This Birding Life

By Bird Watcher's Digest

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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 to bird chasing, from authors reading from their books to birders talking about their “spark” bird. This Birding Life is guaranteed to make you think, laugh, and want to spend more time out there with the birds. It’s all about this wonderful hobby we share: watching and enjoying wild birds. Welcome to This Birding Life!

Episode Date
Episode 83: Tom Stephenson and BirdGenie
26:17
Tom Stephenson is the creator of BirdGenie, an app that recognizes bird songs recorded on your cellphone. Bill interviews Tom about his fascination with sound and sound technology, the cross-over between musicians and birders, and how the BirdGenie app came to be. This interview was conducted outdoors during the New River Birding Festival in West Virginia in May 2018.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/9XgIJZMbsKM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 15, 2018
Episode 82: Birding in Colombia Part 2: Camarones
46:44
In part 2 of Birding in Columbia, TBL host Bill Thompson, III, travels to the Caribbean lowlands near Camarones to visit additional sites along the Northern Colombia Birding Trail. We hear from three different Colombian guides as well as three of Bill's travel companions about the wonders (and challenges) of birding in Colombia. The origin of the vermilion cardinal's colorful plumage is explained by the mythology of the Wayuu People. And we hear the full and tragic birding origin story from guide Angel "Neke" Ortiz Menenses.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/DCne6ScK6uA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 16, 2018
Episode 81: Birding in Colombia Part 1: Santa Marta Mountains
25:04
In Part 1 of Birding in Colombia, Bill joins a group of avid birders in the Santa Marta region of northern Colombia to explore the Northern Colombia Birding Trail. Besides amazing birding and lots of endemics, he encounters a new generation of excellent local birding guides poised to accommodate an influx of ecotourists to this newly opened birding destination.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/yht2gy-_uOU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 20, 2018
Episode 80: Erik Bruhnke, the World's Happiest Birdman
17:22
During his recent trip to Honduras, TBL host Bill Thompson, III, interviewed naturalist, photographer, and birding guide Erik Bruhnke. Their conversation covers Erik's start as a birder, his favorite birding spots, his love of lifers and beer, his hatred of mylar balloons, his Zen of Birding philosophy, and his favorite “swear” words.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/Fdg9B_uGd3w" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 08, 2018
Episode 79: Meet the California Young Birders Club
29:00
Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews Elisa, Cayenne, BJ, and Ryan, founding members of the California Young Birders Club. These young adults share their birding origin stories, discuss what it's like to be a birder among their peers, the advantages of technology, and their plans for the future.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/kCL-5qL5zQM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 18, 2018
Episode 78: James Adams and the Closing of Pico Bonito
26:47
Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews James Adams, co-manager of the Lodge and Spa at Pico Bonito in Honduras, about the recent news that the lodge's owners plan to close it down. Pico Bonito is one of the finest ecolodges in the Americas--if not the world--so there are many people who are hoping the lodge can re-open under new ownership.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/pvvI7uChTFc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 21, 2018
Episode 77: Point and Shoot Photography
32:24
Host Bill Thompson, III, talks with Stephen Ingraham, author of "Point and Shoot Nature Photography," about the explosive popularity of small, super-zoom cameras. Steve has decades of experience as a photographer and has fully embraced today's digital technology. His self-published book is a how-to guide for those who want to take high quality bird and nature images without the daunting cost of a full-sized digital SLR camera.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/yVFE6dYWwb8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 20, 2018
Episode 76: Noah Strycker's World Big Year
35:16
Bill talks with Noah Strycker, self-described birdman and adventurer, who was the first person ever to see more than 6,000 bird species in a single, worldwide birding Big Year. Noah is the author of “Birding Without Borders,” which recounts his 2015 World Big Year.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/Fz-IZbZ9AEk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 24, 2018
Episode 75: Snowy Owl Invasion with Scott Weidensaul
40:54
