American Birding Podcast
By American Birding Association
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The American Birding Podcast brings together staff and friends of the American Birding Association as we talk about birds, birding, travel and conservation in North America and beyond. Join host Nate Swick every other Thursday for news and happenings, recent rarities, guests from around the birding world, and features of interest to every birder.
||Clean02-08: eBird's Global Big Day with Ian Davies & Kyle Horton||Spring is right around the corner. And if you're going to be birding, you might as well be eBirding. You should definitely be eBirding on May 5th, eBird’s annual Global Big Day. Last year birders recorded more than 6600 species from 160 different...||4/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean02-07: Tales of Urban Birding with Jen Brumfield||Few birders in North American have taken on the mantle of urban birding like Cleveland native Jen Brumfield. Her Cuyahoga County Big Years are the stuff of legend, not only for their high totals but for the passion she throws into birding her hometown..||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean02-06: Winter Birding in Review with Mike Hudson & Tom Reed||For birders interested in Status & Distribution, that is the wheres and whys of birding, the ABA’s quarterly journal, North American Birds, has always been a much anticipated part of the ornithological canon. After a year or so in stasis, North...||3/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean02-05: The Joy of Birdfeeding with Jim Carpenter||Jim Carpenter opened the very first Wild Birds Unlimited store near his home in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1981. At the time it was one of very few bird specific retail outlets in the country, and since then, Wild Birds Unlimited has grown to include...||3/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean02-04: Big Year Reflections with Yve Morrell||In 2017, Florida birder Yve Morrell did what many of us dream of doing--she took an entire year off for birding all around the continent. Her 2017 Big Year ended in December with 813 (+4 provisional species), a total that will likely place her...||2/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean02-03: More than Birds with Jody Allair & Frank Izaguirre||One of the major birding trends of the 21st Century has been a move away from a sole interest in birds. This is facilitated by an ever increasing library of field guides to various taxa, smartphone apps that make it easier than ever to identify and...||2/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean02-02: The Nomadic Nature of Snow Buntings with Emily McKinnon||It’s the time of year when Arctic birds are moving south into the populated parts of the continent, and citizen scientists are there to meet them, trap them, and use cutting edge technology to track their movements. It’s a testament to our...||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean02-01: 2018 Bird of the Year Artist Doug Pratt||When we chose Iiwi as the 2018 Bird of the Year, there was really only one person we could ask to do the artwork. H. Douglas Pratt is a bird artist, author, and researcher, currently based in Raleigh, North Carolina, whose work has been featured in...||1/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01-26: The Christmas Bird Count-stravaganza Episode||It's Christmas Bird Count season, and in this episode of the American Birding Podcast we bring you past guests and ABA friends and staff sharing their own CBC stories. We have tales of found birds, of missed birds, of fun and fellowship and legacies...||12/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01-25: What's in a Common Name?||What is in a bird common name? It’s a question that many of us might not think about immediately, but there’s a lot going on in those lists we are so familiar with. Capitalization, honorifics, patronyms, how names are assigned, how they’re...||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01-24: Best Bird Books of 2017 with Donna Schulman||We all love bird books and 2017 was a good year for them with a number of exciting titles seeing publication this year. As we reach the end of the year it's a good time to look back at the ones we loved, and 10,000 Birds book reviewer Donna Schulman...||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01-23: Birding Without Borders with Noah Strycker||Before 2015, a 365 day round the world Big Year had never been attempted. The playing field was intimidating, the perceived cost was daunting, and the logistics were demanding. But in 2015 Noah Strycker tossed all that aside, tackling an ambitious...||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01-22: Hurricane Impacts on Caribbean Birds with Alvaro Jaramillo||The 2017 Hurricane season was notable for the scale of the tropical storms involved and the destruction they caused not only where they made landfall in the United States, but also the islands in the Caribbean that they passed over. Alvaro Jaramillo...||11/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01-21: Birds and the Farm Bill with Amanda Rodewald||When birders think about the Farm Bill they might be forgiven for thinking immediately about corn and soybeans. But the Farm Bill is more than an agricultural omnibus, it also funds projects that provide important habitat for more than 100 species of...||10/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01-20: How Photography has Changed Birding||There is arguably no technological shift that has changed birding more in the last decade or so than the proliferation of cameras. Taking photos and sharing photos has become synonymous with birding for many and it’s hard to remember time now when...||10/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01-19: Bird Tours from the Inside with Rockjumper's George Armistead||There's more to a successful bird tour than just pointing out the birds, from logistics to managing personalities, a bird tour guide has to be part ornithologist and part psychologist. Rockjumper Birding's George Armistead has led bird tours on all...||9/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01-18: American Birding Expo News with Bill Thompson III||Later this month, birders and tour operators from across the globe will converge on Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for the 3rd American Birding Expo. This "World of Birding in One Place" is the brainchild of Bill Thompson III, editor of Birdwatcher's...||9/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01-17: The Secret Life of Rails with Auriel Fournier||Rails are a mysterious and enigmatic family, often requiring and rewarding effort. Researcher Auriel Fournier knows that more than most, and her work with rails in Missouri has shed some light on how these birds migrate and how they use the landscape...