Our OutBirding with Field Guides video series embraces everything about birds and birding! Join us to explore exciting global destinations, learn about highlight and specialty birds, get to know fascinating folks in conversations, find out about tech and gear tips, and much more. Your hosts are uniquely knowledgeable, having traveled all around the world guiding Field Guides birding tours, as well as on frequent personal trips and research expeditions.
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A 10-minute sample of "Boreal Forest: Connecticut Warbler & Great Gray Owl"
A 5-minute showcase of current episodes and coming attractions
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"I enjoyed all the categories, my favorite being 'In The Field.' I can only imagine there are many, many potential topics in each of the six categories. I believe anyone interested in birding would find them all educational, informative, interesting, and entertaining. There is enough variety to appeal to all levels of interest." —S.D.
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View our episode trailer here. On their expedition to Chihuahua, Mexico, Micah Riegner and Bret Whitney cooked up some chicken mole while studying Eared Quetzals and Thick-billed Parrots. In this episode, Micah shares his technique for delicious "field mole" and also offers a preview of upcoming episodes featuring the quetzals and parrots of the Sierra Madre.
View our episode trailer here. Though he spends much of his year in Brazil, Bret Whitney is intimately acquainted with the birds of the Texas Hill Country. In this bonus video, Bret carefully takes us close to a Painted Bunting nest for a neat study of the breeding biology of this lovely songbird.
View our episode trailer here. The summer of 2020 marked an exciting moment in the northward expansion of White Ibis along the Atlantic Coast of the United States. This year, these pioneering wading birds nested in New Jersey for the first time ever, at the Ocean City Welcome Center near Cape May. Tom Johnson and Doug Gochfeld were on the scene to document the progress of this months-long nesting event, and conservationist Kashi Davis helped to provide context about the changing marsh island ecosystem of the Jersey Shore.
View our episode trailer here. In addition to birds, Chris Benesh is passionate about many other aspects of life on earth. In recent years, this energy has been channeled into learning more about scorpions - their identification, distribution, life histories, etc. In this video, Chris and scorpiologist Kari McWest discuss scorpion taxonomy and head out into the field to look for a localized species near Tucson, Arizona. Chris also tells us why scorpion hunting isn't really all that different from birding.
View our episode trailer here. Eared Quetzals are mysterious birds from northern Mexico, and this year, several nomadic individuals have arrived in the United States. In this edition of Bonus Birds, Chris Benesh chronicles the lovely pair of Quetzals that have taken up residence in the Chiricahua Mountains of Arizona (much to the delight of the birding world). If you find yourself captivated by these birds, stay tuned for upcoming OutBirding episodes from Bret Whitney and Micah Riegner as they take us to the homeland of Eared Quetzals and Thick-billed Parrots in the mountains of Chihuahua, Mexico.
View our episode trailer here. The wetlands and grasslands of the glacier-scarred northern Great Plains are home to a staggering abundance of wildlife in spring and summer. Doug Gochfeld and Tom Johnson visit North Dakota in late spring to spend time with the striking birdlife of this Prairie Potholes region, from Wilson's Phalaropes to Yellow-headed Blackbirds to LeConte's Sparrows. In addition, they explore the impacts humans have had on this changing landscape.
Over the years, we’ve led many fun birding tours to Brazil, from the Atlantic Forest to the Pantanal to the Amazon (and beyond!). Complementing the varied birding experiences across this huge nation, it’s long been tradition to sip on a caipirinha at the end of the day while reviewing our bird checklist. Marcelo Padua and Megan Edwards Crewe join us from Brazil and England to show us how to make this refreshing, iconic cocktail.
Sometimes, when it rains, it pours! We already featured Connecticut Warblers from the breeding grounds in our Boreal Forest episode, but this migrant in Cape May, New Jersey put on a jaw-dropping performance in September 2020, weeks after that Boreal Forest episode premiered on OutBirding. This bird was too cool NOT to show off, so here's another helping of Connecticut Warbler just for you. Tom Johnson shares a few tips for finding and identifying this impressive bird during fall migration.
A large part of our Field Guides team lives in the very birdy US state of Arizona. Micah Riegner, John Coons, Chris Benesh, Dave Stejskal, and Rose Ann Rowlett take us around the state to a broad diversity of habitats as they show off the many species of woodpeckers that inhabit Arizona's deserts, canyons, plateaus, and mountain forests.
Membership gives you access to our complete series of OutBirding with Field Guides videos, with new episodes being released on a regular basis throughout the year. We are aiming to release 3-4 videos monthly initially.
We launched in September 2020 with 18 videos (about 6 hours of content) and are currently adding a new video 3-4 times per month. There are currently 25 videos in the library. Videos average roughly 15 minutes, with some shorter, and others longer, up to 30 minutes.
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The OutBirding with Field Guides video series is a project of Field Guides Incorporated (a.k.a. Field Guides Birding Tours). Founded in 1985, Field Guides is a community of experienced bird-tour guides and support staff who work closely together to provide top-notch and fun birding experiences for our travelers on 150 tours annually to all continents. We’ve hosted birders on thousands of fun, professionally guided trips to all corners of the world. In this video project we leverage our guides’ combined experience and knowledge about birds, birding, and the natural world to bring you a regular stream of fresh material that is exciting, educational, and fun.