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Learn fun bird facts for your next happy hour! Perfect for newbie bird fans, long-time birders, and people who want to learn cool sh*t about birds—we're pretty sure that's you. Join Mo and Sarah for a casual (and very millenial) conversation about all things birding. You'll meet amazing birders, get the latest bird news, and hear lesser-discussed topics around birds and birdwatching. Rated R for "Ridiculously LOLOLOL-worthy."

Learn fun bird facts for your next happy hour! Perfect for newbie bird fans, long-time birders, and people who want to learn cool sh*t about birds—we're pretty sure that's you. Join Mo and Sarah for a casual (and very millenial) conversation about all things birding. You'll meet amazing birders, get the latest bird news, and hear lesser-discussed topics around birds and birdwatching. Rated R for "Ridiculously LOLOLOL-worthy."

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United States

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Learn fun bird facts for your next happy hour! Perfect for newbie bird fans, long-time birders, and people who want to learn cool sh*t about birds—we're pretty sure that's you. Join Mo and Sarah for a casual (and very millenial) conversation about all things birding. You'll meet amazing birders, get the latest bird news, and hear lesser-discussed topics around birds and birdwatching. Rated R for "Ridiculously LOLOLOL-worthy."

Language:

English


Episodes

Let's Create a Bird Union with Audubon for All!

6/30/2021
We hope you're ready for some tea. The National Audubon Society is front and center of a lot of important conversations regarding race, inclusivity, and equality—both in the workplace and the great outdoors. In the past few months, the majority of Audubon’s employees have declared that they want to form a union to protect employee’s rights and have a seat at the table. Some Audubon employees have formed Audubon for All, the official name for the union at the National Audubon Society. But,...

Duration:00:50:30

34: Mother Flockers: Cool Bird Moms

5/13/2021
We're back! After welcoming our own little baby birds into the world, we wanted to share our favorite bird moms for our first episode of 2021. Yes, this episode is coming out after Mother's Day, but we were able to record it on Mother's Day so it feels relevant still. Some of these bird moms are admirable mentors and others make...questionable parenting decisions. Plus, we share some recent "Birds in the News" (because it turns out you miss a LOT of news when you take 9 months off of...

Duration:00:33:53

Uncommon Facts about Common Birds: Corvid Edition

8/25/2020
Every joke about "Corvid-19" has already been made, so let's skip to the good stuff: BIRDS! We'll share some fascinating, little-known facts about one of the bird world's smartest families (but let's be honest, ALL birds are smart). Corvids—aka the crow family—can be found all over the world. Even if you're new to birding, you've likely spotted a member of this family around your neighborhood. While some people might consider them "basic" birds, we think they're anything but basic. These...

Duration:00:39:43

32: Wild Bird Rehab Stories with the "Unflappable" Suzie Gilbert: Author and Bird Rehabber

7/21/2020
It's one thing to admire birds in the wild, but it's rare to find people who dedicate their lives to helping injured birds return to the wild. Suzie Gilbert is one of these impassioned birders. Luckily for the world, she picked up a pen to start sharing her wildlife rehabilitation stories. In this episode, we sit down with Suzie to learn the behind-the-scenes stories that inspire her writing—including her newest novel—and hear some of her wildest bird rehab stories. After years of working...

Duration:00:48:48

31: Layin' It Down: Weird Bird Nests and Eggs

6/3/2020
Spring is upon us and the birds are gettin' busy. And what does that mean? That's right: lots of little baby birds will soon be entering the world. Not all nests are created equal. Some birds lay eggs in giant piles of composting garbage that they continuously turn to keep the eggs at the perfect incubating temperature. Some birds nest in hanging woven nest sacks in massive colonies. Some birds build saliva nests that are considered rare edible delicacies. The same goes for bird eggs,...

