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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

Episode 46: The Voices of Argentina

6/11/2014
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TBL Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews fellow birders, local guides, and other interesting people whom he encountered on a 10-day birding trip to Argentina.

Duration:00:42:00

Episode 45: Jeff Bouton and the Amazon Kingfisher

1/31/2014
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Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews Jeff Bouton, the birder who found an Amazon kingfisher near Harlingen, Texas at the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival.

Duration:00:18:39

Episode 44: Speakers from the ’13 Midwest Birding Symposium

12/2/2013
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Host Bill Thompson, III, shares audio excerpts from seven different presenters at the 2013 MBS.

Duration:01:00:45

Episode 43: Elsa Thompson and BWD: The Early Days

8/15/2013
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Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews Bird Watcher’s Digest’s Founding Publisher Elsa Thompson about the early days of the magazine.

Duration:00:47:04

Episode 42: Jeffrey Kimball and Birders: The Central Park Effect

5/29/2013
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Host Bill Thompson, III, interviews Jeffrey Kimball, creator of the movie “Birders: The Central Park Effect.”

Duration:00:43:22

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