Owl expert Scott Weidensaul joins Bill for a discussion of this winter's invasion of snowy owls from the Arctic. Through Project SNOWstorm (co-founded by Scott), a volunteer field research program studying these magnificent, mostly white owls, we are learning a great deal about their behavior, population dynamics, natural history, and how they interact with us humans, and vice versa. Scott also shares his tips for watching a snowy owl respectfully, without disturbing it.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/dvqr8LKTPrE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 27, 2017
Episode 74: Birding Taiwan
45:24
Bill's recent birding trip to Taiwan is the subject of this episode. Taiwan is an island off the coast of China, with a large number of endemic and near-endemic bird species. While it is a modern country, heavily influenced by mainland China and Japan, much of Taiwan is wild, heavily forested, with large, protected areas set aside for birds and wildlife. In addition, the culture of Taiwan is quite bird-centric, and its people are fascinated by their country's bird life. In this episode, Bill interviews his fellow travelers and their Taiwanese birding guide, Chuck, about all facets of Taiwan, including the people, food, culture, weather, and birds of this island country in East Asia. Bill also got to take lots of photos of various statues, signs, and giant things of Taiwan, which he shares at the end of the podcast.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/GRLcl4T0SUE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 30, 2017
Episode 73: More Birding Stories
42:31
Host Bill Thompson, III, recently traveled to Taiwan. Four of his travel companions tell fascinating stories about their birding adventures from around the world. Ranging from light-hearted to downright life-threatening, these tales are worth a listen. Topics include: discovering a new bird species, schmoozing your way to an exit-row airline seat, getting rescued in the desert, and avoiding capture by the guerillas when birding.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/0m6U-NB1fc0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 02, 2017
Episode 72: An Interview with ABA President Jeff Gordon
52:14
Bill chats with ABA President Jeff Gordon about his start as a birder, new and young birder outreach, ghillie suits, The Big Year movie, swirlies, Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook communities, the search for the ivory-billed woodpecker, and the early days of the modern birding era.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/I1CQygSbgtA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 25, 2017
Episode 71: Catherine Hamilton, Bird Artist for Conservation
38:45
Bill interviews artist Catherine Hamilton about her evolution as a bird artist, what inspires her art, her favorite subject matter, her field sketching abilities, and her dedication to supporting bird conservation projects.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/K2Yjw8ScsTk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 30, 2017
Episode 70: Ian Harding and Odd Birds
46:26
Bill chats with actor/birder Ian Harding, star of the television show “Pretty Little Liars,” about his new book “Odd Birds.” In the book, Ian writes about everything from Hollywood stardom and chasing the rare California condor to the allure of Juliette Binoche. This Hollywood teen idol is not only a true birder, he's also wonderfully down-to-earth. Episode 70 also features Ian reading from “Odd Birds.”<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/bIeK9dhQCDw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 27, 2017
Episode 69: Three Fabulous Birding Festivals
42:28
Bill chats with the organizers of three successful--and very different--annual birding festivals in the U.S.: the Acadia Birding Festival in Maine, the New River Birding & Nature Festival in West Virginia, and the San Diego Bird Festival in California. Learn what's special about each festival and why birders choose to attend them.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/G7N6XL26x4E" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 28, 2017
Episode 68: Jan Pierson and Field Guides
58:14
Bill enjoys a wide-ranging interview with Jan Pierson, one of the founders of Field Guides Birding Tours. Topics range from Jan's late and unexpected start as a birder to the collaborative ownership of Field Guides to favorite birding destinations and fantasy birding companions--and a lot more.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/VHbZY72nuSU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 24, 2017
Episode 67: Katie Fallon, Vulture Evangelinst
56:14
Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews author/naturalist Katie Fallon about her latest book “Vulture” and about her deep fascination with these carrion-eating, much-misunderstood birds.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/QY4C9n3RiLw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 29, 2017
Episode 66: Cat Wars
34:52
Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews ornithologist Peter Marra, co-author of the book “Cat Wars: The Deadly Consequences of a Cuddly Killer.” The book examines the conservation, environmental, social, and health impacts of the pet and feral cats--unnatural predators--that kill a billion wild birds annually in the United States.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/MBP53rjXY9A" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 24, 2017
