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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. Posted Thu, 2 Nov 2017.
Just returned from yet another trip to Costa Rica, Ben spares a few minutes from his travels to chat with Bill about umbrellabirds, sunbitterns, pearl kites, U.S. birder demographics, birder types, the joys of guiding casual novice birders, and the time his mother-in-law got busted trying to smuggle cheese internationally. The boys also talk about upcoming Reader Rendezvous adventures in Florida and Colorado. Finally, Bill has a throw-back musical recommendation: Squeeze: Singles 45's and Under. Posted Tue, 21 Nov 2017.
Dropping temperatures and shortening days send columnist Julie Zickefoose into digging and storing—mostly flowering plants, relocated into her tiny greenhouse. “I require twinkly lights, gardenias, and tuberoses to make it through the winter.” Featured in Bird Watcher's Digest November/December 2017. Posted Tue, 17 Oct 2017.