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Episode 42: Jeffrey Kimball and Birders: The Central Park Effect

2013-05-29
Length: 43s

Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews Jeffrey Kimball, creator of the movie "Birders: The Central Park Effect."…

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Episode 41: The Past, Present, and Future of Birding Optics

2013-03-22
Length: 37s

Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews Stephen Ingraham, optics specialist from Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, about technology, photography, the Internet, and how he became known as an optics expert.…

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Episode 40: Optics-Buying Advice With Ben Lizdas, Part II

2012-11-28
Length: 28s

Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews Eagle Optics sales manager Ben Lizdas about prism types, considerations for nature-watching, and much more.…

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Episode 39: Optics-Buying Advice With Ben Lizdas, Part I

2012-10-12
Length: 21s

Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews Eagle Optics sales manager Ben Lizdas about the optics buying process, the questions customers ask about binoculars, how much to spend, choosing the right power, and much more.…

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Episode 38: Young Birders at the Hog Island Audubon Camp

2012-08-13
Length: 16s

Host Bill Thompson, III, speaks with five teenage campers about their experiences at the Hog Island Audubon Camp.…

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Episode 37: Birding the Hula Valley of Israel

2012-06-05
Length: 48s

Host Bill Thompson, III, talks with three of Israel's leading bird authorities about why this Mideast country is such a mecca for birds and for birders.…

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Episode 36: The Sounds of Spring at Indigo Hill

2012-04-23
Length: 11s

TBL host Bill Thompson, III, shares recordings of bird calls heralding the arrival of spring on Indigo Hill.…

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Episode 35: The Snowy Owl Invasion

2012-02-13
Length: 38s

TBL host Bill Thompson, III, and some birding companions take a trip to see a snowy owl and they get much more than they bargained for!…

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Episode 34: The Birding Life of Greg Miller

2011-11-18
Length: 58s

Greg Miller, an Ohio birder who served as inspiration for one of the characters in "The Big Year", tell the story of his own birding life.…

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Episode 33: An Interview with David Frankel

2011-10-05
Length: 18s

In this episode, TBL host Bill Thompson, III, interviews David Frankel, director of the movie "The Big Year."…

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Episode 32: Trekking for the Philippine Eagle

2011-08-25
Length: 17s

BWD editor Bill Thompson, III, reads his account of a trek to see the Philippine Eagle on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines.…

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Episode 31: An Interview with Michael Male

2011-06-14
Length: 41s

Bill Thompson, III, interviews Michael Male, one of the world's leading nature videographers.…

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Episode 30: Sophie Webb: Life at Sea

2011-02-23
Length: 35s

Bill Thompson, III, interviews Sophie Webb, an ornithologist/artist/author from California who spends much of each year at sea aboard an oceanic research vessel.…

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Episode 29: Nature in Iraq

2010-12-09
Length: 28s

Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews an Iraqi civil engineer and an American soldier about their shared interest in observing and restoring nature in the war-torn country of Iraq.…

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Episode 28: The Bird Call Lady

2010-09-17
Length: 22s

Host Bill Thompson, III, talks with Nicole Perretta a.k.a The Bird Call Lady about her ability to imitate the songs and calls of more than 130 species of birds.…

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Episode 27: Music and Birds: Jonathan Meiberg of Shearwater

2010-07-26
Length: 31s

Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews Jonathan Meiberg, a birder and leader of the indie-rock band Shearwater.…

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Episode 26: Voices of Guyana

2010-05-28
Length: 58s

Host Bill Thompson, III, journeys to Guyana and interviews Amerindian guides, ecotourism visionaries, international travel experts, and government officials about this world-class birding destination.…

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Episode 25: An Englishman in Florida

2010-02-16
Length: 22s

English birder Bo Beolens, the Fatbirder, recounts his first birding trip to Florida.…

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Episode 24: Birding in Panama

2009-12-09
Length: 29s

During an eight-day birding trip to Panama, Host Bill Thompson, III interviews traveling companions for experiences and impressions.…

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Episode 23: The Big Sit!

2009-11-12
Length: 20s

Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews participants in the 2008 Big Sit! held in the birding tower on his farm, Indigo Hill, in southeastern Ohio.…

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Episode 22: Snippets From a Life Gone to the Birds

2009-10-21
Length: 55s

Humorist Al Batt recounts his experiences with all aspects of the natural world at the 2009 Midwest Birding Symposium in Lakeside, Ohio.…

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Episode 21: Saving the Cebu Flowerpecker

2009-07-09
Length: 24s

Bill Thompson, III, talks with Lisa Marie Paguntalan about saving one of the rarest birds in the world.…

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Episode 20: iBird and the Evolution of the Digital Field Guide

2009-05-22
Length: 27s

Bill Thompson, III, talks with Mitchell Waite about iBird and the future of digital field guides in general.…

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Episode 19: Love and Death Among the Cranes

