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Love gardening and birds and want to help Mother Nature? Join host Catherine Greenleaf, former gardening columnist for the Boston Herald Sunday Magazine and a certified wildlife rehabilitator with 20 years of experience rescuing and rehabilitating injured wildlife, for discussions about organic gardening and restoring native habitat to help the birds and other wildlife in your backyard. Catherine Greenleaf talks about the natural history of birds and interviews the leading experts about how to turn your backyard into a native oasis for birds and pollinators.

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Love gardening and birds and want to help Mother Nature? Join host Catherine Greenleaf, former gardening columnist for the Boston Herald Sunday Magazine and a certified wildlife rehabilitator with 20 years of experience rescuing and rehabilitating injured wildlife, for discussions about organic gardening and restoring native habitat to help the birds and other wildlife in your backyard. Catherine Greenleaf talks about the natural history of birds and interviews the leading experts about how to turn your backyard into a native oasis for birds and pollinators.

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English


Episodes

Adventures Of A Transplanted Gardener With Ginny Stibolt

1/19/2023
Did you know 1,000 people move to Florida every single day? Join us for a talk with Ginny Stibolt, author of the wonderful new book, Adventures Of A Transplanted Gardener, as she tells us all about the delights and challenges of native gardening for birds and butterflies in the Sunshine State. This book is essential if you are planning to retire in Florida or if you are a Snowbird with a winter home in Florida. Florida Native Plant Society: www.fnps.org. Native plants mentioned in this...

Duration:00:28:20

The Pollinator Victory Garden With Kim Eierman -- Plus Year-End Wrap-Up

1/5/2023
Join us for the BIRD HUGGER Year-End Wrap Up! We are also speaking with Kim Eierman, author of the fantastic new book, The Pollinator Victory Garden. Find out more about Kim at her website: www.ecobeneficial.com. HAPPY NEW YEAR! Some larval host plants for moths: native black cherry tree; willows (including pussy willow); raspberries; carolina rose; and spirea. Join Catherine Greenleaf, a certified wildlife rehabilitator with 20 years of experience rescuing and rehabilitating injured birds,...

Duration:00:29:58

BIRD HUGGER HOLIDAY SPECIAL

12/15/2022
Join us for some good cheer on the BIRD HUGGER Holiday Special! Author Marta McDowell is our guest as we discuss her book about The Secret Garden, the delightful children's tale written by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Happy Holidays to all! For more info on Unearthing The Secret Garden: The Plants and Places That Inspired Frances Hodgson Burnett by Marta McDowell, go to workman.com. Join Catherine Greenleaf, a certified wildlife rehabilitator with 20 years of experience rescuing and...

Duration:00:28:18

Northeast Native Plant Primer With Uli Lorimer

12/1/2022
In today's episode, we talk with Uli Lorimer, horticulture director at the Native Plant Trust and author of the new book, The Northeast Native Plant Primer: 235 Plants for an Earth-Friendly Garden. We talk about why natives are so important for birds and other wildlife. Uli will also walk us through the various successions of plants that occur once you turn your lawn into a meadow as well as some recommendations of native annuals to plant. Join Catherine Greenleaf, a certified wildlife...

Duration:00:26:04

Tracking The Elusive Nighthawk With Phil Brown

11/17/2022
Did you know the Nighthawk is not a hawk and is not a nocturnal bird? Confusing, right? In today's episode we have Phil Brown from the Harris Center for Conservation Education to explain the biology and behavior of this elusive and mysterious bird. We will also talk about the Harris Center's brand new Nighthawk Monitoring program. For more information on Project Nighthawk go to https://tinyurl.com/27n8cvs4. Join Catherine Greenleaf, a certified wildlife rehabilitator with 20 years of...

