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In each episode, your host Dr. John tells you everything you need to know about a bird species with a laid back attitude. Learn about bird evolution, taxonomy, and behavior, with a few myths and legends mixed in. John keeps the banter light, the energy bright, and the humor raunchy. Warning: Fowl language Follow on Instagram @Dirtybirdpodcast, send listener mail or voice memos at dirtybirdpodcast@gmail.com to have them heard on the show! Theme song by Dick Piston, aka Ricky Pistone. Outro mu ...
 
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After a heartbreaking loss to division rivals from New Orleans, we react to the good, bad, and ugly of this game. We then talk about what is needed to bounce back next week against the Super Bowl Champion LA Rams. Also we have fans give their reactions. Follow us on Instagram @dirtybirdgangpodcast and send us a dm to join us live…
 
Summer nights just wouldn't be the same without the ethereal call of the Eastern Whip-Poor-Will. Sadly, the nights are growing quieter as this bird's populations plummet. Learn the secrets of this elusive, nocturnal bird on this episode of Dirty Bird Podcast and why its numbers are declining. John combs through the latest research to discuss this b…
 
Eagles, Gorcrows, and Crebain…oh my! Throughout the works of J.R.R Tolkien, including Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Fall of Gondolin, The Simarillion, and Beren and Luthien, birds feature prominently. Some, like the Eagle, play a big role while other birds are more obscure. In this podcast episode, three life long friends and LOTR nerds discuss ne…
 
Everyone knows the Peregrine Falcon is the fastest animal alive, but do you know the physics behind what makes them so fast? Or about their soap opera worthy lives? With a beautiful dawn chorus of birds accompanying him, John tells you all you need to know about the Peregrine Falcon such as its feeding behavior, physical adaptations, breeding behav…
 
With mixed reviews on our 2022 Atlanta Falcons draft picks, here's our thoughts on all 8 players. Also follow us on Instagram @dirtybirdgangpodcast --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appΑπό τον Da Dirty Bird Gang
 
Right now as you read this, you are probably inside of a death trap for birds. Moderns homes, schools, and offices are often fitted with expansive windows and while aesthetically pleasing to us humans, this is a huge problem for birds. The average residential house kills 3-5 birds per year, resulting in upwards of a billion bird deaths total in the…
 
While technically songbirds, Shrikes are some of the most vicious predators in the bird world. Learn how they earned the nickname “Butcher Birds” through one of their morbid behaviors…this episode may not be for the faint of heart! Also, we explore the life history, evolution, feeding, and breeding of the Loggerhead Shrike. Did you know Loggerhead …
 
In this episode of Dirty Bird Podcast, John explains nearly everything there is to know about the Mourning Dove. He’s also joined by the bird of First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach, Virginia who chime in while John records in this swampy woodland. Although these birds are very common (and actually the most populous bird in North America) the…
 
Shoot the bird shit with John and Dack! Wildlife researcher and good friend of the show Dack joins John to explore the world of bird research. Dack explains how Ornithology is about more than just counting birds and explains how radar, satellites strapped on vultures, and even cloud cover can tell us a lot about our feathered friends. Dack also tel…
 
What’s black and white and smells all over? The Hoopoe (Pronounced Who-Poo) is a bird with a sneaky, stinky superpower- its basically a real life Pokemon! John and Tim tell incredible facts about this boldly colored bird while having lots of laughs along the way. Learn about its unique microbiome, evolutionary history, feeding and breeding. Also, f…
 
John quests for a tribe of brown pelicans, recording from the shores of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The ocean waves, gull cries, and occasional Brown Pelican sighting are the perfect backdrop for this information packed episode. While seemingly common coastal birds, Brown Pelican have an incredible life history and almost went extinct at one…
 
The Shoebill Stork is one of the most interesting species in the bird world. Standing at over 5 feet tall with a massive, hooked bill this creature would be a terrifying swamp monster...if it didn't look like a Muppet. Join Tim, John, and Larry the noisy dog as they learn about how the Shoebill Stork walks on water, engages in some extreme sibling …
 
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly (The Good) WE BEAT THE SAINTS!! (The Bad) Run game Woes. (The Ugly) Its Hard for us to close games out. Tune in to this episode to get in-depth with the conversation. Follow us on Instagram @dirtybirdgangpodcast --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app…
 
What's black and white and dirty all over? An Atlantic Puffin in it's frat house burrow of course! Learn about these very social birds and their party-like breeding behaviors. This episode is full of strange and fun facts- like how puffin bills glow in the dark, how they may be on the diet for some deep sea monsters, and how they basically live in …
 
Everyone has heard of herons and egrets, but bitterns get no love. That is, until listener Kayla suggested this episode on the American and Least Bittern! These shy wetland birds are easy to overlook but hold some amazing secrets. The American Bittern’s booming call and snow white breeding plumage patches make any day on the marsh magical while the…
 
