219 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.

    06-48: Birding While Black with J. Drew Lanham

    06-48: Birding While Black with J. Drew Lanham

    One of the issues that the birding community has been reckoning with for the last several years is how we can encourage a broader coalition of nature enthusiasts to join us and to share the joy of birding. It’s an issue that Dr. Drew Lanham has given a great deal of thought. Lanham is a distinguished professor of wildlife ecology at Clemson University, a recent MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, and his memoir, The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair With Nature was published in 2017. In this encore episode from 2018, he joins host Nate Swick to talk about his experiences as a black man who loves what he calls one of “the whitest things you can do”.
    Also, a small adjustment in our winter finch expectations.
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    • 35 min
    06-47: This Month in Birding - November 2022

    06-47: This Month in Birding - November 2022

    Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating! How about a fun bird discussion to go along with our one and only bird-related holiday? Nate Swick is joined by Bird Sh*t's Mo Stych, aeroecologist Mikko Jimenez, and the ABA's own Greg Neise to talk about eBird status and trends, hybrid chickadees, bird rediscoveries, and our avian zodiac signs. 
    Links to topics discussed in this episode:
    Smartphone-based Study Reveals Mental Health Benefits of Birding
    Evaluating crowdsourced data to Quantify Inequitable Access to Urban Biodiversity. 
    Hybrid Birds in Human-altered Landscapes
    Researchers Rediscover the Black-naped Pheasant-Pigeon
    What is Your Birth Month Bird?
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    • 50 min
    06-46: Burrowing Owls of San Diego with Susanne Marczak & Colleen Wisinski

    06-46: Burrowing Owls of San Diego with Susanne Marczak & Colleen Wisinski

    The ABA is gearing up to announce its 2023 Bird of the Year but we’re not ready to say good-bye to the year of the Burrowing Owl just yet. With that in mind, we welcome Colleen Wisinski and Susanne Marczak of the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s Burrowing Owl Recovery Program to talk about their efforts to protect the local population of Burrowing Owls and what they’ve learned about the species in doing so.
    Also, Nate is back from a great Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival.
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    • 40 min
    06-45: Birds, Wildfires, and Smoke with Olivia Sanderfoot

    06-45: Birds, Wildfires, and Smoke with Olivia Sanderfoot

    A warmer and drier world means, unfortunately, a world in which wildfire becomes a greater risk. We know, all too well, the risk these fires pose to wild places, but there is surprisingly little we know about the risk to wildlife. That is the work of Dr. Olivia Sanderfoot, a researcher at UCLA looking at the impacts of wildfire smoke on wild birds and trying to answer a few of those increasingly relevant questions.
    Also, a new bird endurance record!
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    • 37 min
    06-44: A New Book about Bird Names with Susan Myers

    06-44: A New Book about Bird Names with Susan Myers

    If the English language is an amalgamation of words from thousands of other languages and cultures, then English common bird names are that writ small. They're a hodgepodge of from every possible source and an endless supply of amazing bird history and trivia. WINGS guide Susan Myers's new work, called The Bird Name Book, is a fascinating combination of etymology and ornithology, and she joins us to talk about it. 
    Also, a really cool new study about convergent evolution. 
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    • 38 min
    06-43: This Month in Birding - October 2022

    06-43: This Month in Birding - October 2022

    It's the end of October and time for our monthly This Month in Birding panel. This week features a fun crew with MD/DC Bird Atlas coordinator Gabriel Foley, Birding magazine editor Frank Izaguirre, and Sarah Swanson, author of the new Best Little Book of Birds: Oregon Coast. The panel geeks out over woodpecker brains, commiserates over the sobering State of the Birds, and suggests exciting bird costume ideas for Halloween, among other things. 
    Links to topics discussed in this episode:
    2022 State of the Birds Reveals Widespread Losses of Birds in all Habitats
    Never Before Seen Colorful Bird Hybrid Surprises Scientists
    Even a Small Amount of Spilled Oil Damages Seabird Feathers
    Woodpecker Brains Process Their Own Tree-Drumming as if its Birdsong
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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
468 Ratings

468 Ratings

Sjp0889 ,

The Birdiest podcast around

Great work, Nate! I love Nick Lund too, wish you had him on even more.
Other suggestion is to extend the Rare Bird report significantly. I think you could make a whole podcast about this - bringing on guests or playing excerpts from birders who saw or chased the birds - or bringing on a scientist studying a certain species (ex. limpkin)

Introvatolo ,

Swallow tailed kites

I really enjoyed your 06-38 episode. When Nick and Ted described seeing swallow tailed kites in Panama and Columbia. It made me think that I had not seen our swallow tailed kites since mid August here in south east Florida. They must have made their fall migration to those locations and it’s very interesting to me to know I get to witness their arrival and departure. I’ve only been in SE Florida for a little over a year and used to live in Upstate NY enjoying spring migration time close to Ithaca. Keep up the great work!

hopeless in az ,

Arizona

Love this podcast. Wondering if we can have a few episodes that focus on the west? I live in Tucson and we have so many cool birds in SE Arizona, but doesn’t seem like we talk about them much. Hummingbirds, raptors and flycatchers..

Maybe this is already happening but I haven’t been listening long enough.

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