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Your Bird Story

Your Bird Story

By Washington Square Park Eco Projects
Your Bird Story is a broadcast of everyday people's stories of their encounters and relationships with wild birds in cities. Storytellers' voices are centered in every episode, and the topic of each episode is a single species or related birds.

The podcast is narrated by Georgia Silvera Seamans, Director, Washington Square Park Eco Projects. Each episode's natural history notes are written by Loyan Beausoleil, Birds Program Manager, Washington Square Park Eco Projects. The podcast is produced and edited by Pod to the People.
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In the Field

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Dr. Thomas Easley
You might be familiar with the saying, "you cannot see the forest for the trees." You are so focused on the details (the trees) that you lose sight of the big picture (the forest). In this two-part episode, we speak with Dr. Thomas Easley, a forester, who in community with Black birders and through the practice of birding slowly, came to see the smaller aspects of the forests (the birds) in which he works and the landscapes in which he lives. --- Birds sounds Cardinal sounds for this episode were downloaded from orangefreesounds.com here and here. --- Podcast team Creator and Host: Georgia Silvera Seamans, Director, Washington Square Park Eco Projects Nature Note Writer: Loyan Beausoleil, Program Manager, Washington Square Park Eco Projects Producer and Editor: Pod to the People
42:01
February 11, 2021
Raptor
2021 has not begun auspiciously. However, we can take some comfort in the awe that birds bring to our lives. Coincidentally, one of our stories is about the majestic Bald Eagle, which is the national bird of the U.S. Charlie Bates spotted the eagle on a cross country trip. The first story in this episode is from Shawn King about the red-tailed hawk and other birds in the Tompkins Square Park - East River Park neighborhoods of NYC. --- Birds sounds Red-tailed hawk vocalization from  orangefreesounds.com here. Bald eagle vocalization from orangefreesounds.com here. --- Podcast team Creator and Host: Georgia Silvera Seamans, Director, Washington Square Park Eco Projects Natural History Note Writer: Loyan Beausoleil, Program Manager, Washington Square Park Eco Projects Producer and Editor: Pod to the People
27:32
January 14, 2021
In the Field
We miss recording bird stories in the field! In this special episode we share three of our field recordings. First up, John talks about watching a red-tailed hawk capture a rat in Prospect Park, then Shaysha and Olivia recall a hawk in their old neighborhood as well as the decline in bird species in the city, and finally, Jen shares a childhood encounter with young pigeons. --- Birds sounds Pigeon sounds for this episode were downloaded from orangefreesounds.com here and here. Red-tailed hawk sounds for this episode were downloaded from orangefreesounds.com here. --- Podcast team Creator and Host: Georgia Silvera Seamans, Director, Washington Square Park Eco Projects Producer and Editor: Pod to the People
13:52
December 10, 2020
Introducing Your Bird Story
People in urban settings have positive relationships with nature including birds. Your Bird Story is an audio archive of the different and many ways in which everyday people interact with wild birds. Here are some of our favorite moments from Season 1, Episodes 1 through 3.
04:59
December 7, 2020
Spark Bird
Do you have a spark bird, that is, a species that tuned you into watching and listening to birds? In this month's episode Melissa Yang (the pigeon) and Abra Lee (cardinal & eagle) tell us about their spark birds. Curious about Melissa's research? Read her latest piece titled "By Shattering the Vulture's Nose." Birds sounds Pigeon sounds for this episode were downloadeds from orangefreesounds.com here and here.  Cardinal sounds for this episode were downloaded from orangefreesounds.com here and here. Podcast team Host: Georgia Silvera Seamans, Director, Washington Square Park Eco Projects Natural History Notes writer: Loyan Beausoleil, Birds Program Manager, Washington Square Park Eco Projects Producer and editor: Pod to the People
54:05
November 12, 2020
Cardinal
We are back! Listen to stories about the spiritual role the Cardinal plays in the lives of Joan of Long Island and Kelly of Howell, NJ. Birds sounds Cardinal sounds for this episode were downloaded from orangefreesounds.com here and here. Podcast team Host, Georgia Silvera Seamans, Director, Washington Square Park Eco Projects Natural History Notes writer, Loyan Beausoleil, Birds Program Manager, Washington Square Park Eco Projects Producer and editor, Pod to the People
32:52
October 8, 2020
Tanager
Tanager is the first episode of podcast and features two stories. The first is about a summer tanager in Washington Square Park told by Tatiana and Ted. The second story is about a scarlet tanager spotted in East River Park and told by Sohaila.  Birds sounds for this episode were downloaded from xeno-canto.org: scarlet tanger and summer tanager. Podcast Team Host, Georgia Silvera Seamans, Director, Washington Square Park Eco Projects Natural History Notes writer, Loyan Beausoleil, Birds Program Manager, Washington Square Park Eco Projects Producer and editor, Pod to the People
44:54
September 10, 2020