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In part 2 of Birding in Columbia, TBL host Bill Thompson, III, travels to the Caribbean lowlands near Camarones to visit additional sites along the Northern Colombia Birding Trail. We hear from three different Colombian guides as well as three of Bill's travel companions about the wonders (and challenges) of birding in Colombia. The origin of the vermilion cardinal's colorful plumage is explained by the mythology of the Wayuu People. And we hear the full and tragic birding origin story from guide Angel "Neke" Ortiz Menenses. Posted Mon, 16 Jul 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.