27 episodes

The Warblers shares Canadian information, insights and inspiration on the world of birds and bird conservation. The lively discussions are hosted by Andrea Gress and Andrés Jiménez whose curiosity leads them to discover fun facts and useful tips as they travel uncommon flight paths to learn from expert guests. We would love to hear from you, let us know what you think about the podcast here or which topics you will love -> podcast@birdscanada.org

The Warblers by Birds Canada Andres Jiménez and Andrea Gress for Birds Canada

    • Science
    • 4.6 • 39 Ratings

The Warblers shares Canadian information, insights and inspiration on the world of birds and bird conservation. The lively discussions are hosted by Andrea Gress and Andrés Jiménez whose curiosity leads them to discover fun facts and useful tips as they travel uncommon flight paths to learn from expert guests. We would love to hear from you, let us know what you think about the podcast here or which topics you will love -> podcast@birdscanada.org

    The Wake-up Call: Leach's Storm-Petrel

    The Wake-up Call: Leach's Storm-Petrel

    The sound of Leach's Storm-Petrels returning to their burrows under the cover of darkness is what you might expect to hear in a fairy tale. Like elves giggling in the distance.

    Laura Tranquilla of Birds Canada, joins us to share what it's like to work with one of Canada's smallest and most mysterious seabirds. Leach's Storm-Petrels breed in colonies along Canada's Atlantic coast, but spends much of the daylight hours far out at sea. Like many shorebird species, their population is in decline, but the exact cause can be hard to pin point. We explore the complex challenges of protecting a species that we know little about.

    Visit CPAWS to get involved with Puffin and Petrel Patrol in Newfoundland.

    Laura has also written fantastic blogs on this species; learn about her annual trips to Baccalieu Island, read about the nitty gritty's of Storm-Petrel research, and dive into some of the best research papers.

    Thirsty? Get some Bird Friendly Certified Coffee! 10% of your purchase from Birds and Beans goes towards supporting this podcast and bird conservation in Canada when you use this link.   
     
    Dr. Laura McFarlane Tranquilla has devoted over 20 years to bird ecology, physiology, tracking, and conservation on the east and west coats of Canada. Currently, she is the Atlantic Director for Birds Canada, and works to build science-based collaborative partnerships and guide conservation programs for seabirds, owls, marsh birds, forest birds, and many more.  

    Andrea Gress studied Renewable Resource Management at the University of Saskatchewan. She pivoted towards birds, after an internship in South Africa. Upon returning, she worked with Piping Plovers in Saskatchewan and now coordinates the Ontario Piping Plover Conservation Program for Birds Canada. Follow her work at @ontarioplovers

    Andrés Jiménez is a Costa Rican wildlife biologist with a keen interest in snakes, frogs, birds and how human relationships are interconnected with the living world. He studied Tropical Biology in Costa Rica and has a Masters in Environmental Problem Solving from York University. Follow him at @andresjimo

    This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the federal Department of Environment and Climate Change is supported by funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada. The views expressed herein are solely those of Birds Canada.

    • 30 min
    The Wake-up Call: Piping Plover

    The Wake-up Call: Piping Plover

    Falling in love with chonky floofs, and how to help them! From navigating crowds of people to avoiding cow footprints on beaches, Piping Plovers have no shortage of challenges.  Andrea chats with plover researchers from Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia about these challenges and more, and how the conservation approaches can be radically different across Canada.   

    Learn more about Piping Plovers near you, and potential volunteer opportunities. Mentioned in the episode are Birds Canada, Nature Saskatchewan, Alberta Conservation Association, but there are many more organizations doing good work for Piping Plovers!

    Don't forget Bird Friendly Certified Coffee! 10% of your purchase from Birds and Beans goes towards supporting this podcast and bird conservation in Canada when you use this link.   

    Janet Ng, Ph.D., is a species at risk biologist who has worked on a variety of species and landscapes around Canada. Her work is focused on wildlife-habitat relationships and how human development, climate change, and their combined effects can potentially impact species at risk. To hear more from Janet, check out her Ferruginous Hawk episode!

