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Bird Watchers, Birders, Nature Lovers should hear the Bird Banter Podcast. Hear Birders talk about birdwatching, or birding for the more passionate. Hear their birding stories, about bird watching experiences, about birding research, birding travel, and birdwatching anecdotes. It's fun, conversational and tries to be a birding ambassador to improve the world one birder at a time.
 
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On The Bird Banter Podcast #88 with Brian “Fox” Ellis you’ll hear the story of a lifelong birder and professional story teller. Brian has worked as a story teller and performer for over 40 years, and tells his birding story and others on this episode. Enjoy. Here are links to Brian’s Web Site Fox Tales International You can find his You Tube Channe…
 
Well, that wraps up the Bird Banter Podcast Episode #87 with Dan Cooper. I hope you enjoyed listening, and as always I welcome feedback, either as a review or rating on the podcast on your favorite podcast feed platform, by comments on the Bird Banter.com blog that adds supporting details to this episode, or by reaching out to me @birdbanter on bot…
 
On The Bird Banter Podcast #86 with Jason Westlake we talk about his vocation as a professional traveler, his integration of birding into that career, and birding in Costa Rica where Jason now lives and runs the Tierra de Sueños Retreat and Wellness Center in Puerto Chiquita. Be sure to check out the BirdBanter.com blog for lots of supporting detai…
 
On The Bird Banter Podcast #86 I talk with a young birder and graduate student Jonah Gula about his work with African Storks, his birding story and other research work, and about African Storks in general. I also learned about predation of Greater Sage Grouse in relocation efforts. Fun stuff. Enjoy. You can find Jonah at Jonah.gula@yahoo.com or on …
 
Tire particulate and salmon runs recent article Life after Eddie post Link to drop of water call of Raven Larry Hubbell and I talk about his decade of regular patch birding and blogging at the Union Bay area as well as his work to restore the Arboretum Creek drainage system to a functional riparian habitat. Listen and learn from a birder and conser…
 
How does the Washington Rare Birds Committee work and what makes it effective? How did Matt find 200 species of birds in every one of the 39 WA counties, and how did he get so passionate about county listing? Interested in the history and workings of the Washington Birds website (and printed journal prior to the website)? Matt and I talk about thes…
 
Paul Bannick is an award winning photographer and author and on this episode we talk about his photography, his new books about the Life History of Great Gray and Snowy Owls, his conservation work, photography in general and his life’s work and stories. Enjoy. Here is a link to Paul’s website, where you can contact him by email or buy his books. Re…
 
I learned lots and had fun talking with Florence Reed and Patrick McMillan. I learned that most of the people in the world feed themselves on relatively small family farms, and that helping them inprove yields and improve their health and lives. This alone would be a worthy endeavor, but these farming methods can at the same time really make a diff…
 
On The Bird Banter Podcast #80 Darren Clark and I talk about birding Idaho, photography, eBird, tell birding stories and more. Enjoy. You can contact Darren Clark at his website Darren Clark Photography, or follow him on Instagram at either @darrenclark or @idahobirds Here is Darren’s eBird Profile. Be sure to check out the BirdBanter.com website t…
 
Lynn Barber, big year birder in several states and the ABA, and author of three books joins me on this episode of The Bird Banter Podcast. Lynn is an accomplished birder and tireless big year birder. She holds the Texas and Alaska big year records, and until 2016 I believe had the highest ABA Big Year total for a woman. She has a great story. Enjoy…
 
Nick Lund, "The Birdist" and I talk about how he became The Birdist, birding in Maine, his birding story, and about birding adventures and more on this episode. Here are some key links related to the episode. See the blog post about this episode on the Bird Banter Blog for more information. The Birdist Maine Audubon The ABA Podcast episode on birdi…
 
This episode was recorded about a month ago, and the plan was to publish it while I was recovering from a hip replacement surgery. Somehow it slipped by, and is being published a bit later than usual. I think you'll enjoy hearing Tom Bancroft's birding story, and about his career in conservation and ornithology. Enjoy. Here is a link to Tom's photo…
 
You may remember John from episode #31 when we talked about his upcoming birding big year traveling only by unicycle and on foot. Well, as with all things 2020 Covid-19 intervened, but the start of his planned big year is story enough to warrant having John back to hear how is adventure went. In a nutshell, crazy and super cool. Enjoy. Here is a li…
 
Sometimes as birders we are too quick to overlook the beauty of our common species in search of uncommon or unexpected birds. Non-birders and birders alike may enjoy as I take a deeper look at 5 species commonly seen in most places in the United States. Why do geese poop so much? Why is it Canada Goose but not America Redstart? Check it out. Also s…
 
Jason Fidorra and I talk about his experiences as the Washington State Wildlife manager for the Department of Fish and Wildlife in Benton and Franklin Counties, as well as his experiences as a field researcher prior to that job, his birding story, the shrub-steppe habitat of his area, and more. Enjoy. You can find Jason on Facebook. He also moderat…
 
On The Bird Banter Podcast #72 with Kimball Garrett we talk about Kimball's extensive experience as a Los Angeles County, CA birder, his work as the Collections Manager for the L.A. Natural History Museum Ornithology Collection, of his time in the golden days of California birding, and his birding story and experiences. Enjoy. Here is a link to Kim…
 
On The Bird Banter Podcast #71 host Ed Pullen talks about resources birders can use to learn to be better birders, to identify birds, and to further their enjoyment of birding. See the Supplemental Information blog post on BirdBanter.com for links to find most of the resources mentioned in this episode. Please subscribe to The Bird Banter Podcast w…
 
