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Learn fun bird facts for your next happy hour! Perfect for newbie bird fans, long-time birders, and people who want to learn cool sh*t about birds—we're pretty sure that's you. Join Mo and Sarah for a casual (and very millenial) conversation about all things birding. You'll meet amazing birders, get the latest bird news, and hear lesser-discussed topics around birds and birdwatching. Rated R for "Ridiculously LOLOLOL-worthy."

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Learn fun bird facts for your next happy hour! Perfect for newbie bird fans, long-time birders, and people who want to learn cool sh*t about birds—we're pretty sure that's you. Join Mo and Sarah for a casual (and very millenial) conversation about all things birding. You'll meet amazing birders, get the latest bird news, and hear lesser-discussed topics around birds and birdwatching. Rated R for "Ridiculously LOLOLOL-worthy."

    Let's Create a Bird Union with Audubon for All!

    Let's Create a Bird Union with Audubon for All!

    We hope you're ready for some tea. The National Audubon Society is front and center of a lot of important conversations regarding race, inclusivity, and equality—both in the workplace and the great outdoors.

    In the past few months, the majority of Audubon’s employees have declared that they want to form a union to protect employee’s rights and have a seat at the table. Some Audubon employees have formed Audubon for All, the official name for the union at the National Audubon Society. But, sadly, they have run into some roadblocks with The Audubon Society's executive leadership, who still refuse to recognize the union. Cue the corporate bullsh*t.

    We sit down with Tykee James and Sharon Bruce, two Audubon Society employees and backers of Audubon for All. They share more about the union, their goals, their struggles, and the uneven playing field between the Audubon Society's executive leadership and on-the-ground employees.

    Plus, some listeners share what bird they would want to be and why! 


    BIRD SHIT WE DISCUSSED
    USEFUL RESOURCES
    Follow (and support!) the Audubon for All union on Instagram (@audubonforall) and Twitter. Make sure you sign their letter of support! You can also tweet @AudubonSociety and tell them to get it together. 

    BIRDS WE MENTION (in order)
    • Barn Owl
    • American White Pelican
    • Common Raven
    • Chimney Swift
    • Carolina Wren
    • Emu
    • Cassowary
    • Black Hawk-Eagle
    • Golden Eagle
    • Loggerhead Shrike
    • Killdeer
    • Pigeons (always pigeons)
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    • 50 min
    34: Mother Flockers: Cool Bird Moms

    34: Mother Flockers: Cool Bird Moms

    We're back! After welcoming our own little baby birds into the world, we wanted to share our favorite bird moms for our first episode of 2021. Yes, this episode is coming out after Mother's Day, but we were able to record it on Mother's Day so it feels relevant still. Some of these bird moms are admirable mentors and others make...questionable parenting decisions.

    Plus, we share some recent "Birds in the News" (because it turns out you miss a LOT of news when you take 9 months off of recording a podcast).
     
    BIRD SHIT WE DISCUSSED
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    BIRDS WE MENTION (in order)
    California Condor
    Hawfinch
    Brambling
    European Turtle Dove
    Least Tern
    Shoebill Stork
    Laysan Albatross

    BIRDS IN THE NEWS
    California Condors Throw House Party While Owner is Away
    Italians Feast on Illegally-Hunted, Endangered Songbird
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    • 33 min
    Uncommon Facts about Common Birds: Corvid Edition

    Uncommon Facts about Common Birds: Corvid Edition

    Every joke about "Corvid-19" has already been made, so let's skip to the good stuff: BIRDS! We'll share some fascinating, little-known facts about one of the bird world's smartest families (but let's be honest, ALL birds are smart).

    Corvids—aka the crow family—can be found all over the world. Even if you're new to birding, you've likely spotted a member of this family around your neighborhood. While some people might consider them "basic" birds, we think they're anything but basic. These uncommon facts about four common US-based corvids will help you wow your friends the next time you see a crow (or is it a raven...?) out and about.

    Still struggling with the difference between an American Crow and a Common Raven? We'll break down the differences and provide you with some hard-to-forget visual cues.

    Oh, and we also brought back "Birds in the News," since it's been sooooo looooong.

    Hit us up at hellobirdshit@gmail.com with feedback/thoughts on the episode!

    BIRD SHIT WE DISCUSSED
    USEFUL RESOURCES
    More crow (and corvid) FAQs from Kaeli Swift, Ph.D! (Make sure to follow her on Twitter, too.)

    BIRDS WE MENTION (in order)
    Cave SwiftletOilbirdForty-spotted PardaloteBlue JayRed-shouldered HawkRed-tailed HawkBald EagleEastern Screech-OwlEastern BluebirdIndigo BuntingBrown-headed CowbirdAmerican CrowCommon RavenBlack-billed Magpie

    BIRDS IN THE NEWS
    To NOT Kill a MockingbirdWe’re not the only ones getting fat during quarantine: birds are, too.Don’t hate the gulls: we need their expensive poop!A win for an endangered Tasmanian bird, thanks to smart-thinking scientistsSupport the show (https://www.bonfire.com/talk-birdy-to-me-bird-shit-podcast/)

    • 39 min
    32: Wild Bird Rehab Stories with the "Unflappable" Suzie Gilbert: Author and Bird Rehabber

    32: Wild Bird Rehab Stories with the "Unflappable" Suzie Gilbert: Author and Bird Rehabber

    It's one thing to admire birds in the wild, but it's rare to find people who dedicate their lives to helping injured birds return to the wild. Suzie Gilbert is one of these impassioned birders. Luckily for the world, she picked up a pen to start sharing her wildlife rehabilitation stories. In this episode, we sit down with Suzie to learn the behind-the-scenes stories that inspire her writing—including her newest novel—and hear some of her wildest bird rehab stories. 

