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Out There With the Birds

Bird Watcher's Digest

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Out There With the Birds

Out There With the Birds

Bird Watcher's Digest

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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. Lis

Latest Episodes

Episode 64: Eva Matthews Lark: Hog Island Audubon Camp

Join host Dawn Hewitt as she interviews Eva Matthews Lark, program director for Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine. Listen in as Dawn and Eva talk about the amazing birding experiences, natural history, and landscapes that Hog Island has to offer.

34 MINJAN 2
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Episode 64: Eva Matthews Lark: Hog Island Audubon Camp

Episode 62: British Invasion Series: An Interview with Stephen Moss

If you're a "twitcher" in the UK, Stephen Moss is a familiar household name, and a beloved birding celebrity. He was the original producer of the BAFTA award-winning TV series Springwatch, worked with the TV shows Big Cat Diary, Birds Brittania, and Birding with Bill Oddie, and has authored no less than forty books on birds and British wildlife. Stephen writes a monthly Birdwatch column for The Guardian, is president of the Somerset Wildlife Trust, is an honorary professor at Nottingham University Business School, and currently leads courses and lectures at Bath Spa University in MA Travel & Nature Writing. As a close friend of both Bill Thompson III and Wendy Clark, Stephen and his family have hosted them many times at their lovely home in Somerset UK. This podcast was recorded in August, 2019 as Wendy and Stephen chatted on the Moss family patio in butterfly garden. Learn more about Stephen's expansive career, his passion for birds, conservation, and education, and take a stroll down memory lane as Stephen and Wendy share fond memories of the late Bill Thompson III.

30 MIN2019 NOV 18
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Episode 62: British Invasion Series: An Interview with Stephen Moss

Episode 61: British Invasion Series: An Interview with Jim Lawrence

Episode #61 continues our "British Invasion Series," which features a series of interviews that BWD Director Wendy Clark conducted at the 2019 British Birdfair in the UK. The British Birdfair is one of the largest gatherings of bird watchers and conservationists from around the world. In this episode Wendy interviews Jim Lawrence, global marketing director for BirdLife International. Jim and Wendy discuss the British Birdfair, US and UK conservation relations, and get distracted by a few excellent bird sightings!

28 MIN2019 OCT 25
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Episode 61: British Invasion Series: An Interview with Jim Lawrence

Episode 60: Introducing the British Invasion Series! An Interview with John Cox

The British are coming! The British are coming! Well... British TWITCHERS, that is! Welcome to our "British Invasion" podcast series featuring birding artists, conservationists, authors, and renowned birders from across the pond. In today's podcast, host Wendy Clark interviews celebrity UK bird artist John Cox about the role of artists at the British Birdfair, the evolution of bird art in the UK, his journey as a bird artist, and more. John's warm personality, his decades of experience, and his oh-so-charming British accent make this an episode you don't want to miss!

28 MIN2019 OCT 8
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Episode 60: Introducing the British Invasion Series! An Interview with John Cox

Episode 59: An Interview with Jason Ward

Host Wendy Clark interviews Jason Ward, a birder and social activist who grew up in the Bronx and now lives in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also the host of the popular web series "Birds of North America," which can be found on Topic.com’s YouTube channel and on Facebook. Jason tells Wendy about his experiences growing up in public housing, how he became interested in birds and nature, and about his video series. They also discuss how the hobby we all love transcends divisive issues and serves as a common ground for people from different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

31 MIN2019 SEP 17
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Episode 59: An Interview with Jason Ward

Episode 58: Julie Zickefoose and Saving Jemima: Life and Love with a Hard-Luck Jay

In this episode of OTWTB, host Dawn Hewitt interviews author, artist, and naturalist Julie Zickefoose. As a wildlife rehabilitator, Julie often takes in orphaned and injured birds to nurse back to health. One such charge was a sick and starved baby blue jay, a palm-sized bundle of gray-blue fluff that she named "Jemima." Julie fell hard for this engaging, feisty, and funny jay, a creative muse and source of strength through the author's own heartbreaking changes. She captures these experiences in her gorgeously illustrated new book, "Saving Jemima: Life and Love with a Hard-Luck Jay."

41 MIN2019 SEP 3
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Episode 58: Julie Zickefoose and Saving Jemima: Life and Love with a Hard-Luck Jay

Episode 56: Introducing Two New Hosts: Wendy Clark and Dawn Hewitt, Part I

The winds of change are gusting through Bird Watcher's Digest. Two new hosts join Alvaro and Raymond on our OTWTB podcast: BWD publisher Wendy Clark and BWD editor Dawn Hewitt! In this two-part episode, Wendy and Dawn discuss the recent changes that have taken place at BWD, how they became birders, and much more!

