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54 minutes | Jan 2, 2022
The Bird Banter Podcast #120 with Bob Flores
On this episode Bob and I talk about his career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service, his birding story and stories and more. How many birders have birded in Area 51? My guess is not many. His career path involved working at many of the great U.S. National Wildlife Refuges including the Loxahatchee NWR in Florida, the Wheeler NWR in Alabama, Kern NWR, Stillwater NWR in Nevada, and the Ridgefield and Columbia NWRs in Washington. Bob encouages birders to ask their senators Here are contacts for the WA Senators and Representative of that area. Senator Patty Murray Murray.senate.gov Vancouver Office (360) 696-7797 Seattle Office (866) 481-9186 Senator Maria Cantwell Cantwell.senate.gov Vancouver Office (360) 696-7838 Seattle Office (206) 220-6400 Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler Jhb.house.gov Vancouver Office (360) 695-6292 Washington DC Office (202) 225-3536 Thanks for listening. Read more on the Birdbanter.com blog. Until next time, good birding and good day!
44 minutes | Dec 20, 2021
The Bird Banter Podcast #119 with Michael and Paula Webster
On The Bird Banter Podcast #119 with Michael and Paula Webster we talk about their 5-year birding adventure in South America. They travelled in a Toyota pop-top camper van, had wild and harrowing experiences and saw remote and wonderful places, people and birds that are almost beyond belief. They are real, as you can see by watching many of their videos on the You Tube Channel The Condors Feathers. Michael and Paula decided after careers in business for Michael and as a math teacher for Paula to follow their lifelong birding passion to travel, document and experience places they dreamed of seeing. They spent 5 years traveling throughout much of South America. While there they produced a fabulous video documentary on one of South America’s most endangered bird species, the Hooded Grebe. It is spectacular. Check out Tango in the Wind. Michael has written a book about the adventure, to be released in the U.K. in about February, and in the U.S. later in 2022 called The Condor’s Feather: Traveling Wild in South America which you can find to pre-order on Amazon or in the U.K. at Waterstones. I loved the chance to meet and talk with this amazing couple, and cannot wait to read the book. Good birding and good day.
51 minutes | Dec 10, 2021
The Bird Banter Podcast #118 with Jim Danzenbaker
On this episode Jim Danzenbaker and I talk about his experiences leading wildlife safaris to the Antarctic region, his pelagic birding experiences, his birding story, career, about Christmas Bird Counts and more. Enjoy. Find a CBC in Washington here. See the 2021 CBC report from Natioinal Audubon here. Check out the blog post on the BirdBanter.com blog here. Until next time, good birding and good day1
65 minutes | Nov 29, 2021
The Bird Banter Podcast #117 with Joe Morlan
On this episode Joe Morlan and I talk about his multifaceted birding career and experiences. Joe taught birding classes at the College of San Francisco for year, served as member, chair and now as webmaster of the California Bird Records Committee, is an author, and is a really good storyteller. You can reach Joe from his website. Read more on the BirdBanter.com blog post about this episode. Thanks for listening. Good birding and good day.
47 minutes | Nov 20, 2021
The Bird Banter Podcast #116 with Charlie Wright
On this episode Charlie and I talk about his early birding years, his time on remote Alaskan Islands and on research vessels, and his local birding especially at a new Tacoma hotspot Dune Peninsula Park. Charlie was an early adopter and volunteer reviewer for eBird and is the data reviewer for COASST. I'm really excited to have Charlie as a guest and think you'll enjoy hearing his story. Thanks for listening. As always read more about the episode on the BirdBanter.com blog post. Good birding and good day.
31 minutes | Nov 12, 2021
The Bird Banter Podcast #115 with Iván Lau
On this episode I talk with Iván Lau, the birding guide I used on a recent brief trip to Medellin, Colombia. Iván was really top notch, and we got in a lot of birding in the 3 days I had available. Medellin was beautiful, the birds were spectacular, and the experience was great. You can contact Iván at on Instagram @ivanlaulovera or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org Check out the blog post on BirdBanter.com with more information if you are interested. Thanks for listening. Good birding and good day!
54 minutes | Oct 27, 2021
The Bird Banter Podcast #114 with Zach Poland
On The Bird Banter Podcast #114 I talk with Zach Poland, a top Oklahoma birder who I heard about from Pete Janzen of Episode #112. Zach talks about his birding story, birding in Oklahoma, how his training in geology influences his birding strategies and more. Enjoy. See the blog post on Birdbanter.com for additional information. Thanks for listening. Good birding and good day!
18 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
The Bird Banter Podcast #113: Ed on Molt
There are few nuances of birding that cause more confusion and frustration than molt. Birds have to replace their feathers every year to survive, and understanding this process called molt can bring a not just a better understanding of birds and bird ID, but make looking at the details of plumage of each bird we see a little more fun. I'm certainly no expert on molt, but hearing about the process from the perspective of a non-expert who enjoys the subject may help listeners wrap their brains around the terminology used and the process. I hope so. Check out Steven N.G. Howell's great book Molt in North American Birds, which I said I'd link to in these notes, but appears to be out of print. Borrow a copy from a birder you know if you can. I'll put up a blog post on BirdBanter.com with more details. Until next time, good birding and good day!
41 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
The Bird Banter Podcast#112 with Pete Janzen
On The Bird Banter Podcast #112 with Pete Janzen we talk lots about Kansas birding. Pete wrote books about birds and birding in Kansas as well as a detailed work on the Birds of Sedgewick County, Kansas. He wants you to know about the best place in the ABA area to book Lesser Prairie Chicken lek viewing with the Gove County group that manages these. You can contact Jim Miliensifer at email@example.com Here is their web site. Be sure to check out the blog on BirdBanter.com for more details. Thanks for listening. Good birding and good day!
