Best Birds podcasts — Nature watching and pet life (Updated September 2018; image)
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Nature's Voice
Love nature? You'll love Nature's Voice. Each month we'll bring you features, interviews and news of birds and wildlife, from back gardens to the Sumatran rainforest. If you can't get enough, try dipping into our back catalogue. We'll take you soaring
BirdNote strives to transport listeners out of the daily grind and into the natural world with outstanding audio programming and online content. The stories we tell are rich in sound, imagery, and information, connecting the ways and needs of birds to the lives of listeners. We inspire people to listen, look, and exclaim, “Oh, that’s what that is!”
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 other Thursday for news and happenings, recent rarities, guests from around the birding world, and features of interest to every birder.
Talkin' Birds
Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds is a call-in show of entertaining conversation about wild birds -- attracting them to your back yard, identifying them, feeding them, and learning more about them along the way. Every week, we have contests for prizes like bird feeders and other great bird-related stuff, along with expert guests. So, whether you're an experienced birder, or you're new to birding, listen in, and be part of the show by calling in with a question, sharing some information or observatio ...
Join Bill Thompson, III, and Ben Lizdas from Bird Watcher’s Digest for their light-hearted and humorous podcast, Out There With the Birds, where they discuss the latest news, trends, and anecdotes about wild birds and the bird watchers who enjoy them. Listen in to find out just how wonderful and weird the world of birding can be when you’re Out There With the Birds.
"For the Birds" began airing on KUMD in Duluth, MN, in May, 1986, and is the longest continually-running radio program about birds in the U.S. Hundreds more episodes are available for free at
What happens when you give birds beer and tell them to talk? Basically this!Every week we discuss avians both in regards to the furry fandom and express our love for real birds!
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The Bee Hummingbird, found only in Cuba, is the smallest bird in the world. An absolute miniature, even among hummingbirds, it measures only two and a quarter inches long. Often mistaken for bees, they weigh less than a dime.By (Tune In to
The Common Merganser is one of our biggest ducks, about the size of some loons. Although it’s not closely related to loons, it has evolved a similar overall structure and predatory behavior.By (Tune In to
No bird is better adapted for climbing up a tree trunk than a woodpecker. The foot of this Pileated Woodpecker is ideal for clinging, and its relatively short legs allow it to anchor itself securely. When traveling upward, the woodpecker’s a master. But hitching down?By (Tune In to
On our latest show: Good news about Piping Plovers; good ideas for our environment; and Mike risks legal action by creating his own Mystery Bird Contest.
Do you recall when you were a young Saturday-morning birdwatcher, learning the intricate lessons of predator-prey relationships? Twitiavis superciliosis is a small, animated yellow bird, native to Southern California.By (Tune In to
European Starlings were present in great numbers in ancient Rome. They swarmed in massive flocks or murmurations — thousands of individuals cascading and folding in awe-inspiring geometric patterns in the sky.By (Tune In to
In September, 1851, Henry David Thoreau wrote: "The Whip-poor-wills now begin to sing in earnest about half an hour before sunrise, as if making haste to improve the short time that is left them. As far as my observation goes, they sing for several hours in the early part of the night . . .By (Tune In to
One of the easiest ways to keep a finger on the pulse of the seasons is to keep an eye on the birds. When do the Dark-eyed Juncos (like this one) return from the mountains, ready to pick up at the birdfeeder where they left off last year?By (Tune In to
Vaux’s Swifts are perfectly adapted to lives spent in the air. They mate on the wing, and their feet and legs are so small they can’t even walk. But they can hang. So at dusk they collect along the inner walls of giant chimneys, at places like Chapman Elementary School in Portland, Oregon.By (Tune In to
Laura's good friend Susan Eaton shared her favorite bird, the Carolina Wren.
Across Central and South America, conservationists, teachers, and researchers are benefiting from groups like Birder’s Exchange, a program of the American Birding Association.By (Tune In to
Ben and Bill share a baker's dozen tips for enhancing your birding enjoyment, including where and when to go, what to wear, eat, carry, think, hear, and do, and lots more. If you're willing to take advice from these two guys, then you deserve all the joy that birding can bring you. They also extend an invitation to listeners to join them on a b ...…
California Scrub-Jays are moving north up the Pacific coast of North America. The crafty birds join a number of other corvids, the crow- and jay-like birds, that already call the Pacific Northwest home.By (Tune In to
On our latest show: We learn about birds of prey and bee pollinators direct from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s Raptor Weekend in Bristol, R.I. Plus, a bird from down under vocalizes LIVE and serves as today’s Mystery Bird.
Birders in North America are increasingly keen to combine the somewhat separate skills of birding and photography, but around the rest of the world birding is pretty much synonymous with photography to the point where sometimes you don’t even carry binoculars. It seems strange to us, but it’s the way things are to birder and photographer Keith ...…
When listener Will Bomier asked Laura how this year's fires are affecting Common Nighthawks, she started looking into it.
On our latest show: the delicate but fierce American Avocet; why meadowlarks look like an unrelated African bird; the Pope declares the ocean plastic trash problem an “emergency”; and where are all the male hummingbirds?
One of the season’s great spectacles is about to begin as birds from as far north as the arctic circle head for the UK to overwinter. Pink-footed geese and whooper swans are just two of the species which will be arriving shortly at Loch Leven in central Scotland – both are on the amber list of conservation concern. On this episode of Nature’s V ...…
Laura started dating her husband Russ exactly 50 years ago today, making her think of geese, albatrosses, and warblers.