    Laura Bartlett is the Nova Scotia Programs Coordinator for Birds Canada, and leads the Nova Scotia Piping Plover Conservation Program. She has a B.A. in Environmental Sustainability and Sociology, and a Master’s of Resource and Environmental Management from Dalhousie University, which focused on wildlife conservation and pro-environmental behaviour change.

    Andrea Gress studied Renewable Resource Management at the University of Saskatchewan. She pivoted towards birds, after an internship in South Africa. Upon returning, she worked with Piping Plovers in Saskatchewan and now coordinates the Ontario Piping Plover Conservation Program for Birds Canada. Follow her work at @ontarioplovers

    Andrés Jiménez is a Costa Rican wildlife biologist with a keen interest in snakes, frogs, birds and how human relationships are interconnected with the living world. He studied Tropical Biology in Costa Rica and has a Masters in Environmental Problem Solving from York University. Follow him at @andresjimo

    This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the federal Department of Environment and Climate Change is supported by funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada. The views expressed herein are solely those of Birds Canada.

    • 35 min
    Minisode: Piping Plovers - A Love Story

    Minisode: Piping Plovers - A Love Story

    In this minisode Andrea shares a glimpse into the world of Piping Plovers and the struggles they face through a fascinating tale about 'Chewy', a very determined Piping Plover female. The story provides an introduction to these birds and leaves listeners wanting to know more. Fortunately we'll be learning more in our next episode! Stay tuned.

    Andrea Gress studied Renewable Resource Management at the University of Saskatchewan. She pivoted towards birds, after an internship in South Africa. Upon returning, she worked with Piping Plovers in Saskatchewan and now coordinates the Ontario Piping Plover Conservation Program for Birds Canada. Follow her work at @ontarioplovers

    • 8 min
    The Wake-up Call: conserving Canada's most threatened bird species

    The Wake-up Call: conserving Canada's most threatened bird species

    The Wake-up Call is a special series where we'll be learning about Canada's most threatened, and at-risk bird species. Experts working with each species will help us fall in love with these often elusive birds; we'll learn about the greatest threats, and how we can help. 

    This first episode in the series provides background information to help us understand how species are protected in Canada. Later episodes will feature deep dives into species such as Piping Plover, Bicknell's Thrush, Leach's Storm-Petrel, and many more.

    We love hearing from you! Let us know what you think of this new series by emailing podcast@birdscanada.org, and please remember to subscribe, rate and review.

    Pete Davidson considers himself a long-distant migrant. He originates from the UK but has lived and worked in Asia, Africa and Canada over the years. He is currently the Senior Director of Conservation Strategy at Birds Canada, and is a member of the Committee of the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.   

    Jody Allair is an avid birder and naturalist who enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for the natural world. He is the Director of Community Engagement at Birds Canada and has written numerous articles on birds, birding and connecting with nature. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram at @JodyAllair.

    Andrea Gress studied Renewable Resource Management at the University of Saskatchewan. She pivoted towards birds, after an internship in South Africa. Upon returning, she worked with Piping Plovers in Saskatchewan and now coordinates the Ontario Piping Plover Conservation Program for Birds Canada. Follow her work at @ontarioplovers

    Andrés Jiménez is a Costa Rican wildlife biologist with a keen interest in snakes, frogs, birds and how human relationships are interconnected with the living world. He studied Tropical Biology in Costa Rica and has a Masters in Environmental Problem Solving from York University. Follow him at @andresjimo

    This project  is supported by funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada. The views expressed herein are solely those of Birds Canada.

    • 23 min
    Minisode: More awesome band recovery stories from Stu Mackenzie and the importance of bird safety

    Minisode: More awesome band recovery stories from Stu Mackenzie and the importance of bird safety

    When we visited Long Point Bird Observatory for the previous episode we could not get enough of Stu Mackenzie's bird banding stories, and incredible level of knowledge! So here are some more tidbits from Stu.  Don't forget to check out the full length episode to experience the awe of life at a banding station!