2009-04-08
Length: 16s

Julie Zickefoose reads her controversial column, "Love and Death Among the Cranes."…

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Episode 18: Phoebe and The Young Birder's Guide

2008-12-12
Length: 16s

Bill Thompson, III, interviews Phoebe Linnea Thompson, his daughter and co-author on The Young Birder's Guide to Birds of Eastern North America.…

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Episode 17: Adventures in Birding With Bryan Bland

2008-10-09
Length: 29s

Bill Thompson, III, asks birding tour leader Bryan Bland to recount his memorable travels to India and beyond.…

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Capsized by Rogue Wave

2008-08-28
Length: 17m 55s

Lisa White from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt reads an excerpt from All Things Reconsidered, by Roger Tory Peterson and edited by Bill Thompson, III.…

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Episode 16: Capsized by Rogue Wave

2008-08-28
Length: 17s

Lisa White from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt reads an excerpt from All Things Reconsidered, by Roger Tory Peterson and edited by Bill Thompson, III.…

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Episode 15: Birding the World With Victor Emanuel

2008-08-11
Length: 21s

Bill Thompson, III talks with Victor Emanuel and discusses his inspiration for creating a worldwide birding and nature tour company.…

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Episode 14: birdJam: a Revolution in Bird Identification

2008-05-07
Length: 15s

Bill Thompson, III talks with birdJam cofounders Jay Davis and Denese VanDyne about the origins and potential of birdJam.…

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The Singing Life of Birds

2008-03-20
Length: 26m 36s

Author Donald Kroodsma discusses the art and science behind listening to bird songs.…

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Episode 13: The Singing Life of Birds

2008-03-20
Length: 26s

Author Donald Kroodsma discusses the art and science behind listening to bird songs.…

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Paradise Lost

2008-01-17
Length: 15m 50s

Artist, author, and naturalist Julie Zickefoose reads Paradise Lost, an essay from her latest book, Letters from Eden.…

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Episode 12: Paradise Lost

2008-01-17
Length: 15s

Artist, author, and naturalist Julie Zickefoose reads Paradise Lost, an essay from her latest book, Letters from Eden.…

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Episode 11: Adventure on Rapa Nui

2007-10-19
Length: 10s

Tropical birding expert Alvaro Jaramillo took a side trip to Rapa Nui (Easter Island), which became one of the best experiences of his birding life.…

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Episode 10: A Conversation with Lang Elliott

2007-07-20
Length: 25s

Lang Elliott, the mighty maven of bird sound in North America, talks about his inspiration and renowned work in recording nature sounds.…

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Episode 9: A Conversation with Kenn Kaufman

2007-06-01
Length: 28s

Birding all-star Kenn Kaufman talks about his life with birds, his early days as a bird watcher, his latest field guides, the great Roger Tory Peterson, and the future of birding.…

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Episode 8: A Five Hawk Experience

2007-04-25
Length: 6s

Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews bird artist Keith Hansen, who describes a mind-blowing hawk encounter outside of his Bolinas, California art studio.…

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Episode 7: A Postcard from Tikal

2007-03-21
Length: 13s

Visiting Guatemala and the ancient Mayan city of Tikal, Host Bill Thompson, III, Julie Zickefoose, and Jeff Gordon discuss tropical birding and the birds of Tikal from the top of a Mayan temple.…

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Episode 1: Letters from Eden, Julie Zickefoose

2007-02-06
Length: 6s

Artist, author, and naturalist Julie Zickefoose reads January Thaw, one of her winter essays from her new book, Letters from Eden.…

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Episode 2: Birding Technology, Part I

2007-02-06
Length: 6s

Bill Thompson, III, interviews naturalist Jeff Gordon at Bird Watch America.…

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Episode 3: Birding Technology, Part II

2007-02-06
Length: 23s

Bill Thompson, III, interviews naturalist Jeff Gordon, discussing technical trends in bird watching.…

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Episode 4: Return to Wild America by Scott Weidensaul

2007-02-06
Length: 7s

Author and naturalist Scott Weidensaul reads an excerpt from his book, Return to Wild America.…

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Episode 5: Interview with Scott Weidensaul

2007-02-06
Length: 23s

Bill Thompson, III, interviews Scott Weidensaul.…

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Episode 6: The Perils and Pitfalls of Birding

2007-02-06
Length: 46s

Recorded from his live presentation at the Space Coast Birding Festival, Bill Thompson, III, reveals the humorous side of bird watching.…

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This Birding Life is a podcast from the folks at Bird Watcher's Digest. And like the magazine's content, the topics covered by This Birding Life range far and wide -- from the backyard to the tropics, from bird feeding to bird chasing, from authors reading from their books to birders talking about their "spark" bird. This Birding Life is guaranteed to make you think, laugh, and want to spend more time out there with the birds. It's all about this wonderful hobby we share: watching and enjoying wild birds. Welcome to This Birding Life!

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