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The Bird Banter Podcast Episode #66 with Andrew Emlen

The Bird Banter Podcast Episode #66 with Andrew Emlen

July 3, 2020

Andrew took me out birding in Wahkiakum County, WA and we recorded this episode after a great day of birding.  We talk about the Alcyon Farm, his home and wonderful natural area, birding in Wahkiakum County, his Skamokawa Swamp Opera band, his Sea Kayak Business, the history of steemboats on the Columbia River, and more. He is a fabulously talented and interesting person.  
Here is a link to the facebook page of the Skamokawa Swamp Opera

and here is a link to Columbia River Kayaking. 

Read and see lots more at The Bird Banter Blog. 

Until next time. Good birding and Good Day!

The Bird Banter Podcast Episode #65 with Thomas O’Donnell

The Bird Banter Podcast Episode #65 with Thomas O’Donnell

June 25, 2020

Patrick O’Donnell is my guest on Episode #65 of The Bird Banter Podcast and we talk about all things birding in Costa Rica. Patrick lives in San Jose, Costa Rica, is a guide for day trips from San Jose, leads trips for his local birding club all over the country, and writes extensively. He has published the Costa Rica Bird Finding eBook which I downloaded in Kindle format, but is available in other formats also.

He is a leader in the Birding Club of Costa Rica

Check out the blog post on the Bird Banter site for more details about the episode and related links.

Until next time. Good Birding. Good day!

The Bird Banter Podcast Episode #64 with Heather Ballash and Marcus Roening

The Bird Banter Podcast Episode #64 with Heather Ballash and Marcus Roening

June 15, 2020

On The Bird Banter Podcast Episode #64 with Heather Ballash and Marcus Roening we talk about being a birding couple, about their extensive experience birding in Mexico, and about our local Pierce County, WA birding community.

You can read more about related topics on the Bird Banter Podcast Blog.

Please leave a review and rating on the podcast feed of your choice, and reach out to me if there are guests you’d like to hear from.

Until next time. Good birding. Good day!

The Bird Banter Podcast Episode #63 with Mike Denny

The Bird Banter Podcast Episode #63 with Mike Denny

June 8, 2020

On this episode Mike Denny sits with me and Ken Brown, in a remote area of the Northern Blue Mountains, and we watch and listen to a recently fledged trio of Great Gray Owlets and their parent as we talk about the owls, the area and Mike's amazing passion for birding, education and the environment.  See how many species of birds you can ID from the background of the recording. 

Here is a link to The Secret Life of the Forest: The Northern Blue Mountains. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PuebOvlZu4

Here is the web site of the Blue Mountain Land Trust, the group that has helped preserve the land around a top birding area we visited, Coppei Creek https://bmlt.org/

Good birding.  Good day!

The Bird Banter Podcast Episode #62 with Jean Pullen

The Bird Banter Podcast Episode #62 with Jean Pullen

June 1, 2020

On The Bird Banter Podcast Episode #62 my daughter, Jean Pullen, and I talk about her passion, restorative agriculture in the tropics.  Jean lives in Costa Rica and is in the process with her partner Alan of restoring a hectacre of previous pastureland into a productive, earth-restoring agriforestry project. Jean also works with Jungle Project. You can read more about restorative agriculture at Kiss The Ground

You can follow Jean on Facebook

Be sure to check out the blog post on the Bird Banter Website that tells more about the subjects we discussed today. Also please leave a reveiw and rating on the podcast feed of your choice. 

Until next time. Good birding. Good day!

The Bird Banter Podcast Episode #61 with Stefan Schlick

The Bird Banter Podcast Episode #61 with Stefan Schlick

May 25, 2020

On The Bird Banter Podcast Episode #61 Stefan Schlick and I talk about birding in the Pacific Northwest, his experiences as a birding trip leader, and a bit about dragonflies and .  Stefan is a top ABA birder with roots in Germany who has lived in several top ABA birding areas. He now is a full time birding trip guide based near Portland, OR. 

You can find his Portland Audubon Society trips on their web site

Stefan's web site is Birdmeister's Blog

See the supporting notes and more info on this episode at the Birdbanter.com Blog Page

Please leave a review and a rating on your favorite blog feed site or here.  

Until next time. Good birding.  Good Day!

The Bird Banter Episode #60 with Nate Swick

The Bird Banter Episode #60 with Nate Swick

May 18, 2020

On The Bird Banter Podcast Episode #60 I talk with Nate Swick, whose job with the ABA is loosely defined as digital content manager, but birders know as the keeper of the ABAs Rare Bird Alerts page, more recently from the ABA Podcast, and as one of the primary faces of the ABA online. Nate is an avid birder, and has helped bring the ABA into the online world in a meaningful way. I enjoyed talking with Nate, and hope you enjoy listening. 

Here is a link to the ABA Join and donate page as promised on the episode.

See the Bird Banter Blog post related to this episode for more information. 

Until next time, Good birding and Good Day!

The Bird Banter Podcast Episode #59 with Gary Bletsch

The Bird Banter Podcast Episode #59 with Gary Bletsch

May 10, 2020

On this episode I talk with Gary Bletsch, a birder from Skagit County, WA who is an avid county birder, a funny guy, and a lot of fun for me to get to know. You'll hear a lot about Skagit County birding, as well as about Gary's travels and his birding story. 

We talk about the Washington birding website WA Birder.   Check it out on this link. 

Here is a link to the trip report for the Pierce County big day I participated in this week.  Bruce LaBar from episode #3, Will Brooks from episode #  and Peter Wimberger from episode # were the other birders on the trip. 

Visit the Bird Banter blog for more details about and related to this episode.

Until next time. Good birding. Good day!

 

 

The Bird Banter Podcast Episode #58 with Dave Irons

The Bird Banter Podcast Episode #58 with Dave Irons

May 1, 2020

On this episode I talk with Dave Irons, a top birder, an eBird reviewer, prior regional editor of North American Birds, author of the new book Field Guide to the Birds of Oregon, and a really educational and interesting guest on the podcast.  Enjoy.

Here is a link to buy the Field Guide to the birds of Oregon on Buteo Books.

I mention the episode with Dave's wife Shawneen Finnegan. Here is a link to that episode on Apple Podcasts.  You can find links to several other platforms on the Bird Banter Website.  

Dave talks about the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival.  I strongly recommend it to any birder who wants to attend a great festival. 

Please leave a review and rating on the podcast feed of your choice.

Until next time.

Good birding. Good day!

The Bird Banter Podcast Episode #57 with Pete Salmansohn

The Bird Banter Podcast Episode #57 with Pete Salmansohn

April 22, 2020

Pete Salmansohn, knows as Puffin Pete, is my guest on The Bird Banter Podcast Episode #57.  Pete has worked as an educator for National Audubon Society and other organizations, and has been especially involved in education about seabirds off the Maine Coast.  We talk about the highly successful and ongoing reintroduction of Atlantic Puffins and other seabirds to breeding islands off the Maine Coast.  Enjoy.

We talk about Hog Island Audubon Camp and here is a link to their site.

Here is a link to a 2010 Science article on the Puffin Reintroduction.

Here is another article about the work of their project.  I like this one a lot.

Here is a link to one of Pete's children's books on Amazon.  

Be sure to check out the blog post on BirdBanter.com to see more related info.

Good birding. Good Day!