30 MIN2019 JUN 16
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Episode 56: Introducing Two New Hosts: Wendy Clark and Dawn Hewitt, Part I

Episode 57: Introducing Two New Hosts: Wendy Clark and Dawn Hewitt, Part II

Two new hosts join Alvaro and Raymond on our OTWTB podcast: BWD publisher Wendy Clark and BWD editor Dawn Hewitt! In the second part of this two-part episode, they discuss Wendy’s introduction to birding with the sighting of a rare bird at the 2009 Midwest Birding Symposium, the changes in her life (and Bird Watcher’s Digest!) over the past six months, what’s in store for BWD in the next few years, and much more!

29 MIN2019 JUN 28
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Episode 57: Introducing Two New Hosts: Wendy Clark and Dawn Hewitt, Part II

Episode 55: Big Events and Big News

Expect big news in this episode of Out There with the Birds! Ben reflects on highlights from the New River Birding and Nature Festival in Fayetteville, West Virginia, an event that was near and dear to Bill Thompson, III. The area is the "Warbler Capital of the World" and one of the best hot spots on Earth for salamanders! Alvaro discusses the wonders of pelagic birding and provides preliminary results from the 2019 Global Big Day, a 24-hour event in which people around the world bird and report their sightings on eBird. Finally, changes are in store for Out There with the Birds: Ben introduces new co-host Raymond VanBuskirk, a birding superstar from New Mexico, an optics expert, co-owner of BRANT birding tours, and the new manager of Redstart Birding!

33 MIN2019 MAY 23
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Episode 55: Big Events and Big News

Episode 54: An Interview with Bill Thompson, III, Part II

In part 2 of Ben's interview with BT3, published posthumously, Bill talks about his love of travel as a way of connecting with nature and people, as well as who some of his birding mentors were. Bill also talks about his love of music, what it means to him, and some of his more memorable birding adventures. Also hear Bill's thoughts on the evolution of birding and why he's hopeful about the next generation shaping the future of bird watching. We end with a recording of Bill singing one of his songs with his band, The Rain Crows.

38 MIN2019 APR 22
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Episode 54: An Interview with Bill Thompson, III, Part II

Latest Episodes

Episode 64: Eva Matthews Lark: Hog Island Audubon Camp

Join host Dawn Hewitt as she interviews Eva Matthews Lark, program director for Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine. Listen in as Dawn and Eva talk about the amazing birding experiences, natural history, and landscapes that Hog Island has to offer.

34 MINJAN 2
Comments
Episode 64: Eva Matthews Lark: Hog Island Audubon Camp

Episode 62: British Invasion Series: An Interview with Stephen Moss

If you're a "twitcher" in the UK, Stephen Moss is a familiar household name, and a beloved birding celebrity. He was the original producer of the BAFTA award-winning TV series Springwatch, worked with the TV shows Big Cat Diary, Birds Brittania, and Birding with Bill Oddie, and has authored no less than forty books on birds and British wildlife. Stephen writes a monthly Birdwatch column for The Guardian, is president of the Somerset Wildlife Trust, is an honorary professor at Nottingham University Business School, and currently leads courses and lectures at Bath Spa University in MA Travel & Nature Writing. As a close friend of both Bill Thompson III and Wendy Clark, Stephen and his family have hosted them many times at their lovely home in Somerset UK. This podcast was recorded in August, 2019 as Wendy and Stephen chatted on the Moss family patio in butterfly garden. Learn more about Stephen's expansive career, his passion for birds, conservation, and education, and take a stroll down memory lane as Stephen and Wendy share fond memories of the late Bill Thompson III.

30 MIN2019 NOV 18
Comments
Episode 62: British Invasion Series: An Interview with Stephen Moss

Episode 61: British Invasion Series: An Interview with Jim Lawrence

Episode #61 continues our "British Invasion Series," which features a series of interviews that BWD Director Wendy Clark conducted at the 2019 British Birdfair in the UK. The British Birdfair is one of the largest gatherings of bird watchers and conservationists from around the world. In this episode Wendy interviews Jim Lawrence, global marketing director for BirdLife International. Jim and Wendy discuss the British Birdfair, US and UK conservation relations, and get distracted by a few excellent bird sightings!

