38 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.

    A New Garden Ethic With Benjamin Vogt

    A New Garden Ethic With Benjamin Vogt

    In today's episode, we'll be talking with Benjamin Vogt, author of the thought-provoking book, A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion For An Uncertain Future (New Society Publishers), about how to lessen the major ecological castastrophe headed our way with the Sixth Mass Extinction. (www.monarchgard.com); (A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold at www.aldoleopold.org); (environmental grief at www.tinyurl.com/4ertbsbt). 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. Send your questions about birds and native gardening to birdhuggerpodcast@gmail.com. (PG-13) St. Dymphna Press, LLC.

    Sumac: The Native Shrub Nobody Likes

    Sumac: The Native Shrub Nobody Likes

    In today's episode, we'll be talking about a native shrub nobody likes -- the much-disparaged, but extremely beneficial, Sumac. 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. Send your questions about birds and native gardening to birdhuggerpodcast@gmail.com. (PG-13) St. Dymphna Press, LLC.

    Native Plants For The Small Yard with Kate Brandes

    Native Plants For The Small Yard with Kate Brandes

    In today's episode, we speak with Kate Brandes, author of the book, Native Plants For The Small Yard. We'll be discussing design ideas for planting native plants in small spaces. You can download a free version of the book by going to the Lehigh Gap Nature Center website at www.lgnc.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. Send your questions about birds and native gardening to birdhuggerpodcast@gmail.com. (PG-13) St. Dymphna Press, LLC.

    BONUS EPISODE: Bird Hugger Halloween Special

    BONUS EPISODE: Bird Hugger Halloween Special

    Spooky! Scary! Join us for a special Halloween episode of Bird Hugger. Learn how to make organic pumpkin seed pesto and how to keep birds safe from outdoor Halloween decorations. Then join us for a conversation with David Crawford, co-founder and executive director of AnimalHelpNow.org, an organization that is working hard to find injured animals the help they need. Resource: www.danielklemjr.org (Dr. Daniel Klem, Jr., author of the new book Solid Air: Invisible Killer -- Saving Billions of Birds From Windows). 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. Send your questions about birds and native gardening to birdhuggerpodcast@gmail.com. (PG-13) St. Dymphna Press, LLC.

    The Fall Migration Of The Hummingbird With John Shewey

    The Fall Migration Of The Hummingbird With John Shewey

    In today's episode, we speak with renowned nature writer and photographer John Shewey (author of the new book, The Hummingbird Handbook) about the fall migration of hummingbirds. His information might surprise you. Check out his website at: www.birdingoregon.com. 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. Send your questions about birds and native gardening to birdhuggerpodcast@gmail.com. (PG-13) St. Dymphna Press, LLC.

    Wasps: The Forgotten Insect with Heather Holm

    Wasps: The Forgotten Insect with Heather Holm

    In today's episode, we talk with noted biologist Heather Holm about her brand-new, multiple award-winning book, Wasps: Their Biology, Diversity and Role as Beneficial Insects and Pollinators of Native Plants. We will discuss the biology and behavior of the wasp, and just how incredibly beneficial this insect really is in the native flower garden. Links: www.pollinatorsnativeplants.com and www.pollinationpress.com. 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. Send your questions about birds and native gardening to birdhuggerpodcast@gmail.com. (PG-13) St. Dymphna Press, LLC.

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

10 Ratings

bohemiansunchild ,

Makes My Day

A joy to listen to, Catherine’s content always piques my curiosity and eager to learn more about nature. Her cheerful perspective and passion for wildlife have been a comfort to me. Thank you Catherine, love the show!

commallama26 ,

Truly excellent

I'm only 4 minutes in and am hooked for life. This podcast is pleasant to listen to, and chock full of useful and fascinating information about our natural world and its birds. Excellent pacing and delivery too.

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!

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