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Episode 102: An Interview with Katie Fallon

Posted on Fri, 8 Oct 2021 | Episode Duration: 58 minutes, 10 seconds
Episode 102: An Interview with Katie Fallon

In this episode of Out There with the Birds, Bird Watcher’s Digest editor Dawn Hewitt interviews Katie Fallon. Katie is author of two acclaimed books, Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird; and Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird; and two acclaimed books for children. She’s also writes for Bird Watcher’s Digest, penning the WINGBEATS column in two issues each year. She is also a co-founder of the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, a bird rehabilitation facility that takes in hundreds of ill or injured birds every year. In that capacity, she also cares for numerous non-releasable birds, including vultures, hawks, and even a peregrine falcon, which provide her with personal knowledge and insights most birders can’t even imagine.

Episode 101: Transitions and Trends in the American Birding Community

Posted on Fri, Sep 17, 2021 | Episode Duration: 1 hour, 17 minutes, 34 seconds
Episode 101: Transitions and Trends in the American Birding Community

Jeffrey Gordon is the president of the American Birding Association, a position he has held since late 2010. Jeff is also a well-known writer, photographer, tour leader, and naturalist and a former Field Editor for Bird Watcher's Digest. He is a frequent speaker and field trip leader at various birding and nature festivals. Jeff recently joined Out There with the Birds host Wendy Clark in a conversation about transitions and trends in the American birding community, and how the American Birding Association is faring during the COVID-19 pandemic. Join Jeff and Wendy now as they talk about all things birds, birders, and birding on this episode of Out There with the Birds.

Episode 100: Ornitherapy, Part II

Posted on Fri, Sept. 3, 2021 | Episode Duration: 42 minutes, 15 seconds
Episode 100: Ornitherapy, Part II

Host Wendy Clark continues her interview with Holly Merker, Richard Crossley, and Sophie Crossley to discuss their new book, Ornitherapy: For Your Body, Mind, and Soul, published by Crossley Books. This is a different kind of birding book that teaches you how to use birds and birding to promote mindfulness, peace, and healing in your everyday life.

Richard Crossley is an internationally acclaimed birder, photographer, and award-winning author of The Crossley ID Guide series. Born in Yorkshire, England, he’s also lived in Japan, and birded worldwide before settling down in Cape May, New Jersey—because of the birds. Richard also co-founded the global birding initiative Pledge to Fledge, Race4Birds and The Cape May Young Birders Club. He served on the board of directors at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. He has contributed to most major birding publications, is frequently heard on radio, and is a sought-after public speaker.

Holly Merker has a background in art therapy, but today employs birds and nature toward the same goals of wellbeing in her work as an environmental educator and birding guide. Holly has worked as a professional birding instructor for National Audubon, the American Birding Association, and many other organizations. She also co-founded the Frontiers in Ornithology Association, she has been state coordinator/reviewer for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird Pennsylvania since 2005 and was a two-term voting member of the PA Ornithological Records Committee, as well as the committee chairperson.

Sophie Crossley, daughter of Richard Crossley, started her writing career at an early age with a publication in Ranger Rick magazine at 11 years old, and continued on to pursue a degree in communication studies and marketing from The College of New Jersey. Her first published book is Ornitherapy: For Your Mind, Body, and Soul, although she previously contributed to The Crossley ID Guide: Waterfowl. An avid nature and wellness enthusiast, she aspires to cultivate better wellbeing and environmental consciousness through practices such as Ornitherapy, freediving, and mindfulness.

  • Complete Episode Listing
Episode 101: Trends in the American Birding Community
Episode 100: Ornitherapy, Part II
Episode 99: Ornitherapy, Part I
Episode 98: How Birding Saved My Life
Episode 97: An Interview with Julie Zickefoose
Episode 96: Reader Rendezvous Part III
Episode 95: Reader Rendezvous Part II
Episode 94: Reader Rendezvous Part I
Episode 93: An Interview with Mark Garland
Episode 92: An Interview with Scott Weidensaul
Episode 91: New River Birding & Nature Festival
Episode 90: Bruce Wunderlich, Master of BirdTography
Episode 89: Spotted Owl Conservation with Ryan Wickiser
Episode 88: Alvaro Jaramillo, the Bird ID Guru
Episode 87: An Interview with Pete Dunne
Episode 86: A Look Back at 2020, Part 2
Episode 85: A Look Back at 2020, Part 1
Episode 84: An Interview with Jen Hajj
Episode 83: An Interview with Ben Lizdas
Episode 82: An Interview with Al Batt
Episode 81: The Terra Project
Episode 80: An Interview with Paul Baicich
Episode 79: The Birding Co-Op
Episode 78: An Interview with Dr. David Bird
Episode 77: The Global Bird Weekend
Episode 76: An Interview with George Armistead
Episode 75: An Interview with Christina Baal
Episode 74: Wendy's All-Women's Birding Tour in Colombia
Episode 73: LGBTQ Birders of North America
Episode 72: Interview with David Lindo
Episode 71: The NEW Zeiss Victory SF 8×32 Binocular
Episode 70: Jerry Liguori, Raptor Man, Part 2
Episode 69: Jerry Liguori, Raptor Man, Part 1
Episode 68: Observing Nesting Urban Owls with Chris Brinkman
Episode 67: The Perils and Pitfalls of Editing a Birding Magazine
Episode 66: Wonder Woman Weekend
Episode 65: Sean Dooley: Saving Birds and Habitat in Australia
Episode 64: Eva Matthews Lark: Hog Island Audubon Camp
Episode 63: British Invasion Series: The Last Hurrah!
Episode 62: British Invasion Series: An Interview with Stephen Moss
Episode 61: British Invasion Series: An Interview with Jim Lawrence
Episode 60: Introducing the British Invasion Series! An Interview with John Cox
Episode 58: Julie Zickefoose and Saving Jemima: Life and Love with a Hard-Luck Jay
Episode 57: Introducing Two New Hosts: Wendy Clark and Dawn Hewitt, Part II
Episode 56: Introducing Two New Hosts: Wendy Clark and Dawn Hewitt, Part I
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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