Episode 65: Champions of the Flyway, Part II
01:29:26
Host Bill Thompson, III, recounts last year’s Champions of the Flyway bird race in Israel where his team, the Way-Off Coursers, raised more than $12K for conservation. The event as a whole raised more than $67K to protect birds along the great Rift Valley flyway between Eurasia and Africa. Also featured is the anthem Bill wrote to support Champions of the Flyway.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/bHARlUgHr_s" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 27, 2017
Episode 64: Voices of India
56:16
Host Bill Thompson, III, takes us on a journey to India for the second-annual Uttar Pradesh Bird Festival and introduces us to fellow birders from India and around the world.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/5T0g6cFmR4o" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 17, 2017
Episode 63: Voices of the Honduras Birding for Conservation Tour
47:31
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.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/9MxAjLvkTiA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 09, 2016
Episode 62: An Interview with Rockjumper Birding Tours
48:59
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.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/11OvsIA7954" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 31, 2016
Episode 61: My Jinx Bird
21:24
Host Bill Thompson, III, takes us along on a quest to find his jinx bird, the Connecticut warbler, in northernmost Minnesota.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/IANIht8WcdU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 30, 2016
Episode 60: A Visit to the Cornell Lab
57:54
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.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/MwkLyVG4w3w" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 07, 2016
Episode 59: Birding Portugal
1:07:05
Host Bill Thompson, III, takes us along on a week of birding in southern Portugal. This European country is a world famous destination for wine, seafood, history, culture, and now, birding! Portugal’s leading birder, Joao Jara, tells us all about his native land.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/jGNTjOvCjns" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 01, 2016
Episode 58: A Conversation with Julie Zickefoose
49:40
TBL host Bill Thompson, III, enjoys a wide-ranging conversation with author/artist/naturalist Julie Zickefoose about her new book: “Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest.”<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/NuyB1gzJ3Xk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 25, 2016
Episode 57: The Honduras Birding for Conservation Tour
41:05
TBL host Bill Thompson, III, chats about the upcoming Honduras Birding for Conservation Tour with founder James Adams and event guides Jeffrey A. Gordon and Alex Alvarado.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/0qItUqxgM6M" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 22, 2016
Episode 56: Champions of the Flyway, Part I
56:29
TBL Host Bill Thompson, III, examines the monumental conservation effort being undertaken to stop the illegal killing of birds along the Mediterranean flyway.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/ivpNG3n4_Us" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 25, 2016
Episode 55: Backyard Rarity, Part II
1:32:05
TBL host Bill Thompson, III, gets deeper into the experience of finding a rare western flycatcher in his Ohio backyard.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/BJIKgROa0wA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 29, 2016
Episode 54: Backyard Rarity, Part I
29:39
TBL host Bill Thompson, III, talks with avid birders who came from hours away to see a rare bird in his backyard.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/ehlBLE5Dpmw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 28, 2015
Episode 53: Great Birding Stories, Vol. 1
30:50
TBL host Bill Thompson, III, shares some of the interesting stories he’s gathered in his birding travels: strange animal behavior, mistaken identity, acts of kindness, moments of discovery, spark birds, and memorable passages of life.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/fzqPmmo_kmA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 11, 2015
Episode 52: Birding in Uganda, Part II
50:39
TBL host Bill Thompson, III, takes us along on the second part of his journey through Uganda, birding, trekking for chimpanzees and mountain gorillas, seeing lions, and encountering some of Uganda’s future birding guides. He even gets invited for an audience with an ambassador!<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/rzdaq6nSkRY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 23, 2015
Episode 51: Birding in Uganda, Part I
41:42
TBL host Bill Thompson, III, takes us along on the first part of a journey to Uganda in East Africa where he competed in the annual Birding Big Day in Murchison Falls National Park.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/J0Vrklj09yY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 10, 2015
Episode 50: Interview with Ted Floyd of the ABA
22:53
