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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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    • 4.7 • 431 Ratings

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.

    06-21: This Month in Birding - May 2022

    06-21: This Month in Birding - May 2022

    It is the end of the month, and with it, comes the This Month in Birding panel. Because May is arguably the best month of the year for birding in the US and Canada we have a panel this month that attempts to meet those expectations. Mollee Brown of the Life List Podcast, Gabriel Foley of the Maryland/DC Bird Atlas, and Purbita Saha of Popular Science. 
    Also, wanna travel to Panama with Nate? 

    Topics discussed in this episode include:
    Language Barriers in Local Bird Conservation
    Broken Wing Tactic More Widespread Than Thought
    Songbirds More Colorful the Closer They Live to the Equator
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    • 49 min
    06-20: Gardening for Birds in Ohio with Julie Zickefoose

    06-20: Gardening for Birds in Ohio with Julie Zickefoose

    Julie Zickefoose scarcely needs an introduction. A prolific artist and an award-winning writer, much of her work is inspired by her home in southeast Ohio. It's the topic of a piece she has written for the May special issue of Birding magazine, Wildlife Gardening in Appalachian Ohio. She joins us talk about the satisfactions and frustrations that come from building a wildlife sanctuary and a little bit about the return of BWD. 
    Also, we've got a new Executive Director! And some thoughts on the Biggest Week American Birding has seen in 3 years. 
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    • 41 min
    06-19: A Reference for All the Birds of the World with Brian Sullivan

    06-19: A Reference for All the Birds of the World with Brian Sullivan

    Maybe more than anyone in North America in the last 20 years, Brian Sullivan has been deeply involved in things that birders do. He was one of the original developers of eBird, which hardly needs an introduction to listeners, and is now project lead of Cornell’s Birds of the World. In the last couple years Birds of the World has absolutely become an essential collection of bird knowledge which is all the more amazing considering the scope of the project. 
    Also, Merlin's Sound ID is better than you think. 

    • 35 min
    06-18: The Joys of Birding Maine with Nick Lund

    06-18: The Joys of Birding Maine with Nick Lund

    Friend of the ABA Nick Lund has had a busy spring! He not only published his first book, but his first two books. The ABA Guide to Birds of Maine is the newest installment in the well-regarded ABA guide series from Scott & Nix, and The Ultimate Biography of Earth seeks to reach science fans of all ages with its fun text and colorful illustrations. Nick joins Nate Swick to talk about them both and whatever else they get to. 
    Also, turns out Nate had Covid, and he does not recommend getting it during spring migration.
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    • 31 min
    06-17: This Month in Birding - April 2022

    06-17: This Month in Birding - April 2022

    It’s the last Thursday of the month and that means it is time for the American Birding Podcast This Month in Birding panel where we talk some bird news, share some sightings, and generally have a good time. We welcome to the panel this month Portland Audubon's Brodie Cass Talbott, the American Bird Conservancy's Jordan Rutter, and Birds Canada, Jody Allair.  
    Also, wanna travel to Panama with Nate? 
    Topic's discussed on this month's episode:
    Can birds keep up with earlier springs?
    Shakespearian Tall Tale Shaped how we see Starlings
    Discovering New Species by Listening for Them
    Multiple Lines of Evidence Indicate Survival of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker in Louisiana. 
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    • 57 min
    06-16: The Secrets of Female Bird Song with Lauryn Benedict

    06-16: The Secrets of Female Bird Song with Lauryn Benedict

    The incredible variety of bird song in a morning chorus on a spring or summer day is a phenomenon that a lot of birders are familiar with. But even after centuries of study there is still a lot we don’t know about bird vocalizations, especially the world of female birdsong. The vocalizations of female birds are frequently as complex and important to the lives of birds as the songs we associate with male birds, and it’s only relatively recently that we’ve begin to really look into that. Dr. Lauryn Benedict, from the University of Northern Colorado, has been on the cutting edge of this science and she joins host Nate Swick to talk about bird vocalizations and other aspects of female bird biology.
    Also, American Ornithological Society taxonomy proposals are out, and Nate hits some of the highlights. 
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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
431 Ratings

431 Ratings

jhall6383 ,

Weekly Must Have

One of the best birding podcasts out there.

LaurynMK88 ,

Newer Birder Perspective

This is a good podcast. Nate Swick’s intros are hilarious and often the best part of the episode. It’s likely because I’m a less experienced birder, but I wish there were more episodes focused more directly on birds, birding tips, etc. A lot of times the topics get a little out there to things somewhat related to birding (live-streaming, birds and music, board games <huge Wingspan fan here by the way>, women in the outdoors, etc). Those things can be interesting but often the conversation gets to a place where we’re not really talking about birds anymore. Would love to just hear and learn more about birds and birding!

John Eshem ,

An all together well done podcast!

The ABA podcast does a great job of balancing bird and bird adjacent topics to create a well rounded discussion about all things birding. It is both a great place to get in the weeds about taxonomy and discuss political issues that impact birds and birders. Nate is enthusiastic and funny which makes the content even more enjoyable.

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