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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.

    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
    04-08: Birding in the COVID-19 Era with Ted Floyd & Brodie Cass Talbott

    04-08: Birding in the COVID-19 Era with Ted Floyd & Brodie Cass Talbott

    The COVID-19 crisis has forced us all to take stock of how we do everything, and birding and birding community events are hardly unique. It's impossible to think about anything else so we just decided to devote an entire episode to it. Host Nate Swick is joined by Brodie Cass Talbott, an educator from Portland Audubon, in Portland, Oregon, who have been adapting to this situation in novel ways, and frequent guest Birding editor Ted Floyd. They talk about how bird clubs are adapting and what we should expect from our fellow birders as the pandemic continues. 

    • 44 min
    04-07: Birdsong for the Curious Naturalist with Don Kroodsma

    04-07: Birdsong for the Curious Naturalist with Don Kroodsma

    It’s hard to step out your backdoor these days without being overwhelmed by birdsong. Spring is easing northward across the continent and with it, an increase in the activities of birds. Few people know this like ornithologist and author Donald Kroodsma, professor emeritus or ornithology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the author of a great many books on bird vocalizations. He joins host Nate Swick today to talk about his most recent book, Birdsong for the Curious Naturalist just in time for the annual explosion of birdsong in the northern hemisphere. 
    Also, is birding seeing a renaissance in the COVID era? And more Cedar Waxwing stories from our listeners. 

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
198 Ratings

198 Ratings

Jkc121212 ,

Amazing host and podcast

What a treat it is being in the car en route to go birding and listening to Nate Swick and guests talk about an interesting bird, place, group or activity relating to birding. Nate’s warmth and inclusiveness combined with his passion and enthusiasm for birds makes this podcast a MUST LISTEN if you are a birder! Also I love the rare bird alerts (and the musical notes that go with it!) Ha!

Joruco ,

Going downhill

I was thrilled to discover ABA and this podcast a few years ago. I wrote a positive review then. But I’ve unsubscribed and won’t be renewing my membership. I just want to hear about birds and conservation. A person’s gender, orientation, and/or politics are irrelevant to birding and of no interest to me. I like to classify birds, not people.

lindita517 ,

Loyal fan

I’ve been listening to this podcast since it first became available, and I anxiously await each new episode. This past week’s interview with Tony, ABA Bird of the Year artist, was particularly outstanding. Nate Swick is the consummate host, and his tribute to his grandmother in last week’s episode was very moving.

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