Duration:00:28:45

Birds, Beasts And Bedlam With Derek Gow

11/3/2022
In today's episode, we talk with Derek Gow, author of the brand-new book, Birds, Beasts and Bedlam: Turning My Farm Into An Ark For Lost Species. Derek is a farmer turned revolutionary rewilder and he tells us about his adventures, sometimes controversial, of re-establishing wildlife species, like the White Stork, in England. For more information on this book and his other book: Bringing Back The Beaver go to https://www.chelseagreen.com/product/bringing-back-the-beaver-pb/. For more on Aldo...

Duration:00:25:30

Bird Hugger Halloween Special

10/20/2022
Spooky! Scary! Happy Halloween! Pull up a chair in front of the fire and grab a cup of hot cider. We've got a frighteningly good show for you, including a few tales that may send shivers up your spine! Hear the legend of Crom Dubh. Also click on this link to hear the sad and creepy call of the Ghost Bird or Common Potoo: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/491293971. Join Catherine Greenleaf, a certified wildlife rehabilitator with 20 years of experience rescuing and rehabilitating injured...

Duration:00:23:36

Broad-Winged Hawk Migration With Update On Hugger

10/6/2022
In today's episode, we talk with Dr. Rebecca McCabe, an avian biologist from Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Pennsylvania, about the migration of the Broad-Winged Hawk. Dr. McCabe works with Dr. Laurie Goodrich, the founder of the Broad-Winged Hawk Project. We will also get an update on Hugger, the hawk we are sponsoring with a location transmitter for their research. For more info go to hawkmountain.org and hawkcount.org. You can also track Hugger's progress by going to the Broad-Winged Hawk...

Duration:00:24:50

The Heron Observation Network Of Maine

9/22/2022
In today's episode, we speak with avian biologist Danielle D'Auria, who works at the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for the State of Maine. Danielle will tell us all about the Heron Observation Network of Maine and what information she is discovering that will help protect Great Blue herons and their rookeries. To help the state of Maine protect birds, please go to www.maine.gov/ifw/fish-wildlife/wildlife/support-wildlife/birder-band.html. Join Catherine Greenleaf, a certified...

Duration:00:27:03

The Long Slow Death Of The American Lawn

9/8/2022
In today's episode, we talk about the long, slow death of the American lawn and how more and more Americans are embracing the planting of natives in their front yards. We also discuss how to spot trouble in your garden caused by erratic weather due to climate change -- and what you can do about it. Join Catherine Greenleaf, a certified wildlife rehabilitator with 20 years of experience rescuing and rehabilitating injured wildlife, for twice-monthly discussions about restoring native habitat...

Duration:00:14:38

Rainwater Harvesting With Brad Lancaster

8/25/2022
In today's episode, we speak with Brad Lancaster, award-winning author of the book, Rainwater Harvesting. With drought affecting many regions of the U.S., Brad offers multiple ways to harvest and use rainwater to water your gardens, keep trees healthy and birds happy (www.harvestingrainwater.com). Also check out his other website (neighborhoodforesters.org). Join Catherine Greenleaf, a certified wildlife rehabilitator with 20 years of experience rescuing and rehabilitating injured wildlife,...

Duration:00:30:51

100 Plants To Feed The Bees With The Xerces Society

8/11/2022
In today's episode, we talk with Matthew Shepherd from the Xerces Society about the organization's wonderful book, 100 Plants To Feed The Bees: Provide A Healthy Habitat To Help Bees Thrive. Plants discussed on this show: Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis); False Indigo or Lead Plant (Amorpha); Steeplebush or Meadowsweet (Spirea); and Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium). Go to the Bee Safe Nursery Plants Campaign on the Xerces website: https://xerces.org/pesticides/bee-safe-nursery-plants....

Duration:00:31:37

The Mystery Of The Loons On Squam Lake

7/28/2022
In today's episode, we talk with avian biologist Tiffany Grade from the Loon Preservation Committee about the mysterious deaths of loons on Squam Lake in New Hampshire and what may be causing them. To learn more about the Loon Preservation Committee in Moultonborough, New Hampshire go to loon.org. For further information about fish consumption limits on Squam Lake go to: https://www4.des.state.nh.us/nh-pfas-investigation/wp-content/uploads/Squam-Lake-PFAS-HHRA-2020.pdf. Join Catherine...