    Remember to report bands!

    Stu MacKenzie is responsible for the Motus Wildlife Tracking System, Long Point Bird Observatory, Thunder Cape Bird Observatory, and aspects of the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network.

    Andrea Gress studied Renewable Resource Management at the University of Saskatchewan. She pivoted towards birds, after an internship in South Africa. Upon returning, she worked with Piping Plovers in Saskatchewan and now coordinates the Ontario Piping Plover Conservation Program for Birds Canada. Follow her work at @ontarioplovers

    Andrés Jiménez is a Costa Rican wildlife biologist with a keen interest in snakes, frogs, birds and how human relationships are interconnected with the living world. He studied Tropical Biology in Costa Rica and has a Masters in Environmental Problem Solving from York University. Follow him at @andresjimo

    • 5 min
    A bird banding day at Long Point Bird Observatory

    A bird banding day at Long Point Bird Observatory

    Bird observatories are an essential starting place for young biologists, but also for members of the public; to watch, to learn, and to fall in love with birds in a more intimate and up-close setting.

    Long Point Bird Observatory is where it all begins for many of us. It is the founding program of Birds Canada, ultimately leading to everything we do today.  We urge you to visit a bird observatory near you, but for now, please join Andrea and Andres, as they field trip to Long Point Bird Observatory and learn all about banding and the special impact that bird observatories have for young biologists and the species that migrate through.

    Special thank you to the volunteers and staff who shared their stories, expertise, and passion for birds with us. You’ll find information about the birds they are seeing and banding on the Sightings Board.

    Bonus: which species can you identify singing in the background?

    Stu MacKenzie is responsible for the Motus Wildlife Tracking System, Long Point Bird Observatory, Thunder Cape Bird Observatory, and aspects of the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network.

    Andrea Gress studied Renewable Resource Management at the University of Saskatchewan. She pivoted towards birds, after an internship in South Africa. Upon returning, she worked with Piping Plovers in Saskatchewan and now coordinates the Ontario Piping Plover Conservation Program for Birds Canada. Follow her work at @ontarioplovers

    Andrés Jiménez is a Costa Rican wildlife biologist with a keen interest in snakes, frogs, birds and how human relationships are interconnected with the living world. He studied Tropical Biology in Costa Rica and has a Masters in Environmental Problem Solving from York University. He is Birds Canada's Urban Program Manager and you can follow him at @andresjimo

    Have a burning question? Many people might have the same question, we would love to answer it.
    Please send us your voice memo with any bird question to -> podcast@birdscanada.org
    Alternatively, call  519-586-3531, extension 128 and leave a voice mail!

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Jam Stock ,

Episode 6 Blew my Mind!

Hearing Joseph Pitawanakwat speaking about the names of birds and all the imbedded information in their names was amazing! This podcast has surpassed all my expectations!!

Azdasteph ,

A birding podcast for everyone!

This podcast surprised me in weird and wonderful ways! The first episode about hawks had me contemplating the relationship between human ecology and the wildlife around it—fascinating insight into cattle ranching and hawks! The most recent episode which connects indigenous medicine with indigenous languages and the wilderness (finding a lost plant by following birdsong and connecting that knowledge through language!) was amazing! These episodes paired with episodes that house tips on gardening for birds, birdwatching, bird studies and how that interconnects with our everyday lives is wonderful. I’ve joined the Loon Lake Survey, haha, this podcast has changed my life! I’d love more tips on how small actions that is regular folks can take might help the wildlife around us.

Gordon Clan ,

Great content, annoying edits

Love the content in this podcast. Great questions and topics. Hosts are great. I would give 5 stars except for the editing. When the guests are answering questions, the pauses are edited out. The result is an intense stream of information which assaults this listener’s ears. I find the info hard to retain. My suggestion would be for the editors to leave the natural pauses in for the guests. When the hosts are speaking, the pauses seem more natural. Go with that and you’ll have my revised 5 star review.

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