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This Birding Life (Enhanced)

Bird Watcher’s Digest

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This Birding Life (Enhanced)

This Birding Life (Enhanced)

Bird Watcher’s Digest

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This Birding Life (Enhanced Format). This Birding Life is a podcast from the folks at Bird Watcher’s Digest. And like the magazine’s content, the topics covered by This Birding Life range far and wide -- from the backyard to the tropics, from bird feeding

Latest Episodes

Episode 90: The Final Episode! An Interview with Mark Garland

Grab the Kleenex: This is the final episode that TBL host Bill Thompson, III, recorded before succumbing to pancreatic cancer on March 25, 2019. Bill interviews Mark S. Garland, a naturalist who has been sharing his enthusiasm for nature for over 40 years. He is also the proud recipient of the Paul Bartsch Award for Distinguished Contributions to Natural History. Bird Watcher's Digest subscribers will recognize him as the author of "Birders Question Mark," a Q&A column that has featured in the magazine since 2015. Mark reveals what sparked his interest in nature and birds early in life, and how it evolved throughout his lifetime. He ends with advice for aspiring naturalists: Be persistent, follow your heart, and in the end, it will all work out!

43 MIN2019 AUG 29
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Episode 90: The Final Episode! An Interview with Mark Garland

Episode 89: An Interview with Jeff and Liz Gordon

In July and August, This Birding Life will feature two episodes that Bill Thompson, III, recorded before succumbing to pancreatic cancer on March 25, 2019. In this episode Bill interviews longtime friend Jeff Gordon, president of the American Birding Association, and his wife, Liz. Bill's guests discuss how they met, how their relationship evolved through their love of birds, the accomplishments that they value most in their work with the ABA, current trends in birding, and what the future holds for the hobby we all love.

39 MIN2019 JUL 25
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Episode 89: An Interview with Jeff and Liz Gordon

Best of This Birding Life: The Early Days of Bird Watcher's Digest

As you may know, our beloved TBL host Bill Thompson, III, died on March 25, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. What you may not know is that Bill's mother, Bird Watcher's Digest founding publisher Elsa Thompson, died in a fire in her home in Marietta, Ohio, on May 25. We know you share our grief in losing these two wonderful people who have contributed so much to the world of birding. In honor of BT3 and Elsa, we're re-airing this episode from 2013, when Bill interviewed Elsa about the early days of Bird Watcher's Digest, why the family started the magazine, and what it has meant in their lives.

49 MIN2019 JUN 5
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Best of This Birding Life: The Early Days of Bird Watcher's Digest

Best of This Birding Life: Music and Birds: Jonathan Meiberg of Shearwater

Originally recorded in 2010, this episode of TBL features host Bill Thompson, III, interviewing Jonathan Meiberg, a birder and leader of the indie-rock band Shearwater. Both a musician and a bird watcher, Jonathan Meiberg sparked on music at an early age, but he did not catch the birding bug until his college years, while on a visit to the Falkland Islands. In this episode Bill and Jonathan discuss a range of topics including songwriting, bird behavior, life birds, and the vagaries of small travel guitars. Interspersed throughout the interview are short samples of Shearwater's music. This was one of Bill's favorite episodes!

34 MIN2019 MAY 15
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Best of This Birding Life: Music and Birds: Jonathan Meiberg of Shearwater

Best of This Birding Life: The Birding Life of Greg Miller

In this popular episode from 2011, TBL host Bill Thompson, III, interviewed Greg Miller, an Ohio birder who served as inspiration for the character played by actor Jack Black in the feature film The Big Year. In this episode, Greg tells the story of his own birding life.

11 MIN2019 APR 19
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Best of This Birding Life: The Birding Life of Greg Miller

Best of This Birding Life: Adventure at Rapa Nui with Alvaro Jaramillo

TBL host Bill Thompson, III, will be away from the BWD home nest for a while. We hope soon to resume new episodes of the podcast we all know and love, but in the interim, we're taking a trip down memory lane and replaying some of the most popular episodes. In this episode from 2007, tropical birding expert Alvaro Jaramillo recounts a side trip to Rapa Nui (Easter Island), which became one of the best experiences of his birding life.

11 MIN2019 FEB 15
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Best of This Birding Life: Adventure at Rapa Nui with Alvaro Jaramillo

Episode 63: Voices of the Honduras Birding for Conservation Tour

Host Bill Thompson, III, talks to participants in the 2016 Honduras Birding for Conservation Tour which raised more than $50,000 for conservation projects. His team, the Velveteen Cotingas finished last in the bird list competition but first in the fun category.

47 MIN2016 DEC 10
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Episode 63: Voices of the Honduras Birding for Conservation Tour

Episode 62: An Interview with Rockjumper Birding Tours

Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews Adam Riley and Keith Valentine of Rockjumper Birding Tours. His guests talk about birding tourism, unknown destinations, doing well by doing good, and share their harrowing birding adventures.

21 MIN2016 NOV 1
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Episode 62: An Interview with Rockjumper Birding Tours

Episode 61: My Jinx Bird

Host Bill Thompson, III, takes us along on a quest to find his jinx bird, the Connecticut warbler, in northernmost Minnesota.

21 MIN2016 OCT 1
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Episode 61: My Jinx Bird

Episode 60: A Visit to the Cornell Lab

Join host Bill Thompson, III, on a visit to the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY and learn more about the Lab's citizen science projects, bird conservation research, young birders outreach, and rich history of bird study.