Duration:00:32:42

Native Groundcovers For Northeast Landscapes With Anna Fialkoff

7/14/2022
In today's episode, we talk with Anna Fialkoff, Ecological Programs Manager at Wild Seed Project.org. Anna has co-authored a guide with founder Heather McCargo called Native Groundcovers For Northeast Landscapes and it is chockful of useful information about native groundcovers, especially for coverage in problem areas in the garden. Join Catherine Greenleaf, a certified wildlife rehabilitator with 20 years of experience rescuing and rehabilitating injured wildlife, for twice-monthly...

Duration:00:32:33

Bird Shamanism with Evan Pritchard

6/30/2022
In today's episode, we discuss bird shamanism and bird divination and the mystical and spiritual connection all of us can develop with birds with Evan Pritchard, a Native American elder and author of the very popular book, Bird Medicine. This show is dedicated to my beloved mother-in-law, Connie Greenleaf, who passed in November. A true bird enthusiast, she loved Evan Pritchard's workshops and attended three of them at the Open Center in New York City. Join Catherine Greenleaf, a certified...

Duration:00:36:39

Birdwatching 101 with Stan Tekiela

6/16/2022
In today's episode, we talk about getting started as a beginner birdwatcher with expert birder and naturalist Stan Tekiela. For more information about Stan's books, nature tours and wildlife photography go to www.naturesmart.com. Join Catherine Greenleaf, a certified wildlife rehabilitator with 20 years of experience rescuing and rehabilitating injured wildlife, for twice-monthly discussions about restoring native habitat and helping the birds in your backyard. Access the BIRD HUGGER...

Duration:00:24:59

Helping Turtles Safely Across The Roads With Pam Meier

6/2/2022
In today's episode, we discuss how to safely help turtles cross the roads during egg-laying season with turtle expert Pam Meier. Pam has been rescuing and rehabilitating injured wild turtles for over 20 years and runs a rehabilitation center called The Turtle's Back in Madison, Connecticut (www.theturtlesback.org). Please remember that Snapping turtles can snap! First rule: Be safe! There is no need to pick up a snapping turtle when helping them across the road. Instead, gently coax the...

Duration:00:42:15

Saving Your Neighborhood Trees with Diane Hoffman

5/19/2022
Where do most birds nest? In trees, of course! Spring brings the lovely sound of chirping birds but it can also bring the loud whir of chainsaws. In today's episode, we discuss how to negotiate with utility companies that appear overly aggressive in their tree removal and trimming practices with Diane Hoffman of Hamden Alliance For Trees (HAT), an organization in Connecticut that has been very successful in protecting the trees in their town. How to protect your neighborhood's trees: 1) Form...

Duration:00:36:45

Evening Grosbeak: The Forest Wanderer

5/5/2022
In today's episode, we discuss how to handle the territorial aggression of songbirds around your home. We also get the latest updates on the avian flu situation from New Hampshire State Veterinarian Dr. Stephen Crawford and Daniel Bergeron, Chief of the Wildlife Division at the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department. To report sick or dead wild birds in New Hampshire call New Hampshire Fish & Game Dispatch at (603) 271-3361. To report sick or dead domesticated ducks or chickens call (603)...

Duration:00:23:05

Rebugging The Planet With Vicki Hird

4/21/2022
Today, we speak with Vicki Hird, author of the marvelous new book, Rebugging The Planet. We talk about the things all of us can do to stop the decline of insects, the most important food source for birds. We also talk about the new buzz phrase "soft landing" and what it means. In addition, we discuss how to tell when a bird needs rescuing and how to help a bird that is trapped inside a building. Visit Vicki Hird's blog at www.rebuggingtheplanet.org. Order her book at www.chelseagreen.com....

Duration:00:30:20