It’s the last Thursday of the month and that means it; time for This Month in Birding, a discussion about all the extra birding news that has been happening for the month of September. This month we've have convened a panel of old and new friends to help me make sense of this crazy crazy world we’re living in, where at least we have birds. Environmental educator Nicole Jackson, The Birdist Nick Lund, and co-host of the Bird Sh't Podcast Mo Stych join host Nate Swick to talk mysterious bird deaths, waffle eating Wood Storks, a bird mascot for the University of Illinois and more.  Links to topics discussed: Mysterious bird deaths in New Mexico. And the likely explanation. Christian Cooper's new comic. #BlackinNationalParks and Best National Parks for birding. Wood Storks eating garbage. University of Illinois has a new Belted Kingfisher mascot.
Every joke about "Corvid-19" has already been made, so let's skip to the good stuff: BIRDS! We'll share some fascinating, little-known facts about one of the bird world's smartest families (but let's be honest, ALL birds are smart). Corvids—aka the crow family—can be found all over the world. Even if you're new to birding, you've likely spotted a member of this family around your neighborhood. While some people might consider them "basic" birds, we think they're anything but basic. These uncommon facts about four common US-based corvids will help you wow your friends the next time you see a crow (or is it a raven...?) out and about. Still struggling with the difference between an American Crow and a Common Raven? We'll break down the differences and provide you with some hard-to-forget visual cues. Oh, and we also brought back "Birds in the News," since it's been sooooo looooong. Hit us up at with feedback/thoughts on the episode!BIRD SHIT WE DISCUSSEDUSEFUL RESOURCESMore crow (and corvid) FAQs from Kaeli Swift, Ph.D! (Make sure to follow her on Twitter, too.)BIRDS WE MENTION (in order)Cave SwiftletOilbirdForty-spotted PardaloteBlue JayRed-shouldered HawkRed-tailed HawkBald EagleEastern Screech-OwlEastern BluebirdIndigo BuntingBrown-headed CowbirdAmerican CrowCommon RavenBlack-billed MagpieBIRDS IN THE NEWSTo NOT Kill a MockingbirdWe’re not the only ones getting fat during quarantine: birds are, too.Don’t hate the gulls: we need their expensive poop!A win for an endangered Tasmanian bird, thanks to smart-thinking scientistsSupport the show (
It's one thing to admire birds in the wild, but it's rare to find people who dedicate their lives to helping injured birds return to the wild. Suzie Gilbert is one of these impassioned birders. Luckily for the world, she picked up a pen to start sharing her wildlife rehabilitation stories. In this episode, we sit down with Suzie to learn the behind-the-scenes stories that inspire her writing—including her newest novel—and hear some of her wildest bird rehab stories.  After years of working as a wild bird rehabilitator, Suzie submitted a collection of short stories about bird rehabbing to a few editors and ended up writing a memoir (Flyaway: How a Wild Bird Rehabber Sought Adventure and Found Her Wings). She's also written a children's book (Hawk Hill) and now her first novel: Unflappable. Unflappable blends the real-life challenges of wildlife rehabbing with a high-energy fictional thriller. Luna Burke is on the run with a homicidal Bald Eagle in the back seat. Licensed to take care of injured and orphaned wildlife, she is determined to smuggle the bird from her husband’s private zoo in Florida to an eagle sanctuary in Canada. Hot on her trail are her husband, his bodyguards, the police, state conservation officials, and an expert tracker from the federal Fish & Wildlife Service. Whew!USEFUL RESOURCESVisit Suzie’s website to purchase her books (including her latest novel, Unflappable)!BIRDS WE MENTION (in order)Red-Tailed HawkPeregrine FalconRock PigeonAmerican RobinBrown ThrasherSharp-shinned HawkCooper’s HawkSouthern CassowaryEastern BluebirdBald EagleRoseate SpoonbillGreat Blue HeronNorthern FlickerSupport the show (
Spring is upon us and the birds are gettin' busy. And what does that mean? That's right: lots of little baby birds will soon be entering the world. Not all nests are created equal. Some birds lay eggs in giant piles of composting garbage that they continuously turn to keep the eggs at the perfect incubating temperature. Some birds nest in hanging woven nest sacks in massive colonies. Some birds build saliva nests that are considered rare edible delicacies. The same goes for bird eggs, which range not only in color but also in size and shape. Yes, that's right: SHAPE. As in, not a normal round sphere egg. WEIRD!We cover our favorite weird nests and eggs in this week's episode. Thanks for listening!USEFUL RESOURCESFrom now until June 14, all Bird Shi*t Podcast shirt proceeds will go to Black Lives Matter. Get your shirt here. Sarah is a big fan of Tim Birkhead’s book, “Bird Sense”BIRDS WE MENTION (in order)Herring GullWhite TernHamerkopBarn OwlWhite-nest SwiftletEuropean Bee-eaterCommon TailorbirdMalleefowlMontezuma OropendolaHouse SparrowNorthern FlickerCommon MurreHoopoeAmerican RobinKiwiCommon OstrichCassowarySupport the show (
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Mar 17th, 1989
Maine, New York, United States of America
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