57 MIN2016 AUG 8
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Episode 60: A Visit to the Cornell Lab

Latest Episodes

Episode 90: The Final Episode! An Interview with Mark Garland

Grab the Kleenex: This is the final episode that TBL host Bill Thompson, III, recorded before succumbing to pancreatic cancer on March 25, 2019. Bill interviews Mark S. Garland, a naturalist who has been sharing his enthusiasm for nature for over 40 years. He is also the proud recipient of the Paul Bartsch Award for Distinguished Contributions to Natural History. Bird Watcher's Digest subscribers will recognize him as the author of "Birders Question Mark," a Q&A column that has featured in the magazine since 2015. Mark reveals what sparked his interest in nature and birds early in life, and how it evolved throughout his lifetime. He ends with advice for aspiring naturalists: Be persistent, follow your heart, and in the end, it will all work out!

43 MIN2019 AUG 29
Comments
Episode 90: The Final Episode! An Interview with Mark Garland

Episode 89: An Interview with Jeff and Liz Gordon

In July and August, This Birding Life will feature two episodes that Bill Thompson, III, recorded before succumbing to pancreatic cancer on March 25, 2019. In this episode Bill interviews longtime friend Jeff Gordon, president of the American Birding Association, and his wife, Liz. Bill's guests discuss how they met, how their relationship evolved through their love of birds, the accomplishments that they value most in their work with the ABA, current trends in birding, and what the future holds for the hobby we all love.

39 MIN2019 JUL 25
Comments
Episode 89: An Interview with Jeff and Liz Gordon

Best of This Birding Life: The Early Days of Bird Watcher's Digest

As you may know, our beloved TBL host Bill Thompson, III, died on March 25, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. What you may not know is that Bill's mother, Bird Watcher's Digest founding publisher Elsa Thompson, died in a fire in her home in Marietta, Ohio, on May 25. We know you share our grief in losing these two wonderful people who have contributed so much to the world of birding. In honor of BT3 and Elsa, we're re-airing this episode from 2013, when Bill interviewed Elsa about the early days of Bird Watcher's Digest, why the family started the magazine, and what it has meant in their lives.

49 MIN2019 JUN 5
Comments
Best of This Birding Life: The Early Days of Bird Watcher's Digest

Best of This Birding Life: Music and Birds: Jonathan Meiberg of Shearwater

Originally recorded in 2010, this episode of TBL features host Bill Thompson, III, interviewing Jonathan Meiberg, a birder and leader of the indie-rock band Shearwater. Both a musician and a bird watcher, Jonathan Meiberg sparked on music at an early age, but he did not catch the birding bug until his college years, while on a visit to the Falkland Islands. In this episode Bill and Jonathan discuss a range of topics including songwriting, bird behavior, life birds, and the vagaries of small travel guitars. Interspersed throughout the interview are short samples of Shearwater's music. This was one of Bill's favorite episodes!

34 MIN2019 MAY 15
Comments
Best of This Birding Life: Music and Birds: Jonathan Meiberg of Shearwater

Best of This Birding Life: The Birding Life of Greg Miller

In this popular episode from 2011, TBL host Bill Thompson, III, interviewed Greg Miller, an Ohio birder who served as inspiration for the character played by actor Jack Black in the feature film The Big Year. In this episode, Greg tells the story of his own birding life.

11 MIN2019 APR 19
Comments
Best of This Birding Life: The Birding Life of Greg Miller

Best of This Birding Life: Adventure at Rapa Nui with Alvaro Jaramillo

TBL host Bill Thompson, III, will be away from the BWD home nest for a while. We hope soon to resume new episodes of the podcast we all know and love, but in the interim, we're taking a trip down memory lane and replaying some of the most popular episodes. In this episode from 2007, tropical birding expert Alvaro Jaramillo recounts a side trip to Rapa Nui (Easter Island), which became one of the best experiences of his birding life.

11 MIN2019 FEB 15
Comments
Best of This Birding Life: Adventure at Rapa Nui with Alvaro Jaramillo

Episode 63: Voices of the Honduras Birding for Conservation Tour

Host Bill Thompson, III, talks to participants in the 2016 Honduras Birding for Conservation Tour which raised more than $50,000 for conservation projects. His team, the Velveteen Cotingas finished last in the bird list competition but first in the fun category.

47 MIN2016 DEC 10
Comments
Episode 63: Voices of the Honduras Birding for Conservation Tour

Episode 62: An Interview with Rockjumper Birding Tours

Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews Adam Riley and Keith Valentine of Rockjumper Birding Tours. His guests talk about birding tourism, unknown destinations, doing well by doing good, and share their harrowing birding adventures.

21 MIN2016 NOV 1
Comments
Episode 62: An Interview with Rockjumper Birding Tours

Episode 61: My Jinx Bird

Host Bill Thompson, III, takes us along on a quest to find his jinx bird, the Connecticut warbler, in northernmost Minnesota.

21 MIN2016 OCT 1
Comments
Episode 61: My Jinx Bird

Episode 60: A Visit to the Cornell Lab

Join host Bill Thompson, III, on a visit to the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY and learn more about the Lab's citizen science projects, bird conservation research, young birders outreach, and rich history of bird study.

57 MIN2016 AUG 8
Comments
Episode 60: A Visit to the Cornell Lab
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