BirdCallsRadio show featuring Greg Hanisek as the guest. Greg is an editor and nature columnist for The Republican-American, a daily newspaper in Waterbury, Connecticut. He has been birdwatching for more than 50 years and is a well-known and active birder in the state. Greg is an active participant in bird surveys in CT, is the editor of the Connecticut Warbler (the newsletters of the Connecticut Ornithological Association) and is a member of the Avian Records Committee of Connecticut.
BirdCallsRadio show featuring an with Florence “Flo” McBride. Listen as this popular Connecticut birdwatcher describes how she gets children excited about learning about nature and birds. She even does her “Blue Jay rap” — twice. Nice!
Show featuring Katie Fallon, author of “Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird,” by Ruka Press. Katie discusses the plight of the Cerulean Warbler, a beautiful blue warbler that is declining rapidly. Katie went to South America to visit the birds’ winter habitat. She discusses in this interview the various challenges the birds face on their winter and summer homes, as well as on their migration routes. She also tackles mountaintop removal mining in West Virginia and encourages consumers to drink shade-grown coffee.
Featured Soundkeeper Terry Backer, who has devoted much of his life to preserving and protecting Long Island Sound.
Terry, who is also a state Representative in Connecticut, talks about important initiatives that will protect the Sound, what the Soundkeeper organization (now 25 years old) has done over the years to protect the Sound, and, of course, birds. Terry has been fishing and shellfishing on Long Island Sound nearly all his life and offers an interesting perspective on the waters.
BirdCallsRadio show featuring special guests Michael Moccio and Patrick Dugan. Michael and Patrick were instrumental in preserving a section of Cove Island Park in Stamford, CT, at Cove Island Wildlife Sanctuary. What was once a brush dump is now a wildlife sanctuary with habitats such as fields, woods, beaches and brushy areas. Check out the archive to find out how they did it.
Patrick is also known for his bird imitations and he does several during the show. Be sure to check that out, too. He even does his famous winter wren call.
Derek Lovitch show, originally aired Sunday, April 29, 2012. Derek talks to BirdCallsRadio about his new book, “How to be a Better Birder,” published by Princeton University Press. He also discusses the Whole Bird and More approach to bird identification, using radar and weather to find more birds, conservation and special moments at Bradbury Mountain in Maine.
Show with Kenn Kaufman. It originally aired on Sunday, April 22, 2012. Kenn is one the most recognized birders in the U.S. and is the author of several books on birds. He is also the founder of the Kaufman Field Guides published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company of Boston.
BirdCallsRadio show featuring Julie Zickefoose, wildlife artist, wild rehabilitator, naturalist and author of “The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds,” a recent Oprah Book club “Book of the Week.”
Julie discusses her book, as well as reads a passage from the book and describes some of the artwork. She also discusses a variety of other topics related to nature. You don’t want to miss her discussion about barn swallows and a black rat snake!
BirdCallsRadio show with Julian Hough as the special guest. Julian discusses wildlife photography and art, as well as birdwatching tips, the Ct Avian Records Committee, and coming to America from England and meeting up in Cape May, N.J., with folks such as Richard Crossley, Pete Dunne, and Kevin Karlson.
Show with renowned wildlife photographer Kevin Karlson. He is also the co-author of The Shorebird Guide. His latest book, Birding by Impression, is due out soon.
Listen as Kevin describes the concept of birding by impression, a more holistic approach to birdwatching. Kevin also talks about The Shorebird Guide and the plight of the Red Knot.
BirdCallsRadio show with naturalist Mary Warren of Magee Marsh Wildlife Area in Ohio. Magee Marsh has been named a Top 10 spot for birdwatching in the United States.
Listen as Mary discusses bird migration, other wildlife, Magee Marsh, and how she became a naturalist late in life and encourages others to follow their dreams. Mary also discusses the importance of getting kids involved in the outdoors.
