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Learn fun bird facts for your next happy hour! Perfect for newbie bird fans, long-time birders, and people who want to learn cool sh*t about birds—we're pretty sure that's you. Join Mo and Sarah for a casual (and very millenial) conversation about all things birding. You'll meet amazing birders, get the latest bird news, and hear lesser-discussed topics around birds and birdwatching. Rated R for "Ridiculously LOLOLOL-worthy."
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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 (
Bird Sh*t Podcast is officially one year old! Sarah and Mo have been talkin' birds, interviewing amazing birders, and sharing badass bird facts for 365 days. Thank you so much for listening and being a part of this adventure!To celebrate our "bird day," we're revisiting some of our favorite moments on the podcast from the last year. Plus, get behind-the-scenes insights into how we started Bird Sh*t and got to where we are today. Got a favorite Bird Sh*t moment not featured in this episode? Tell us about it! You can reach us at or find us on social media (@birdshitpodcast on Instagram or @birdshitpod on Twitter).EPISODES FEATURED IN THIS EPISODE#2: How to plan a birding trip (complete with blow-up dolls)#7: Amazing Bald Eagle facts to celebrate America's f*cking birthday (Independence Day)#11: The Birding World of Harry Potter with Laura Erickson#14: Mean Birds - Deadly Birds of DEATH#18: Learn spooky, creepy bird calls (and omens) for HalloweenBIRDS WE MENTION (in order)Mourning DoveRock PigeonAmerican GoldfinchHouse SparrowGray CatbirdNorthern FlickerCommon GrackleBlue JayBald EagleCommon RavenSouthern CassowaryEmuCorn CrakeSupport the show (
Stephanie Seymour has been a musician her whole life and an avid birder for the last 15 years. Her latest album, There Are Birds, brings together her love of birds and vast musical talents. Don't be fooled by the album's name: this is not an album of bird calls. It's an eclectic mix of pop and rock-and-roll, blended with lyrical birding stories from Stephanie's adventures.  Tune in to learn the stories behind Stephanie's bird-named songs, her inspiration for the album, and her work for the Hawk Migration Association of America. Plus, we share snippets of Stephanie's favorite songs during the episode!Got somethin' you wanna say to Sarah and Mo? Find us on Instagram and Twitter, or send us an email at!BIRD SHIT WE DISCUSSEDUSEFUL RESOURCESListen to Stephanie's awesome album, There Are BirdsHMANA: Hawk Migration Association of North America. Check it out!The Monterey Bay Birding Festival, Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival, and Acadia Birding Festival are among Stephanie’s favoritesBIRDS WE MENTION (in order)House SparrowRuby-crowned KingletAmerican RobinCommon LoonBald EagleYellow-headed BlackbirdBlue JayNorthern MockingbirdBlack-throated Blue WarblerRed-billed TropicbirdTufted TitmouseCarolina WrenRed-tailed HawkPileated WoodpeckerRose-breasted GrosbeakScarlet TanagerBlack-footed AlbatrossLong-eared OwlSupport the show (
When we first recorded this Spring Break episode, we didn't anticipate half the world being on COVID-19 lockdown. But now seems like as good of a time as any to take a mental vacation to the sunny regions of Mexico, Central America, and South America for some incredible birding!Learn about some of the coolest birds from the sunny south, including a "bat bird" that lives in caves and navigates via echolocation, the most un-heron-like-heron ever, and the largest, most powerful raptor in the Americas. Plus, Sarah and Mo discuss how they would've fared at MTV's TRL Spring Break back in the day. AAAAAND we release our first-ever Listener Droppings section of the podcast, featuring birding stories from listeners! WOO! This episode is definitely worth staying at home and listen to. P.S. - Shout out to Andrés Jiménez for recommending most of these birds to us! Muchas gracias! You can hear our interview with Andrés in episode 16. BIRD SHIT WE DISCUSSEDUSEFUL RESOURCESThe Peregrine Fund is doing great conservation work for birds of prey all around the worldBIRDS WE MENTION (in order)Franklin’s GullSnow GooseBoat-billed HeronHarpy EagleGolden EagleOcellated AntbirdWhite-tipped SicklebillWhooping MotmotBlue-throated MotmotOilbirdSupport the show (
