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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
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
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.