28 MIN2019 OCT 25
Comments
Episode 61: British Invasion Series: An Interview with Jim Lawrence

Episode 60: Introducing the British Invasion Series! An Interview with John Cox

The British are coming! The British are coming! Well... British TWITCHERS, that is! Welcome to our "British Invasion" podcast series featuring birding artists, conservationists, authors, and renowned birders from across the pond. In today's podcast, host Wendy Clark interviews celebrity UK bird artist John Cox about the role of artists at the British Birdfair, the evolution of bird art in the UK, his journey as a bird artist, and more. John's warm personality, his decades of experience, and his oh-so-charming British accent make this an episode you don't want to miss!

28 MIN2019 OCT 8
Comments
Episode 60: Introducing the British Invasion Series! An Interview with John Cox

Episode 59: An Interview with Jason Ward

Host Wendy Clark interviews Jason Ward, a birder and social activist who grew up in the Bronx and now lives in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also the host of the popular web series "Birds of North America," which can be found on Topic.com’s YouTube channel and on Facebook. Jason tells Wendy about his experiences growing up in public housing, how he became interested in birds and nature, and about his video series. They also discuss how the hobby we all love transcends divisive issues and serves as a common ground for people from different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

31 MIN2019 SEP 17
Comments
Episode 59: An Interview with Jason Ward

Episode 58: Julie Zickefoose and Saving Jemima: Life and Love with a Hard-Luck Jay

In this episode of OTWTB, host Dawn Hewitt interviews author, artist, and naturalist Julie Zickefoose. As a wildlife rehabilitator, Julie often takes in orphaned and injured birds to nurse back to health. One such charge was a sick and starved baby blue jay, a palm-sized bundle of gray-blue fluff that she named "Jemima." Julie fell hard for this engaging, feisty, and funny jay, a creative muse and source of strength through the author's own heartbreaking changes. She captures these experiences in her gorgeously illustrated new book, "Saving Jemima: Life and Love with a Hard-Luck Jay."

41 MIN2019 SEP 3
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Episode 58: Julie Zickefoose and Saving Jemima: Life and Love with a Hard-Luck Jay

Episode 56: Introducing Two New Hosts: Wendy Clark and Dawn Hewitt, Part I

The winds of change are gusting through Bird Watcher's Digest. Two new hosts join Alvaro and Raymond on our OTWTB podcast: BWD publisher Wendy Clark and BWD editor Dawn Hewitt! In this two-part episode, Wendy and Dawn discuss the recent changes that have taken place at BWD, how they became birders, and much more!

30 MIN2019 JUN 16
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Episode 56: Introducing Two New Hosts: Wendy Clark and Dawn Hewitt, Part I

Episode 57: Introducing Two New Hosts: Wendy Clark and Dawn Hewitt, Part II

Two new hosts join Alvaro and Raymond on our OTWTB podcast: BWD publisher Wendy Clark and BWD editor Dawn Hewitt! In the second part of this two-part episode, they discuss Wendy’s introduction to birding with the sighting of a rare bird at the 2009 Midwest Birding Symposium, the changes in her life (and Bird Watcher’s Digest!) over the past six months, what’s in store for BWD in the next few years, and much more!

29 MIN2019 JUN 28
Comments
Episode 57: Introducing Two New Hosts: Wendy Clark and Dawn Hewitt, Part II

Episode 55: Big Events and Big News

Expect big news in this episode of Out There with the Birds! Ben reflects on highlights from the New River Birding and Nature Festival in Fayetteville, West Virginia, an event that was near and dear to Bill Thompson, III. The area is the "Warbler Capital of the World" and one of the best hot spots on Earth for salamanders! Alvaro discusses the wonders of pelagic birding and provides preliminary results from the 2019 Global Big Day, a 24-hour event in which people around the world bird and report their sightings on eBird. Finally, changes are in store for Out There with the Birds: Ben introduces new co-host Raymond VanBuskirk, a birding superstar from New Mexico, an optics expert, co-owner of BRANT birding tours, and the new manager of Redstart Birding!

33 MIN2019 MAY 23
Comments
Episode 55: Big Events and Big News

Episode 54: An Interview with Bill Thompson, III, Part II

In part 2 of Ben's interview with BT3, published posthumously, Bill talks about his love of travel as a way of connecting with nature and people, as well as who some of his birding mentors were. Bill also talks about his love of music, what it means to him, and some of his more memorable birding adventures. Also hear Bill's thoughts on the evolution of birding and why he's hopeful about the next generation shaping the future of bird watching. We end with a recording of Bill singing one of his songs with his band, The Rain Crows.

38 MIN2019 APR 22
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Episode 54: An Interview with Bill Thompson, III, Part II
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