TBL Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews Ted Floyd, editor of Birding Magazine from the American Birding Association.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/1j_CaGZHYNE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 27, 2015
Episode 49: A Visit to the British Bird Fair, Part II
23:30
TBL Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews a few of the many interesting personalities at the British Birdwatching Fair, an event held each August at Rutland Water Preserve in central England.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/R48v04VpaQI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 20, 2015
Episode 48: A Visit to the British Bird Fair, Part I
51:00
TBL Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews a few of the many interesting personalities at the British Birdwatching Fair, an event held each August at Rutland Water Preserve in central England.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/aJ5vZ5ErP4M" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 10, 2014
Episode 47: Sketches of Homer, Alaska
54:35
TBL Host Bill Thompson, III, shares audio recordings of some of the very fun and unusual events associated with the 2014 Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival held in Homer, Alaska.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/cZoMtRo4kps" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 11, 2014
Episode 46: The Voices of Argentina
42:00
TBL Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews fellow birders, local guides, and other interesting people whom he encountered on a 10-day birding trip to Argentina.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/rxVp3hQz5Xc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 11, 2014
Episode 45: Jeff Bouton and the Amazon Kingfisher
18:39
Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews Jeff Bouton, the birder who found an Amazon kingfisher near Harlingen, Texas at the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/pr1sL73tn40" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 31, 2014
Episode 44: Speakers from the ’13 Midwest Birding Symposium
1:00:45
Host Bill Thompson, III, shares audio excerpts from seven different presenters at the 2013 MBS.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/X7qgOYtd_o8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 02, 2013
Episode 43: Elsa Thompson and BWD: The Early Days
47:05
Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews Bird Watcher’s Digest’s Founding Publisher Elsa Thompson about the early days of the magazine.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/VhV02JgLQIc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 15, 2013
Episode 42: Jeffrey Kimball and Birders: The Central Park Effect
43:22
Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews Jeffrey Kimball, creator of the movie “Birders: The Central Park Effect.”<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/qkEo7hoRmcE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 29, 2013
Episode 41: The Past, Present, and Future of Birding Optics
37:28
Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews Stephen Ingraham, optics specialist from Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, about technology, photography, the Internet, and how he became known as an optics expert.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/DmemIwp5VCk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 22, 2013
Episode 40: Optics-Buying Advice With Ben Lizdas, Part II
28:22
Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews Eagle Optics sales manager Ben Lizdas about prism types, considerations for nature-watching, and much more.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/nfX68P6Jyak" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 28, 2012
Episode 39: Optics-Buying Advice With Ben Lizdas, Part I
21:16
Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews Eagle Optics sales manager Ben Lizdas about the optics buying process, the questions customers ask about binoculars, how much to spend, choosing the right power, and much more.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/034ee55bRwU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 12, 2012
Episode 38: Young Birders at the Hog Island Audubon Camp
16:20
Host Bill Thompson, III, speaks with five teenage campers about their experiences at the Hog Island Audubon Camp.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/P6j5Sj9ckJE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 13, 2012
Episode 37: Birding the Hula Valley of Israel
48:12
Host Bill Thompson, III, talks with three of Israel’s leading bird authorities about why this Mideast country is such a mecca for birds and for birders.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/A8We-Io8mNQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 05, 2012
Episode 36: The Sounds of Spring at Indigo Hill
11:08
TBL host Bill Thompson, III, shares recordings of bird calls heralding the arrival of spring on Indigo Hill.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/iZzUBZgr5BI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 23, 2012
Episode 35: The Snowy Owl Invasion
38:36