The likely lads are on the loose at the world-famous British Birdwatching Fair, where they're seeing old friends, quaffing a few pints, promoting the American Birding Expo, Bird Watcher's Digest, and helping to translate between American English and English English. They talk about the beauty and conservation of vultures and flamingos, new bird ...…
On our latest show: birds and bees threatened by a pesticide ban reversal; western governors try to save the Greater Sage-Grouse; and a big South Carolina university says no to balloon releases.
The American Birding Expo is returning to the Philadelphia area once more next month. Running from 21-23 September, it is billed as “the world of birding in one place” and with exhibitors from 6 continents that is a pretty fair description. Expo-runners, Bill Thompson III and Ben Lizdas join me to talk about the Expo and what birders can expect ...…
A genuine look at what the next ten years may bring the fandom, and life in general.
On our latest show: We meet the scary bird with the skinny legs; we welcome superstar birders Wayne Petersen and Paul Baicich; and we announce some upcoming road trips to exciting bird festivals.
This week we discuss the best parts of being a bird!
Laura has a few hints for people who love watching birds and want to take some pictures of them.
Fleeks visits America for his first time to attend AC and gives us his review!
Summer activities--both recent and upcoming--are the focus of this episode's discussion between Bill and Ben. They brag about their super-smart daughters and wonder how the apples could fall so far from the tree. They chat about Ben's upcoming canoe trip, the new issue of BWD, upcoming Reader Rendezvous, and about Bill's recent (amazing) baseba ...…
Laura took time off to help her daughter get married and to watch Cubs rookie David Bote hit a walk-off grand slam home run.
On our latest show: How birds keep cool; bad news for some Least Terns; good news about a bird that nearly went extinct; and rare birds visit northern New England.
One of the issues that the birding community has been reckoning with for the last several years is our relative lack of diversity, at least in terms of black and brown faces in the field, and how we can encourage a broader coalition of nature enthusiasts to join us and to share the joy of birding. It's an issue that Dr. Drew Lanham has given a ...…
On our latest Talkin’ Birds show: Oystercatcher or OysterFETCHER? Saving birds from crashing into your windows; and The Birdist offers advice to new parents who are also birders.
Ben and Bill take a break during the Outdoor Retailer show in Denver, Colorado to talk about the products, trends, and environmental awareness they found at this major event for retail stores. Like Johnny Appleseed, they planted the seeds of birding awareness among the many cool folks and companies they encountered. And there was free beer. Bir ...…
Long before Robin Hood lived in Sherwood Forest its oak trees were providing homes for nature. August 2018 sees the RSPB preparing to open a brand new visitor centre and take on the management of this historic national nature reserve. On this edition of Nature’s Voice Jane Markham talks to the man running the project and RSPB ecologist Andy Ski ...…
On our latest show: Richard Nixon as environmentalist; bipartisan efforts for conservation; and a Mystery Bird that walks on water.
When Birding editor Ted Floyd and host Nate Swick did their first Birding Without Tears episode a few weeks ago they were called to the carpet by the fact that we were only telling half of the story. Ted and Nate are both birding dads and our experiences are similar but not exactly like, those of birding moms, and there's no better time to revi ...…
On our latest show: Solar power for shorebird sleuthing; a speed slowdown for swallows; and good news from the Galápagos.
The stoke is high for Ben and Bill's upcoming trips to Man Camp (People Camp) in West Virginia and to Colorado for the Outdoor Retailer Show. In this episode, their Zugunruhe has them all over the place topicwise, including fledglings at feeders, higher hummer numbers, famous Birding Expo keynote speakers, the new Duck Stamp, and the demise of ...…
On our latest show: How baby birds avoid sunburn; why crows attack ravens; and a Prince works to help save the planet.
Hawk-watchers are easily the most established sub-groups within th birding community, and the hawk-watching community in North America is close-knit and passionate. One of its undisputed authorities is Jerry Liguori of Salt Lake City, Utah, the author of Hawks at a Distance and Hawks from Every Angle and the co-author of many more. He is the 20 ...…
Laura's first look at a bird being banded called to her mind a great American classic.
Is there intelligent life "out there"? Laura says not to feel alone; notice the intelligent life right here on Planet Earth.
On our latest show: Great Crested Flycatchers disturb the peace in Mike O’Connor’s Cape Cod backyard; a standoff between a Blues Festival and a Killdeer is resolved in Ottawa; and British Columbia leads the way in attracting young birders.
On our latest show: Superstar birders Wayne Petersen and Paul Baicich offer highlights of the last Birding Community E-Bulletin; Mike O’Connor talks about America’s National Bird, and maybe a new one for Canada; we meet Fulmarus glacialis — the Northern Fulmar -- and we talk about one of conservation’s best ideas: the Duck Stamp.…
Recorded live in three parts during the recent Bird Watcher's Digest Reader Rendezvous trip to northern Colorado, this episode features lots of voices. Bill and Ben welcome special guest Clay Taylor of Swarovski Optik to talk about birding optics and his most recent life bird. BWD's own Emily Jones joins in as do many of the Rendezvous particip ...…
Are you up for a Wild Challenge this summer? The RSPB’s new online activity awards, funded by their partnership with supermarket chain Aldi, aims to connect children with nature. Wild Challenge is full of ideas to inspire children to get outdoors and during Wild Challenge week, from the 30th of July to August 5th, those who gain their bronze, s ...…
One of Laura's listeners loves whistling back and forth with the young cardinals in her backyard. Can this teach them the wrong songs?
For decades, the ABA Big Year has been a man's game, but in the last few years that has changed, with more women than ever tackling the grueling endeavor in a number of creative and personally enriching ways. This year's Biggest Week in American Birding featured a panel discussion that included five women who have taken on Big Years: Laura Keen ...…
Laura picks up the story of Geppetto as she and her kids brought him to Camp Du Nord to release him.
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