March 30, 2020
In this episode Nate and I talk about his early birding years in the Tacoma area with his older brother Chris, his early photography on a birding trip to South Africa, and his progression from birding into becoming a professional nature photographer and photography tour leader. It's a fun story, and I think you'll enjoy hearing about Nate's career and travels.
You can follow Nate on facebook @ChappellPhoto or at his web site http://www.trogontours.net/
The Tahoma Audubon Society that Nate mentions has lots of field trips as well as having a Christmas Bird Count. You can find theim at https://www.tahomaaudubon.org/
Be sure to check out my web site Bird Banter
Until next time. Good birding and good day.
March 5, 2020
Lane Epps and Corrie Fulsom-O’Keefe Episode Podcast notes
On the Bird Banter Podcast Episode #51 I talk with two women who have maintained and nourished a long-time and long-distance birding relationship. They actually used a recent episode of this podcast to help plan a birding trip to the Lower Rio Grande Valley, and interestingly on that podcast two of my best birding buddies and I talk about our trip. I hope you enjoy the episode.
Lane works with the Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge, and here is a link to their website. http://www.btnwildlife.org/
Here is a link to the Brookline Birding Club website https://www.brooklinebirdclub.org/ This is the club that hosted the bird walk in the Boston Gardens where Land and Corrie first birded together.
Here is a link to the Bombay Hook NWR site mentioned in the episode https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Bombay_Hook/
Until next time, good birding and good day!
March 5, 2020
In The Bird Banter Podcast Episode #50 Nathanael Swecker and I talk about his extensive experiences birding on the huge military post in Tacoma, Joint Base Lewis McChord, about his bird banding at the Morse Preserve, his work with the Tahoma Audubon Society where he is serving at the current president, and about his experience as an openly gay birder. He is an exceptionally engaging and articulate guest, and I think you'll enjoy his story.
You will find more details about this episode on the associated blog post on BirdBanter.com
February 17, 2020
I got home from Texas this week, the next day chased and found a lingering Siberian Accentor in Cowlitz County for a new Washington State bird to me, and now sit down to reminisce about the trip to the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas. I talk briefly about my time with Ken and Bruce, but mostly about stretching myself, leading a trip of 11 people to the valley, far outside my past trip-leading experience and off my home turf. It worked out pretty well. I had fun and I think the others did too. We saw some cool birds, new places, and everyone got through it without undue stress or major problems.
You can read more about the trip on the Birdbanter.com blog, or on the trip report on the ABC Birding Club website.
Thanks for listening.
Good birding. Good day!
February 6, 2020
I’ve been in the LRGV now for almost 2 weeks, and am starting to feel like I can find my way around. I am also starting to meet some of the local birders, and today was able to meet with Mary Gustafson. I
learned that Mary and I have at least one thing in common. Ken Brown was helpful to us in our earlier birding days. When Mary was at UPS Ken often took her out locally birding. You can hear Ken's birding story in episode #2.
Mary is a top national birder, and has lived in the Lower RGV for about 15 years. She has been a trip guide here, has a long resume as an ornithologist working around the country and abroad, and was really fun to meet and talk with today.
She mentions that she worked at the National Bird Banding Center, and here is a link to their website. https://www.usgs.gov/centers/pwrc/science/bird-banding-laboratory?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects
She mentions Peter Pyle’s two tome book used by bird banders and museum curators for bird ID, aging, etc. Here is a link to that on amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Identification-Guide-North-American-Birds/dp/0961894024 This is part 1, part 2 is easy to find also.
Here is the web site for the National Butterfly Center. https://www.nationalbutterflycenter.org/
Be sure to check out BirdBanter.com blog for more info, photos, etc.
Follow @birdbanter on Facebook and @birdbanter on twitter. My error on the podcast, I changed my twitter handle from @dredpullen to @birdbanter.
Good birding. Good day!
January 30, 2020
On episode #47 I talk with Ryan Rodriguez at his Dad, at the office of his Dad and primary birding chauffeur Victor Rodriguez. Ryan learned to read at age 4 by studying the Sibley Guide to the Birds of North America for a full summer. He is an avid birder, Young Birder of the Year contest participant, and a wonderful guest on the Bird Banter Podcast. Enjoy.
Check out the associated Bird Banter Blog Post for more information and photos of and about Ryan.
Please leave comments, reviews, and contact me on the Bird Banter website contact page if you have suggestions for additional guests or topics.
Good Birding and Good Day!
January 25, 2020
We record Episode #46 after our 8th consecutive long day of birding in the lower Rio Grande Valley of south Texas, and Ken and Bruce were gracious enough to talk with me about our time here. To learn more about Ken and Bruce's birding story and our times birding together check out two of my earliest episodes @2 with Ken Brown and #3 with Bruce LaBar. I think you'll enjoy both of them.
During this episode we explored much of the valley, and it is far too much for podcast notes to discuss here. Check out the Bird Banter blog at http://birdbanter.com/index.php/category/thebirdbanterpodcastblog/ for a more thourough report.
Here is a link to the World Birding Center site: http://www.theworldbirdingcenter.com/
Please leave a review and rating on whatever platform you get your podcast feed from, and until next time.
Good birding. Good day!