Thursday, April 09, 2009

This Birding Life: Episode 19!

The opening spread of the "True Nature" column from the Nov/Dec 2008 issue of Bird Watcher's Digest.

The latest episode of my podcast, This Birding Life, is now available for your downloading or streaming pleasure in Podcast Central on the Bird Watcher's Digest website.

This one, Episode 19: Love & Death Among the Cranes, is a bit controversial.

When Julie Zickefoose wrote about the hunting of sandhill cranes in her "True Nature" column for BWD last December, the column generated a LOT of reader feedback. Some people were pleased—others were, well, angry—in fact, the column set records for the amount of letters, e-mails, and comments it generated.

I invite you to listen to Julie reading her column in this new episode of This Birding Life. And I encourage you to come back here to comment about the subject of the podcast.

As always, the podcast is available for free and in two formats: MP3 (audio only) and M4a (enhanced audio with images). You can download it from Podcast Central or from Apple's iTunes store, in the podcast section.

This Birding Life's page in the iTunes Store Podcast section.

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At 7:08 PM, OpenID John Riutta said...

Hooray! I really enjoyed Julie's article and eagerly await listening to this latest episode of your fine podcast.

At 3:31 PM, Anonymous John Rakestraw said...

Whatever one's opinion of the pros and cons of hunting, there are unacceptable risks involved with hunting Sandhill Cranes. I know of at least three Whooping Cranes that have been shot, or shot at, in Kansas since that state opened a season on Sandhills.

At 9:17 PM, Blogger Julie Zickefoose said...

Wish I'd thought to mention that in the article, John. Thanks for that observation. With the recent high mortality in whooping cranes, the collateral kill (Hey, is that huge white one OK to shoot?) is unacceptable. I know hunters are required to take a test online in many states to see if they can tell a whooping crane from a sandhill, but I guess that's not sufficient to ensure they can. Or that they care. Or that they won't get excited and shoot anyway.


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