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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.

    05-14: 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. 
    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.
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    • 36 min
    05-13: ENCORE - The Nomadic Nature of Snow Buntings with Emily McKinnon

    05-13: ENCORE - The Nomadic Nature of Snow Buntings with Emily McKinnon

    It’s the time of year when Arctic birds are moving south into the populated parts of the continent, and citizen scientists are there to meet them, trap them, and use cutting edge technology to track their movements. It’s a testament to our interest in nomadic tundra birds that that could apply to a couple different projects, but this time around we are talking about Snow Buntings and the Canadian Snow Bunting Network. Dr. Emily McKinnon is a researcher at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg and the administrator of this project that has found out a number of fascinating things about these consummate winter birds.
    Also, the ABA added three species to its checklist last month, each with a different story. 
    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.
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    • 23 min
    05-12: This Month in Birding - March 2021

    05-12: This Month in Birding - March 2021

    It’s the last Thursday in March and that means This Month in Birding. It's the first of 2021 that can officially, meteorologically, and birdingly, be said to be in spring, even if that spring is tumbling in like an awkward albatross landing. And to this first spring panel of 2021 we welcome three excellent birders Nicole Jackson of Black in National Parks week, Mikko Jimenez of Audubon's Migratory Bird Initiative, and Ryan Mandelbaum of the Finch Research Network and Birdmodo. 
    Also, want to join the ABA team? Here's the info you need!
    Links to articles talked about in this episode:
    What does the Anthropause mean for birds?
    Winter Finches are coming back north
    The world's oldest gull discovered in Cleveland
    Philadelphia joins Lights Out Initiative
    Black-browed Babbler Rediscovered After 180 Years
    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.
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    • 51 min
    05-11: ID Nation - Early Spring Challenges

    05-11: ID Nation - Early Spring Challenges

    Spring is here and birders across North America, including new pandemic birders for whom this might be their very first spring migration as a birder, are looking forward to birds return. And to help them along, we're starting a new regular feature on the American Birding Podcast, an identification roundtable. This time we welcome Field Guides early spring ID challenges with a couple crack birders Tom Johnson from Field Guides and artist and ornithology graduate student Marky Mutchler. Join us as we chat waterthrushes, blackbirds, and strategies for tackling big groups of migrating birds. 
    Also, it's March Madness and kudos to Creighton for having the best bird mascot in the field. 
    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.
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    • 38 min
    05-10: Birding, annotated, with Ted Floyd

    05-10: Birding, annotated, with Ted Floyd

    Birding editor Ted Floyd and host Nate Swick try something a little different this time around. They went birding, each in their respective neighborhoods, and come back together to talk about it. Join them as they wend their way through sparrows, crows, and Bushtits of their homes, with a detour into gannets  and gulls (which neither saw). It's birding, annotated. 
    And in case you wanted to follow along, here's Ted's checklist from Lafayette, Colorado, and here's Nate's from Greensboro, North Carolina. 
    Plus, congratulations to our 2021 ABA Young Birders of the Year, Katie Warner of Vancouver, Washington, and Joaquin Galindo of McAllen, Texas!
    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.
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    • 43 min
    05-09: Unraveling a Nighthawk Migration Mystery with Elly Knight

    05-09: Unraveling a Nighthawk Migration Mystery with Elly Knight

    GPS devices have been a boon for migratory bird research, and it seems that every year a new species gets a turn in the spotlight. This year, it's the amazing Common Nighthawk's turn. Our guest this week is Elly Knight, a researcher at the University of Alberta in Edmonton and the leader an initiative to describe the migration of Common Nighthawks, the subject of a paper recently published in the journal Ecography. 
    Check out a picture of "Maurice" the fake nighthawk at our website. 
    Also, the Meidum Geese fraud and why it feels like stringing, and a Pileated Woodpecker story from Charley Hesse of the Naturally Adventurous podcast. 
    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.
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
346 Ratings

346 Ratings

ca chick ,

Fabulous podcast!

Nick really brings birding to life with his interviews, guests, weekly rare bird round up and interesting guests. It’s fun to listen to his interviews because Nick is very knowledgeable and can ask thoughtful questions. Great show!

TanMoose787 ,

I want to be a birder now!

After searching for a good podcast about just nature and wildlife in general, I am SO glad I stumbled upon this one. The episode with Rebecca Heisman introduced me to the concept of ornitherapy, and has made me want to try birding for myself!

Ajgg854 ,

Great bird content, repetitive birder content

Episodes that focus on birds and ornithology are superb. Always listened to episodes focused on birder positionality and progressive cultural talking points but lately have started to skip parts—repetitive points that don’t go past surface level critiques and platitudes. Could the monthly panel continue to include younger voices but also voices who don’t agree on all societal ills and policy prescriptions? Could make for engaging discussions and diminish the growing perseveration and echo chamber feel of the podcast.

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