Jeffrey Gordon, President of the American Birding Association, talks with me about the current state of birding and its future. Also we chat about his emergence as a birder and naturalist. NOTE: My portion of conversation is of horrible sound quality…apologies in advancement. Please subscribe/rate/review More Than Birds via iTunes Podcast: Play in new window |...Read More
Himalayan Dreams – Birds of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives.
I have often dreamt of leaning against a giant rhododendron on some isolated hillside in the Kingdom of Bhutan while Rufous-necked Hornbills and Beautiful Nuthatches appear within the orbital sphere of my binocular vision. The entire Indian Subcontinent is filled host of both familiar avian shapes and those that seem foreign to this New World-centric birding mind. Culturally India is an entire break from my familiar Western mental confines. The streets of Varanasi crowded with sādhus (holy men). The banks of Ganges lined with the smells, sights, and noises of the funeral pyres. The cycle of...Read More
In this episode of the More Than Birds Podcast, I talk to Konchog Norbu, an American Buddhist monk, birder, and friend, about Buddhism, spirituality, and mindfulness as it relates to birding. We discuss gateway birds, listing obsession, and birding travels. Please subscribe to this podcast at iTunes Podcast: Play in new window |...Read More
Recently, I had the immense pleasure of perusing the drawers of the avian collection at the Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum located on the campus of the University of Montana. In each of drawers, there were lined with preserved skins of many birds, including representation of almost the entire Montana native bird community. The specimens date from near the turn of the last century until the recent past. Collectors such as Morton J. Elrod, C. F. Hedges, Philip L. Wright, and Jeff Marks have all of their specimens in the museum. Visiting this place opens the book of the...Read More
The Stans (Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan)…those mysterious enclaves in the heart of the Asian continent have been somewhat of a natural history mystery for ages. Communism, radical jihad, conflicts, and just plain tribal shenanigans have all conspired to hindered the unfettered access of those wishing to chronicle the region’s unique wildlife and birds. There have been an intrepid few that dared enter into the heart of the continent. Grigory Grumm-Grzhimaylo was one of those hardy few. The Russian naturalist explored Central Asia...Read More