Duration:00:38:45

30: "Bird day" Bash Celebrating One Year of Bird Sh*t

5/19/2020
Bird Sh*t Podcast is officially one year old! Sarah and Mo have been talkin' birds, interviewing amazing birders, and sharing badass bird facts for 365 days. Thank you so much for listening and being a part of this adventure! To celebrate our "bird day," we're revisiting some of our favorite moments on the podcast from the last year. Plus, get behind-the-scenes insights into how we started Bird Sh*t and got to where we are today. Got a favorite Bird Sh*t moment not featured in this...

Duration:00:35:48

29: There Are (LOTS OF) Birds: Interview with musician Stephanie Seymour

4/13/2020
Stephanie Seymour has been a musician her whole life and an avid birder for the last 15 years. Her latest album, There Are Birds, brings together her love of birds and vast musical talents. Don't be fooled by the album's name: this is not an album of bird calls. It's an eclectic mix of pop and rock-and-roll, blended with lyrical birding stories from Stephanie's adventures. Tune in to learn the stories behind Stephanie's bird-named songs, her inspiration for the album, and her work for the...

Duration:00:35:19

28: Birds Gone Wild: Spring Break Birds from Central America, South America, and Mexico

3/18/2020
When we first recorded this Spring Break episode, we didn't anticipate half the world being on COVID-19 lockdown. But now seems like as good of a time as any to take a mental vacation to the sunny regions of Mexico, Central America, and South America for some incredible birding! Learn about some of the coolest birds from the sunny south, including a "bat bird" that lives in caves and navigates via echolocation, the most un-heron-like-heron ever, and the largest, most powerful raptor in the...

Duration:00:42:46

27: From the ‘Hood to the Marsh: Environmental Equality with Corina Newsome

3/4/2020
Corina Newsome grew up in Philadelphia and has always had a desire to participate in, and advocate for, the protection of wildlife and natural spaces, and encourage people of color in the U.S. to explore the great outdoors. These days, you’ll catch her in Georgia marshes doing important conservation research for the MacGillivray's Seaside Sparrow. We were so psyched to talk with her and learn about all the incredible ways she walks the walk for environmental equality and access to wildlife...

Duration:00:49:07

26: Birdie, It's Cold Outside: Arctic Birds

2/18/2020
While counting down the days until spring migration, we might as well go full-out WINTER. Embrace your cold side and learn about some awesome birds that call the Arctic their home (for at least part of the year). Learn about: a bird that sprays stomach oil onto the wings of its enemies; an eagle with the widest wing span; a hoarding bird that’s used false teeth and catheters while nest-building; and a bird that flies 600 miles a day just two days after learning how to fly. Tell us what...

Duration:00:33:26

25: Shake Yo' Grass(land bird) - Interview with Alyssa DeRubeis, Grassland Birds Biologist

2/4/2020
Grassland bird populations are declining more than any other bird group in North America. Rather than spaz out—our normal reaction to bad bird news—we had a conversation with Alyssa DeRubeis and felt a lot better about the work being done for grassland birds. Spoiler: there’s still hope for restored habitats. Alyssa grew up in Minnesota and started birding when she was five years old. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology, she earned her Master’s degree studying nesting...

Duration:00:42:36

24: The Birds of "The Office"

1/21/2020
Ever wonder what bird species your favorite characters from the hit TV series "The Office" would be? Wonder no more. In this episode, we correlate characteristics of different bird species to some of the rowdy bunch of characters from "The Office." Tune in to find out if we let Dwight be the Bald Eagle he thinks he is, why Stanley is the quintessential "lazy bird," and how the heck we determined the right bird for Michael. Since this is a new episode format, we'd love to know if you like...

Duration:00:29:29

23: Birds That Had a Freakin' Great 2019

1/7/2020
Before we dive too deep into 2020, let's reflect on 2019. Some big things happened in the bird world last year. Scientists identified the remains of a 15-pound, 3-foot-tall parrot named Squawkzilla. US cities adopted bird-friendly laws. We've lost 1 in 4 birds since the 1970s (hey, we didn't say it was all good news). Plus, meet 5 bird species that had an AWESOME year. Here's our birdy recap of 2019! BIRD SHIT WE DISCUSSED USEFUL RESOURCES Chicago Bird Collision MonitorsNew York City...

