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Welcome to the Bird Podcast — hosted by Shoba Narayan. This podcast will focus largely on birds, specifically on Indian birds with occasional global forays. India is home to some 1200 bird species, amongst the highest in the world. This podcast showcases and highlights our feathered friends We will talk to naturalists and birders about common and special birds such as the Greater Coucal, Himalayan Quail, Nilgiri Flycatcher, the Malabar Trogon, the Great Indian Bustard, and other amazing species. We will highlight issues both old and new. About India’s vanishing forests and wetlands and how it impacts birds. About breeding areas of migratory birds and how they are hunted en route. We will speak to the men and women who successfully saved the Amur Falcon from being massacred in Nagaland. And we will do individual podcasts on bird species of India. Welcome to the Bird Podcast. Come fly away with us.

Welcome to the Bird Podcast — hosted by Shoba Narayan. This podcast will focus largely on birds, specifically on Indian birds with occasional global forays. India is home to some 1200 bird species, amongst the highest in the world. This podcast showcases and highlights our feathered friends We will talk to naturalists and birders about common and special birds such as the Greater Coucal, Himalayan Quail, Nilgiri Flycatcher, the Malabar Trogon, the Great Indian Bustard, and other amazing species. We will highlight issues both old and new. About India’s vanishing forests and wetlands and how it impacts birds. About breeding areas of migratory birds and how they are hunted en route. We will speak to the men and women who successfully saved the Amur Falcon from being massacred in Nagaland. And we will do individual podcasts on bird species of India. Welcome to the Bird Podcast. Come fly away with us.

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India

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Podcasts

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Welcome to the Bird Podcast — hosted by Shoba Narayan. This podcast will focus largely on birds, specifically on Indian birds with occasional global forays. India is home to some 1200 bird species, amongst the highest in the world. This podcast showcases and highlights our feathered friends We will talk to naturalists and birders about common and special birds such as the Greater Coucal, Himalayan Quail, Nilgiri Flycatcher, the Malabar Trogon, the Great Indian Bustard, and other amazing species. We will highlight issues both old and new. About India’s vanishing forests and wetlands and how it impacts birds. About breeding areas of migratory birds and how they are hunted en route. We will speak to the men and women who successfully saved the Amur Falcon from being massacred in Nagaland. And we will do individual podcasts on bird species of India. Welcome to the Bird Podcast. Come fly away with us.

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English

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+919845171063


Episodes

Episode 52: Amazing bird species: Wood Storks

9/16/2022
This is a story about a wood stork called Flinthead. He lived with his partner in Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Florida. The wood stork couple depended on the wetlands in Florida for not just their survival but also to bring up their babies. This is a post-episode trailer of Episode 5 where I interviewed Dr. Jerry Jackson. Even though the audio isn’t perfect, Episode 5 is worth listening to because he covers so much ground. Ecology, wood storks, wetlands, anhingas, and much more. Here I...

Episode 51: The importance of wetlands: Post episode trailer

9/9/2022
This episode is about wetlands. This is a post-episode trailer of Episode 5 where I interviewed Dr. Jerry Jackson. Even though the audio isn’t perfect, Episode 5 is worth listening to because he covers so much ground. Ecology, wood storks, wetlands, anhingas, and much more. Here I focus on one aspect of that episode: wetlands What is the feeling that you get when I say these words? Swamps, marshes, bogs, mangroves, flood plains. If you didn’t wince, good for you. Humans seem fundamentally...

Episode 50: How Israel tackles bird conservation with Professor Yossi Leshem.

8/20/2022
In this episode, we have Professor Yossi Leshem from Israel joining us to discuss several things: tracking migratory storks with GPS, working with barn owls as pest control agents, regional cooperation, reducing aircraft collisions, and working with defense forces. Dr. Leshem has won countless awards and is Professor Emeritus at the School of Zoology at Tel Aviv University and is the founder of the International Center for the Study of Bird Migration.

