Ted Alvarez thinks birding is boring. But with so much interest in it now, he decides to investigate.
The Pacific Northwest is a haven for thousands of bird species, from sage grouse to bald eagles to common finches. Many impressive migrations take place every year. And the enthusiasts who love spotting all these birds can be very enthusiastic.
Birding draws obsessives; there are bird societies, events and even competitions. But you know who really doesn’t care about all this? Crosscut Escapes host Ted Alvarez. He’d rather spot any other kind of wildlife than a bird. A bird is a disappointment, in his book.
Yet in the past year, birding has exploded as a pastime. A pandemic that forced us to interact with nature first in our homes, and then in the outdoors, meant we all started watching the birds in our backyards and then on the trail, very, very closely.
In this episode of Crosscut Escapes, Alvarez puts aside his skepticism to hear from conservationists and researchers who help open his eyes to the bustling avian world all around us.
Host/Co-producer: Ted Alvarez
Co-producer: Sara Bernard
Music: The Explorist
Executive Producer: Mark Baumgarten