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Birds are rapidly disappearing from all around us. Habitat reduction, climate change, pesticides, invasive pests and many more factors are causing the reduction in the numbers of all species, and more species face the increased threat of extinction.

The species and the people fighting to understand the reasons for the reductions in bird populations will be highlighted, along with research and practical efforts to arrest the decline. Meet the people at the coalface and learn about their projects, and about them.

The Bird Emergency Grant Williams

    • Science
    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

Birds are rapidly disappearing from all around us. Habitat reduction, climate change, pesticides, invasive pests and many more factors are causing the reduction in the numbers of all species, and more species face the increased threat of extinction.

The species and the people fighting to understand the reasons for the reductions in bird populations will be highlighted, along with research and practical efforts to arrest the decline. Meet the people at the coalface and learn about their projects, and about them.

    Fotography Friday with Nicolas Rakotopare and Sandy Horne

    Fotography Friday with Nicolas Rakotopare and Sandy Horne

    Here is the Fotography Friday conversation that Grant and Nicolas Rakotopare had with Sandy Horne, recounting her introduction to photography, and bird photography in particular.
    The photographs discussed are on this webpage and also check out Sandy's Flickr albums. 
    Follow Sandy on Twitter @SandyHorne61
    Don't forget to have a look at Nico's pics...
    You can find some really lovely shots from Nicolas on his website, not limited to his work with birds at lerako.net
    Follow Nicolas on Twitter - @le_rako
    And still more great images from Nicolas on Instagram @lerako
    Follow The Bird Emergency on Twitter @birdemergency or Instagram @thebirdemergency 
    You can support the show by making a contribution by buying Grant a coffee here - https://www.buymeacoffee.com/birdemergency
    If you enjoy the show, how about share with your friends or colleagues?  https://followthepodcast.com/birdemergency
    Or you can review us at https://lovethepodcast.com/birdemergency

    • 1 hr 44 min
    Selecting plants to use in a bird-friendly garden

    Selecting plants to use in a bird-friendly garden

    Another Bonus episode - the audio of a live stream where Grant Williams and Dr. Holly Parsons suggest some plants they like to use in a bird and wildlife-friendly garden, and give some design tips.
    Grant draws upon his knowledge as a horticulturist to suggest an approach to structure, and to suggest a few plants from each category that he suggests using stratification as a major design principle - thinking like a bird!
    Holly draws upon her experince with the Birds In Backyards program to add more useful species suggestions.
    If you are designing or improving a bird-friendly garden, listening to this episode will be time well spent.
    You can find the video of this episode at thebirdemergency.com/YouTube
    Follow The Bird Emergency on Twitter @birdemergency or Instagram @thebirdemergency 
    You can support the show by making a contribution by buying Grant a coffee here - https://www.buymeacoffee.com/birdemergency
    If you enjoy the show, how about share with your friends or colleagues?  https://followthepodcast.com/birdemergency
    Or you can review us at https://lovethepodcast.com/birdemergency
    Image credit - MainlandQuokka, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

    • 1 hr 22 min
    077 Aotearoa Southern Dotterel

    077 Aotearoa Southern Dotterel

    What do you think is the rarest bird in New Zealand?  Perhaps, you immediately think of the Kakapo? But the title probably belongs to a seabird, or a little-known shorebird, the Southern Dotterel (or the Southern Red-breasted Plover) (Chadrius obscurus), which has been described as a distinct species and listed as such on the IUCN Red LIst. It is listed as Critically Endangered and the population trend is indicated as Decreasing.
    Last assessed in 2017, the IUCN estimates that the population is between 60 and 80 individuals, which is limited to one population, which occurs (fortunately) within the boundaries of the Rakiura National Park, on Rakiura (or Stewart Island), off the southern tip of the South Island of Aotearoa New Zealand.
    Alasdair Burns spoke with Grant, from Stewart Island (Rakiura) about the Southern Dotterel, and recounted his work previously with the species, and explained why the specialisation of the species, and it's limited range makes it extremely vulnearable, especially to feral predators, such as cats, rats, mice and possums.
    See the grim IUCN Red List assessment for yourself here.
    Check out Predator Free Rakiura on the web here; https://www.predatorfreerakiura.org.nz/contact-us/
    And they are also on Facebook; https://m.facebook.com/100852492507299/
    There is a lot of Southern Dotterel info from the New Zealand Department Of Conservation website; https://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/native-animals/birds/birds-a-z/nz-dotterel-tuturiwhatu/
    Vote for Southern Dotterel for New Zealand Bird of the Year on Instagram (Voting begins in October - so set yourself a reminder!); https://instagram.com/southern_dotterel_boty
    See the full show notes at thebirdemergency.com/dotterel
    Follow The Bird Emergency on Twitter @birdemergency or Instagram @thebirdemergency 
    You can support the show by making a contribution by buying Grant a coffee here - https://www.buymeacoffee.com/birdemergency
    If you enjoy the show, how about share with your friends or colleagues?  https://followthepodcast.com/birdemergency
    Or you can review us at https://lovethepodcast.com/birdemergency

    • 1 hr 3 min
    The Adrift Lab - Plastic Pollution and the Flesh-footed Shearwaters of Lord Howe Island

