94 episodes

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.

    04-14: What It's Like to Be a Bird with David Sibley

    04-14: What It's Like to Be a Bird with David Sibley

    David Sibley hardly needs an introduction to the ABA’s audience. He is the author and illustrator of what is the most popular field guide in North America, and the one simply known by his name - The Sibley Guide, now in its second edition. David has a new book out earlier this year, What It’s Like to Be a Bird: What Birds are doing and Why – from Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing. It is a look at the fascinating behaviors and lives of our familiar birds, and, of course, a vehicle for David’s amazing artwork. He joins host Nate Swick to talk about his book, his art, and the benefits of birding alone. 
    Also, Nate talks about the racist attack on Christian Cooper, the incredible response that is Black Birders Week, and why the mostly White birding community needs to be paying attention. 
    ABA members are eligible for a 15% discount to Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Birds of the World subscription. Log into your ABA account to get the code.

    • 36 min
    04-13: This Month in Birding-May 2020

    04-13: This Month in Birding-May 2020

    The American Birding Podcast brings you This Month in Birding, a panel discussion covering the best bird news we might have missed here at the ABP for the last month.
    This episode features a panel of birding podcasts, Sean Milnes of Fowl Mouths Podcast and Sarah Bloemers and Mo Stych of Bird Sh't. It's a conversation that covers the gamut from Piping Plover love and the best birding clothes to Fast and the Furious and Samuel L. Jackson. 

    Links to topics discussed:
    AOS changes the name of The Auk
    Piping Plovers in Chicago
    What to Wear While Birding When You Want to Look Good
    Scientists Discover Why Some Birds Live Fast and Die Young
    Bird Diapers
    Gateway Arch Turns off its Lights for Birds
    ABA members are eligible for a 15% discount to Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Birds of the World subscription. Log into your ABA account to get the code.

    • 39 min
    04-12: City Pigeons and Urban Evolution with Elizabeth Carlen

    04-12: City Pigeons and Urban Evolution with Elizabeth Carlen

    More than ever, birders are turning their attention to the birds immediately outside their front door, and for millions of North Americans there is scarcely a more ubiquitous bird than the feral Rock Pigeon. But that humble Rock Pigeon can provide some interesting insights into how natural selection is impacted by the urban environment. In fact, that is the work of Elizabeth Carlen, a PhD candidate at Fordham University in New York City and the lead author of a recent article in Evolutionary Applications that looks at genetic connectivity of Rock Pigeons populations in various cities in the Northeast United States. She joins host Nate Swick to talk about the unique issues with studying urban Rock Pigeons.  

    Also, Nate sings the praises of his Fantasy Birding yard squad, and talks about the birding that has kept him sane in a COVID-19 world. 
    ABA members are eligible for a 15% discount to Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Birds of the World subscription. Log into your ABA account to get the code.

    • 33 min
    04-11: Birding Book Club - Big Year Narratives

    04-11: Birding Book Club - Big Year Narratives

    In recent years it has seemed as though doing an ABA Area Big Year means that you have to write a book about it, but the form's roots can be traced to Roger Tory Peterson himself. What makes them so popular? Are they travelogue, sporting conquest, adventure, or some combination? Or is the appeal as simple as wish fulfillment? 10,000 Birds media reviewer Donna Schulman and Birding magazine media review editor Frank Izaguirre join host Nate Swick to talk about Big Year narratives and what makes them great in the first edition of the ABP Birding Book Club. 

    Also, the USFWS disappoints with new rules for the Duck Stamp. 
    ABA members are eligible for a 15% discount to Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Birds of the World subscription. Log into your ABA account to get the code.

    • 45 min
    04-10: The Bird Way with Jennifer Ackerman

    04-10: The Bird Way with Jennifer Ackerman

    Welcome to the new weekly American Birding Podcast!
    Jennifer Ackerman is the New York Times best-selling author and essayist who wrote The Genius of Birds and a great many other science books. Her newest, out this week, is The Bird Way: A New Look at how Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think. It's a companion to that much loved earlier book, exploring the many creative, novel, and bizarre ways in which birds approach problems that they face and what they says about bird cognition and intelligence.
    Also, a Cedar Waxwing story from Karina Li of Big Sky, Montana.
    ABA members are eligible for a 15% discount to Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Birds of the World subscription. Log into your ABA account to get the code.

    • 39 min
    04-09: This Month in Birding - April 2020

    04-09: This Month in Birding - April 2020

    The American Birding Podcast brings you the first installation of This Month in Birding, a panel discussion covering the best bird news we might have missed here at the ABP for the last month. 

    In this episode, host Nate Swick is joined by #birdtwitter stars Nick Lund (@TheBirdist), Jordan Rutter (@JERutter) and Jason Ward (@JasonWardNY) to talk about COVID closures, celebrities in birding, predatory journals, and more. 

    Links to topics discussed:

    Stevie Nicks and White-winged Doves?

    Dan Baldasarre wonders "What's the Deal with Birds?"

    Breeding Bird Survey Canceled for 2020

    The World's Ugliest Birds

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

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Jimmymancity ,

Joy to listen to

English birder who also wishes we had something this good over here, keep up the great work

Tony UK birder ,

Always interesting and informative

I’ve been listening to the American Birding Podcast for a year now and it’s great. As a UK based birder, I love the insight it gives me into the American birding scene. I wish we had similar here - it makes a real virtue of the fun that is birding. Thanks everyone at the ABA for putting it together.

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