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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 Thursday for news and happenings, recent rarities, guests from around the birding world, and features of interest to every birder.

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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 Thursday for news and happenings, recent rarities, guests from around the birding world, and features of interest to every birder.

    04-29: My So-Called Lifer: Ornithology in High School with Stephen Maguire

    04-29: My So-Called Lifer: Ornithology in High School with Stephen Maguire

    Most people perceive ornithology as a college course, one of those science electives that can get people into birding long-term. But what if we brought it down to high school and appealed to more students from more backgrounds? That’s the goal of high school teacher Steve Maguire, who has been teaching ornithology in a Massachusetts high school for several years. He joins host Nate Swick to talk about his experiences. 

    Also, a Migratory Bird Treaty update and Nate teaches you how to be a wicked pisher. 
    Thanks to Field Guides for sponsoring this episode. Check out their new video series, Out Birding with Field Guides. 

    • 40 min
    04-28: Birding Book Club: All of a Family

    04-28: Birding Book Club: All of a Family

    It’s time for the American Birding Podcast Birding Book Club and host Nate Swick welcomes bird media reviewers Frank Izaguirre from the ABA’s Birding magazine and Donna Schulman from the website 10,000 Birds to talk family specific guides. What are those, you might ask. We'll chat about identification guides or reference books that focus specifically on one group of birds, frequently, though not always strictly speaking, a family as defined taxonomically. Shorebirds, warblers, raptors, and birds-of-paradise are on the agenda. 
    Thanks to Buteo Books for sponsoring this episode. You can find every one of these titles at their online store and ABA members receive at 10% discount on every purchase. 
    For a list of all the books we discuss in this episode, please see the American Birding Podcast website. 

    • 36 min
    04-27: Becoming a Birder, Unintentionally, with Julia Zarankin

    04-27: Becoming a Birder, Unintentionally, with Julia Zarankin

    The path to becoming a birder is as much as about coming to grips with what is happening to you as it is about finding increasing joy in birding. We all may end up in a similar place but our paths to that place are as individual as we are. Toronto writer and lecturer Julia Zarankin didn't mean to become a birder, but 10 years on here she is. She recounts this odd journey in a new memoir, Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder, out in September in Canada and in October in the United States. She joins host Nate Swick to about how she came to call herself a birder. 
    Also, Nate wants you to normalize misidentifying birds. 

    • 34 min
    04-26: This Month in Birding - August 2020

    04-26: This Month in Birding - August 2020

    It’s the last Thursday of the month and that means it’s time once again for This Month in Birding. This month's esteemed panel this month has more of a western bent, significantly pulling the mean location of panelists a little bit closer to the Mississippi River at least. We welcome Canada-based bird educator and researcher Jody Allair, ABA Young-birder liaison and Sonoran Joint Venture coordinator Jennie Duberstein, and host of the Fowl Mouths podcast, Sean Milnes. We talk Thick-billed Longspur, Audubon's reckoning with their namesake, the retirement of Ron Pittaway and his Winter Bird Forecast, and the word bird pronunciation mistakes. 
    Links to topics discussed:
    Welcome Thick-billed Longspur
    A new beginning for the winter Finch report
    NAOC's online conference
    Audubon deals with John James's legacy

    • 49 min
    04-25: Finally a Field Guide to Hawaii with Helen & André Raine

    04-25: Finally a Field Guide to Hawaii with Helen & André Raine

    Birders on the mainland of the US and Canada have no shortage of options when it comes to field guides. Our friends in Hawaii, however, have not had such luxuries despite being home to some of the world's most spectacular birds. Now that Hawaii is included in the ABA Area, interest in the islands among birders is high, and the need for a good field guide was dire. Helen and André Raine have created just that guide along with photographer Jack Jeffrey, published as part of the American Birding Association series of field guide earlier this year. They join host Nate Swick to talk about it, and you can even win a copy with our trivia giveaway.

    Also, a virtual NAOC was pretty great and a Cedar Waxwing story from Chris Ortega of California. 

    • 32 min
    04-24: Secrets of Slow Birding with Bridget Butler

    04-24: Secrets of Slow Birding with Bridget Butler

    If there’s one thing that this year has taught birders, its how to appreciate your immediate surroundings. The cancellation of festivals, international trips, and even many local bird walks and meetings has encouraged us to be more present and local. It's something that Vermont naturalist Bridget Butler has been pushing for a long time as part of her “Slow Birding” initiative. She joins host Nate Swick to talk about how birding can create a connection to yourself and the place where you live. 
    Also, welcome Thick-billed Longspur!

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

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Great show. Very informative and entertaining. I love the rare bird part.

Canada Birdnerd ,

Awesome

Great podcast, love all the guests.

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Great Podcast!

I love listening to this podcast. Nate Swick does an excellent job of making it interesting & easy to listen to. Even my husband, who is not the bird fanatic I am, always comments on how good it is. So great job!

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