17 Jun
17Jun

Bineshiinyag, are our winged relatives. Bright, bringers of joy, that cheer us with their songs, they offer our other relations many benefits as well.

They provide something called ecosystem services. This means that they provide positive benefits for the natural systems that they occupy. Some of these benefits come from dispersing seeds, eating biting insects, pollinating plants and providing important roles in the food chain. 


They are also very good predictors of weather, and remind us of the importance of listening to nature. For example, Swallows are very sensitive to barometric pressure dropping and will often fly very low where the air density is greatest. If you notice that the birds in your area are quiet, that often indicates bad weather approaching. When you hear them singing in the rain, this means that good weather will be coming soon. 

If you are interested in learning more about bineshiinyag and what teachings they offer, check out this amazing interview from The Warbler Podcast with Guest, Joseph Pitawanakwat  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bneshiinyik/id1569661214?i=1000536967115

Land Invitation: Practice your identification of bird songs and calls

 Many times you hear a bird, but you may not be able to see it. Learning bird calls and songs is a great way to know what winged relatives live near by. A great way to do this is by practicing silence. 

Find a space you enjoy visiting and be as quiet as you can. What sounds do you hear? Can you notice more than usual?

If you want to take your bird identification even further, you can download the Merlin Bird ID app. When you hear a call or song, open the app and record the sound. It will isolate the sound you want and give you suggestions of what bird it could be! How many birds can you hear?