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BirdCasting

Laura has developed an interest in, and growing passion for, birds since last summer when I helped her put up some bird feeders around the yard.  Her interest in the Christmas Bird Count last year is what got our family in touch with the local naturalist society.  She spends much of her free time feeding, watching, listening to, and reading about birds.  And recently she realized that there might be birding podcasts she could make use of on her iPod; she’s become a big fan of podcasts.  So with my researching and her vetting, we came up with this list of her favorite birding podcasts:

BirdNote, on NPR

Birdwatch Radio, with Steve Moore

For the Birds and here too, with Laura Erickson

Ray Brown’s Talkin’ Birds

This Birding Life, with Bill Thompson

WREN Radio

If you have any other favorites, please let us know and we’ll add them to our iTunes list.  Thanks, and happy listening!

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2 Responses

  1. Hi Becky,
    Great timing for this post. thanks for the great resources. My ds is an avid birder and is ever ready with his Nikon:) I was actually pooling my personal blog resources on birding just today so that I could post it in my homeschool blog…We had a fun time birding this past couple of spring seasons as a couple of mourning doves chose our portico wooden bars in the backyard to nest, lay eggs and raise their young ones:) They set their nest in such a way that we could watch it from the comfort of our dining room:) We are missing our humming birds though this season…not sure if it is so all through my neighborhood…we used to get them in huge numbers last few years…what a beauty..we are not seeing any…
    We have been spending a lot of time outdoors just for my ds so that he can watch and capture birds(with his camera ofcourse) to his heart’s content. Not many buddies for him here interested in the same.
    Thanks for sharing. And I will share my resources…not sure if you will find anything new that you did not already know:))
    Subadra

  2. Subadra, I never got around to posting all of our resources three or so years ago when the kids begged to do what they called “bird school” all summer. I hauled all of our bird books off the shelves and set them out, and we learned about the birds around us. But we had far fewer species to enjoy and study (especially in the winter), because we weren’t feeding them then.

    I still have to post the pictures from the sharp-tailed grouse dance we were lucky enough to see in April; we went as part of our naturalist society’s field trip. My older son who was not quite 10 then said it was the most fun he’d ever had, sitting in the blind and watching and listening to the birds.

    I’ll have to get over to your blog and check all the resources — thanks!
    Not to mention posting those grouse pictures and maybe a list of favorite books : ).

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