Join Wendy Clark, Dawn Hewitt, and Kelly Ball for their light-hearted and humorous podcast, Out There With the Birds, where they discuss the latest news, trends, and anecdotes about wild birds and the bird watchers who enjoy them. Listen in to find out just how wonderful and weird the world of birding can be when you’re Out There With the Birds.
Episode 95: Reader Rendezvous, Part II
Did you know that Bird Watcher's Digest leads bird watching tours for our friends and subscribers all around the world? Our Reader Rendezvous birding tours began in 2014 and quickly evolved into a beloved experience for our staff members, our magazine columnists, and our attendees. In this podcast episode, Kelly Ball and Wendy Clark continue reminiscing about past Reader Rendezvous, discuss how recent events changed as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, and give a glimpse of new and fun destinations to look forward to in 2022 and 2023!
Episode 94: Reader Rendezvous, Part I
Did you know that Bird Watcher's Digest leads bird watching tours for our friends and subscribers all around the world? Our Reader Rendezvous Birding Tours began in 2014 and quickly evolved into a beloved experience for our staff members, our magazine columnists, and our attendees. In this podcast episode, Kelly Ball interviews Wendy Clark who helped develop the Reader Rendezvous Tours from the beginning. They discuss how and why we started our tours, what happened with the tours during the COVID-19 crisis, and how our tours are revitalized and moving forward in a post-COVID era. Join Kelly and Wendy as they reminisce about birding with Bill, hilariously funny Rendezvous stories, and the heart of our mission that continues to drives us onward: Birding Is Better With Friends!
Episode 93: An Interview with Mark Garland
Host Dawn Hewitt chats with Mark Garland, a naturalist who has been sharing his enthusiasm for nature with others professionally for over 40 years. Readers of BWD know him as the author of Birder's Question Mark, a column in which he answers questions on birdy topics far and wide. In March of 2019 he was awarded the Paul Bartsch Award for Distinguished Contributions to Natural History from the Audubon Naturalist Society. A popular, highly-demanded, full-time professional birding and nature guide based in Cape May New Jersey, he led tours in Alaska, Central America, and beyond--until COVID-19 struck. In this episode, Dawn chats with Mark about how he launched his career as a naturalist, how his life changed during the COVID era, how he became involved with the Thompson family and Bird Watcher's Digest, and much more!
Episode 92: An Interview with Scott Weidensaul
Scott Weidensaul is living a life of avian adventure. His recent book, A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migration, has become a New York Times bestseller--and for good reason: Scott is a masterful storyteller. A field ecologist and bird bander, a founder of Project SnowStorm and Project Owlnet, and an active bird migration researcher, his Migrations column keeps BWD readers eager to receive and devour each new issue. In this episode of Out There with the Birds, editor Dawn Hewitt asks Scott about his long ties to Bird Watcher's Digest, and recent revelations resulting from rapidly evolving technology on bird migration.
Episode 91: New River Birding & Nature Festival
Rachel Davis is a lifelong lover of the outdoors and a native of the New River Gorge region of West Virginia. A self-proclaimed "girl of the woods", Rachel has enjoyed West Virginia's New River Gorge as her backyard throughout her lifetime. She currently serves as a Co-Coordinator of the New River Birding & Nature Festival and manages all communications for the festival. She lives with her fiancé in a cabin in the woods in West Virginia, and enjoys hiking the deer trails, raising chickens, and drinking in the wonderful wildlife that surrounds her in all seasons. Join Rachel and Wendy Clark, BWD's publisher, as they chat about the upcoming New River Birding & Nature Festival taking place in late April of this year, and the juiciest secret you may not be aware of: You can participate in this year's virtual festival for FREE!
Episode 90: Bruce Wunderlich, Master of BirdTography
If you have admired the appearance of Bird Watcher's Digest, it is Bruce Wunderlich, our production director, who should get the credit. Bruce lays out each issue of BWD and its sister publication, Watching Backyard Birds, places the ads and photos, builds the table of contents, and otherwise assembles each issue. He is also a professional and award-winning bird photographer, and many of his magnificent photos appear on the pages of both magazines. He also contributes the BirdTography column in each issue of BWD. Listen in as BWD editor Dawn Hewitt interviews her colleague and friend in this episode of Out There With the Birds.
Sending love for a man (Bill) I don’t know and a new listener and a pretty amateur birder. You can do it. Lots of positive thinking will get you through !!