Corina Newsome grew up in Philadelphia and has always had a desire to participate in, and advocate for, the protection of wildlife and natural spaces, and encourage people of color in the U.S. to explore the great outdoors. These days, you’ll catch her in Georgia marshes doing important conservation research for the MacGillivray's Seaside Sparrow. We were so psyched to talk with her and learn about all the incredible ways she walks the walk for environmental equality and access to wildlife opportunities for underrepresented demographics. Ask Corina about her own incredible array of accomplishments and she’ll refocus attention to the peers, communities, and institutions that support her vision. Ask about her own upbringing or experiences and she’ll redirect the question to how we can all help youth in low-income areas gain better access to the outdoors and career opportunities in wildlife. Corina is one of the rare people who understands that we all shine brighter if we focus our attention on helping others gain access to the wild. GET IT, GIRRRRRRL. BIRD SHIT WE DISCUSSEDUSEFUL RESOURCESCorina’s “Do Anything for the Count” parody video…SO FREAKIN’ GOOD YOU GUYS.Diversity in Action Magazine: a great magazine “dedicated to supporting and promoting diversity in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math”…definitely worth a read!Greening Youth Foundation: an incredible nonprofit that engages "underrepresented youth and young adults while connecting them to the outdoors and careers in conservation."Sarah is digging the book “Bird Sense” right nowFind Corina in all the places: Twitter, Instagram, and her websiteCorina’s favorite bird conservation group? The Audubon Society! They do incredible work in so many communities. BIRDS WE MENTION (in order)Blue JayAmerican AvocetAmerican CrowSeaside Sparrow Marsh WrenRoseate SpoonbillWood StorkPileated WoodpeckerKiwiSupport the show (
While counting down the days until spring migration, we might as well go full-out WINTER. Embrace your cold side and learn about some awesome birds that call the Arctic their home (for at least part of the year). Learn about: a bird that sprays stomach oil onto the wings of its enemies; an eagle with the widest wing span; a hoarding bird that’s used false teeth and catheters while nest-building; and a bird that flies 600 miles a day just two days after learning how to fly. Tell us what you’d like to hear on Bird Sh*t Podcast by dropping us a line at! You can also find us on Instagram (@birdshitpodcast) and Twitter (@birdshitpod).BIRD SHIT WE DISCUSSEDBIRDS WE MENTION (in order)Atlantic PuffinDovekieArctic TernCommon TernNorthern FulmarSouthern FulmarGreat ShearwaterNorthern GannetBlue-footed BoobySnow BuntingWhite-tailed EagleRuddy TurnstoneBlack TurnstoneSupport the show (
Grassland bird populations are declining more than any other bird group in North America. Rather than spaz out—our normal reaction to bad bird news—we had a conversation with Alyssa DeRubeis and felt a lot better about the work being done for grassland birds. Spoiler: there’s still hope for restored habitats. Alyssa grew up in Minnesota and started birding when she was five years old. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology, she earned her Master’s degree studying nesting and non-breeding birds in remnant and restored tallgrass prairies at the University of Arkansas. Tune in to learn a TON of cool stuff about grassland birds, their biggest threats, and what the future holds for these fragile birds. Plus, Alyssa shares tips on how to find bird nests (without disturbing birds) and shares one of the coolest birder-to-birder lifer stories we’ve ever heard. BIRD SHIT WE DISCUSSEDUSEFUL RESOURCESThe bird tattoo contest at the Biggest Week in American BirdingThe Breeding Bird Survey is a vital resource for understanding what’s happening to birds in North AmericaThe Nature Conservancy is doing great things for grassland bird habitat protection and restoration!BIRDS WE MENTION (in order)American RedstartGreat Gray OwlBarn OwlSedge Wren DickcisselNorthern CardinalIndigo BuntingEastern MeadowlarkBlack-Capped ChickadeeHenslow’s SparrowsWinter WrenBlackburnian WarblerScarlet TanagerRed-bellied WoodpeckerSnowy OwlSnow BuntingBald EagleAmerican RobinBarn SwallowRed-winged BlackbirdMarbled GodwitNorthern GoshawkCooper’s HawkBoreal OwlSupport the show (
