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The Thing with Feathers: birds and hope with Courtney Ellis

The Thing with Feathers: birds and hope with Courtney Ellis

By Courtney Ellis

Stories, experts, and special guests on how birds help us keep looking up.
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The Delight of Birding Societies and Conservation (Dr. Tim O'Connell, president of the Wilson Ornithological Association)
The Delight of Birding Societies and Conservation (Dr. Tim O'Connell, president of the Wilson Ornithological Association)
This week: Courtney talks to Tim O'Connell about ecology, conservation, cultural beliefs about eagles and vultures, and Tim offers up the best bobolink impression we've ever heard. The Thing with Feathers is birds, birding, and hope with an obsessive newbie birder and a wide range of experts and special guests. New episodes every Monday!  Links from Tim's show: Wilson Ornithological Society The American Bird Conservancy Cambridge Conservation Initiative with Bill Sutherland Himalayan Connections to Vultures and Sky Burial Follow Tim: Twitter Wordpress A couple free apps to get you birding: Merlin Bird ID E-Bird Follow Courtney: Twitter Facebook Website Many thanks to author & professor Todd Peterson for suggesting the perfect name for the pod (and for Emily Dickinson, for having such a lovely poem in the public domain!). Our music is by Del Belcher. The Thing with Feathers is hosted and produced by Courtney Ellis.
01:03:47
February 06, 2023
The Joy of Backyard Birds (Dr. Joan Strassmann, biologist and author of Slow Birding)
The Joy of Backyard Birds (Dr. Joan Strassmann, biologist and author of Slow Birding)
Courtney talks to brilliant biologist and author Joan Strassmann about the gifts of paying attention, the under-appreciated blue jay, citizen science, and why mockingbirds might just blow your mind.  Links from Joan's show Joan's book - Slow Birding: the Art and Science of Enjoying the Birds in Your Own Backyard Free Birding & Ecology Resources Merlin Bird ID E-Bird iNaturalist Seek Follow Joan: Twitter Wordpress The Thing with Feathers is birds, birding, and hope with an obsessive newbie birder and a wide range of experts and special guests. New episodes every Monday! Follow Courtney: Twitter Facebook Website Many thanks to author & professor Todd Peterson for suggesting the perfect name for the pod (and for Emily Dickinson, for having such a lovely poem in the public domain!). Our music is by Del Belcher. The Thing with Feathers is hosted and produced by Courtney Ellis.
51:06
February 01, 2023
The Friendship Between Faith and Science + Barred Owls (Dr. Paul Wallace, physicist and astronomer)
The Friendship Between Faith and Science + Barred Owls (Dr. Paul Wallace, physicist and astronomer)
Courtney talks to Paul Wallace about expansive faith, the gift of wonder, barred owls, and A Bird from the Lord. Links from Paul's show Paul's books - Love & Quasars and The Stars Beneath Us Free Birding & Ecology Resources Merlin Bird ID E-Bird iNaturalist Seek Follow Paul: Twitter The Thing with Feathers is birds, birding, and hope with an obsessive newbie birder and a wide range of experts and special guests. New episodes every Monday! Follow Courtney: Twitter Facebook Website Many thanks to author & professor Todd Peterson for suggesting the perfect name for the pod (and for Emily Dickinson, for having such a lovely poem in the public domain!). Our music is by Del Belcher. The Thing with Feathers is hosted and produced by Courtney Ellis.
59:09
January 30, 2023
Episode 01: Preview to The Thing With Feathers Podcast, birds and hope with Courtney Ellis and non-birder spouse Daryl
Episode 01: Preview to The Thing With Feathers Podcast, birds and hope with Courtney Ellis and non-birder spouse Daryl
Welcome to The Thing With Feathers! This preview covers the story behind the show, how birds can unite us, Badly Drawn Birds, #ABirdFromTheLord, why Twitter is the best birding social media, and why Courtney is constitutionally unable to replace the toilet paper roll.  The Thing with Feathers is birds, birding, and hope with an obsessive newbie birder and a wide range of experts and special guests. Free Birding & Ecology Resources Merlin Bird ID E-Bird iNaturalist Seek Follow Courtney: Twitter Facebook Website Many thanks to author & professor Todd Peterson for suggesting the perfect name for the pod (and for Emily Dickinson, for having such a lovely poem in the public domain!). Our music is by Del Belcher. The Thing with Feathers is hosted and produced by Courtney Ellis.
40:12
January 19, 2023