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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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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.

    05-19: Random Birds, Vol.1 with Ted Floyd

    05-19: Random Birds, Vol.1 with Ted Floyd

    Birding editor Ted Floyd is back to play a new birder game we're calling "Random Birds". Host Nate Swick has a list of birds and a random number generator and is ready to chat about whatever bird pops up. Nate and Ted chat about Snow Geese, Red Knots, Bobolinks, Blue Grosbeaks and more. 

    Also, some birds in the news! California Condors and Vaux's Swifts invading homes in California. 
    Thanks to Field Guides for sponsoring this episode. Check out their new video series, Out Birding with Field Guides.
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    05-18: The Glitter in the Green with Jon Dunn

    05-18: The Glitter in the Green with Jon Dunn

    Hummingbirds, perhaps more than any other bird family in the world, seem to elicit a strange sort of mania, and this seems to have been true for as long as human beings have been aware of them. Writer Jon Dunn is one of the obsessed, and his new book The Glitter in the Green - In Search of Hummingbirds is part history, part travelogue, and part quest to see as many of the world’s hummingbirds as possible, including some of the most iconic species on Earth.
    Also, another Pileated Woodpecker story from Lerena in Toronto, Ontario and Nate sings the praise of fantasy birding in spring. 
    Thanks to Field Guides for sponsoring this episode. Check out their new video series, Out Birding with Field Guides.
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    05-17: This Month in Birding - April 2021

    05-17: This Month in Birding - April 2021

    The last Thursday of the month and that means it's time for the This Month in Birding panel. April 2021 is a special month because it marks one year from the 1st This Month in Birding, and one year since the podcast we went to a weekly format. We're joined by a panel of Birds Canada's Jody Allair, Orietta Estrada of the Birder's Fund, and The Birdist, Nick Lund, who come to talk about the AOS Bird Names Congress, Bald Eagles, big news for the Black & Latinx Scholarship Fund, and thoughts on the accuracy of nature documentaries.  
    Links to topics discussed:

    The AOS Bird Names Congress
    Bald Eagle Mystery Solved
    Bald Eagle Population Estimate
    Black & Latinx Birder Scholarship Fund News
    The Problem with Nature Documentaries
    Audubon CEO Resigning
    Thanks to Field Guides for sponsoring this episode. Check out their new video series, Out Birding with Field Guides.
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    05-16: Skyglow and Community Science with Lauren Pharr

    05-16: Skyglow and Community Science with Lauren Pharr

    This time of year is a tough one for many birds, as they make their long dangerous journey from wintering grounds to breeding territories. The path taken by many sees them passing over or stopping to nest in increasingly urban landscapes. These landscape changes affect birds in many ways, some obvious, some more subtle. That is the work of researcher Lauren Pharr, a PhD student at North Carolina State studying urban noise and light pollution and their affect on birds. She’s with me now to chat about her work, wildlife research in urban settings, and community science. 
    Thanks to Field Guides for sponsoring this episode. Check out their new video series, Out Birding with Field Guides.
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    05-15: Secrets of SoCal Parrots with John McCormack

    05-15: Secrets of SoCal Parrots with John McCormack

    There are a few lucky places in the ABA Area where parrots still fly free, even if most have captive origins these day. But these big loud flashy birds have a history and future than is perhaps more interesting than many birders might imagine and these feral populations can even give us some insights into the frequently threatened wild birds in Mexico and Central America. John McCormack, director of the Moore Lab of Zoology at Occidental College in Los Angeles, is one of the authors of a paper about how two closely related Amazon parrots in southern California more or less fit into the landscape together and he joins us to talk about it.
    Also, as promised, the link to sign up for the Bird Names meeting on Friday, April 16. 
    Thanks to Field Guides for sponsoring this episode. Check out their new video series, Out Birding with Field Guides.
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    05-14: A World on the Wing with Scott Weidensaul

    05-14: A World on the Wing with Scott Weidensaul

    Migratory birds undertake some of the most extraordinary and exhausting undertaking of any living things on the planet, an endurance test made all the more difficult by climate change, habitat loss, and illegal hunting. Few know this better than Scott Weidensaul, a bird researcher, prolific nature writer, and the author of more than 30 books, mostly about birds. He first tackled bird migration with 2000’s Living on the Wind. He comes back to the topic with a new book A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds, out this month. He joins Nate Swick to talk about the new book and the the limits of bird migration. 
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
358 Ratings

358 Ratings

Roban HK ,

Everything about being a birder and caring about birds

I love how expansive the show’s topics are. Please do keep covering issues that affect the most vulnerable members of the birding community, and the most vulnerable birds.

LukeInSTL ,

Excellent

The best podcast out there for birders, Nate is an amazing host and the guests are wonderful. Keep up the great work.

JSPatMan ,

Politics > Birds?

This podcast used to be awesome, and I listened to it religiously for years. Within the last year, it’s gotten remarkably “woke” and needs to share its progressive virtue signaling more and more.

If that’s something you’re into, you will love this podcast. Nate is an interesting host who really does a great job. But if you use birds to escape all that other stuff, this is not the place for you.

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