New episode - Beach Nesters: A Story of Summer in New York City

 

This episode trailer offers a first look at our new episode from OutBirding with Field Guides.

In America’s biggest cities, wild birds eke out a living on any scrap of wild space available to them. Doug Gochfeld spent much of the summer of 2020 documenting the dramas of beach-nesting birds on the sand of Breezy Point in Queens, New York City. Join Doug as he guides us through a nesting season in the lives of Common Terns, Least Terns, Black Skimmers, Piping Plovers, and American Oystercatchers in this urban wilderness.

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New episode - Natural History and Future of Thick-billed Parrot

 

This trailer offers a first look at our new episode, Natural History and Future of Thick-billed Parrot.

Join OutBirding team Bret Whitney and Micah Riegner on a quest for the Endangered Thick-billed Parrot in the magnificent coniferous forests and canyons of the Sierra Madre in northwestern Mexico.  In the field with researchers from the Mexican NGO OVIS – Organización Vida Silvestre --  we’ll visit the largest breeding colony of the Thick-billed Parrot and share the researchers' most recent insights, some as yet unpublished, on the population trend of this now highly Endangered species.  We’ll also learn of the most critical threats to the Thick-billed Parrot throughout its annual cycle, and its prospects for the future.  

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New episode - Camp Kitchen AZ: Rajas con Crema & Guacamole

 

Our trailer gives you a first look at our new OutBirding episode.

This episode of OutBirding with Field Guides showcases two different Mexican treats from the Camp Kitchen: Rajas con crema and guacamole. Dave Stejskal and John Coons share their tips and tricks so that you can have success with these easy and delicious recipes in your own camp kitchen. Dave and John also take us birding around Flagstaff, Arizona: if you thought you’d never salivate and think about gull identification at the same time, you might be surprised. Get your grocery list ready - you’re going to want to make a few batches of rajas and guacamole after you watch this!

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New episode - Interview with Willy PĂ©rez & Franklin's Gull Bonus

 

Watch the trailer for a first look at our new episode.

Interview: Willy Pérez

After growing up in Ecuador and working several jobs before becoming involved with Spectacled Bear conservation and birding, Willy Pérez joined Field Guides as a tour leader in 2011. In this wide-ranging conversation, Jesse Fagan talks with Willy about growing up in Ecuador, birds, bears, conservation, and Willy’s current life at home with his family in England. Willy’s life story is a great study in the transformative powers of conservation and ecotourism.

Franklin’s Gull – On the Move

During late autumn in the northern hemisphere, hundreds of thousands of Franklin’s Gulls arrive on their wintering grounds along the Pacific Coast of South America. In this Bonus Birds video, Jesse Fagan talks about the long-distance migration of the “prairie dove” and shares video of the large flocks that recently descended upon the coastline near his home...

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New episode - Cape May Raptor ID

 

Check out the trailer for a first look at our new episode. 

Even though they’re relatively large and widespread, raptors can be challenging to identify on the wing. Tom Johnson shares his favorite ways for simplifying raptor identification in the migration hotspot of Cape May, New Jersey. Using the benefits of 1/8 speed slow-motion video, this episode focuses on the flight identification of 16 species of raptors that occur regularly in Cape May. While this Mid-Atlantic species set may vary a bit from your own backyard hawkwatching spots, there’s sure to be overlap as well as some tips and principles that can help you out wherever you are.

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New episode - Rattlesnakes of Central Arizona (+ Clever Cardinal Bonus)

 

Check out the trailer for a peek at our new episode and accompanying bonus piece.

In this episode, we switch passions slightly and focus on herping! Micah Riegner and friends set out to track down an impressive diversity of rattlesnakes (and other reptiles) in the varied habitats of central Arizona. In addition to seeing these beautiful and exciting animals up-close, we learn a lot about their biology and natural history along the way. Watch out - some remarkable camouflage awaits you! 

But wait, there's more!

Dan Lane has been birding up a storm this year around his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Even though he's seen an amazing array of rare species, he still takes time to closely observe the common residents of his backyard. In this week's bonus piece, Dan shares an ingenious feeding strategy of one particular Northern Cardinal.

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New episode - Terry Stevenson Introduces Birds of East Africa

 

Check out the trailer for an overview of our new episode.

Terry Stevenson has been wonderfully productive this year, working from home and completing the second edition of Birds of East Africa, the field guide which he co-authored with John Fanshawe. In this episode, Terry shows us around his bird-rich backyard in Kenya and also takes us behind the scenes of producing a field guide.

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New episode - Thick-billed Parrot History (Part 2)

 

Our short trailer gives you an overview of this two-part conversation - this week, we are publishing the conclusion, Part 2. 

The Thick-billed Parrot is a globally Endangered species inhabiting the Sierra Madre Occidental of northwestern Mexico. The northernmost nesting population is only a few hours’ drive south of the US border, and the parrots used to occur regularly in some of the “sky island” mountain ranges of southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico.  To gain historical perspective on the first ecological studies of Thick-billed Parrots in the Sierra Madre and also the saga of the US population, Bret Whitney, Micah Riegner, and Rose Ann Rowlett invited some of the early researchers to give their first-hand accounts of these little-known chapters in North American ornithology. This episode, which is Part 2 of a two-part series, highlights the USFWS effort to reestablish a population of Thick-billed Parrots in Southeast Arizona.

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New episode - Eared Quetzals in Mexico

birding in the field mexico Nov 25, 2020
 

This trailer gives you a short overview of the full 20-minute episode.

Among Mexico’s most emblematic — yet also enigmatic — species of birds is the Eared Quetzal. OutBirding team Micah Riegner and Bret Whitney aimed to change that by launching a trip into the Sierra Madre Occidental of Chihuahua to document, for the first time on film or video, many of the basic life-history attributes of Eared Quetzals. The imagery they brought back from those high-elevation, mixed-conifer forests is nothing short of spectacular, and marks a significant leap forward in our knowledge of this highly distinctive, beautiful bird.

This episode is dedicated to our beloved friend Ned Brinkley who passed away on November 22nd, 2020 while birding in Ecuador. Words cannot express our sense of loss for someone who was an integral part of Field Guides. We mourn for Ned, for his family and loved ones, and for the gaping hole this leaves in the fabric of the birding community into...

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New episode - Yellow-bellied Kingbird ID

 

This trailer gives you a short overview of the full 26-minute episode.

In our first identification-focused video, Chris Benesh and Dave Stejskal take a deep dive into the world of the "yellow-bellied" kingbirds of the southern and western US. Several species of flycatchers in the genus Tyrannus can be confused in the field, so Chris and Dave break down the best ways to identify these handsome songbirds by sight and sound. In addition to discussing helpful videos, photos, and audio recordings from the field, they strive to simplify this oft-challenging group to give you straightforward tools you need to identify kingbirds.

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