||8/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01-16: Reviewing the 2017 AOS Supplement||The 2017 American Ornithological Society Check-list Supplement was notable for the taxonomic decisions that were not made as much as those that were. Yellow-rumped Warbler and Willet were not split, but Cassia Crossbill was. We also saw the...||8/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01-15: Birds Over the Top with Seabird McKeon||A changing climate means a different world for many bird species, particularly seabirds which may find themselves exploring new paths over the top of a melting Arctic. Ocean Researcher Seabird McKeon joins host Nate Swick to talk about one part of the..||7/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01-14: Birding, Social Media, and the Facebook Summit||Birders have always been great at taking advantage of technological tools to pass on birding information. The birding community has made especially good use of Facebook, and the internet giant has taken note. The ABA was received as a guest at the 1st..||7/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01-13: Actor Ian Harding's Odd Birds||In demand actor, 7 time winner of the Teen Choice Award, and avid birder? Ian Harding is best known for his work on the Freeform network's teen-drama Pretty Little Liars, but in his new memoir Odd Birds he talks about how birds and birding have...||6/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01-12: The Young Birder Episode 2017||The ABA has a long history of supporting young birders through our Young Birder of the Year competitions and the young birder camps in Colorado and Delaware, programs that have had real positive impacts on the young people who participate in them....||6/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01-11: Bird Conservation in Hawaii with Mike Parr||Mike Parr is the new president of the American Bird Conservancy, one of the premier bird conservation organizations in the Americas. ABC has done a great deal of work supporting bird conservation initiatives in Hawaii, the archipelago often referred...||6/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01-10: LIVE from The Biggest Week - The Good Birders Panel||The ABA was once again excited to have a presence at The Biggest Week in American Birding in northwest Ohio in 2017. At this year's festival, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt editor Lisa White and ABA President Jeffrey Gordon hosted a keynote panel featuring..||5/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01-09: The Great Canadian Birdathon with Jody Allair||Bird Studies Canada is the premier bird conservation organization in Canada, and their annual Great Canadian Birdathon is a the world's oldest sponsored bird race. It's a great way for Canadian birders to support conservation work across the country....||5/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01-08: 2017 Splits and Lumps, The AOS Episode||Every year, birders look forward to the check-list supplement from the American Ornithological Society (formerly the American Ornithologist's Union), and this year is no exception. In fact, 2017 offers a bounty of potential splits for your armchair...||4/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01-07: The Biggest Week with Kim Kaufman||The Biggest Week in American Birding is one of the biggest birding events on the calendar, and a wonderful opportunity for birders to make a difference while enjoying the best spring birding on the continent. Biggest Week creator Kim Kaufman joins...||4/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01-06: The Field Guide to Bird Sounds with Nathan Pieplow||Nathan Pieplow's new Field Guide is a departure from the traditional book of bird images. It depicts images of bird sounds as spectrograms, showcasing the diversity of vocalizations in North America. Nathan joins Nate Swick to talk about his new book,..||3/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01-05: Champions of the Flyway with Jonathan Meyrav||Bird-trapping and shooting are huge problems around the Mediterranean, which prompted Israeli birder Jonathan Meyrav to create the Champions of the Flyway, a 24 hour bird race in Eilat, Israel, that raises money and awareness to combat the threats to...||3/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01-04: Natural Soundscapes with Lang Elliot||Master bird recordist Lang Elliott joins Nate Swick to talk about his new project, a sound-recording expedition to the western US. Lang hopes to record in a wide variety of locations and habitats, and he's documenting his journey on his website,...||2/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01-03: Cornell's Merlin App with Drew Weber||With the ambitious and impressive Merlin app, Cornell Lab of Ornithology will identify your mystery bird photos! Project Manager Drew Weber joins Nate Swick to talk about how it works and what kind of applications this program has for every birder and..||2/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01-02: The Big Big Year Episode||2016 was an exceptional year for ABA Area Big Year birders, with four individuals all breaking the record in one year! Nate Swick talks with all four - Christian Hagenlocher, Laura Keene, Olaf Danielson, and John Weigel - about their experiences and...||1/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01-01: 2017 ABA Bird of the Year Artist Sophie Webb||Welcome Ruddy Turnstone, 2017 ABA Bird of the Year! Nate Swick has a conversation with scientist, author, and 2017 BOY artist Sophie Webb (www.sophiewebb.com) whose image of Ruddy Turnstones will be featured on the cover of the February 2017 issue of...||1/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean00-02: Prairie Bird Conservation with Scott Somershoe||Merry Christmas Bird Count Season, and congratulations to Canada for their new national bird, Gray Jay, and the birdy headlines it spawned. Then it's good-bye to 2016 with Scott Somershoe, a bird researcher with USFWS, who joins Nate Swick to talk...||12/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean00-01: Nature Travel with Laura Kammermeier||Laura Kammermeier of Nature Travel Network joins us to talk about birding travel, what birders want when they head abroad, and how traveling for birds helps establish ecotourism and conservation initiatives around the world. Nate Swick offers a...||12/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Great information on 1st podcast
I'm excited about the possibilities of this new podcast! Interview and comments were informative and very useful.
Fills a needed niche
We really needed a birding podcast that is birding and birders first. Solid so far!
Informative, Entertaining, and Excellent!
The American Birding Podcast is the "new kid on the block" of bird-related podcasts, but after listening I'm sure you'll want to be friends. Host Nate Swick swiftly delivers a great program including engaging interviews, a Rare Bird Alert, up-to-date news on birding, and all things ABA. His interviews are informative and engaging, making the half hour fly by! Perfect for avid birders, or someone new to birding and wanting to learn more. Looking forward to the next installment!