This is a show about the life of wildlife biologists and other people who are passionate about bird hunting, bird habitat and bird dogs.
#32 Keeping wetlands wet! In southern Oregon with Ed Contreras
In this weeks episode we learn about the importance of wetlands in SONEC (Southern Oregon and North Eastern California) to waterfowl, waterbirds and a way of life on private lands. This is my old stomping grounds where I cut my teeth as a private lands habitat biologist. How is the NRCS and Intermountain west joint venture helping to protect this important migratory corridor? What does it take to get a cool job like Ed has? Listen in to find out!
Who wants to learn about Kansas? Come take a listen to veteran biologist Mike Mitchener
My new friend and co-worker Mike and I were lucky enough to squeeze in some time to chat about Kansas!A place I have never hunted and a place that has had some pretty good upland bird hunting the past couple years. We chat about bird biology, bird hunting and some about his work with prairie chickens and now the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Idaho wirehair and NAVHDA history with Bill "Blue Grouse" Dillon
In this episode Bill and I get a little nostalgic about NAVHDA and Wirehairs long since passed to the happy hunting grounds. We talk about changes in the boise valley, Blue grouse hunting and about some of the wirehairs and wirehair breeders we have known. Some of our favorite dogs which became the foundation dogs for several kennels. Bill had Black Canyon kennels but we talk about Grossklaus, three devils, Blue collar and Bachman bay kennels a bunch of rich bird hunting history with this line of dogs. I hope to interview all the wirehair breeders in the west.
Monty Gregg forest biologist talks about forest history and health in the PNW
Monty Gregg a career Forest service biologist that holds the coveted title of game bird centers of excellence biologist covering Oregon and Washington. He has 20 years experience in central Oregon and is the lead for partnerships with the National Wild Turkey Federation. We cover some history of the Forest service, fire management and some current projects we are working on.
The "Chukarman" Frank Puccio in a tell all about chukars, griffs and pigeon lung
While waiting for an unbelievably thick fog to lift while chukar hunting in the Owyhees Frank Pucccio and I sit in his chukarjeep and record some stories. Frank founded Hun Hill Kennels and gets out hunting an incredible 5 days a week! We cover topics on chukar biology and hunting tactics, raising and breeding griffons and living in southern Idaho.
WHAT the HECK is bird fanciers lung??? How could it change your life and the way you enjoy outdoor sports? Give this podcast a listen and find out!
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The ancient art of sculling as a bird hunting tool with the Jensen Brothers!
Sculling is a method of sneaking up on waterfowl by laying on your back in a special boat with a long whippy oar sticking through a hole in the transom. This method was used by market hunters and is still in use today. In this episode we chat with Humboldt county natives Chris and Steven Jensen about their experiences growing up on Humboldt bay which is the main hub of west coast sculling. We talk about different floats, oars and techniques used by scullers to hunt waterfowl and other things. Scullers are some of the most closed lipped hunting groups you will ever find!
I dedicated this episode to my long time friend Bill Pinches of Arcata, CA who was a sculler, decoy carver and heck of an interesting human!
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PLEASE bring back another season of this wonderful podcast, Dominic!
The Western Bird Biologist is an amazing podcast that provides great insights into bird biology, bird dogs, and bird hunting in the west. The guests share really interesting anecdotes. The perspectives of the wildlife manager’s point of view are enlightening and something most listeners might not be familiar with. I particularly enjoyed the two-part series with Dominic’s own dad and his experiences as the manager at Ogden Bay Waterfowl Management Area. This podcast is a must-listen to for bird hunters everywhere, particularly those living in western states.
I am super-bummed to have discovered the podcast after the original run but at least that allowed me to binge listen every time I was in the car. If you’re reading this Dominic, PLEASE bring back another season of the Western Bird Biologist!
Great podcast! Lost of info. The sound quality needs a little work. Some guests speak very quietly and the host speaks very loudly. All in all good podcast for western bird hunters.
Where did you go?
Dominic, I just found your podcast and I see that you stopping in 3 years ago. Too bad, as I really enjoyed the episodes I listened to, such as your conversation with Bill Dillon, to name just one.