Ever wonder what bird species your favorite characters from the hit TV series "The Office" would be? Wonder no more. In this episode, we correlate characteristics of different bird species to some of the rowdy bunch of characters from "The Office." Tune in to find out if we let Dwight be the Bald Eagle he thinks he is, why Stanley is the quintessential "lazy bird," and how the heck we determined the right bird for Michael. Since this is a new episode format, we'd love to know if you like this episode! Send us an email ( or find us on Twitter (@birdshitpod) and Instagram (@birdshitpodcast). We'd love to know what think...or if you want us to do this for other TV shows, books, movies. etc.!BIRD SHIT WE DISCUSSEDUSEFUL RESOURCESGoogle Street View Birding group on Facebook!BIRDS WE MENTION (in order)Bald EagleNorthern MockingbirdWoodhouse’s Scrub-JayCommon NightingaleNorthern ShrikeHorned LarkBrown-headed CowbirdGreat SkuaHerring GullRosy-faced LovebirdRed-headed WoodpeckerRed-winged BlackbirdSupport the show (
Some people think it's weird that many gifts in the "12 Days of Christmas" carol are birds. We're not those people...because BIRDS. Impress your friends and family this holiday season by spittin' some fun facts about the birds mentioned in this song—plus, a special Hannukah bird! You'll also get the lowdown on Audubon's 2019 Christmas Bird Count and how you can participate. This long-standing citizenry science event turns a whopping 120 years old this year! WOWOWOWOW. Plus, joining a CBC group near you is a great way for beginner birders to get a helping hand with identification. Check it out!Oh, we also share two fun and intriguing articles in "Birds in the News" that aren't about climate change destroying birds. Yay! Thanks to everyone who listened to Bird Sh*t Podcast in 2019. We'll see ya with our eyes to the skies in 2020!BIRD SHIT WE DISCUSSEDUSEFUL RESOURCESHanson’s “Snowed In” is the quintessential Christmas album. James Bond’s “Birds of the West Indies” Peterson Field GuideGet the info on the 2019 Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count taking place near you! BIRDS WE MENTION (in order)Rock PigeonAmerican Black DuckRed-legged Partridge (French Partridge)Gray PartridgeEuropean Turtle-DoveFaverolle (chicken breed)Eurasian BlackbirdAmerican RobinGraylag GooseMute SwanTrumpeter SwanRing=necked PheasantEuropean GoldfinchScarlet MacawNorthern CardinalBlue JayGreat TitBIRDS IN THE NEWSHappiest bird story of 2019: this 91-year-old Canadian man who has built 900+ birdhousesJames Bond was an ornithologist IRL. True story. (And RIP <3)Support the show (
We always hear how climate change impacts birds, but what does it feel like to *be* a bird living through this unfathomable change? Producer, songwriter, and filmmaker Ryan Moritz set out to answer this question. He’s spent the last five years filming, recording, and editing a work of art to help humans see today’s world through the eyes of birds. The final result was "Important Bird Opera": a migratory journey exploring "how climate change and other anthropocentric activities have altered the natural world."In this exclusive interview, Ryan takes you behind-the-scenes of “Important Bird Opera.” Hear about his travels to film birds in Important Bird Areas, how he collaborated with poet Anjuli Raza Kolb for the opera’s libretto, and the personal birding experiences that inspired this one-of-a-kind work of art. Ryan’s “Important Bird Opera” premiered on New York City’s Governors Island in the summer of 2019 at the end of his artist-in-residency