Illustration of a Baltimore Oriole, Osprey and American Tree Sparrow flying over our host, Tenijah Hamilton, smiling and holding binoculars, against a background of trees and tall buildings by Hayden Maynard.
Like many birders, host Tenijah Hamilton discovered her love of birds during the pandemic. Now she invites listeners to join her in appreciating the beauty and mystery of the birds all around us and taking action on their behalf. As Tenijah speaks with bird experts from all walks of life, she and the listener learn, together, how to bring birds back.
1: How do we know that birds are in trouble?
Tenijah gets to know Biostatistician Dr. Adam Smith, coauthor of the study that found we’ve lost 3 billion birds in North America, and helps us wrap our heads around that gigantic number. The good news? There are lots of ways to help.
2: Who is birding for?
Tenijah and Sheridan Alford, co-founder of Black Birders Week, talk about how to celebrate Black people who love birds and expand the choir for conservation. Then they get out into the wilds of Georgia in search of, you guessed it, birds.
3: Can we make our cities safer for birds?
Tenijah talks with NYC Audubon Senior Conservation Biologist Kaitlyn Parkins and Seattle Audubon Urban Conservation Manager Joshua Morris to break down the challenge that glass in our built environment poses to birds, how a local solution is becoming a national policy, and what you can do to support it.
4: For birds to win, do cats have to lose? - Part 1
The first of this two-part series pulls apart the issues with cats and birds. Producer Mark Bramhill gives Tenijah an overview of how outdoor cats affect bird populations, why it’s such a controversial issue, and what’s to be done about it. Guests include “the Cat Daddy” Jackson Galaxy, and Georgetown University Professor Dr. Peter Marra.
5: For birds to win, do cats have to lose? - Part 2
The second of this two-part series pulls apart the issues with cats and birds. Host Tenijah Hamilton gets an overview of how outdoor cats affect bird populations, why it’s such a controversial issue, and what’s to be done about it. She discusses this with producer Mark Bramhill and guests including Karen Krauss and Joe Liebezeit.
6: How can native plants help birds?
Tenijah joins volunteers planting wildflowers and grasses along Atlanta’s BeltLine, an urban rail trail, where she learns how native plants can provide food and shelter for birds within cities. She talks to ecologist Desiree Narango about why birds depend on plants, and how we can transform our backyards and shared green spaces to serve the needs of both people and birds.
7: How can coffee help birds?
Tenijah hears firsthand from coffee grower Oswaldo Acevedo in Colombia how shade-grown coffee farms offer better wildlife habitat and working conditions than most industrial coffee plantations. She speaks to Ruth Bennett and Justine Bowe from the Smithsonian Institute Migratory Bird Center about the science behind the Bird Friendly Coffee certification, how bird friendly coffee growers benefit birds and other wildlife, how to find bird friendly coffee near you, and the goal to have a whole range of certified bird friendly products on the shelves in the future.
8: How can we protect birds from plastics?
In our season finale, Tenijah heads to Tybee Island off the Georgia coast for a day at the beach... picking up trash. She joins Tim Arnold, founder of Tybee Clean Beach Volunteers, to see firsthand how plastics and trash can pose a threat to migratory shorebirds and marine life. And she speaks with Kelly Martin, Texas Coastal Outreach Coordinator at American Bird Conservancy, about some of the actions we can take to solve our problem with plastics.
Host and Producer: Tenijah Hamilton
Producer: Mark Bramhill
Editor: Oluwakemi Aladesuyi
Production Manager: Allison Wilson
Lead Science Advisor: Trina Bayard
Music by Cosmo Sheldrake
Additional Music by Blue Dot Sessions
Podcast Art by Hayden Maynard
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