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Episode #55: Big Events and Big News!

Posted on Thu, 23 May 2019 | Episode Duration: 33 minutes, 16 seconds
Episode #55: Big Events and Big News!

Expect big news in this episode of Out There with the Birds! Ben reflects on highlights from the New River Birding and Nature Festival in Fayetteville, West Virginia, an event that was near and dear to Bill Thompson, III. The area is the "Warbler Capital of the World" and one of the best hot spots on Earth for salamanders! Alvaro discusses the wonders of pelagic birding and provides preliminary results from the 2019 Global Big Day, a 24-hour event in which people around the world bird and report their sightings on eBird. Finally, changes are in store for Out There with the Birds: Ben introduces new co-host Raymond VanBuskirk, a birding superstar from New Mexico, an optics expert, co-owner of BRANT birding tours, and the new manager of Redstart Birding!

Episode #54: An Interview with Bill Thompson, III, Part II

Posted on Mon, 22 Apr 2019 | Episode Duration: 38 minutes, 42 seconds
Episode #54: An Interview with Bill Thompson, III, Part II

In part 2 of Ben's interview with BT3, published posthumously, Bill talks about his love of travel as a way of connecting with nature and people, as well as who some of his birding mentors were. Bill also talks about his love of music, what it means to him, and some of his more memorable birding adventures. Also hear Bill's thoughts on the evolution of birding and why he's hopeful about the next generation shaping the future of bird watching. We end with a recording of Bill singing one of his songs with his band, The Rain Crows.

Episode #53: An Interview with Bill Thompson, III, Part I

Posted on Tue, 09 Apr 2019 | Episode Duration: 23 minutes, 08 seconds
Episode #53: An Interview with Bill Thompson, III, Part I

This is part one of an exclusive two-part interview with Bill Thompson, III, long-time co-host of Out There With The Birds.

On March 25th, Bill passed away at the age of 57 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Shortly before his passing, Ben took some time to interview Bill about his life as a birder, magazine editor, and musician. In the first episode, Bill talks about his early years as a birder and the beginnings of Bird Watcher's Digest, a magazine founded by his parents, Elsa and Bill Thompson, Jr. The conversation then moves on to Bill's time with a New York City ad agency and how he made his way back to Ohio to join the family business and develop his writing career.

  • Complete Episode Listing
Episode 55: Big Events and Big News!
Episode 54: An Interview with Bill Thompson, III, Part II
Episode 53: An Interview with Bill Thompson, III, Part I
Episode 52: Traveling Birds and Birders
Episode 51: Travel Tips and the Intrigue of Corvids
Episode 50: The Wild World of Bird Behavior
Episode 49: Life is Full of Unexpected Turns
Episode 48: Back in My Own Backyard
Episode 47: Holiday Memories Good and Bad
Episode 46: The Birder in Winter (Wears Silk Long Johns, Apparently)
Episode 45: Ben's Backyard Bird Feeding Tutorial
Episode 44: Hooray for Bird Clubs and Feasts of Birdin'!
Episode 43: Live from Cape May, New Jersey!
Episode 42: Tips for Enhanced Birding Enjoyment
Episode 41: Live from the 2018 British Birdwatching Fair
Episode 40: Summer Fun & Games
Episode 39: Live From Outdoor Retailer
Episode 38: The Stoke is High
Episode 37: Go West Old Men!
Episode 36: Seek and Ye Shall Find (Or Maybe Not)
Episode 35: From Alaska to Maine and Everything in Between
Episode 34: Live at New River, Spring 2018
Episode 33: Spring Birding Festivals Overview
Episode 32: Meet the LeBron James of Birding Optics
Episode 31: Live from Pico Bonito, Honduras
Episode 30: All Hail the Timberdoodle
Episode 29: A Winter Birding Postcard From Florida
Episode 28: Bill & Ben's Global Big Year Challenge
Episode 27: Happy New Birding Year!
Episode 26: Winter Birding Rocks SO Hard!
Episode 25: Live From Whipple, Ohio
Episode 24: Oh the People, Birds, and Cheeses We'll Meet!
Episode 23: Have You Ever "Ben" to Costa Rica?
Episode 22: Big Sits, Big Years, and Big Ducks
Episode 21: Live From the American Birding Expo
Episode 20: Hurricanes, Birds, and People
Episode 19: Live From the Lord Nelson Pub
Episode 18: Birding the Borders
Episode 17: Smart, Social Birds and Things That Can Kill You
Episode 16: Birds As Symbols
Episode 15: Birds and Music
Episode 14: Live From Hog Island, Maine
Episode 13: Spring Migration Report
Episode 12: Live From New River
Episode 11: Live From Portugal
Episode 10: Traveling Birders and Bad TV Bird Sounds
Episode 9: Birding Mentors Like Chan Robbins
Episode 8: Big Days, Big Sits, and Musical Birds
Episode 7: Signs of Spring
Episode 6: Live From Tybee Island, Georgia
Episode 5: Live From the Florida Space Coast!
Episode 4: Live in Las Vegas!
Episode 3: Duck Stamps, Rare Birds, the Super Bowl of Birding, and Space Coast
Episode 2: Drama on the Tundra and Return from India
Episode 1: Winter Finches!

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