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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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    • 4.8 • 37 Ratings

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.

    06-03: A Big Year and a Bigger Purpose with Tiffany Kersten

    06-03: A Big Year and a Bigger Purpose with Tiffany Kersten

    Texas birder Tiffany Kersten did not start 2021 with an ambitious year of birding in mind. But out of a job because of Covid closures, and with other hobbies unaccessible, the opportunity opened up to do something special. At the end of the year, she had traveled across the Lower 48 US states, raised awareness on the issue of women’s safety in the outdoors, set a new Lower 48 Big Year record of 726 species, and launched her own bird tourism business. She joins us to talk about her Big Year and her bigger purpose. 

    Also, more on the fundraiser based on the DC Snowy Owl. 
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    • 35 min
    06-02: Random Birds, Uganda Edition, with Ted Floyd

    06-02: Random Birds, Uganda Edition, with Ted Floyd

    Editor of the ABA's Birding magazine and frequent podcast guest Ted Floyd just returned a few weeks ago from a trip to Uganda, the Pearl of Africa, for the African Bird Expo. It just so happens to be a place that host Nate Swick has been as well, on an earlier incarnation of that same trip. So with that in mind, they thought it would be fun to apply the random number generator to their lists and remember some birds in Random Birds.
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    • 56 min
    06-01: 2022 Bird of the Year Artist Christina Baal

    06-01: 2022 Bird of the Year Artist Christina Baal

    Last month the ABA officially announced the 2022 ABA Bird of the Year, which is Burrowing Owl! The excitement over the owl is, no doubt, helped along by the exceptional artwork of our Bird of the Year artist, Christina Baal, whose colorful and personable style seems to fit this species like an owl nestled in a subterranean PVC pipe. She’s with host Nate Swick to talk about Burrowing Owls, inspiration, and art.
    Plus, send us your Burrowing Owl stories, like the one Nate shares this week. 
    This episode is brought to you by Buteo Books. 
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    • 36 min
    05-51: This Month in Birding - December 2021

    05-51: This Month in Birding - December 2021

    We’re at the end of the month and the end of 2021. So it's time for the This Month in Birding panel. We bring back some of our birding friends from the year that was in the form of The Birdist Nick Lund, Bird Sh*t's Mo Stych, and Portland Audubon's Brodie Cass Talbott. We talk about the brand new ABA Bird of the Year, Burrowing Owls and rats, cursing crows, and our best and worst birding holiday gifts. 
    Links to articles discussed in this episode:
    Burrowing Owl is the 2022 ABA Bird of the Year!
    Farallon Islands Mouse Eradication Plan Splits Community
    Foul-mouth Crow Befriends Elementary School
    Good Bird Conservation News from Audubon
    Colorado Ranch saves farm by betting on rare birds
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    • 54 min
    05-50: Discovering the Inti Tanager with Ryan Terrill

    05-50: Discovering the Inti Tanager with Ryan Terrill

    It is one of the great dreams of many birders, to be part of the discovery and description of a bird species that is brand new to science. But it is a process that can be long and involved. Ryan Terrill, an ornithologist at the Moore Lab of Zoology at Occidental College, was in the middle of it with the recent formal recognition of the Inti Tanager, a stunning South American bird known for years as the "Kill Bill" Tanager. Ryan's work surveying the bird's breeding territory in western Bolivia was a big part of that work, and he joins us to talk about the process, and why Inti Tanager is certainly not the last new species to come from this part of the world. 
    Join us this weekend for the 2022 Bird of the Year reveal party!
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    • 39 min
    05-49: There Are Birds with Stephanie Seymour

    05-49: There Are Birds with Stephanie Seymour

    It is amazing how many people combine the two interests of birding and music, though few as professionals. Stephanie Seymour manages, however, to do it. As a birder she explores the birds around her home in northern New Jersey and as a musician she has had a long career as a drummer and singer in a number of bands. In 2019 she combined those worlds with her self-produced album There are Birds. She’ll also be featured in an upcoming issue of the ABA’s Birding magazine early next year.
    Don't forget to join us at our 2022 ABA Bird of the Year reveal in Philadelphia!
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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

PoTaTo_E_s ,

Love the show!

Great podcast, very entertaining and informative

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A joy to listen to!

This is a fantastic podcast. If you have any interest in birds it is both informative and a pleasure to listen to. I probably annoy my family with all the fun bird facts i glean from this show— but I don’t care!

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The American Birding Podcast

The host, Nate Swick, is funny and engaging. He and his interesting guests, including the regulars like Ted Floyd, cover a broad range of subjects from ornithlogical taxonomic minutiae to the challenges faced by birders who are women and people of colour. Notwithstanding the fact that I am a more casual bird-watcher than what I imagine the target audience to be, I've just finished binge-listening every episode. It’s a GREAT podcast for anyone interested in birds.

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