11 episodes

Love gardening and birds and want to help Mother Nature? Join host Catherine Greenleaf, former gardening columnist for the Boston Herald Sunday Magazine and a certified wildlife rehabilitator with 20 years of experience rescuing and rehabilitating injured wildlife, for discussions about organic gardening and restoring native habitat to help the birds and other wildlife in your backyard. Catherine Greenleaf talks about the natural history of birds and interviews the leading experts about how to turn your backyard into a native oasis for birds and pollinators.

BIRD HUGGER Catherine Greenleaf

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Love gardening and birds and want to help Mother Nature? Join host Catherine Greenleaf, former gardening columnist for the Boston Herald Sunday Magazine and a certified wildlife rehabilitator with 20 years of experience rescuing and rehabilitating injured wildlife, for discussions about organic gardening and restoring native habitat to help the birds and other wildlife in your backyard. Catherine Greenleaf talks about the natural history of birds and interviews the leading experts about how to turn your backyard into a native oasis for birds and pollinators.

    Bald Eagle: Strategist of the Skies / Planting Native Thickets To Protect Birds / Keeping Birds and Cats Safe With Catios

    Bald Eagle: Strategist of the Skies / Planting Native Thickets To Protect Birds / Keeping Birds and Cats Safe With Catios

    Happy Thanksgiving! On today's show: The natural history of the Bald Eagle. Also: Planting native thickets in your yard to protect birds from predators, and how catios are protecting both birds and cats. Join host Catherine Greenleaf, a certified wildlife rehabilitator with 20 years of experience rescuing and rehabilitating injured wildlife, for twice monthly discussions on restoring native habitat and helping the birds in your backyard. (PG-13) St. Dymphna Press, LLC/Bird calls courtesy of Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

    Planting Native Seeds

    Planting Native Seeds

    Get ready! It's almost time to start planting native seeds! In today's episode we learn about the most effective method for propagating native seeds outdoors during winter in an interview with Heather McCargo, founder and executive director of Wild Seed Project in Portland, Maine. Take the Rewilding Pledge! Go to Wild Seed Project at www.wildseedproject.net. Join host Catherine Greenleaf, a certified wildlife rehabilitator with 20 years of experience rescuing and rehabilitating injured wildlife, for twice monthly discussions about restoring native habitat to help the birds in your backyard. (PG-13) St. Dymphna Press, LLC.

    Special Spooky Halloween Episode

    Special Spooky Halloween Episode

    Spooky! Scary! Happy Halloween! Celebrate Halloween with us as we tell a scary story about the Baobhan Sith of the Scottish Highlands and learn how to make a pumpkin bird feeder. Also in this episode: an interview with Dr. Christine Sheppard from the American Bird Conservancy about how to make your glass windows safe for birds; a discussion about why it's so important to leave the leaves; and a talk about the International Dark-Sky Association's efforts to keep the nighttime skies dark to benefit wildlife. Join host Catherine Greenleaf, a certified wildlife rehabilitator with 20 years of experience rescuing and rehabilitating injured wildlife, for twice-monthly discussions on restoring native habitat to help the birds in your backyard. (PG-13) St. Dymphna Press, LLC/Bird calls courtesy of Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Thank you to the National Audubon Society for instructions on making a pumpkin bird feeder.

    Belted Kingfisher: The Diving Expert

    Belted Kingfisher: The Diving Expert

    In today's episode we discuss the natural history of the Belted Kingfisher, as well as how to help birds during fall migration, along with a discussion about planting native trees to save the planet. Join host Catherine Greenleaf, a certified wildlife rehabilitator with 20 years of experience rescuing and rehabilitating injured wildlife, for twice monthly discussions about restoring native habitat and helping the birds in your backyard. (PG-13) St. Dymphna Press, LLC/Bird calls courtesy of Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

    Great Blue Heron: The Last Dinosaur

    Great Blue Heron: The Last Dinosaur

    In today's episode we talk about the natural history of the Great Blue Heron; more plants and trees to add to your Monarch Migration Waystation; and how improved investigative techniques in Wildlife Forensics are resulting in the capture of more criminals. Join host Catherine Greenleaf, a certified wildlife rehabilitator with 20 years of experience rescuing and rehabilitating injured wildlife, for twice monthly discussions on restoring native habitat and helping the birds in your backyard. (PG-13) St. Dymphna Press, LLC/Bird calls courtesy of Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

    The Loon Episode

    The Loon Episode

    Today's episode is dedicated to the Loon, including important news about loon populations in Massachusetts and an interview with Sheridan Brown, one of New England's leading conservation attorneys, about the dangers of lead sinkers and jigs to loons and the new Lead Tackle Buy-Back Program in New Hampshire. Join host Catherine Greenleaf, a certified wildlife rehabilitator with 20 years of experience rescuing and rehabilitating injured wildlife, for twice monthly discussions on restoring native habitat and helping the birds in your backyard. (PG-13) St. Dymphna Press, LLC/Bird calls courtesy of Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

S&LPerkins ,

Outstanding Podcast!

Even as a podcast junkie, I've never been inspired to go out of my way to write a review for one before, and I only wish there could be 10 stars to click!

I love how every episode is packed with interesting and useful information and how Catherine always takes some time to explain how important native plant species are to the health, well-being, and survival of birds. She has a clear agenda for the program and wastes no time getting down to business and keeping the program moving forward.

And I love the continuing series of her personal story about how she was inspired to become a wildlife rehabiliator that she includes at the end of each episode.

Great work, Catherine! Thank you for sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm in such an engaging way! Can't wait to hear the next one!

Jedisparrow ,

So glad to find this podcast!

My daughter and I are bonding over our interest in birds and this podcast is becoming a treasured time together. Catherine’s knowledge and enthusiasm really shine through, making listening to her extra special.

JimE2020 ,

A bird lover’s delight

Bird watching, bird behavior, birds’ keys to survival — ms Greenleaf, a seasoned wildlife rehabilitator, evinces a deep love and knowledge of birds and plants.

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