Episode 56: BR Hills in Karnataka: a recent visit

Episode 56: BR Hills in Karnataka: a recent visit

In episode 28, we spoke to Dr. Samira Agnihotri about bird song and how the Solega tribals interacted so closely with the forest around them. This episode is about a recent visit to the BR Hills.  It talks about how humans and wildlife can live together in the forest.  Watch how the Solega tribals live and worship a Magnolia champaka tree or a...

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Episode 55: Demoiselle Cranes in India

Episode 55: Demoiselle Cranes in India

This episode is about demoiselle cranes congregating in a village in India. Last month, on a trip to Rajasthan, I visited the village of Kheechan.  To get here, you have to fly to Jodhpur and drive two hours North.  The thing about this place is that every winter, some 20,000 Demoiselle cranes congregate here because they are fed...

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Episode 54: The Great Indian Bustard: Update

Episode 54: The Great Indian Bustard: Update

Our first episode was about the Great Indian Bustard. The logo of the Bird Podcast is the Great Indian Bustard or GIB as it is called.  Salim Ali wanted this bird to be India’s national bird for three reasons: it is indigenous to India, it is a large and charismatic bird, and it deserves protection because its numbers were dwindling, even in...

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Episode 53: Birds of Australia: Stories and Species

Episode 53: Birds of Australia: Stories and Species

This episode gives a glimpse into the birds of Australia, told through the eyes of Franck Masna, an aboriginal elder who tells us the story of how birds got their colours and also through the eyes of Michael Simmons who runs Tweed Escapes to show tourists the sights and sounds of the Tweed River in Australia. This video is about the Tweed Valley,...

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Episode 52: Amazing bird species: Wood Storks

Episode 52: Amazing bird species: Wood Storks

This is a story about a wood stork called Flinthead.  He lived with his partner in Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Florida.  The wood stork couple depended on the wetlands in Florida for not just their survival but also to bring up their babies.  This is a post-episode trailer of Episode 5 where I interviewed Dr. Jerry Jackson....

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Episode 51: The importance of wetlands: Post episode trailer

Episode 51: The importance of wetlands: Post episode trailer

This episode is about wetlands.  This is a post-episode trailer of Episode 5 where I interviewed Dr. Jerry Jackson. Even though the audio isn’t perfect, Episode 5 is worth listening to because he covers so much ground. Ecology, wood storks, wetlands, anhingas, and much more. Here I focus on one aspect of that episode: wetlands...

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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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