Author and bird enthusiast Ashley C. Ford says that it’s good to have a list of at least five birds that you’re scared of — like the six foot tall cassowary — just to keep you honest. “It's very important to humble yourself and to understand where you actually lie on the food chain,” she says. But despite the goose’s mischievous reputation, she’d never have them on her list. “I grew up in the Midwest,” she says. “And I know personally I'm not scared of no goose.” Hear more of Tenijah Hamilton’s conversation with her birding heroes, Ashley C. Ford and Tracy Clayton, on the Bring Birds Back podcast.
The Five Birds You’re Scared Of
Adapted from the Bring Birds Back podcast
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Author and bird enthusiast Ashley C. Ford says that it’s good to have a list of at least five birds that you’re scared of. You know, like the six foot tall cassowary. Just to keep you honest.
Ashley C. Ford: Because I think first of all, it's very important to humble yourself and to understand where you actually lie on the food chain. You should know your fears. Interrogating your fears is already good for you and interrogating, um, the birds that you are personally afraid of. Um, I think that's, you know, that's the key word there. When I talk about having a bird list, I always call it a personal bird list. Yo bird list doesn't have to look like my bird list. Other people had their own personal reasons like, oh, I got bit by a goose when I was five.
[Canada Goose honk]
Ashley C. Ford: And it's like, yeah, that's really sad. But like, geese are not on my bird list, cause I grew up in the Midwest. And I know personally I'm not scared of no goose.
Ashley C. Ford: That's the kind of life that I've lived. So a goose is not on my bird list. A goose could never see my bird list. Okay.
[“Goosebusters” lyrics: “I ain’t afraid of no goose!”]
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Hear more of my conversation with my birding heroes, Ashley C. Ford and Tracy Clayton, on the Bring Birds Back podcast. Listen in your podcast app or at BirdNote dot org. I’m Tenijah Hamilton.
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Narrator: Tenijah Hamilton
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