Episode 49: Bird Migration with Scott Weidensaul: Post Episode Trailer 1

8/13/2022
Post Episode Trailers are short episodes in which I highlight an earlier episode that is worth watching. This episode is about Episode 12 of The Bird Podcast in which author and migration expert, Scott Weidensaul talks about the amazing feats that birds do in order to migrate.

Episode 48: Behind the scenes with Allison Shultz of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

7/29/2022
In which we go behind the scenes to see the fascinating aspects of the bird specimen collection of one of America’s most well-respected museums. You really should watch this episode on our Youtube page (Bird Podcast) or our Instagram feed (bird_podcast), but in case you cannot, included here is also the audio only version. In this episode, Dr. Shultz shows us house finches, parrots, frigatebirds, penguins, condors, munias, whydahs and the many marvelous specimens in the Natural History...

Duration:00:49:07

Episode 47: The complex web of factors that influence bird migration with Yaara Aharon-Rotman

7/22/2022
Where she talks about how multiple nations and habitats need to cooperate to help these champion migrants. In this episode, Dr. Yaara Aharon-Rotman speaks about long distance migration, mainly among shorebirds but also passerines. We have explored migratory shorebirds before in Episode 43. Here, Dr. Rotman talks about how national borders don’t apply to migrating birds and how we all need to cooperate to help them along. Originally from Israel, Yaara has completed her PhD in Deakin...

Episode 46: Rescuing black kites with filmmaker Shaunak Sen

7/15/2022
Interview with a filmmaker who won the L’oiel d’or or Golden Eye in Cannes for best documentary film in 2022. We have a different sort of guest for this episode: a filmmaker. Shaunak Sen’s film “All That Breathes” premiered at Sundance Festival, where it won the Grand Jury award and then won the L’Oeil d’Or (Golden Eye) for the best documentary at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. You should really watch this episode in our Youtube Channel, Bird Podacast or our Instagram channel bird_podcast...

Duration:00:32:25

Episode 45: Avians to the rescue with Bittu Sahgal

7/8/2022
Our guest today is the much-admired Bittu Sahgal. Mention Mr. Sahgal and three words come up: Sanctuary, activism, and conservation. He founded Sanctuary magazine in 1981. It morphed into Sanctuary Nature Foundation in 2001. In these capacities, and in his role as the President of the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), Mr. Sahgal knows the wildlife and ecology of Asia intimately. Today, he suggested that we talk about avians to the rescue. We are the Bird Podcast after...

Duration:00:43:12

Episode 44: A life with birds and insects with Dr. Bernd Heinrich

7/1/2022
Our guest today is distinguished academic, author and ultra-marathoner, Dr. Bernd Heinrich. He talks about owls, ravens, tree swallows, painted snipes, great horned owls, crows and much more. This episode is about the various birds that Dr. Heinrich has encountered and why he enjoys them. Dr. Heinrich is a professor emeritus in the biology department at the University of Vermont and is the author of a number of books about nature writing and biology. Dr. Heinrich has made major...

Duration:00:26:03

Episode 43: Challenges of the Arctic-breeding shorebirds with Dr. Erica Nol

6/24/2022
Today we are talking with Dr. Erica Nol of Ontario, Canada about challenges of the arctic-breeding shorebird. Dr. Nol is a professor at Trent University in Canada. Her research interests lie in the biology and conservation of shorebirds across many areas in Canada and beyond. In particular, she studies the impacts of climate change on the habitats and life histories of arctic and subarctic breeding shorebirds.

Duration:00:36:54

Episode 42: Birds in myth and legend. Part 4 of 4

6/17/2022
How to bird watch: Part 4. Last Part In which the author loops in some history and fables and talks about her habitat. Birds are the stuff of myth and legend in every culture. Some of the most beautiful poetic images come from birds. My father, an English professor, loved the Romantic poets: Keats, Shelley, and Wordsworth, who lived in the Yorkshire moors in close proximity to nature and wrote lyrical poems about what they saw. John Keats' "Ode to a Nightingale," is one of his favorites. I...