TBL host Bill Thompson, III, and some birding companions take a trip to see a snowy owl and they get much more than they bargained for!<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/_shsWipVRW8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 13, 2012
Episode 34: The Birding Life of Greg Miller
58:03
Greg Miller, an Ohio birder who served as inspiration for one of the characters in “The Big Year”, tell the story of his own birding life.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/Lay-vA-3t9Q" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 18, 2011
Episode 33: An Interview with David Frankel
18:57
In this episode, TBL host Bill Thompson, III, interviews David Frankel, director of the movie “The Big Year.”<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/-6FvhnEi7yw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 05, 2011
Episode 32: Trekking for the Philippine Eagle
17:24
BWD editor Bill Thompson, III, reads his account of a trek to see the Philippine Eagle on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/QUdo3Pu9kVU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 25, 2011
Episode 31: An Interview with Michael Male
41:40
Bill Thompson, III, interviews Michael Male, one of the world’s leading nature videographers.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/TjaZ3fSBY2o" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 14, 2011
Episode 30: Sophie Webb: Life at Sea
35:02
Bill Thompson, III, interviews Sophie Webb, an ornithologist/artist/author from California who spends much of each year at sea aboard an oceanic research vessel.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/VLuZJXsKBSw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 23, 2011
Episode 29: Nature in Iraq
28:38
Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews an Iraqi civil engineer and an American soldier about their shared interest in observing and restoring nature in the war-torn country of Iraq.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/kZbLkApc3d8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 09, 2010
Episode 28: The Bird Call Lady
22:58
Host Bill Thompson, III, talks with Nicole Perretta a.k.a The Bird Call Lady about her ability to imitate the songs and calls of more than 130 species of birds.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/fPk9O_TugT0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 17, 2010
Episode 27: Music and Birds: Jonathan Meiberg of Shearwater
31:32
Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews Jonathan Meiberg, a birder and leader of the indie-rock band Shearwater.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/DDanD62U4yo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 26, 2010
Episode 26: Voices of Guyana
58:49
Host Bill Thompson, III, journeys to Guyana and interviews Amerindian guides, ecotourism visionaries, international travel experts, and government officials about this world-class birding destination.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/AAH7eXtF9wI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 28, 2010
Episode 25: An Englishman in Florida
22:16
English birder Bo Beolens, the Fatbirder, recounts his first birding trip to Florida.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/dpI3kmfq2xg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 16, 2010
Episode 24: Birding in Panama
29:59
During an eight-day birding trip to Panama, Host Bill Thompson, III interviews traveling companions for experiences and impressions.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/3o1scXTDZCU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 09, 2009
Episode 23: The Big Sit!
20:28
Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews participants in the 2008 Big Sit! held in the birding tower on his farm, Indigo Hill, in southeastern Ohio.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/s178u26GO0c" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 12, 2009
Episode 22: Snippets From a Life Gone to the Birds
55:25
Humorist Al Batt recounts his experiences with all aspects of the natural world at the 2009 Midwest Birding Symposium in Lakeside, Ohio.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/9OTH122n_dY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 21, 2009
Episode 21: Saving the Cebu Flowerpecker
24:37
Bill Thompson, III, talks with Lisa Marie Paguntalan about saving one of the rarest birds in the world.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/ZaERLMFpE_c" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 09, 2009
Episode 20: iBird and the Evolution of the Digital Field Guide
27:46
Bill Thompson, III, talks with Mitchell Waite about iBird and the future of digital field guides in general.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/ExjT9xHucVk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 22, 2009
Episode 19: Love and Death Among the Cranes
16:52
Julie Zickefoose reads her controversial column, “Love and Death Among the Cranes.”<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/K8ZPHjn-7gs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 08, 2009
Episode 18: Phoebe and The Young Birder’s Guide
16:00
Bill Thompson, III, interviews Phoebe Linnea Thompson, his daughter and co-author on The Young Birder’s Guide to Birds of Eastern North America.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/J4rusopGEJs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 12, 2008
