New episode - All Things Caracaras with Jonathan Meiburg

 

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On March 30th, 2021, a wonderful new natural history book from Knopf began hitting bookstores everywhere - Jonathan Meiburg’s A Most REMARKABLE Creature, the Hidden Life and Epic Journey of the World’s Smartest Birds of Prey.  It’s everything caracaras, and so much more, as Jonathan and Bret Whitney take us on a journey through 65 million years and tens of thousands of miles of South American landscapes.  We learn a great deal about this odd group of New World raptors, most closely related to falcons, as we accompany Jonathan from the remote outer islands of the Falklands group, where he studied Striated Caracaras, through the Andean altiplano and Amazonia to the ancient Guianan Shield.  Many colorful personalities populate his pages, from such early caracara contemplators as...

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New episode - Micah Riegner paints a LeConte's Thrasher

 

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It’s spring in the desert, and Micah Riegner is spending time surveying for thrashers in some wild places in Arizona. In this week’s episode, Micah combines his scientific pursuit of thrashers with his artistic passion, and he takes us along for the ride. Join in as Micah uses his field experience to inform his sketching process and the brushstrokes that eventually shape his beautiful watercolor painting.

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New episode - Cape May ID Pairs: Early Spring

 

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This identification episode deals with separating three puzzling pairs of birds from Cape May, New Jersey. Through comparison video of Bonaparte’s and Black-headed gulls, Savannah Sparrow subspecies, and Lesser and Greater scaup, Tom Johnson shares some of his favorite ways to approach field ID. Even if you live across the country or on the other side of the world, you can to apply these comparative techniques to sort out your local early spring birds.

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New episode - Snow Bird Strategies: Surviving Winter's Worst

 

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During the depths of winter, birds across North America employ a variety of strategies that help them deal with cold, snow, and ice. In this episode of OutBirding, Doug Gochfeld takes us on a snowy tour of the northeastern USA to share some of the secrets of birds living through winter "on the edge". Stay tuned for a few vagrant cameos in the form of Redwing, Sage Thrasher, and "Common" (Mew) Gull.

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New episode - The Birding Life with John Rowlett & Purple Sandpiper Bonus

 

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The Birding Life: John Rowlett Receives ABA's Roger Tory Peterson Award

At the 40th annual ABA Convention, April 2009 in Corpus Christi, Texas, John Rowlett received the coveted Roger Tory Peterson Award in recognition of his lifetime of achievements in promoting the cause of birding.  John’s remarks on “The Birding Life” were poignant that day, and his message continues to resonate with birders today.  John and Rose Ann Rowlett, undoubtedly the most enduring and beloved brother-sister birding team of all time, share with us their experience of coming upon an injured Buff-breasted Sandpiper on their very first trip to the Central Texas Coast, when they were respectively but 14 and 12 years old.  Peppershrike and Grebe recount how Dr. Peterson was delighted to be able to use the...

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New episode - Christmas Bird Count - Special Episode

 

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Christmas Bird Count - Special Episode

Many members of the Field Guides team (and extended family) participated in the National Audubon Society’s 2020-21 Christmas Bird Count in December and January. On this special episode of OutBirding with Field Guides, host John Coons takes us across the country to visit with teams of CBC birders from Arizona to Texas to New York. We get to see a wonderful selection of winter birds from across the country, and we also hear some fun stories from these treasured days in the field.

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New episode - Florida Keys Rarities

 

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Florida Keys Rarities

This week's OutBirding adventure takes us away from the winter chill to the warmth of the Florida Keys, where Tom Johnson and Doug Gochfeld searched for some very rare Caribbean visitors in December 2020. Learn a little bit about the status and identification of Cuban Pewee, Black-faced Grassquit, and Red-legged Thrush, and stay tuned for a bonus mega rarity that popped up mid-trip!

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New episode - Curve-billed Thrasher Call Types with Richard Webster

 

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Curve-billed Thrasher Call Types with Richard Webster

Get ready for a deep dive into some field ornithology for birders! Chris Benesh sits down with Richard Webster in Portal, Arizona to discuss the biogeography of Curve-billed Thrashers in the United States desert southwest. Richard has spent many hours audio recording thrashers where the eastern and western subspecies groups meet, and he shares some of the things he’s discovered with this concerted birding effort.

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New episode - Quest for the Dwarf Marmoset: A Journey on the Rio Aripuanã

 

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Quest for the Dwarf Marmoset: A Journey on the Rio Aripuanã

How would you like to make a quick, adventurous trip into a remote place in the central Amazon basin?  That’s exactly what OutBirding has in store for this week, as Micah Riegner takes us to the beautiful Rio Aripuanã in search of one of the most range-restricted primates on the planet — the tiny Dwarf Marmoset (Callibella humilis).  This highly distinctive little beast, described to science only in 1998, is extremely poorly known in the wild.  During the quest, Micah introduces us to a remarkable variety of other wildlife, from stingrays and electric eels to several seldom-seen birds of the Amazonian forest understory.

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New episode - Dan Lane paints a Peppershrike

 

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This week, OutBirding takes you "wet-on-wet" with renowned bird artist and Field Guides tour guide Dan Lane.  From an amorphous background right through to his masterpiece, Dan shares with us his techniques for drawing birds and putting pigment to paper in his transparent watercolor and gouache painting of a Rufous-browed Peppershrike, which is featured in the current (2021) Field Guides calendar. It’s a fascinating process that Dan makes accessible to all.

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