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Last October, a group of female birding friends gathered at Opossum Creek Retreat in Fayetteville, West Virginia, which is also the home of the New River Birding and Nature Festival each May (when there's not a pandemic happening in our world). They dubbed this gathering "Wonder Woman Weekend" and they spent time birding, talking, laughing, eating, and reconnecting to each other, to birds and nature, and to themselves. Regardless of your gender, we hope you'll enjoy this conversation between common—yet quite uncommon—Wonder Women, and we hope this message also encourages YOU during this global crisis that is affecting every person on our planet. Posted Wed, 25 Mar 2020.
Our New Podcast in 2020!
It's coming! BirdSense is a podcast for common-sense bird watchers seeking an uncommon experience. Our episodes will spotlight optics, destinations, products, gear, clothing, books, festivals, conservation projects, and anything birders want or need that enhances their birding lifestyle. Be the first to know when we officially launch our new podcast channel.
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.
While walking through a farm field, BWD columnist Julie Zickefoose made an alarming discovery: a red-tailed hawk, very much alive, entangled on a barbed wire fence. Her instinct, of course, was to rescue it. But how? Featured in the March/April 2020 issue of Bird Watcher's Digest. Posted Tue, 11 Feb 2020.