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Stories, experts, and special guests on how birds help us keep looking up.

The Thing with Feathers: birds and hope with Courtney Ellis Courtney Ellis

    • Science
    • 5.0 • 35 Ratings

Stories, experts, and special guests on how birds help us keep looking up.

    57: Raptor ID, Bird Counts, and Cape May (Adehl Schwaderer)

    57: Raptor ID, Bird Counts, and Cape May (Adehl Schwaderer)

    Courtney talks to the Cape May Bird Observatory’s Program Coordinator, naturalist Adehl Schwaderer, about why counting birds is important, how to tell one raptor from another, why the Cape May Birding Festival is so rad (it really is!), and why vultures are the most elegant birds.



    Links from Adehl's show

    Cape May Spring Bird Festival

    Cape May Bird Observatory

    Trektellen (international bird counts)



    Birding links:

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    The Thing With Feathers is produced by Courtney Ellis. Original music by Del Belcher. New episodes every Monday.


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    56: Photography, Cardinals, and Cats (Stu McClay Smith)

    56: Photography, Cardinals, and Cats (Stu McClay Smith)

    Professional photographer Stu McClay Smith guides us through how to snap that perfect shot, what equipment we need to get started, and why cats (of all things!) are bringing him hope.



    Links from Stu's show

    Stu on X/Twitter

    Stu on Instagram

    Stu's Photography Website



    Birding links:

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Merlin Bird ID⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠e-Bird⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



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    The Thing With Feathers is produced by Courtney Ellis. Original music by Del Belcher. New episodes every Monday.


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    • 41 min
    55: Project FeederWatch with Emma Greig

    55: Project FeederWatch with Emma Greig

    Join us as we learn how much we can learn from backyard birds. Today on the show, Emma Greig joins us from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to talk all things Project FeederWatch.



    From the average number of backyard bird species (you'll be surprised!) to signing up for a free hawk poster, this informative episode is not to be missed.



    Links from Emma's show:

    Project FeederWatch

    Cornell Lab of Ornithology

    More about Emma



    Birding links:

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Merlin Bird ID⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠e-Bird⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



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    The Thing With Feathers is produced by Courtney Ellis. Original music by Del Belcher. New episodes every Monday.


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    • 30 min
    54: Birding for Introverts (Kristen Johnson)

    54: Birding for Introverts (Kristen Johnson)

    Orange County, California birder Kristen Johnson serves as a shepherd/pastor at an EFCA church in Fullerton. From southern California hotspots to birding as grief work to caring for singles in the church, this is a conversation not to be missed.



    Links from Kristen's show

    Connect with Kristen



    Birding links:

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Merlin Bird ID⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠e-Bird⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



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    The Thing With Feathers is produced by Courtney Ellis. Original music by Del Belcher. New episodes every Monday.


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    • 44 min
    53: Renaming the birds with Andrew Walsh

    53: Renaming the birds with Andrew Walsh

    Public health professional Andrew Walsh writes on the intersections between faith and science. Join us for a conversation ranging from West Nile virus to the multiverse.



    Links from Andrew's show:

    Science Corner: Improper Names (Emerging Scholars Blog)

    Andrew's book: Faith Across the Multiverse



    Links birding links:

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Merlin Bird ID⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠e-Bird⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



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    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠TTWF on Facebook⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    The Thing With Feathers is produced by Courtney Ellis. Original music by Del Belcher. New episodes every Monday.


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    • 41 min
    52: Colorblind birding with Justin Gerhardt

    52: Colorblind birding with Justin Gerhardt

    Professional podcaster Justin Gerhardt joins us to chat about other ways to identify birds, the joy of curiosity, and why the stories of the Old Testament keep him coming back.



    Links from Justin's show:

    Holy Ghost Stories Podcast



    Birding links:

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Merlin Bird ID⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠e-Bird⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    Follow The Thing With Feathers:

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    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠TTWF on Facebook⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    The Thing With Feathers is produced by Courtney Ellis. Original music by Del Belcher. New episodes every Monday.


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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

Heather LeFebvre ,

Inspiring content

Thank you for curating such a lovely collection of guests, information, and inspiration

Ekota559 ,

Wonderful niche

This is such a pleasant podcast. I really enjoy it. Thank you!

Sail2byzantium ,

Delight and hope every Monday, who doesn’t need that?

TLDR: I love birds. Courtney is a delightful host. The intro music is perfect and whimsical. You should listen to this to brighten your day!

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