Viruses are an integral part of nature, and Dr. Robert David Siegel walks us through how viruses fit into a broader ecological landscape. … More #72: The Nature of Viruses with Dr. Robert David Siegel
Have you ever wondered how bird banding works? How the birds are captured, safely handled, and released? And why is it done at all?
Common Yellowthroat, photo courtesy Katie LaBarbera
Thanks to Dr. Katie LaBarbera, Science Director for the Land Bird Program at SFBBO, we have you covered. … More #69: Behind the Scenes of Bird Banding with Dr. Katie LaBarbera of the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory
Summary Today we dive into the captivating world of Sandhill and Whooping Cranes with wildlife biologist Bethany Ostrom from the Crane Trust. These majestic birds have a rich history, with fossil records showing them to be some of the oldest modern birds. Today, they continue to amaze us by congregating in massive numbers along their … More #67: Ancient Birds and Modern Migrations – Sandhill and Whooping Cranes with Bethany Ostrom
Summary There are probably few better ways to learn about raptors, raptor behavior and migration, and identification than a hawk count! My guest today, Allen Fish, Director of the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, tells us all about their hawk count and banding operation, as well as some of the fascinating projects and partners that connect … More #57: Allen Fish – Raptor Migration from Hawk Hill
Summary My guest today is Denise Lewis, Director of Programs and resident raptor expert at Fontenelle Forest in Bellevue, Nebraska. Today Denise gives me a tour of the Raptor Woodland Refuge, which is an incredible public facility at the forest. Just envision this – a densely wooded hillside with an elevated boardwalk. But every 10 … More #55: Denise Lewis – Raptors of the Raptor Woodland Refuge
I try not to look at my podcast stats too closely, but do keep an eye on trends and outliers. And in case you missed it, the episode I did with Cricket Raspet and Allen Fish on field guides was an outlier – in a good way! It was a top 3 episode for both … More More Field Guides from Cricket, Allen, and Michael!
Summary Warning – listen to this episode at your own risk! If you aren’t careful, you may find yourself out a few hundred dollars. Why? Today we’re talking field guides, you know, the books and apps that help you identify, find and learn about all kinds of amazing creatures. There are so many amazing field … More #47: Field Guide to Field Guides with Cricket Raspet, Allen Fish, and Michael Hawk
Since it is the time of the year where people struggle to come up with useful gifts for their naturalist and birder friends, I thought I’d lend a hand. This is a list of every book, documentary, and product recommended or mentioned by my podcast guests. And full disclosure – yes, many of these are … More Every Book and Product Recommended by my Podcast Guests
Summary My guest in this episode is Dr. Andrew Farnsworth. Andrew is a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Avian Population Studies at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and has a BS in Natural Resources from Cornell University, MS in Zoology from Clemson University, and PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell. Andrew … More #33: Dr. Andrew Farnsworth – Predicting Bird Migrations with BirdCast
Summary My guests today are Scott Whittle and Mike Lanzone of Project Terra and Cellular Tracking Technologies. Scott is a bird expert and author. His passion for the natural world has led to co-authoring The Warbler Guide, the Warbler Guide App, and contributing to the Birdgenie bird song identification app. Scott Whittle Mike is a … More #22: Project Terra – Wildlife Tracking in Your Own Backyard with Scott Whittle and Mike Lanzone