program with the NYC Audubon Society. Climate change is scary stuff, but Ryan’s work gives us hope—for the planet and for birds everywhere. BIRD SHIT WE DISCUSSEDUSEFUL RESOURCESWatch “Important Bird Opera” by Ryan Moritz!The Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor…check it out!Scott Weidensaul’s “Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds” >> A book about bird migration that inspired Ryan’s “Important Bird Opera”Farid ud-din Attar’s poem, “The Conference of The Birds,” which inspired Kola’s poem “Unflocked Heart” (the libretto for “Important Bird Opera”)In NYC? Check out Governors Island!BIRDS WE MENTION (in order)Great Horned OwlBald EagleWild TurkeyTurkey VultureSteller’s JayCommon RavenLaysan AlbatrossSandhill CraneAmerican RobinEurasian HoopoeYellow-Crowned Night-HeronSupport the show (
You know how everyone is always talking about the cool rare birds they've seen? Time to shut up the haters with these amazing facts about common birds. We believe that all birds should be appreciated every why not learn more about the birds we see every day? This episode covers lesser-known facts about common songbirds found in both urban and rural environments. Also, learn how zebra finches are learning songs via light-pulse transmissions (?!) and the unique dual-breeding patterns of a western North American flycatcher. It's all here in "Birds in the News!"Got something you want us to talk about? Want to give us some feedback? Send us an email at!DON'T FORGET to buy your exclusive Bird Sh*t Podcast t-shirt....available for a limited time only!BIRDS WE MENTION (in order)Bald EaglePeregrine FalconTurkey VulturesZebra FinchPhainopepla FlycatcherNorthern CardinalStellar's Sea-EagleShoebill American RobinRed-Winged BlackbirdCommon GrackleHouse FinchEuropean StarlingHouse SparrowSupport the show (
Ever wonder who the people are that named the birds named after people? Well, we wondered about it and decided to do some research. This isn't a collection of hum-drum stories about old white dudes. That's not how we roll. We uncovered tantalizing ornithological tales for your podcasting enjoyment. What you can expect: meet Napoleon Boneapart's not-as-terrible nephew, a weird uncle-niece love affair dripping in research scandal, the saucy poem that catapulted Alexander Wilson's bird research, and more juicy stories! Plus, "Birds in the News" is back with some birdy news! Researchers provide insights as to why parrots throw their food, "state birds" that may no longer have habitats in the states honoring them, and a roaming Steppe Eagle shattering researchers' phone bills. BIRD SHIT WE DISCUSSEDUSEFUL RESOURCESAudubon’s Climate Action Guide! Check it out and help save birds!More info on the Linnean Society: the world’s oldest active biological societyBIRDS WE MENTION (in order)ParrotsAmerican RobinBrown ThrasherPurple FinchCommon LoonCalifornia QuailAmerican GoldfinchRuffed GrouseSteppe EagleCooper’s HawkWilson’s WarblerWilson’s SnipeWilson’s Storm-PetrelWilson’s PhalaropeWilson’s PloverBonaparte’s GullBonaparte’s NightjarBonaparte’s ParakeetHighland TinamouSwainson’s ThrushSwainson’s HawkSwainson’s WarblerMountain ChickadeeLady Amherst’s PheasantForest OwletAfghan SnowfinchBIRDS IN THE NEWSParrots throw their food. Here’s (maybe) why. Lots of “state birds” could lose their homes in their honoring states. Steppe Eagle drives up researchers' roaming data.Support the show (
Pack an extra pair of pants because we're playing scary bird calls for our Halloween episode! Play these creepy bird calls at your Halloween party or listen to them late at night when you can't sleep. (Don't worry, it's totally normal.)In addition to learning scary bird calls, you'll hear real-life horror stories about zombies and blood-sucking vampires in the bird world. If that's not enough spooky stuff for you, we also reveal scary bird omens and legends from around the world. You won't look at ravens the same way ever again...and we've got a feeling you'll rid your house of any peacock feathers, too. Tune in to find out why!BIRD SHIT WE DISCUSSEDUSEFUL RESOURCESAll