Nature Centered from Wild Birds Unlimited

By Wild Birds Unlimited, Inc.

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A podcast from Wild Birds Unlimited about feeding the birds and enjoying nature right in your own backyard. Relax, enjoy the birds, and stay Nature Centered.

Episode Date
Hummingbirds & Orioles - A Really Sweet Deal!

It’s springtime, there’s a lot happening in our backyards. It doesn’t get much better than when you see that first hummingbird show up! In this episode, John and Brian will break down the different hummingbird and oriole species. They’ll also answer some FAQs when it comes to nectar feeding and how you can bring these birds to your yard.

May 06, 2021
Spectacular Spring Species

Spring is here, and you know what that means! New feathered visitors will be arriving soon. Do you have the right foods and features to bring in the most variety of these spectacular spring species? Don't worry, John and Brian are here to tell you about some of the easiest and best ways to get your yard ready so you and your birds can enjoy each other's company all season long.

Apr 22, 2021
Habitat Habits: From Buds to Birds

In this episode, John and Brian are joined by Naturalist David Mizejewski from the National Wildlife Federation. Together, they break down the components needed to make your backyard the ideal bird habitat. As stewards of our own backyards, we’ve never been more empowered to make a difference for wildlife.

Apr 08, 2021
Look Whooo's Back (WBU Owl Cam)

Join John and Brian as they introduce you to one of the coolest ways to experience the lives of a Barred Owl family. You’ll find out why so many people across the world are tuning in to watch this live owl nest cam. They also have a very special guest that will give you some fun background information and history of the owl cam.  

Mar 25, 2021
Nesting Neighbors

In this episode, John and Brian will open your eyes to a whole new perspective of what it’s like to be a baby bird or the bird parents raising a family.  You will learn what to do and what not to do to help bring the next generation of birds to life in your backyard.  

Mar 11, 2021
The Gray Ghost

Join John and Brian as they discuss one of the most common birds in the wintertime that most people seem to miss. In this episode, they're talking all things Junco. You'll learn why it's called the gray ghost and how you can bring it to your yard.  

Feb 25, 2021
The Secret Love Life of Birds

Join John and Brian as they reveal the secret love life of birds, just in time for Valentine’s Day. They’ll share a few tidbits about birds and their lives together. You may start to look at the birds in your yard a little differently after this.

Feb 11, 2021
Seven Simple Actions to Save the Song Birds

In this episode, John and Brian break down the seven simple actions that you can take to help save the song birds. They also discuss a little bird feeding history, what has changed and where it’s going. Finally, we take some time to celebrate WBU’s 40th birthday! 

Jan 28, 2021
Be a Bird Hero: Become a Citizen Scientist

Join John and Brian in this episode as they dive into how you can be a hero for the birds by becoming a citizen scientist.  They’ll talk about helpful tools you’ll need and an upcoming citizen science opportunity that you can be a part of.  

Jan 14, 2021
Backyard Birding: Highlights & Hiccups

In this episode, John and Brian discuss their birding highs and lows of 2020.  You’ll hear about woodpeckers, bluebirds, warblers, and more. Thanks for listening and have a happy new year everyone!  

Dec 31, 2020
Birds and Holiday Traditions

Some countries have a beautiful tradition of encouraging kindness to birds during the holidays. One such belief is that if you spread birdseed outside your doorstep on Christmas morning, you will have good luck in the coming year. Listen as John and Brian explore different traditions from around the world that showcase our backyard friends.

Dec 17, 2020
Customer Stories

Feeding the birds isn't just about insect control, flower pollination or weed control. The simple act of feeding the birds expands far past the environmental benefits. Our customers share the most wonderful stories with us and we'd like to share them with you this holiday season! Join hosts John and Brian as they share the heartfelt stories of our customers. If you have a story you'd like to share, please reach out to us at

Dec 03, 2020
The Joy of Bird Feeding

Join John and Brian for this bonus episode with a special guest, Jim Carpenter. As the Founder and CEO of Wild Birds Unlimited, Jim has learned a lot over the past 40 years and has some great information to share about the hobby of backyard bird feeding. Be sure to check out his book, The Joy of Bird Feeding, to learn more!

Nov 25, 2020
Winging it Thru Winter

Have you ever wondered how birds survive the cold weather? In this episode, John and Brian share how birds make it through the colder months and what you can do to help them. 



Nov 19, 2020
Welcome Winter Wanderers

In this episode, John and Brian discuss the Winter Finch Irruption and the finches that are making their way through North America. You'll learn all about what they look like, sound like, and how you can attract them to your yard. 

Nov 12, 2020
Prepare Your Yard for Winter

Winter is coming! In this episode, John and Brian discuss how you can make your yard bird friendly and what you can do to help the birds prepare for the upcoming colder months. 

Oct 29, 2020
The Owls Among Us

Do you know what makes an owl especially adapted to hunting at night? And how can you identify various owls just by hearing their calls? Learn these and other fun facts about one of the bird world's most fascinating species. 

Oct 15, 2020
Frequently Asked Questions

Wild Birds Unlimited's Olivia McFadden tries to stump naturalists John Schaust and Brian Cunningham with questions from our audience about backyard bird feeding. Learn why you may be seeing bald birds at your feeders this time of year, why the goldfinches have disappeared and more.

Oct 01, 2020
Migration Magic

With birds flying hundreds or thousands of miles every year, migration truly is magical. Find out how the birds prepare and make their journey across North America.

Sep 17, 2020
Create a Bird-Friendly Habitat

Wild Birds Unlimited naturalists John Schaust and Brian Cunningham talk about the elements of a bird-friendly habitat.

Sep 03, 2020
The Goldfinches of Summer

Learn all about goldfinches from Wild Birds Unlimited naturalists John Schaust and Brian Cunningham. They share tips for how to improve your chances of attracting goldfinches by offering their favorite foods and by creating a favorable habitat.

Aug 20, 2020
Frequently Asked Questions

Wild Birds Unlimited’s Olivia McFadden joins naturalists John Schaust and Brian Cunningham to get the answers to common questions from our audience about backyard bird feeding.

Aug 06, 2020
Nesting Part 2

You'll learn how you can invite nesting bird families into your yard by providing the right kind of nesting boxes. Hosted by John Schaust and Brian Cunningham.

Jun 25, 2020
Nesting Part 1

Ever wonder why birds choose to nest where they do? In this podcast by Wild Birds Unlimited, hosts John Schaust and Brian Cunningham explain the connection between nesting and bird migration.

Jun 18, 2020
Bluebirds: The Charming Deceiver

Learn all about bluebirds from Wild Birds Unlimited naturalists John Schaust and Brian Cunningham.

Jun 04, 2020
Woodpeckers: Nature's Original Tree Huggers

Wild Birds Unlimited naturalists John Schaust and Brian Cunningham talk about Woodpeckers.

May 21, 2020
Orioles: Orange is the New Blast

Wild Birds Unlimited naturalists John Schaust and Brian Cunningham talk about Orioles.

May 14, 2020
Hummingbirds: A Beast of a Bird

Wild Birds Unlimited naturalists John Schaust and Brian Cunningham talk about hummingbirds. 

May 05, 2020