Here is the archive of Sunday’s show with Richard Crossley, author of The Crossley ID Guide. Richard reflects on the feedback he has received on his unique book since the last time he was guest on Bird Calls Radio back in April 2011. He also discusses several other books that will follow.
Richard also talks about a Global Bird Initiative, Pledge to Fledge, whereby birdwatchers will bring along non-birders for a day in the field looking at birds. Richard is interested in getting more people involved with birdwatching and this is just one way he is helping to do that.
Bird Calls Radio show with James Currie, host of Birding Adventures TV. Listen as Currie talks about birding around the world, having his own birding TV show (he actually has two), mingling with locals, “other” wildlife, finding and taping an extremely rare hummingbird in South America, bagging “golden birds,” and plenty of other topics.
Show featuring young birder Benjamin Van Doren. The show originally aired live on Sunday, March 4, 2012. Benjamin is a senior at White Plains High School in Westchester County, N.Y.
He has already studied and researched birds extensively and has participated in birdwatching events such as the World Series of Birding. His research on nocturnal migration and morning flight in migrating birds has earned him a finalist position for the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search award. The winner earns a $100,000 prize.
Jayne Neville, founder and owner of the Mount Vernon Songbird Sanctuary in Southington, Conn.
Jayne is a wildlife rehabilitator who specializes in songbird rehabilitation. She has nursed to health thousands of birds, such as swifts, hummingbirds and woodpeckers. Listen as she describes the feeling of rehabilitating one of these precious birds and releases them into the wild. It’s a fun and lively interview.
Bird Calls Radio show, in case you missed it. In this show, Milan Bull discusses the recently released 2012 State of the Birds Report. Bull is the senior director of conservation and science and also one of the founders and editors of the report. This year’s report focused on “Where is the Next Generation of Conservationists Coming From?” We discuss the findings at length.
Dr. John Fitzpatrick, director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, speaks at length about the Great Backyard Bird Count in this archive of the Feb. 12, 2012, BirdCallsRadio show. If you have any questions about the Great Backyard Bird Count, give this show a listen and you’ll be well informed at the end.
Bird Calls Radio show with Pete Dunne, renowned birder and author.
Bird Calls Radio show with Kimberly Kaufman as the special guest. Kimberly is the executive director of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory in NW Ohio. She is also a conservationist and wife of renowed birdwatcher Kenn Kaufman.
Twan Leenders, reptile expert and conservation director for Connecticut Audubon. We discuss snakes, turtles, living in a tropical tree house and, of course, birds.
Featuring an interview with Clay Taylor of Swarovski Optik NA. Clay discusses optics, digiscoping, butterflies, birding festivals and other topics. It’s a fun interview.
Tom is the author of “This Fine Piece of Water: An Environmental History of the Long Island Sound.” We discuss the Sound, its importance to birds, the challenges it faces, its fertility heyday, and what lies ahead for it. Tom is also doing communications work with CT Audubon.
Bird Calls show with Jeffrey A. Gordon, American Birding Association president, as the guest. What does the ABA have in store for 2012? What advances did it make in 2011? How does one fashion a career in birding and become the president of a major birdwatching organization?
Dennis Varza, age 59, of Fairfield, passed away on Sunday, December 29, 2013. Born in Bridgeport, son of the late Victor and Marie Broderick Varza. Dennis had been a Fairfield Town resident for most of his life. Dennis graduated from Shippensburg State College in Pa and did his graduate work at LSU where he earned a MS in Zoology and went on to the University of Oklahoma where he studied aquatic ecology. He had worked for many years as a contract biologist for the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection setting up programs to protect Piping Plovers and Least Terns plus many other projects.
Bird Calls Radio show with live updates from the Christmas Bird Counts around the state. First we checked in with the Westport Circle boat crew of Towny Dickinson and Larry Flynn, then Brian O’Toole of the Greenwich/Stamford Count stopped into the studio for a live update, then we heard from Scott Heth of the Lakeville/Sharon Count in northern CT, then finally Twan Leender of the Litchfield Hills Count. It’s a fun, hectic show with lots of great information.