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Episode 66: Wonder Woman Weekend

Posted on Wed, 25 Mar 2020 | Episode Duration: 40 minutes, 32 seconds
Episode 66: Wonder Woman Weekend

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.

The group included women ranging in age from their 20s to their 60s, representing many diverse seasons of a woman's life. They are working moms, single women, married women, divorced women, widowed women, career women, stay-at-home-moms, grandmas, fur-moms with fur-babies, and everything in between.

They decided to record a conversation about the thing that brought them all together: BIRDING. Some of them have been birding for decades, while others have only been birding a short time. They talked about ways that birding has inspired them, and what birding has meant to them especially during the most difficult times in their lives.

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.

Episode 65: Sean Dooley: Saving Birds and Habitat in Australia

Posted on Wed, 19 Feb 2020 | Episode Duration: 56 minutes, 39 seconds
Episode 65: Sean Dooley: Saving Birds and Habitat in Australia

Sean Dooley is the National Public Affairs Manager for Birdlife Australia. His book, The Big Twitch, written in 2005, covers his 2002 attempt to break the Australian “Twitching” record by seeing more than 700 birds in a single year. He is the former record holder for Australian Big Year Twitching.

Sean lives in Melbourne, Australia, and has seen firsthand the devastating fires that Americans have been following with great concern in the media. According to Sean, the extent of loss is now 12.2 million hectares, which equates to more than 30 million acres—an area larger than the state of Pennsylvania!

Wendy Clark, president of Bird Watcher’s Digest and host of Out There with the Birds, met Sean in 2015, and they’ve been good friends since. Sean took time in January to talk with Wendy about what it’s like to be a conservationist in Australia at this critical time; how the birds and bird habitats are faring with the destruction; and most importantly, how Americans can provide real support for this country in crisis.

Episode 64: Eva Matthews Lark: Hog Island Audubon Camp

Posted on Thu, 2 Jan 2020 | Episode Duration: 36 minutes, 56 seconds
Episode 64: Eva Matthews Lark: Hog Island Audubon Camp

Join host Dawn Hewitt as she interviews Eva Matthews Lark, program director for Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine. Listen in as Dawn and Eva talk about the amazing birding experiences, natural history, and landscapes that Hog Island has to offer.

  • Complete Episode Listing
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 59: An Interview with Jason Ward
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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