Learning the Language of the Birds - The Trip Shed

Learning the Language of the Birds

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Stoke your curiosity and awareness with The Trip Shed and ornithologist Matt Iles on a 4-day backcountry birding wilderness workshop. Deepen your relationship to nature through learning the language of the birds, observing local migration and practicing bird ID with the help of a pro.

Location: Algonquin Provincial Park

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Trip Details

Did you know that you can tell the future just by listening to the birds? 

Bird language is one of the most potent avenues to building a stronger relationship with nature. Join us this season for a wilderness workshop in the backcountry with an experienced ornithologist and birding guide, Matthew Iles. This trip is an opportunity to soak up late signs of breeding and avian activity on the Canadian Shield in Algonquin’s famous mixed forests and wetlands at a time when bugs have really wound down. We’ll root our experience in curiosity, inclusivity and an awareness of our impact on nature.

Learn how to deepen your connection to the natural world through:

  • Listening closer to bird language
  • Boosting ID skills 
  • Basic through Advanced avian viewing tips
  • Treading lightly in natural spaces
  • Widening your observational capacity
  • Full nature immersion in a backcountry trip setting
  • Learning about the Great Fall Migration

*Note that Algonquin Park limits the number of campers on their backcountry sites to 9 people. This typically results in our trips have 7-8 spots open for guests while accounting for 1-2 guides. 

    Whats Included

    • All tripping gear,
    • Canoes, paddles & PFDs
    • Park permits
    • Fresh & healthy home cooked meals
    • Licensed guide
    • Field Guide/Binocular use

    Whats Not Included

    • Transportation to and from the park
    • Guide Tips
    • Personal toiletries & clothing
    • Additional vehicle permits ($13.00 per vehicle/night)

    Payment Info

    The payment included here is simply a deposit to reserve your spot on the trip. The Trip Shed will reach out shortly after your deposit is made to discuss the specific trip logistics.

    Total Trip Cost: $715 per person


    • Our canoe trips operate rain or shine, however we will never paddle in dangerous weather and will let all participants know leading up to the trip.
    • If a trip is cancelled due to dangerous weather, a full refund will be given.
    • Four weeks before the trip a 100% refund will be given less a $25 processing fee.
    • Two weeks from the trip date, a 50% refunded will be given.
    • Within one week from the trip date no refund will be given.
    • We require a minimum of 4 participants to run a trip. If we do not hit the minimum of 4, you will be able to transfer your reservation to another trip or receive a full refund.

    Covid-19 Precautions

    • All equipment is thoroughly washed and sanitized in between trips
    • Only individuals who request to share a tent will do so, all others will be in individual tents to reduce indoor contact
    • For ease of physical distancing on our multi day trips we will have a maximum of 7 guests and 2 guides.
    • Trip Shed staff will be equipped with Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and will have PPE for guests.

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      1% of profits go to our Adventure For All Fund. To eliminate financial barriers to entry for individuals looking to join one of our life-changing backcountry adventures.