42 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
The Bird Banter Podcast #111 with Mason Maron
On The Bird Banter Podcast #111 I talk with Mason Maron, a young birder who is studying at Washington State University, is beginning a research project on Gray-crowned Rosy Finch diet changes over the last 60 years, and was a lot of fun to talk with. You can find his photography on his website Mason Maron Photography and on his @masonmaronphotography Instagram site. Read more related information on the BirdBanter.com blog post for more information. Until next time, good birding and good day!
57 minutes | Aug 28, 2021
The Bird Banter Podcast #110 with Andy Stepniewski
On The Bird Banter Podcast #110 with Andy Stepniewski we talk about his passion and interest in the shrub-steppe habitat that remains near his home in Yakima County, WA, his birding story and some of his birding experiences. Andy was mentored by Jim Lane, of bird finding site guide fame, and he was a primary contributor to The Birder’s Guide to Washington. For more detailed information see the blog post on BirdBanter.com. Until next time. Good birding and good day!
45 minutes | Aug 16, 2021
The Bird Banter Podcast #109 with Jason Vassallo
On The Bird Banter Podcast #109 with Jason Vassallo we talk about his 2021 ABA Big Year, his birding story, and other things birding. Jason is a very talented young Washington birder, and it was fun to get to know him better. I also enjoyed hearing about some of the places he has visited this year. I'm just itching to visit some of them myself. Here is a link to Jason's Intagram page @jason2021bigyear Be sure to check out Bird Banter's blog to see more details related to the episode. Thanks for listening. Please leave a review and rating on the podcast platform that you use. Until next time. Good birding and good day!
35 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
The Bird Banter Podcast #108 with Sophie Wickham
England has a great collection of bird observatories, mostly spaced around the coastline, some on islands, some on the main island. Sophie Wickham, my guest on this episode is the warden at the Holme Bird Observatory in Norfolk County. We talk about her job there, the observatory and the system of observatories in England, the birds seen there and British birding in general. Here is a like to the Holme Bird Observatory website and here is the Norfolk Ornithologists Association site. See the blog post on the Bird Banter website for more details. Until next time. Good birding and good day.
58 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
The Bird Banter Podcast #107 with David Waters
David Waters, the driving force behind the project to reintroduce Great Bustards to England, is my guest on The Bird Banter Podcast #107. I first met David when my wife and I visited his home to see his captive Great Bustards (injured birds) and to hear his story of the project. We also got to see some of the reintroduced birds on the Salisbury Plains. You can learn more about this project at The Great Bustard Project Homepage or on my blog post with more information about this episode. Until next time, good birding and good day!
60 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
The Bird Banter Podcast #106 with The Birder's Show Guys
On The Bird Banter Podcast #106 the hosts of The Birder's Show, a YouTube series that debuted during the pandemic, Diego Calderón and Chris Bell are my guests. We talk about their exciting new show, birding in Colombia, and more. Don't miss this one. Thanks for listening. For more info see my blog on Birdbanter.com Until next time, good birding and good day!
35 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
The Bird Banter Podcast #105 with Melissa Hafting
Melissa Hafting is my guest on the Bird Banter Podcast #105, and we talk about her work with young birders in BC, her leadership of the BC Rare Bird Alert, and her birding experiences. You can find Melissa on Instagram @bcbirdergirl Please leave a review and rating on the podcast platform you prefer, and check out the blog associated with this episode on The Bird Banter Blog See Melissa's blog here Check the BC Rare Bird Alert here Until next time. Good birding and good day!
50 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
The Bird Banter Podcast #104 with R. Bruce Richardson
On this episode we talk birding in Australia with R. Bruce Richardson, entertainer, birder and now author of An Australian Birding Year. Australia has been high on my most wanted list of places to go, and it is even higher after talking with Bruce. Check out the blog post on BirdBanter.com for more photos and info about Bruce and the episode. Thanks for listening. Until next time. Good birding and good day
25 minutes | Jun 19, 2021
The Bird Banter Podcast #103: Birding with Friends Again
The pandemic has kept lots of us from getting out birding with larger groups. It has crushed the ecotourism industry, but even birding clubs like our ABC Birding club here in Tacoma, WA have missed the social and birding gatherings we enjoyed prior to Covid. In this episode I share thoughts on birding with friends, mentorship, and a bit about our first group trip in the reopening. Enjoy. Please contact me on the Bird Banter site to suggest guests you'd like to hear on the show. Good birding and good day!
50 minutes | May 30, 2021
The Bird Banter Podcast #102 with Russell Rogers
Russell Rogers is a talented birder who has changed his primary area of field work and study from birds to beetles. We talk about his birding story, including his time in Washington State where I met him, and about how he diverged into the less common study of beetles. Beetles are the order Cleoptera, the largest order in the Insect class of animals. Listen to learn more about these cool bugs from a birder turned beetle-guy. Enjoy.
49 minutes | May 19, 2021
The Bird Banter Podcast #101 with Kathleen Foley
Kathleen Foley, program director for the Westermn Bluebird San Juan Reintroduction Project is my guest on this episode. We talk about the project, her experiences both with bluebirds and birding on the islands and elsewhere. Really cool stuff IMO. Check out the project at at the San Juan Preservation Trust website here. See more on the Bird Banter website blog post. Until next time. Good birding and good day.
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