Episode 17: Adventures in Birding With Bryan Bland
29:26
Bill Thompson, III, asks birding tour leader Bryan Bland to recount his memorable travels to India and beyond.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/1c3hOXfQwTs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 09, 2008
Episode 16: Capsized by Rogue Wave
17:55
Lisa White from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt reads an excerpt from All Things Reconsidered, by Roger Tory Peterson and edited by Bill Thompson, III.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/UCSD8hFIJic" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 28, 2008
Episode 15: Birding the World With Victor Emanuel
21:34
Bill Thompson, III talks with Victor Emanuel and discusses his inspiration for creating a worldwide birding and nature tour company.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/bpZ_PYVIqr0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 11, 2008
Episode 14: birdJam: a Revolution in Bird Identification
15:05
Bill Thompson, III talks with birdJam cofounders Jay Davis and Denese VanDyne about the origins and potential of birdJam.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/I2uXBogqyvs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 07, 2008
Episode 13: The Singing Life of Birds
26:36
Author Donald Kroodsma discusses the art and science behind listening to bird songs.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/05zZ6QGRxmA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 20, 2008
Episode 12: Paradise Lost
15:50
Artist, author, and naturalist Julie Zickefoose reads Paradise Lost, an essay from her latest book, “Letters from Eden.”<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/bB8C7m7oYjw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 17, 2008
Episode 11: Adventure on Rapa Nui
10:12
Tropical birding expert Alvaro Jaramillo took a side trip to Rapa Nui (Easter Island), which became one of the best experiences of his birding life.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/vG14Koua8ms" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 19, 2007
Episode 10: A Conversation with Lang Elliott
25:32
Lang Elliott, the mighty maven of bird sound in North America, talks about his inspiration and renowned work in recording nature sounds.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/-B01G3g6XA8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 20, 2007
Episode 9: A Conversation with Kenn Kaufman
28:18
Birding all-star Kenn Kaufman talks about his life with birds, his early days as a bird watcher, his latest field guides, the great Roger Tory Peterson, and the future of birding.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/zc-koqXs0P8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 01, 2007
Episode 8: A Five Hawk Experience
6:34
Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews bird artist Keith Hansen, who describes a mind-blowing hawk encounter outside of his Bolinas, California art studio.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/6O0XBvOQobo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 25, 2007
Episode 7: A Postcard from Tikal
13:54
Visiting Guatemala and the ancient Mayan city of Tikal, Host Bill Thompson, III, Julie Zickefoose, and Jeff Gordon discuss tropical birding and the birds of Tikal from the top of a Mayan temple.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/Yk9fjukYDAc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 22, 2007
Episode 6: The Perils and Pitfalls of Birding
46:12
Recorded from his live presentation at the Space Coast Birding Festival, Bill Thompson, III, reveals the humorous side of bird watching.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/WmelUhHZHLM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 06, 2007
Episode 5: Interview with Scott Weidensaul
23:37
Bill Thompson, III, interviews Scott Weidensaul.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/PbApiEWg_kA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 06, 2007
Episode 4: Return to Wild America by Scott Weidensaul
7:00
Author and naturalist Scott Weidensaul reads an excerpt from his book, “Return to Wild America.”<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/4HHjL8EKkzk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 06, 2007
Episode 3: Birding Technology, Part II
23:51
Bill Thompson, III, interviews naturalist Jeff Gordon, discussing technical trends in bird watching.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/djUvLpQsEpk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 06, 2007
Episode 2: Birding Technology, Part I
6:30
Bill Thompson, III, interviews naturalist Jeff Gordon at Bird Watch America.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/Xx658LcRKpg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 06, 2007
Episode 1: Letters from Eden, Julie Zickefoose
6:56
Artist, author, and naturalist Julie Zickefoose reads January Thaw, one of her winter essays from her new book, “Letters from Eden.”<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ThisBirdingLife/~4/pCo1CYg8qYQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 06, 2007