bird calls in this episode are copyrighted recordings from The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The copyrights for all the bird calls belong to their respective owners, who graciously shared them with the Macaulay Library database; we do not own the recordings in this episode. Thank you! Our source for the bird omens and legends.BIRDS WE MENTION (in order)Common LoonBarn OwlLaughing KookaburraCommon PotooCorn CrakeGreat TitEuropean Pied FlycatcherVampire Ground-FinchBlue-footed BoobyAmerican CrowSparrowsSwallowsIndian PeafowlEuropean StonechatCommon RavenBIRDS IN THE NEWSIt’s old news, but here’s all about that rogue Corn Crake that showed up in New York (despite the fact that it’s supposed to only migrate between Europe and Africa)Here’s more info about that Great Tit vs. European Pied Flycatcher situation that’s occurring due to climate changeOTHER COOL SH*TMiyazaki’s Kodama forest spirits (not super scary but def super cool)Support the show (
You asked, "how can I help birds?" We said, "HELL YES LET'S HELP SOME BIRDS." Turns out, there are some very, very simple things you can do to help birds everywhere have a better chance of surviving. From your daily cup of coffee to just appreciating the birds near you, we cover eight easy things you can do every day for your feathered friends. Want to go the extra mile? We know you do. That's why we also discuss eight MORE things you can do to really level-up your love of birds. COME AT US, BRO.Share how you help birds by reaching out to us at or following along on Instagram (@birdshitpodcast). We'd love to hear from you!BIRD SHIT WE DISCUSSEDUSEFUL RESOURCESSign up for The Skimm if you’re into sassy millennial takes on world events.EASY WAYS TO HELP BIRDSHelp a bird that hits a window: this is Laura Erickson’s advice on what to do!Feather-friendly tape helps birds avoid window collisions.Bird feeder recommendations to feed your feathered friends.Drink Smithsonian-approved, bird-friendly coffee!Keep your kitties inside (or get a dope catio).Educate or work with feral cat organizations in your community.Drive slowly so birds can react to you.Appreciate the birds you see around you every day!BIGGER WAYS TO HELP BIRDSJoin the Audubon Society (or a local Audubon chapter near you)Go on walks with a local birding group.Add native plants to your yard (here’s how to do that)Volunteer for a bird rehabilitation organization near you.Participate in habitat restoration or natural area clean-ups! Literally, like, any new habitat helps.Count some birds on Global Big Day! (Psst: the “fall edition," called October Big Day, is on October 19, 2019!)Track the birds you see on eBird.Support legislation that benefits birds: your vote COUNTS!DONATE TO THESE RAD ORGANIZATIONS:Cornell Lab of OrnithologyBird Conservation AllianceHawk Mountain Native Songbird Care aSupport the show (
Andrés Jiménez, a biologist and conservation advocate, has found a snowy owl in downtown Toronto, searched for snakes all across Costa Rica, and rediscovered a toad species that was missing for 30 years. His 9-5 job is leading urban birding programs for Bird Studies Canada, the largest Canadian non-profit dedicated to birds. You don't want to miss out on his remarkable stories of the natural world, ranging from his native Costa Rica to his current Canadian outpost.  BIRD SHIT WE DISCUSSEDUSEFUL RESOURCESAndrés’ Udemy course, “Finding Birds and Happiness.” Don’t forget to use the code BIRDSHIT to get the course for only $15! Learn more about Bird Studies Canada: the remarkable organization where Andrés works (the largest bird-related charity in Canada!)The Feminist Birdwatching Club is awesome! They have many local chapters, so check it out if you want to join them. BIRDS WE MENTION (in order)Wild TurkeysChimney SwiftRed-winged BlackbirdIndigo BuntingBlackburnian WarblerAndean CondorCanada WarblerCanada GooseTennessee WarblerWhimbrelBudgerigar (Budgie; Parakeet)Blue JayNorthern CardinalRuby-throated HummingbirdSnowy OwlSpectacled OwlViolet SabrewingWhite-breasted NuthatchScarlet TanagerYellow-Billed CuckooGray CatbirdPeregrine FalconSupport the show (