On a surface level, birds and fish may seem like they don't have a lot in common, but they are just two pieces of this lovely ecosystem we love to learn about. Join John and Katie on a special collaboration episode between DBP and the Fisherwoman Podcast. On the Fisherwoman podcast, fisheries researcher Katie Osborn discusses all kind of fish facts…
 
When you think of "man-eater" a few animals come to mind: Lions, Tigers, and Bears....but what about an Eagle that regularly takes down 300 pound prey? Oh my! . . In this episode of Dirty Bird Podcast, I talk with Tim about the now extinct but still terrifying Haast's Eagle, the largest Eagle to ever exist. According to Maori legend, this bird was …
 
For tens of million of years giant, wingless birds thrived on New Zealand. When Kupe, one of the first Maori people, arrived around the year 1000 it was the closest to Jurassic Park human history has ever come. Learn all about how these amazing birds evolved, the unique characteristics of the 9 known species, and the story behind their unfortunate …
 
While it's the largest woodpecker to ever peck on the face of the earth, the Imperial Woodpecker gets much less love than its close relative the famous Ivory Billed Woodpecker. New Yorker and Dirty Bird Superfan JayPogo joins John to talk about this little studied woodpecker and its crazy curly-Q hairstyle. Learn about its unique behaviors, evoluti…
 
In this ex-seedingly fun episode, John and Tim go beyond the labels to find out what’s really in your birdseed. Are you providing a well balanced meal at your backyard feeder or helping spread invasive plant species and disease? Learn surprising stories behind seemingly innocuous grains- such as how King Tut and mastectomies relate to bird seed and…
 
Bill Wallauer has spent a lifetime appreciating and filming nature. He first began working with Jane Goodall in the 1980s filming wild chimpanzees in Tanzania and has provided footage for well known productions such as Planet Earth and National Geographic documentaries. Throughout it all, he has maintained a deep love of nature and birds. I spoke w…
 
pssst...psst...got any more of those great blue heron facts? Yes we do! John welcome's Kathryn back to the show as they discuss everything you need to know about Great Blue Herons. As an added bonus, this week we are recording right next to an active Great Blue Heron rookery in beautiful Tall Timbers Maryland! Many birds make appearances with their…
 
Part 2 on Song Sparrows focusing on their songs, habitat, evolutionary history and much much more. Learn about song sparrows while you hangout with John in Otter Creek Wilderness! . . Cover art by the super talented TJ Rinoski. Check out more of his work at tj-rinoski.com . . Intro music by Ricky Pistone and outro music by the Sidewalk Slammers. Fi…
 
Professor Jeremy Hyman has studied song sparrow territorial behavior extensively and joins John on a rainy day to talk about the surprising amount of aggression behind their beautiful song. In this Part 1 of two episodes on song sparrows, you'll learn everything you need to know about how male song sparrows establish and defend their territories. Y…
 
In possibly the grossest episode yet, John tackles the ugly and misunderstood vultures of North America, the Black Vulture and the Turkey Vulture. After starting off with a sphincter clenching Native America story from the Winnebago tribe, John goes into way too much detail about how vultures find their food, fly, and stay cool. At the end, he expl…
 
Wren in doubt, check Dirty Bird out! In this tiny episode (by DB standards) for a tiny bird, John ventures into the Monongahela national forest to record an episode about the Carolina Wren. Learn about the origin of their scientific name, weird winter roosting habits, and every other fact you’d ever want to know about these feathery funballs! Also,…
 
What has a white rump and a yellow (or red) shaft? The Northern Flicker of course! John and TJ discuss the many pun worthy aspects of the Northern Flicker's unique behaviors and biology. Also, a poem from Dirty Bird Listener Dolly and an awesome voice memo from Jaypogo! Thank's y'all! . . Cover art by TJ Rinoski- check out the new Dirty Bird Podcas…
 
These fierce flying fishermen can be found across North America anywhere near bodies of water. Find out how they evolved to be such adapt hunters, learn ancient greek and native american stories involving this respectable bird, and listen to their unique rattling calls. Plus, an interview with Jessica Coker, wildlife photographer and artist who dre…
 
You've heard about little pigs called piglets, now get ready for little kings! Learn about these tiny, spectacular birds found throughout much of the US in Winter. Sporting crowns of gold, orange, red, and pink (RIP Guadalupe Ruby-crowned Kinglet) they are not only a delight to see but also have interesting life histories. Get your ears the royal t…
 
With a belly full of Thanksgiving leftovers, join John to learn about the cornucopia of food red-bellied woodpeckers fill their bellies with! Learn everything you need to know- and some stuff you certainly don't need to know- about these common east coast birds. Find out why these birds are sometimes known as "Orange Sapsuckers". Also learn identif…
 
A very educational interview with Director of Veterinary Services at Blue Ridge Wildlife Center, Dr. Jen Riley, DVM! Join Dirty Bird Podcast as we diagnose and treat wild bird injuries and diseases. From operating room to release, Dr. Riley walks us through the hard work of caring for birds. She also shares tips on how you can protect birds from tr…
 
