Episode 48: Behind the scenes with Allison Shultz of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Episode 48: Behind the scenes with Allison Shultz of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

In which we go behind the scenes to see the fascinating aspects of the bird specimen collection of one of America’s most well-respected museums. You really should watch this episode but in case you cannot, here it the audio only version. In this episode, she shows us house finches, parrots, frigatebirds, penguins, condors, munias, whydahs and the...

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Episode 46: Rescuing black kites with filmmaker Shaunak Sen

Episode 46: Rescuing black kites with filmmaker Shaunak Sen

Interview with a filmmaker who won the L’oiel d’or or Golden Eye in Cannes for best documentary film in 2022. We have a different sort of guest for this episode: a filmmaker.  Shaunak Sen’s film “All That Breathes” premiered at Sundance Festival, where it won the Grand Jury award and then won the L’Oeil d’Or (Golden Eye) for the best documentary...

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Episode 45: Avians to the rescue with Bittu Sahgal

Episode 45: Avians to the rescue with Bittu Sahgal

Our guest today is the much-admired Bittu Sahgal.  Mention Mr. Sahgal and three words come up: Sanctuary, activism, and conservation.  He founded Sanctuary magazine in 1981. It morphed into Sanctuary Nature Foundation in 2001.  In these capacities, and in his role as the President of the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), Mr....

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Episode 42: Birds in myth and legend.  Part 4 of 4

Episode 42: Birds in myth and legend. Part 4 of 4

Part 4 of How to bird-watch series In which the author loops in some history and fables and talks about her habitat. Birds are the stuff of myth and legend in every culture.  Some of the most beautiful poetic images come from birds. My father, an English professor, loved the Romantic poets: Keats, Shelley, and Wordsworth, who lived in the...

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Episode 41: The art of seeing in bird-watching

Episode 41: The art of seeing in bird-watching

How to bird watch Part 3 In which the author talks about how to see. Ayurveda divides us into three phenotypes: vata, pitta and kapha. Vatas have acute hearing and enjoy the sense of touch— if my memory serves right. Pittas have acute vision and enjoy the sense of smell.  Kaphas have acute taste and enjoy the sense of touch.  As a classic vata, I...

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Episode 40: The pleasures of bird watching.  Part 2 of 4

Episode 40: The pleasures of bird watching. Part 2 of 4

In which the author connects birds and bees with flora and foliage Nature is both generous and opportunistic. Trees attract birds during certain seasons; and then allow other trees to get that opportunity. The red silk cotton tree beside my house was agog with birds when it flowered a few months ago. Today, it stands bereft, with its flowers and...

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Episode 39: How I got into birdwatching.  Part 1 of 4

Episode 39: How I got into birdwatching. Part 1 of 4

And how you can toooooo This episode addresses a question that every bird watcher hears at some point or other.  People who watch us stand still at balconies gazing skywards or at trees, peering through binoculars at walks, or getting excited by some random tiny green bird.  Some of us get this question from puzzled spouses or confused...

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