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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.

The American Birding Podcast American Birding Association

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    • 4.7 • 553 Ratings

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.

    08-15: Martin Migration Madness with Kevin Fraser

    08-15: Martin Migration Madness with Kevin Fraser

    Spring is finally on its way and with it, the promise of returning migratory birds to the United States and Canada. Among the first to arrive every year, and beloved among birders and non-birders alike, is North America’s largest swallow, the Purple Martin. With their chatty and gregarious nature martins have inspired so many people, one of whom is Dr. Kevin Fraser of the Avian Behavior and Conservation Lab at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. A migration ecologist with a particularly interest in neotropical migrants, Kevin has worked with Purple Martins for years, and he joined host Nate Swick back in 2019 to talk about the uncommon lives of these common birds.
    Also, guest host Ted Floyd talks about birding and the recent eclipse. 
    Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts and please leave a rating or a review if you are so inclined! We appreciate it! And don’t forget to join the ABA to support this podcast and the many things we do for birds and birders!
    Thanks to our friends at Zeiss for sponsoring this episode. For a limited time you can get $200 of all ZEISS Conquest HD binoculars. Visit your local optics dealer or visit ZEISS.com/nature to find a dealer near you.

    • 29 min
    08-14: Random Birds, Special Edition, with Ted Floyd & John Lowry

    08-14: Random Birds, Special Edition, with Ted Floyd & John Lowry

    John Lowry steps from the production booth into the host's seat this time around to join Birding magazine editor Ted Floyd in a special Random Birds featuring John's home state of Michigan and Ted's old home of Nevada. They discuss a smorgasbord of avian trivia from the big middle of the ABA Area. 
    Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts and please leave a rating or a review if you are so inclined! We appreciate it! And don’t forget to join the ABA to support this podcast and the many things we do for birds and birders!
    Thanks to our friends at Zeiss for sponsoring this episode. For a limited time you can get $200 of all ZEISS Conquest HD binoculars. Visit your local optics dealer or visit ZEISS.com/nature to find a dealer near you. 

    • 53 min
    08-13: This Month in Birding - March 2024

    08-13: This Month in Birding - March 2024

    Beware the IDs of March! Shakespeare was no doubt concerned with molting grebes, singing juncos and the various other birding difficulties brought to us in this month when he wrote those words.  Jody Allair, Mikko Jimenez, and Purbita Saha join host Nate Swick this month to talk climate change and birds, skinny bird legs, and more!
    Links to topics discussed in this episode:
    The great eBird outage of 2024
    To mitigate bird collisions, enforce the Migratory Bird Treaty Act
    As Spring Shifts Earlier, Many Migrating Birds Are Struggling to Keep Up
    Why Do Birds Have Such Skinny Legs?
    Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts and please leave a rating or a review if you are so inclined! We appreciate it! And don’t forget to join the ABA to support this podcast and the many things we do for birds and birders!
    Thanks to HX Expeditions for sponsoring this episode! Change the way you see the world with HX Expeditions.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    08-12: More than a Lawn Thrush with Emily Williams

    08-12: More than a Lawn Thrush with Emily Williams

    What can we learn from one of the most familiar birds in North America? A bird so well-known that it’s migration is remarked upon by friends and colleagues who might otherwise have no knowledge about birds at all. The American Robin, of course, is ubiquitous but there is a lot left to learn. That is, in part, the work of Emily Williams, an avian ecologist at Georgetown University, currently studying the migration ecology of American Robins. She joins us to talk about what we don’t know about a bird everyone knows.
    Also, it's March Madness! Which obviously means we need to consider the bird mascots in the NCAA tournament. 
    Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts and please leave a rating or a review if you are so inclined! We appreciate it! And don’t forget to join the ABA to support this podcast and the many things we do for birds and birders!
    Thanks to HX Expeditions for sponsoring this episode! Change the way you see the world with HX Expeditions.

    • 34 min
    08-11: Beat this Big Year Record with Jeff Bouton

    08-11: Beat this Big Year Record with Jeff Bouton

    Digiscoping is more popular than ever, but bird records involving this practice are few and far between. We needed someone to lay down the gauntlet, and last year that person was Jeff Bouton. Many birders know Jeff as the representative for Kowa Optics, and he's a familiar face around bird festivals and events, and now, the Digicoping Big Year Champion, a record he set in 2023. He’s here to challenge others to match him. 
    Also, a rare bird on the Las Vegas strip gets national media exposure, for better or for worse. 
    Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts and please leave a rating or a review if you are so inclined! We appreciate it! And don’t forget to join the ABA to support this podcast and the many things we do for birds and birders!
    Thanks to HX Expeditions for sponsoring this episode! Change the way you see the world with HX Expeditions. 

     


     

    • 43 min
    08-10: Protecting Plovers in NYC with Chris Allieri

    08-10: Protecting Plovers in NYC with Chris Allieri

    Beach nesting shorebird conservation is one of the more nuanced issues on the continent because the sorts of places and times of year where they prefer to nest are the sorts of places and times of year that humans prefer to recreate. But opportunities exist to get people to care about and protect these birds that we share space with. Chris Allieri and the NYC Plover Project are doing just that. The volunteer group is one of the most celebrated and successful groups in New York City, and Chris joins us to talk about what works and what doesn't. 
    Also, it was inevitable that Flaco the celebrity Central Park Owl would meet an untimely end, but what does he mean for future birds and the ways in which we enjoy them?
    Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts and please leave a rating or a review if you are so inclined! We appreciate it! And don't forget to join the ABA to support this podcast and the many things we do for birds and birders!

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
553 Ratings

553 Ratings

Oye333 ,

Love to Nate

Love this podcast. Nate Swick is the best host! I look forward to Thursday mornings. Light, healing and positivity to Nate and his family.

Lewisbholmes ,

look forward to each episode

A favorite podcast, I enjoy the breadth of topics, the casual yet focused discussions, and all the shows with Ted Floyd.

Now Unsubscribed ,

Can We Just Talk About Birds?

ABA member, birder and outdoor enthusiast here that cannot stand the political/woke/non-informational turn this podcast has taken over the last six months. Do not find it interesting at all to listen to virtue signaling from the sometimes interesting host or the woke tribunals take during the monthly “bird talk” about modern society. Heavy leftist podcasts are dime a dozen but I tried this podcast to get more in depth studies of the ABA region and species NOT divisive politics.
Were it not for the Ted Floyd episodes…yikes

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