They tried to send Dirty Bird to Rehab and we said YES YES YES! . . . In this episode we hear some amazing bird rescue stories from the Rehabilitation Program Coordinator at Blue Ridge Wildlife Center in Boyce, Virginia. Jessica Andersen talks about her career in wildlife rescue, wrestling canada geese, Dopey the Screech Owl, Weight Watchers for Bi…
 
“‘Twas the day after Halloween, and hungover in the kitchen Are three idiots watching birds, laughin and bitchin’” In this episode of Dirty Bird Podcast, join Evan, John and Tim as they have some hair of the dog and comment on birds that visit the feeder in Charlotte, North Carolina. If you’re looking for some laughs, sing-alongs, and the occasiona…
 
In a very squeaky episode of Dirty Bird Podcast, Punchy Joe and I talk about the Brown-Headed Nuthatch! Learn all about this small but surprising bird and its tool use, alternative breeding style, and evolutionary history. This is a compact episode for a compact bird- a great first time Dirty Birder listen, check it out or pass on to the nature lov…
 
Tis the spooky season and there is no spookier sound in the eastern US woods than a Barred owl hootin n' hollerin! Learn about mythology, evolution, and life history of barred owls. Also Tim joins Dirty Bird Podcast to talk about our own Barred Owl experiences and comment on episode 15's interview with Wildlife Biologist Peter Singleton! . . . Cove…
 
In this episode we are joined by Wildlife Research Biologist with the Pacific Northwest Research Station Peter Singleton to discuss Barred Owls and their impact on threatened populations of Spotted Owls in the Cascade mountains. Join us as peter discusses the conservation history of spotted owls, catching feisty Barred owls in the field, and so muc…
 
Evil egg robbers? Beautiful bright bois? Annoying jabbers? These smart birds have it all from intelligent tool use to bloodthirsty murders. Learn about Blue Jays and hear our most bizarre myths and legends yet on this episode of Dirty Bird Podcast!. . . . Co-Hosts: Sara- climber, med student, nature lover, museum nerd Chance- med student, enthusias…
 
Recorded right next to an active Osprey nest in Yorktown, Virginia! Listen to mama and baby Osprey squawk while John talks about their evolutionary history, breeding, behavior, and (as always) we wrap up with some myths and legends!. . . . Plus...Joe joins us to discuss 25+ years of enjoying Ospreys! Don't miss out on his dad jokes and great storie…
 
I'm Cuckoo for Cuckoos! The birds, rain, and caves of the Monongahela national forest join John as he talks about the natural history of North America's two native Cuckoo species. Learn about their evolution, mythology, and more! Intro music by Ricky Pistone aka Dick Piston, outro music by The Sidewalk Slammers Cover art by TJ Rinoski Bird recordin…
 
Join John, Chris, and Anna as they discover unexpected facts about this common backyard bird. From X-men worthy mutations to heartfelt personal stories, there's a lot more to learn about this conspicuous bird. Thanks to listener Jenn for suggesting this episode! Check out the new music video for the Dirty Bird Theme Song on Youtube, Instagram, or F…
 
Grab your binoculars and life jacket- Dirty Bird is recording on Goat Island in Lake Gaston, NC! The Sidewalk Slammers (aka John's little brothers) and a friend Andres add colorful commentary as John tackles the Boat-Tailed Grackle... . . . Note: This episode was recorded very early on in the pandemic before travel bans, ect. Please excuse any wind…
 
Lonely in quarantine-land, John spends the morning peeping on birds at his backyard feeder and talking about them and the history of bird feeding. Also featuring the sawmill laden soundscape of Elkins, West Virginia and John's musings on quarantine's effect on bird life. . . Intro music by Ricky Pistone aka Dick Piston, Outro music by The Sidewalk …
 
Dirty Bird (sorta) goes to Iceland! I Skype my good friend Ari Hjaltested from Hvolsvöllur, Iceland about some of our favorite Icelandic birds and their associated folklore. A relatively clean, social distanced special episode. Check out our youtube channel for a video of the interview! Co-host: Ari Hjaltested, viking and electrician Intro music by…
 
While sitting next to alligators in the Everglades, Hannah, Zack and I explore a few invasive bird species in Florida. Learn about ugly but delicious ducks, parrots on the loose, and hear my impressions of a eurasian collared dove! Sub-par audio quality, excellent discussion Co-hosts: Hannah St. Mary, nurse and love bird, Zack Polker, Physical Ther…
 
We're recording in the Everglades! Love birds Hannah and Zack join me to talk about the Roseate Spoonbill. Learn why they are pink and how that made them a target during the plume wars of the early 1900s which almost led to their extinction. Plus, the amazing story of Guy Bradley. Co-hosts: Hannah St. Mary, registered nurse, Zack Poelker PT student…
 
Fellow bird lover Sam Braun and I discuss the life history, evolution, and hunting of the Ruffed Grouse while we participate in the great backyard bird count. Plus, our first caller! Finally, we wrap up with myths and legends. Our longest episode yet- but worth every minute! Co-host: Sam Braun, birder buddy, bodybuilder, and medical student Intro m…
 
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