    The Adrift Lab - Plastic Pollution and the Flesh-footed Shearwaters of Lord Howe Island

    This episode is a little different than our usual "regular" episode, in that is the audio of the video live stream, and a number of images and videos are referenced in the recording. Because the subject matter is so shocking, and really should be a wake up call for many people (listen for the distressing stats of how many chicks are found to have ingested plastic in the colony of Flesh-footed Shearwaters on Lord Howe Island). 
    Dr. Jennifer Lavers is on of the co-leads of The Adrift Lab, based at the University of Tasmania. Jenn has been studying the same colony of Flesh-footed Shearwaters on Lord Howe Island for almost two decades. There is continuous data for this entire, except for one breeding season, when fieldwork was not conducted due to pandemic restrictions.
    Joining Dr. Lavers in this discussion are two PhD candidates, Lill Stewart and Alix de Jersey and Honours student, Nina Jones. Each of these students have a different focus in their respective projects, but I am sure each with turn out to be significant when it comes to how the wider community deals with the ubiquitous issue of plastic pollution.
    It is important that you watch the video we discuss in the episode. You can see it here thebirdemergency.com/adrift
    Here are the links for this episode The Adrift Lab Dr. Jenn Lavers Lill Stewart Alix de Jersey Nina Jones Dr. Alex Bond Dr. Alex Evans (not Adrift Lab!) Follow The Bird Emergency on Twitter @birdemergency or Instagram @thebirdemergency 
    You can support the show by making a contribution by buying Grant a coffee here - https://www.buymeacoffee.com/birdemergency
    If you enjoy the show, how about share with your friends or colleagues?  https://followthepodcast.com/birdemergency
    Or you can review us at https://lovethepodcast.com/birdemergency

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Fotography Friday with Nicolas Rakotopare (Reboot)

    Fotography Friday with Nicolas Rakotopare (Reboot)

    Fotography Friday has been given a bit of an overhaul, and will be an irregular regular bonus in The Bird Emergency feed.  The reboot episode features  Nicolas Rakotopare, who is based in the northern Australian state of Queensland.
    His work focuses on documenting science and nature, bringing stories of science, conservation and nature to a general audience through all the channels available today.
    Nicolas has a degree in Ecology and Conservation Biology and grew up in Madagascar.
    He has been based in Australia for over a decade and was the science communication and media specialist for the Threatened Species Recovery Hub (before it ceased to be!) and also works on other projects for NGOs, magazines, research institutions as well as eco-tourism content creation.
    Here is some of the gear that Nicolas usually carries in the field;
    Canon EOS 1DX2 CANON EF 24-70 F/4 CANON 16-35 F/4 CANON 300 F/2.8 extenders. Lot's more in-depth discussion about gear and the advantage that Nicolas has in gaining work, due to his science background.
    If you want to see the conversation between Grant and Nicolas, visit thebirdemergency.com/nicolas
    You can find some really lovely shots from Nicolas on his website, not limited to his work with birds at lerako.net
    Follow Nicolas on Twitter - @le_rako
    And still more great images from Nicolas on Instagram @lerako
    To catch the next Fotography Friday, featuring Nicolas and Sandy Horne (and all future Fotography Friday conversations) bookmark thebirdemergency.com/photo
     

    • 1 hr 59 min
    075 Bird Conservation Policy and (much more) with Hugh Possingham

    075 Bird Conservation Policy and (much more) with Hugh Possingham

    Professor Hugh Possingham is widely know in Australia, as the Chief Scientist in the State of Queensland, but also as a champion of birds, and for his work assisting to develop conservation stragegy and plans utilising his skills as a mathematician, combined with his training as an ecologist to devise conservation initiatives that integrate spatial planning and economic factors.
    He has co-authored more than 650 peer-reviewed papers, with more than 30 in the world’s top two scientific journals Science and Nature, and is a  Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in. In 2016, Hugh was elected a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences.
    Alongside his official duties, Hugh is a confirmed (massive) Bird Nerd, and an originator of Bird-A-Minute.  It was my pleasure to spend some time talking birds and conservation policy with Hugh.
    Follow Hugh on Twitter (great handle!) @HugePossum
    Read his full bio here.
    Follow The Bird Emergency on Twitter @birdemergency or Instagram @thebirdemergency 
    You can support the show by making a contribution by buying Grant a coffee here - https://www.buymeacoffee.com/birdemergency
    If you enjoy the show, how about share with your friends or colleagues?  https://followthepodcast.com/birdemergency
    Or you can review us at https://lovethepodcast.com/birdemergency

    • 1 hr 26 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Hinterlandnest ,

Perfect for anyone interested in birds

Very informative podcast featuring both interesting guests and a variety of topics. I have learned so much, I’m sharing tidbits with my family and friends. Great host too. Would highly recommend.

Tim from Sydney, Australia ,

So good for bird nerds!!

Terrific podcast for bird nerds.

Good interviews with bird experts.

A very knowledgeable host.

Discovered this during lockdown. It offered me a way to ‘see’ Australia and our birds.

Keep up the great work!

The Painted Galah ,

Love Youse Two!

Ewen helped a bunch of us find our way with schmick Lumix cameras *and* birds in Sydney’s Centennial Parklands. Loved this episode & will now listen to more. Thanks!

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