Peter Hodum is a professor at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA and is a passionate birder and researcher of seabirds. We talk about his passion and work with seabirds off the Washington coast as well as in the Juan Fernández Islands off Chile. Peter is an eloquent speaker, penultimate teacher, and I know you’ll enjoy hearing his birding …
 
On The Bird Banter Podcast Episode with Dennis Paulson we talk about his start as a bird watcher, his life as a naturalist, his dragonfly studies and publications, his travels, and a bit about the politics of conservation and environmentalism. Birding, Bird Watching, and the love of nature are common themes. Enjoy. You can reach dennis by email at …
 
On The Bird Banter Podcast Episode #67 with Dr. Roger Lederer we talk about not just birding and ornithology, but tips on how to prepare for a career in ornighology, travel, and his birding website Ornithology.com Below are some links to topics we discuss. Here is the page on Ornithology Careers. Here is the Osher Foundation site for adult courses …
 
Andrew took me out birding in Wahkiakum County, WA and we recorded this episode after a great day of birding. We talk about the Alcyon Farm, his home and wonderful natural area, birding in Wahkiakum County, his Skamokawa Swamp Opera band, his Sea Kayak Business, the history of steemboats on the Columbia River, and more. He is a fabulously talented …
 
Patrick O’Donnell is my guest on Episode #65 of The Bird Banter Podcast and we talk about all things birding in Costa Rica. Patrick lives in San Jose, Costa Rica, is a guide for day trips from San Jose, leads trips for his local birding club all over the country, and writes extensively. He has published the Costa Rica Bird Finding eBook which I dow…
 
On The Bird Banter Podcast Episode #64 with Heather Ballash and Marcus Roening we talk about being a birding couple, about their extensive experience birding in Mexico, and about our local Pierce County, WA birding community. You can read more about related topics on the Bird Banter Podcast Blog. Please leave a review and rating on the podcast feed…
 
On this episode Mike Denny sits with me and Ken Brown, in a remote area of the Northern Blue Mountains, and we watch and listen to a recently fledged trio of Great Gray Owlets and their parent as we talk about the owls, the area and Mike's amazing passion for birding, education and the environment. See how many species of birds you can ID from the …
 
On The Bird Banter Podcast Episode #62 my daughter, Jean Pullen, and I talk about her passion, restorative agriculture in the tropics. Jean lives in Costa Rica and is in the process with her partner Alan of restoring a hectacre of previous pastureland into a productive, earth-restoring agriforestry project. Jean also works with Jungle Project. You …
 
On The Bird Banter Podcast Episode #61 Stefan Schlick and I talk about birding in the Pacific Northwest, his experiences as a birding trip leader, and a bit about dragonflies and . Stefan is a top ABA birder with roots in Germany who has lived in several top ABA birding areas. He now is a full time birding trip guide based near Portland, OR. You ca…
 
On The Bird Banter Podcast Episode #60 I talk with Nate Swick, whose job with the ABA is loosely defined as digital content manager, but birders know as the keeper of the ABAs Rare Bird Alerts page, more recently from the ABA Podcast, and as one of the primary faces of the ABA online. Nate is an avid birder, and has helped bring the ABA into the on…
 
On this episode I talk with Gary Bletsch, a birder from Skagit County, WA who is an avid county birder, a funny guy, and a lot of fun for me to get to know. You'll hear a lot about Skagit County birding, as well as about Gary's travels and his birding story. We talk about the Washington birding website WA Birder. Check it out on this link. Here is …
 
On this episode I talk with Dave Irons, a top birder, an eBird reviewer, prior regional editor of North American Birds, author of the new book Field Guide to the Birds of Oregon, and a really educational and interesting guest on the podcast. Enjoy. Here is a link to buy the Field Guide to the birds of Oregon on Buteo Books. I mention the episode wi…
 
Pete Salmansohn, knows as Puffin Pete, is my guest on The Bird Banter Podcast Episode #57. Pete has worked as an educator for National Audubon Society and other organizations, and has been especially involved in education about seabirds off the Maine Coast. We talk about the highly successful and ongoing reintroduction of Atlantic Puffins and other…
 
On this episode I talk with Mike Bergin, the founder of the largest Birding Blog on the internet about how 10,000 Birds came about, its incredible run of popularity, and about his birding story. Mike is a true birding ambassador and I expect you to enjoy listening. Here is a link to 10,000 Birds We mention the Suzie Gilbert, my guest on the last ep…
 
On Episode #55 I talk with bird rehabilitator and author Suzie Gilbert. We talk about her progression from volunteer at a local raptor rehab program where her experience as a writer led to a newspaper column, a children's book and eventually to having her own in-home bird rehab center. Her first adult book was a memoir about the challenges of tryin…
 
In this episode Nate and I talk about his early birding years in the Tacoma area with his older brother Chris, his early photography on a birding trip to South Africa, and his progression from birding into becoming a professional nature photographer and photography tour leader. It's a fun story, and I think you'll enjoy hearing about Nate's career …
 
Ryan Merrill and I talk about his birding story, birding in Washington State, and about his local patch birding. He also talks about his work on the Washington Bird Records Committee, and life as the husband/father in a family with a young child as a birder. Enjoy. Photo Credit: The photo of the Swallow-tailed Kite used in the thumbnail for this ep…
 
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