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Birds of a Feather

An interview with biologist Dave Pearson research professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University and Audubon environmental educator Cathy Wise. Dr. Biology learns from his two guests that bird watching is pretty cool and fun.

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Topic Time
Intro 00:00
Why do people get into the activity of bird watching? 02:03
Birding can be done anywhere - even your back yard. 03:17
Bird lists and how they are a friendly birder competition. 03:36
Types of birding lists people make. 04:13
How many different birds species are in the world and how many has Dave Pearson seen in his lifetime? 05:00
Where is the most exotic place you have traveled for bird watching? 05:28
The Philippine Monkey-eating Eagle. 05:42
Bird adaptation for flight - hallow bones to make them lighter. 06:33
Why do other people get into bird watching? Is there a particular type of person that is drawn to bird watching? 07:14
Arizona is one of the best birding places in the country. 07:45
Unusual and or interesting bird factoid. 08:12
Artic Turn 08:22
Bar-headed Goose 08:36
Harris hawk 09:22
Burrowing owls 10:05
Humming birds - how do they fly and hover? 10:46
What are humming birds doing when they fly in and around cracks and edges of fences? [cobwebs and spiders] 11:43
Favorite bird and bird song. 12:34
Olive-sided flycatcher. [Cathy sings the song] 13:18
Olive-sided flycatchers sings song. 14:00
Canyon Wren Song. [Dave favorite Arizona bird song] 14:19
Ask a Biologist Virtual Aviary. [collection of bird songs, calls and more] 14:53
Fun bird song learning activity. [PowerPoint] 15:24
Science takes wing - education series 17:14
Is it hard to learn bird songs? 17:20
Why do birds sing? [songs and calls] 18:11
Audubon new nature center in South Phoenix. 19:18
How do you get started bird watching? [mentor - bird guide - learn shapes of birds - point of reference of size - songs] 19:54
Beginning birders guide. 23:42
What type of clothing would you want to wear when out bird watching? 23:54
What first got you interested in birds? [Cathy] 25:04
Garrison Keeler - [Dave] 26:09
What would you be if you were not a biologist? 26:48
What advice do you have for someone that wants get into birding? 28:47
Sign-off 30:09

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Birds of a Feather

Audio editor: Charles Kazilek

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