Duration:00:07:25

Episode 41: The art of seeing in bird-watching. Part 3 of 4

6/10/2022
In which the author talks about how to see. Ayurveda divides us into three phenotypes: vata, pitta and kapha. Vatas have acute hearing and enjoy the sense of touch— if my memory serves right. Pittas have acute vision and enjoy the sense of smell. Kaphas have acute taste and enjoy the sense of touch. As a classic vata, I have acute hearing, as a result of which I'm very sensitive to the sound of birds. As I write this, I hear three birds: a wagtail, a bulbul, and a parakeet. This can become a...

Duration:00:08:07

Episode 40: The pleasures of bird watching. Part 2 of 4

6/3/2022
Like most things that require identification, be it wine, textiles, or art, identifying birds is figuring out patterns; like recognizing an artistic or musical signature, or the terroir of wine. It is about seeing patterns, not just on the birds but also on the trees that they inhabit. Nature is both generous and opportunistic. Trees attract birds during certain seasons; and then allow other trees to get that opportunity. The best thing that is happened to me as a result of this year-long...

Duration:00:06:23

Episode 39: How I got into birdwatching and how you can too

5/27/2022
Part 1 of 4. This episode addresses a question that every bird watcher hears at some point or other. People who watch us stand still at balconies gazing skywards or at trees, peering through binoculars at walks, or getting excited by some random tiny green bird. Some of us get this question from puzzled spouses or confused friends and the question in: What are you guys doing?

Duration:00:07:54

Episode 38: The Hoopoe

3/28/2022
This episode is about the Upupa epops.

Duration:00:07:59

Episode 37: Talking hummingbirds with Anusha Shankar

3/12/2022
Today’s guest, Anusha Shankar studies hummingbirds as a Rose Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She has lived and worked on four continents and loves being an Indian woman in science. She is fascinated by hummingbirds’ ability to use a hibernation-like state called torpor to save energy at night. She is investigating how they can get cold (10°C / 50°F) and rewarm safely every night, without damaging organs like their hearts and brains. During her PhD, Anusha captured...

Duration:00:34:19

Episode 35: Talking waterbirds with Gopi Sundar

3/4/2022
Our guest today is Dr. Gopi Sundar, who heads the international ecological journal, Waterbirds. He is also a scientist in the cranes and wetlands program at the Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) based in Udaipur. Gopi has worked on waterbirds for over three decades, particularly on the Sarus Cranes of Uttar Pradesh. In this episode, he talks about waterbirds and how they coexist with humans.

Duration:00:58:05

Episode 34: Amazing Bird Species: Brahminy Kite

2/26/2022
There is this bird that my mother watches. When it comes down, she says Garuda, garuda. And does a namaste. This bird is called the Brahminy kite. Haliastur indus. But is this bird really the Garuda that Hindus worship? That is the bird of Indonesia– after which its airline, Garuda Indonesia is named? We find out in this short episode. Brahminy Kite. Haliastur indus. Latin names are precise. But they also give the history. Of why a bird is called what it is. Take Haliastur indus. It sounds...

Duration:00:08:10

Bird Podcast: Short Episodes Intro: Trailer

2/24/2022
The beginning of a new avatar. Where we do short episodes. As always, thanks for your attention.

Duration:00:02:40

Episode 33: Birds of Nagaland with Angulie Meyase

2/12/2022
In this short 3-minute episode, we are talking about the amazing birds of Nagaland with Angulie Meyase, a birding guide based in Khonoma, one of the most picturesque towns of Nagaland. He describes many of the birds you can see in Nagaland including the gray sibia, great barbet, assam laughing thrush, crested finchbill, green cochoa, purple cochoa, some eagles, rusty capped fulvetta, mountain bamboo partridge, blyth’s trogopan, spot breasted laughing thrush, yellow rumped honeyguide and many...

Duration:00:02:53