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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.

BIRD HUGGER Catherine Greenleaf

    • Science
    • 5.0 • 16 Ratings

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.

    The Epic Battle To Restore The Everglades

    The Epic Battle To Restore The Everglades

    The Florida Everglades was once six million acres of pristine wilderness. Today, it has been literally cut in half to three million acres and has been logged, burned, drained, developed and sequestered into sloughs and canals -- all of which are having monumental impacts on the birds and other wildlife that call the Everglades their home. We speak with two special guests today, Keely Weyker and Cesar Becerra, about the importance of the Florida Everglades -- and the measures being taken to restore it. The fate of the wildlife, particularly the birds, hangs in the balance. To find out more about Keely Weyker and the Everglades Foundation go to www.evergladesfoundation.org. To find out more about Cesar Becerra go to www.sofloweird.com. Info on Marjorie Stoneman Douglas at https://www.nps.gov/ever/learn/historyculture/msdouglas.htm. Join 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. Access the BIRD HUGGER Newsletter here: www.birdhuggerpodcast.com. Send your questions about birds and native gardening to birdhuggerpodcast@gmail.com. (PG-13) St. Dymphna Press, LLC.

    • 37 min
    EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Nadeem Shehzad From All That Breathes -- Academy Award Nominee For Best Documentary

    EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Nadeem Shehzad From All That Breathes -- Academy Award Nominee For Best Documentary

    Today we have an exclusive interview with Nadeem Shehzad, one of the two brothers featured in the captivating Academy Award-nominated documentary, All That Breathes. This touching film shows the work of two young men attempting to help injured wild birds in New Delhi, India, particularly the Black Kite. As Nadeem says in the interview, "the animals are just trying to live their lives" despite toxic air pollution stemming from human overpopulation and the dangers of competitive kite flying. Film reviewers are calling this documentary "transcendent" and "spiritually uplifting." FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE BELOW. Join 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. Access the BIRD HUGGER Newsletter here: www.birdhuggerpodcast.com. Send your questions about birds and native gardening to birdhuggerpodcast@gmail.com. (PG-13) St. Dymphna Press, LLC.

    • 16 min
    Protecting The Ospreys Of Southwest Florida With Kathryn Brintnall

    Protecting The Ospreys Of Southwest Florida With Kathryn Brintnall

    Did you know there is an International Osprey Foundation headquartered on Sanibel Island in Florida? Today, we speak with Kathryn Brintnall, president of the foundation, about ongoing efforts to protect the Osprey. We also discuss the effects of Hurricane Ian on Osprey populations. Go to the International Osprey Foundation at www.ospreys.com; go to the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) at https://sccf.org/; go to the J.N. Ding Darling National Refuge website at https://www.fws.gov/refuge/jn-ding-darling; go to the Clinic For The Rehabilitation of Wildlife (C.R.O.W.) website at https://crowclinic.org. Join 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. Access the BIRD HUGGER Newsletter here: www.birdhuggerpodcast.com. Send your questions about birds and native gardening to birdhuggerpodcast@gmail.com. (PG-13) St. Dymphna Press, LLC.

    • 27 min
    The Florida Scrub Jay with Jacqui Sulek

    The Florida Scrub Jay with Jacqui Sulek

    Did you know the Florida Scrub Jay is a hoarder? A hoarder of acorns from the Scrub Oak tree, that is! On today's show, we talk with Jacqui Sulek, an expert with Florida Audubon on the endemic Florida Scrub Jay. We talk about the challenges facing this extremely intelligent bird and its endangered habitat. For more information, go to: Florida Scrub Jay at https://www.floridastateparks.org/learn/florida-scrub-jay; Audubon Florida at https://fl.audubon.org/; Archbold Biological Station at https://www.archbold-station.org/; Florida Forever at https://floridadep.gov/floridaforever; and Ocala National Forest at https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/florida/recarea/?recid=83528. Join 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. Access the BIRD HUGGER Newsletter here: www.birdhuggerpodcast.com. Send your questions about birds and native gardening to birdhuggerpodcast@gmail.com. (PG-13) St. Dymphna Press, LLC.

    • 26 min
    The Burrowing Owls Of Marco Island With Brittany Piersma

    The Burrowing Owls Of Marco Island With Brittany Piersma

    Did you know Burrowing Owls raise their young in underground tunnels? In today's episode, we talk about the fascinating Burrowing Owl with Brittany Piersma, a field biologist with the Audubon of the Western Everglades. Brittany is conducting important research of the Burrowing Owl on Marco Island in Florida. She also helps to run the Owl Watch Program, Seabird Stewardship Program and the Gopher Tortoise Program. Go to the Owl Watch Program at https://www.audubonwe.org/about-1-1. Learn more about the Starter Burrow Program at https://www.audubon.org/news/where-burrowing-owls-are-your-neighbors. Go to the Seabird Stewardship Program at https://www.audubonwe.org/about-1. Go to the Gopher Tortoise Program at https://www.audubonwe.org/copy-of-owl-watch. Go to Conservation Collier at https://www.colliercountyfl.gov/government/public-services/divisions/conservation-collier?locale=ht. Join 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. Access the BIRD HUGGER Newsletter here: www.birdhuggerpodcast.com. Send your questions about birds and native gardening to birdhuggerpodcast@gmail.com. (PG-13) St. Dymphna Press, LLC.

    • 27 min
    Adventures Of A Transplanted Gardener With Ginny Stibolt

    Adventures Of A Transplanted Gardener With Ginny Stibolt

    Did you know 1,000 people move to Florida every single day? Join us for a talk with Ginny Stibolt, author of the wonderful new book, Adventures Of A Transplanted Gardener, as she tells us all about the delights and challenges of native gardening for birds and butterflies in the Sunshine State. This book is essential if you are planning to retire in Florida or if you are a Snowbird with a winter home in Florida. Florida Native Plant Society: www.fnps.org. Native plants mentioned in this episode: Sunshine Mimosas; Rice Button Asters; Beautyberry Bush; Wax Myrtle Bush; and Coral Honeysuckle Vine; Fire Bush; and Tropical Sage. Join 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. Access the BIRD HUGGER Newsletter here: www.birdhuggerpodcast.com. Send your questions about birds and native gardening to birdhuggerpodcast@gmail.com. (PG-13) St. Dymphna Press, LLC.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

DrewP.Weiner ,

Great find

Really liking this podcast so far. I found it after looking for more content from Heather McCargo. Would love it if some of the episodes on native plants went into more detail on how to help birds specifically with native plants and trees, and also a titled episode for beginners on how to attract more birds to your yard and create habitats for them.

PixieDust2020 ,

Love this podcast

I am changing my garden over to native plants to help the birds and butterflies and this podcast is helping me so much. Keep up the great work!

Birdie-Diana ,

One of the best podcast

I have learned so much from this podcast. I thought I was pretty knowledgeable about native plants birding etc. but I have learned something new on each and every episode. Hands-down the best podcast out

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