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Did you know that Bird Watcher’s Digest leads bird watching tours for our friends and subscribers all around the world? Our Reader Rendezvous birding tours began in 2014 and quickly evolved into a beloved experience for our staff members, our magazine columnists, and our attendees. In this podcast episode, Kelly Ball and Wendy Clark continue reminiscing about past Reader Rendezvous, discuss how recent events changed as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, and give a glimpse of new and fun destinations to look forward to in 2022 and 2023! Posted Fri, 18 Jun 2021.
Episode 12: BirdBuddy: A State-of-the-art Feedercam
A camera that messages you when there’s an unusual bird at your feeder, identifies it for you, shows it to you, and asks if you want to photograph it? That's the BirdBuddy! It uses artificial intelligence to recognize birds, knows the "regulars," and texts you if it thinks there's a visitor you don't want to miss! The Bird Buddy was crowdfunded by more than 30,000 backers! Although this product is in production and not yet commercially available, it is destined to be a must-have by backyard birding addicts! In this episode, Dawn Hewitt, editor of Bird Watcher's Digest, discusses this revolutionary feedercam with BirdBuddy's co-creator Franci Zidar. This episode is sponsored by BirdBuddy.
Grab the Kleenex: This is the final episode that TBL host Bill Thompson, III, recorded before succumbing to pancreatic cancer on March 25, 2019. Bill interviews Mark S. Garland, a naturalist who has been sharing his enthusiasm for nature for over 40 years. He is also the 2019 recipient of the Paul Bartsch Award for Distinguished Contributions to Natural History. Bird Watcher’s Digest subscribers will recognize him as the author of “Birders Question Mark,” a Q&A column that has featured in the magazine since 2015. Mark reveals what sparked his interest in nature and birds early in life, and how it evolved throughout his lifetime. He ends with advice for aspiring naturalists: Be persistent, follow your heart, and in the end, it will all work out! Posted Thu, Aug 29 2019.
Black vultures are not known for their beauty, poise, manners, or hygiene. They should, however, be world famous for their brains. Columnist Julie Zickefoose regales readers with two stories of bird watchers who have had remarkable encounters with black vulture "families." Featured in the July/August issue of Bird Watcher's Digest. Posted Wed, 23 Jun 2021.