    After years of working as a wild bird rehabilitator, Suzie submitted a collection of short stories about bird rehabbing to a few editors and ended up writing a memoir (Flyaway: How a Wild Bird Rehabber Sought Adventure and Found Her Wings). She's also written a children's book (Hawk Hill) and now her first novel: Unflappable.

    Unflappable blends the real-life challenges of wildlife rehabbing with a high-energy fictional thriller. Luna Burke is on the run with a homicidal Bald Eagle in the back seat. Licensed to take care of injured and orphaned wildlife, she is determined to smuggle the bird from her husband’s private zoo in Florida to an eagle sanctuary in Canada. Hot on her trail are her husband, his bodyguards, the police, state conservation officials, and an expert tracker from the federal Fish & Wildlife Service. Whew!



    USEFUL RESOURCES
    Visit Suzie’s website to purchase her books (including her latest novel, Unflappable)!
    BIRDS WE MENTION (in order)
    Red-Tailed HawkPeregrine FalconRock PigeonAmerican RobinBrown ThrasherSharp-shinned HawkCooper’s HawkSouthern CassowaryEastern BluebirdBald EagleRoseate SpoonbillGreat Blue HeronNorthern FlickerSupport the show (https://www.bonfire.com/talk-birdy-to-me-bird-shit-podcast/)

    • 48 min
    31: Layin' It Down: Weird Bird Nests and Eggs

    31: Layin' It Down: Weird Bird Nests and Eggs

    Spring is upon us and the birds are gettin' busy. And what does that mean? That's right: lots of little baby birds will soon be entering the world.

    Not all nests are created equal. Some birds lay eggs in giant piles of composting garbage that they continuously turn to keep the eggs at the perfect incubating temperature. Some birds nest in hanging woven nest sacks in massive colonies. Some birds build saliva nests that are considered rare edible delicacies.

    The same goes for bird eggs, which range not only in color but also in size and shape. Yes, that's right: SHAPE. As in, not a normal round sphere egg. WEIRD!

    We cover our favorite weird nests and eggs in this week's episode. Thanks for listening!

    USEFUL RESOURCES
    From now until June 14, all Bird Shi*t Podcast shirt proceeds will go to Black Lives Matter. Get your shirt here. Sarah is a big fan of Tim Birkhead’s book, “Bird Sense”

    BIRDS WE MENTION (in order)
    Herring GullWhite TernHamerkopBarn OwlWhite-nest SwiftletEuropean Bee-eaterCommon TailorbirdMalleefowlMontezuma OropendolaHouse SparrowNorthern FlickerCommon MurreHoopoeAmerican RobinKiwiCommon OstrichCassowarySupport the show (https://www.bonfire.com/talk-birdy-to-me-bird-shit-podcast/)

    • 38 min
    30: "Bird day" Bash Celebrating One Year of Bird Sh*t

    30: "Bird day" Bash Celebrating One Year of Bird Sh*t

    Bird Sh*t Podcast is officially one year old! Sarah and Mo have been talkin' birds, interviewing amazing birders, and sharing badass bird facts for 365 days. Thank you so much for listening and being a part of this adventure!

    To celebrate our "bird day," we're revisiting some of our favorite moments on the podcast from the last year. Plus, get behind-the-scenes insights into how we started Bird Sh*t and got to where we are today.

    Got a favorite Bird Sh*t moment not featured in this episode? Tell us about it! You can reach us at hellobirdshit@gmail.com or find us on social media (@birdshitpodcast on Instagram or @birdshitpod on Twitter).

    EPISODES FEATURED IN THIS EPISODE
    #2: How to plan a birding trip (complete with blow-up dolls)#7: Amazing Bald Eagle facts to celebrate America's f*cking birthday (Independence Day)#11: The Birding World of Harry Potter with Laura Erickson#14: Mean Birds - Deadly Birds of DEATH#18: Learn spooky, creepy bird calls (and omens) for HalloweenBIRDS WE MENTION (in order)
    Mourning DoveRock PigeonAmerican GoldfinchHouse SparrowGray CatbirdNorthern FlickerCommon GrackleBlue JayBald EagleCommon RavenSouthern CassowaryEmuCorn CrakeSupport the show (https://ko-fi.com/birdshitpodcast)

    • 35 min

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Refreshing

Bird Sh•t is refereshing compared to other bird podcasts out there, which tend to be on the technical side. Instead, Bird Sh*t delivers the fun in fun-facts. It's great that the hosts emphasize their fascination with birds rather than giving in to academic grandstanding. Another distinction is that the show emphasizes birds rather than birders. When I listen to a bird podcast I want to hear about birds, not someone's trip to Costa Rica.

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