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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. Posted Wed, 15 Aug 2018.
Summer activities—both recent and upcoming—are the focus of this episode's discussion between Bill and Ben. They brag about their super-smart daughters and wonder how the apples could fall so far from the tree. They chat about Ben's upcoming canoe trip, the new issue of BWD, upcoming Reader Rendezvous, and about Bill's recent (amazing) baseball catch on national TV. Bill shares a music recommendation: American treasure John Prine. Posted Mon, 13 Aug 2018.
Some might consider it a pile of grass clippings. Columnist Julie Zickefoose calls it weed control. The birds consider it a comfortable place to relax and catch some rays. Not just birds, though: Mammals are drawn to the Grass Lounge, too. Featured in Bird Watcher's Digest September/October 2018. Posted Wed, 8 Aug 2018.