the School of Integrative Studies (SIS) at George Mason University, to start learning birds through understanding their lives, communication and role in the world outside our windows and in the wilderness.  Developing observation skills, patience and understanding at a comfortable pace is foundational to this learning approach used by cultures close to the land that necessarily respect and understand where they live.  This approach is self-paced, personally rewarding and mutually supportive.

Students will start the day with classroom instruction at Point of View International Retreat and Conference Center, followed by field-work on the campus as well as a trip to Elizabeth Hartwell - Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge to hone skills in the varied habitats. This retreat includes breakfast fare, lunch and snacks.

About Dr. Wood: Tom is a tenured faculty member who has taught interdisciplinary courses in conservation biology at Mason since 1997.  He conducted his doctoral research at the Smithsonian and created the Smithsonian Mason Semester and directed the development of Mason's joint program with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.  He spends much time outside and learned respect of nature through Native American values. 

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Registration is limited to 15

Member: $80
Non-member: $90