If you didn’t get a chance to listen to the special live radio broadcast on Sunday, you can now listen to the podcast of the 500th show of “Ray Brown’s Talkin’ Birds” from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History:
The show features host Ray Brown; Smithsonian ornithologist Bruce Beehler (the second edition of his book with Thane Pratt, Birds of New Guinea, Second Edition, is now out); and me. There’s a segment on a bird that keeps warm in a “winter rental”, Mike O’Connor from the Bird Watcher’s General Store in Orleans (MA) talks about whether to keep hummingbird feeders up longer, and I was thrilled to help out with the Mystery Bird segment.
Thank you very much to the sponsors of “Ray Brown’s Talkin’ Birds” for helping to make the show happen — Birds & Beans Coffee, the Bird Watcher’s General Store, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and the American Bird Conservancy. (I hope I have them all listed!). Thank you to Sharon Duffield and Catherine Browne for all of the photos. And a very special thank you to Ray for sponsoring my trip and helping to make such a wonderful adventure happen.
I’ll write more on my experience and behind the sciences after I return (we fly back tomorrow).
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Here are a few photos from yesterday’s show, including some from “Ray Brown’s Talkin’ Birds” Facebook page:
Talking to Ray on-air during the show,
Ray with Jennifer, winner of the on-site raffle,
Getting ready for the show with (from left) assistant producer Emma Morgenstern, Smithsonian press officer Kathryn Sabella, me, and executive producer Mark Duffield,
With Dr. Chandra Taylor Smith, Vice President, Community Conservation & Education, National Audubon Society,