These birds are not like the others in their scientific families. Meet some fascinating birds defying their taxonomy or going through some kind of weird identity crisis. A parrot that lives in the mountains?! A songbird without a song?! Learn about these birds and others in this week's episode.Plus, a mixed bag of "good news, bad news" in Birds in the News.BIRD SHIT WE DISCUSSEDUSEFUL RESOURCESMerlin Bird ID: super easy (and free!) way to ID birds in the wild!Learn more about why ducks have corkscrew penises and puzzle vaginas BIRDS WE MENTION (in order)WarblersBlackpoll WarblerWandering AlbatrossAmerican DipperMallardEvening GrosbeakHoatzinNew Zealand KeaTurkey VultureBald EagleNorthern HarrierBIRDS IN THE NEWSImpress your dorm room friends (and regular friends) with your Bird Song Hero skillzPesticides and migrating birds don’t mix wellBlackpoll Warblers: MIGRATION CHAMPIONSSupport the show (
Turns out that birds are just as pissed about the changes to the Endangered Species Act as we are. In this episode, we highlight birds who fight back and give humans a taste of their own medicine. GO BIRDS, GO!! Note: if we're being real, these birds don't seek out people to kill or thirst for human blood. But some people have been killed or injured by birds, namely because the human victim was threatening a bird, getting too close, or encroaching upon an aggressive species' territory. Consider this podcast episode your warning to not be stupid...and bask in the majestic glory that is BIRDS.USEFUL RESOURCESBird Studies Canada: Doing great work for birds in Canada!Toronto Ornithological Club: hotspots to bird in Toronto!Technoparc Montréal: where our new friend, Alyssa, took us birdingBIRDS WE DISCUSSED (in order)Least BitternSnowy OwlBald Eagle (including our favorite Bald Eagle that almost attacked Trump)Southern CassowaryRing-Necked PheasantWild TurkeyPenguinsEmuCommon OstrichLamb (Bearded) VultureBarred OwlGreat Horned OwlLoggerhead ShrikeAustralian MagpieOTHER COOL SH*TReply All (Mo’s other favorite podcast *cough*)Chris Pratt taming southern cassowaries…uh, velociraptors. Apparently this is what happens on an emu farmSupport the show (
We first reached out to birding expert Laura Erickson to talk about the birds of Harry Potter (check out episode 11!). This episode—the second half of our conversation with her—is filled with her inspirational perspective on life, relatable observations about birding as a hobby, and stories you really have to hear from her in order to believe them. Laura’s been watching birds since 1953, but it took two decades and several spark birds (which we’ll discuss) to get out there birding. She’s written more than a dozen books about birds, including National Geographic’s Pocket Guide to the Birds of North America, the American Birding Association’s Field Guide to Birds of Minnesota, and the one she considers most important, 101 Ways to Help Birds. Laura is the first—and, regrettably, only—woman to win the American Birding Association’s highest honor: the Roger Tory Peterson Award for Promoting the Cause of Birding. If you stick around until the end of this episode, you’ll also learn why she’s the self-proclaimed Queen of Bird Shit, which we totally agree with. USEFUL RESOURCESLaura's amazing website (DUH), including the 101 Ways to Help BirdsThe rehab center that took care of Archimedes the Eastern Screech-Owl: Back to the Wild Wildlife Rehabilitation CenterRobert Nero's book on Great Gray OwlsJennifer Ackerman's brilliant book, The Genius of BirdsLaura's favorite birding guide, The Golden GuideImprove your warbler identification—and songs!—with The Warbler GuideGet yo'self some bird-friendly, Smithsonian-certified COFFEEBIRDS WE MENTIONED (IN ORDER)Eastern Screech-Owl (Laura's owl!)Northern GoshawksSharp-shinned HawkGreat Horned OwlBlack-Capped ChickadeeAmerican RobinGreat Gray OwlWoodhouse's Scrub-JayHouse SparrowRock PigeonNorthern CardinalBlue JayOvenbirdYellow WarblerChestnut-sided WarblerAmerican Redstart<Support the show (
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