Duration:00:50:45

22: The (Not Quite 12) Birds of Christmas

12/17/2019
Some people think it's weird that many gifts in the "12 Days of Christmas" carol are birds. We're not those people...because BIRDS. Impress your friends and family this holiday season by spittin' some fun facts about the birds mentioned in this song—plus, a special Hannukah bird! You'll also get the lowdown on Audubon's 2019 Christmas Bird Count and how you can participate. This long-standing citizenry science event turns a whopping 120 years old this year! WOWOWOWOW. Plus, joining a CBC...

Duration:00:39:58

21: Explore Important Bird Areas via Opera: Interview with Filmmaker Ryan Moritz

12/11/2019
We always hear how climate change impacts birds, but what does it feel like to *be* a bird living through this unfathomable change? Producer, songwriter, and filmmaker Ryan Moritz set out to answer this question. He’s spent the last five years filming, recording, and editing a work of art to help humans see today’s world through the eyes of birds. The final result was "Important Bird Opera": a migratory journey exploring "how climate change and other anthropocentric activities have altered...

Duration:00:44:15

20: Uncommon Facts about Common Birds: Songbird Edition

11/27/2019
You know how everyone is always talking about the cool rare birds they've seen? Time to shut up the haters with these amazing facts about common birds. We believe that all birds should be appreciated every day...so why not learn more about the birds we see every day? This episode covers lesser-known facts about common songbirds found in both urban and rural environments. Also, learn how zebra finches are learning songs via light-pulse transmissions (?!) and the unique dual-breeding...

Duration:00:34:52

19: The People Behind the Birds Named After People

11/13/2019
Ever wonder who the people are that named the birds named after people? Well, we wondered about it and decided to do some research. This isn't a collection of hum-drum stories about old white dudes. That's not how we roll. We uncovered tantalizing ornithological tales for your podcasting enjoyment. What you can expect: meet Napoleon Boneapart's not-as-terrible nephew, a weird uncle-niece love affair dripping in research scandal, the saucy poem that catapulted Alexander Wilson's bird...

Duration:00:41:36

18: Learn spooky, creepy bird calls (and omens) for Halloween

10/30/2019
Pack an extra pair of pants because we're playing scary bird calls for our Halloween episode! Play these creepy bird calls at your Halloween party or listen to them late at night when you can't sleep. (Don't worry, it's totally normal.) In addition to learning scary bird calls, you'll hear real-life horror stories about zombies and blood-sucking vampires in the bird world. If that's not enough spooky stuff for you, we also reveal scary bird omens and legends from around the world. You won't...

Duration:00:28:42

17: Everyday Ways to Help Birds Thrive

10/16/2019
You asked, "how can I help birds?" We said, "HELL YES LET'S HELP SOME BIRDS." Turns out, there are some very, very simple things you can do to help birds everywhere have a better chance of surviving. From your daily cup of coffee to just appreciating the birds near you, we cover eight easy things you can do every day for your feathered friends. Want to go the extra mile? We know you do. That's why we also discuss eight MORE things you can do to really level-up your love of birds. COME AT...

Duration:00:34:27

16: From Costa Rica to Canada: Birding with Andrés Jiménez

10/1/2019
Andrés Jiménez, a biologist and conservation advocate, has found a snowy owl in downtown Toronto, searched for snakes all across Costa Rica, and rediscovered a toad species that was missing for 30 years. His 9-5 job is leading urban birding programs for Bird Studies Canada, the largest Canadian non-profit dedicated to birds. You don't want to miss out on his remarkable stories of the natural world, ranging from his native Costa Rica to his current Canadian outpost. BIRD SHIT WE...

Duration:00:46:30