Episode 6: The Perils and Pitfalls of Birding
Recorded from his live presentation at the Space Coast Birding Festival, Bill Thompson, III, reveals the humorous side of bird watching.
6 Feb 2007
Episode 60: A Visit to the Cornell Lab
Join host Bill Thompson, III, on a visit to the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY and learn more about the Lab’s citizen science projects, bird conservation research, young birders outreach, and rich history of bird study.
7 Aug 2016
Episode 13: The Singing Life of Birds
Author Donald Kroodsma discusses the art and science behind listening to bird songs.
20 Mar 2008
Episode 35: The Snowy Owl Invasion
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!
13 Feb 2012
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Episode 3: Birding Technology, Part II
Bill Thompson, III, interviews naturalist Jeff Gordon, discussing technical trends in bird watching.
6 Feb 2007
Episode 34: The Birding Life of Greg Miller
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.
18 Nov 2011
Episode 51: Birding in Uganda, Part I
TBL host Bill Thompson, III, takes us along on the first part of a journey to Uganda in East Africa where he competed in the annual Birding Big Day in Murchison Falls National Park.
10 Jul 2015
Episode 41: The Past, Present, and Future of Birding Optics
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.
22 Mar 2013
Episode 4: Return to Wild America by Scott Weidensaul
Author and naturalist Scott Weidensaul reads an excerpt from his book, “Return to Wild America.”
6 Feb 2007
Episode 75: Snowy Owl Invasion with Scott Weidensaul
Owl expert Scott Weidensaul joins Bill for a discussion of this winter's invasion of snowy owls from the Arctic. Through Project SNOWstorm (co-founded by Scott), a volunteer field research program studying these magnificent, mostly white owls, we are learning a great deal about their behavior, population dynamics, natural history, and how they interact with us humans, and vice versa. Scott also shares his tips for watching a snowy owl respectfully, without disturbing it.
27 Dec 2017
Episode 38: Young Birders at the Hog Island Audubon Camp
Host Bill Thompson, III, speaks with five teenage campers about their experiences at the Hog Island Audubon Camp.
13 Aug 2012
Episode 20: iBird and the Evolution of the Digital Field Guide
Bill Thompson, III, talks with Mitchell Waite about iBird and the future of digital field guides in general.
22 May 2009
Episode 5: Interview with Scott Weidensaul
Bill Thompson, III, interviews Scott Weidensaul.
6 Feb 2007
Episode 52: Birding in Uganda, Part II
TBL host Bill Thompson, III, takes us along on the second part of his journey through Uganda, birding, trekking for chimpanzees and mountain gorillas, seeing lions, and encountering some of Uganda’s future birding guides. He even gets invited for an audience with an ambassador!
23 Oct 2015
Episode 87: Melissa Groo: Wildlife Biographer
Melissa Groo joins Bill to talk about her life and the late start she got to her amazing career as a “wildlife biographer.” Though she is most famous for her captivating bird and wildlife photographs, Melissa strives to convey more than that, capturing the personality, soul, and essence of her subjects in hopes of inspiring empathy from humankind for the plight of the natural world.
11 Dec 2018
Best of This Birding Life: Snowy Owl Invasion with Scott Weidensaul
TBL host Bill Thompson, III, will be away from the BWD home nest for a while. We hope soon to resume new episodes of the podcast we all know and love, but in the interim, we're taking a trip down memory lane and replaying some of the most popular episodes. In this episode from December 2017, owl expert Scott Weidensaul joins Bill for a discussion of the winter's invasion of snowy owls from the Arctic. Through Project SNOWstorm (co-founded by Scott), a volunteer field research program studying these magnificent, mostly white owls, we are learning a great deal about their behavior, population dynamics, natural history, and how they interact with us humans, and vice versa. Scott also shares his tips for watching a snowy owl respectfully, without disturbing it.
17 Jan 2019
Episode 28: The Bird Call Lady
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.
17 Sep 2010
Episode 76: Noah Strycker's World Big Year
Bill talks with Noah Strycker, self-described birdman and adventurer, who was the first person ever to see more than 6,000 bird species in a single, worldwide birding Big Year. Noah is the author of “Birding Without Borders,” which recounts his 2015 World Big Year.
24 Jan 2018
Episode 47: Sketches of Homer, Alaska
TBL Host Bill Thompson, III, shares audio recordings of some of the very fun and unusual events associated with the 2014 Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival held in Homer, Alaska.
11 Aug 2014
Episode 56: Champions of the Flyway, Part I
TBL Host Bill Thompson, III, examines the monumental conservation effort being undertaken to stop the illegal killing of birds along the Mediterranean flyway.
25 Feb 2016