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Episode 82: Birding in Colombia Part 2: Camarones

7/16/2018
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In part 2 of Birding in Columbia, TBL host Bill Thompson, III, travels to the Caribbean lowlands near Camarones to visit additional sites along the Northern Colombia Birding Trail. We hear from three different Colombian guides as well as three of Bill's travel companions about the wonders (and challenges) of birding in Colombia. The origin of the vermilion cardinal's colorful plumage is explained by the mythology of the Wayuu People. And we hear the full and tragic birding origin story...

Duration:00:38:28

Episode 81: Birding in Colombia Part 1: Santa Marta Mountains

6/20/2018
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In Part 1 of Birding in Colombia, Bill joins a group of avid birders in the Santa Marta region of northern Colombia to explore the Northern Colombia Birding Trail. Besides amazing birding and lots of endemics, he encounters a new generation of excellent local birding guides poised to accommodate an influx of ecotourists to this newly opened birding destination.

Duration:00:20:50

Episode 80: Erik Bruhnke, the World's Happiest Birdman

5/8/2018
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During his recent trip to Honduras, TBL host Bill Thompson, III, interviews naturalist, photographer, and birding guide Erik Bruhnke. Their conversation covers Erik's start as a birder, his favorite birding spots, his love of lifers and beer, his hatred of mylar balloons, his Zen of Birding philosophy, and his favorite “swear” words.

Duration:00:14:27

Episode 79: Meet the California Young Birders Club

4/18/2018
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Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews Elisa, Cayenne, BJ, and Ryan founding members of the California Young Birders' Club. These young adults share their birding origin stories, discuss what it's like to be a birder among their peers, the advantages of technology, and their plans for the future.

Duration:00:36:46

Episode 78: James Adams and the Closing of Pico Bonito

3/21/2018
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Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews James Adams, co-manager of the Lodge and Spa at Pico Bonito in Honduras, about the recent news that the lodge's owners plan to close it down. Pico Bonito is one of the finest ecolodges in the Americas--if not the world--so there are many people who are hoping the lodge can re-open under new ownership.

Duration:00:22:00

Episode 77: Point and Shoot Photography

2/20/2018
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Host Bill Thompson, III, talks with Stephan Ingraham author of "Point and Shoot Nature Photography" about the explosive popularity of small, super-zoom cameras. Steve has decades of experience as a photographer and has fully embraced today's digital technology. His self-published book is a how-to guide for those who want to take high quality bird and nature images without the daunting cost of a full-sized digital SLR camera.

Duration:00:26:27

Episode 76: Noah Strycker's World Big Year

1/24/2018
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Bill talks with Noah Strycker, self-described birdman and adventurer, who was the first person ever to see more than 6,000 bird species in a single, worldwide birding Big Year. Noah is the author of “Birding Without Borders,” which recounts his 2015 World Big Year.

Duration:00:28:58

Episode 75: Snowy Owl Invasion with Scott Weidensaul

12/27/2017
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Owl expert Scott Weidensaul joins Bill for a discussion of this winter's invasion of snowy owls from the Arctic. Through Project SNOWstorm (co-founded by Scott), a volunteer field research program studying these magnificent, mostly white owls, we are learning a great deal about their behavior, population dynamics, natural history, and how they interact with us humans, and vice versa. Scott also shares his tips for watching a snowy owl respectfully, without disturbing it.

Duration:00:33:28

Episode 58: A Conversation with Julie Zickefoose

5/25/2016
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TBL host Bill Thompson, III, enjoys a wide-ranging conversation with author/artist/naturalist Julie Zickefoose about her new book: “Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest.”

Duration:00:49:42

Episode 57: The Honduras Birding for Conservation Tour

4/22/2016
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TBL host Bill Thompson, III, chats about the upcoming Honduras Birding for Conservation Tour with founder James Adams and event guides Jeffrey A. Gordon and Alex Alvarado.

Duration:00:41:06

Episode 56: Champions of the Flyway, Part I

2/25/2016
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TBL Host Bill Thompson, III, examines the monumental conservation effort being undertaken to stop the illegal killing of birds along the Mediterranean flyway.

Duration:00:56:29

Episode 55: Backyard Rarity, Part II

1/29/2016
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TBL host Bill Thompson, III, gets deeper into the experience of finding a rare western flycatcher in his Ohio backyard.

Duration:01:32:04

Episode 54: Backyard Rarity, Part I

12/28/2015
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TBL host Bill Thompson, III, talks with avid birders who came from hours away to see a rare bird in his backyard.

Duration:00:29:39

Episode 53: Great Birding Stories, Vol. 1

11/11/2015
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TBL host Bill Thompson, III, shares some of the interesting stories he’s gathered in his birding travels: strange animal behavior, mistaken identity, acts of kindness, moments of discovery, spark birds, and memorable passages of life.

Duration:00:30:51

Episode 52: Birding in Uganda, Part II

10/23/2015
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TBL host Bill Thompson, III, takes us along on the second part of his journey through Uganda, birding, trekking for chimpanzees and mountain gorillas, seeing lions, and encountering some of Uganda’s future birding guides. He even gets invited for an audience with an ambassador!

Duration:00:50:38

Episode 51: Birding in Uganda, Part I

7/10/2015
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TBL host Bill Thompson, III, takes us along on the first part of a journey to Uganda in East Africa where he competed in the annual Birding Big Day in Murchison Falls National Park.

Duration:00:41:43

Episode 50: Interview with Ted Floyd of the ABA

5/27/2015
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TBL Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews Ted Floyd, editor of Birding Magazine from the American Birding Association.

Duration:00:22:54

Episode 49: A Visit to the British Bird Fair, Part II

3/20/2015
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TBL Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews a few of the many interesting personalities at the British Birdwatching Fair, an event held each August at Rutland Water Preserve in central England.

Duration:00:23:29

Episode 48: A Visit to the British Bird Fair, Part I

12/10/2014
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TBL Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews a few of the many interesting personalities at the British Birdwatching Fair, an event held each August at Rutland Water Preserve in central England.

Duration:00:50:59

Episode 47: Sketches of Homer, Alaska

8/11/2014
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TBL Host Bill Thompson, III, shares audio recordings of some of the very fun and unusual events associated with the 2014 Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival held in Homer, Alaska.

Duration:00:54:35