08-22: This Month in Birding – May 2024

May 30, 2024

Spring turns to summer in much of the ABA Area this week, and we celebrate spring 2024 with a birding podcast crossover event for this month’s This Month in Birding. We welcome Mollee Brown, one of the hosts of the Life List podcast and Jason Hall and Dexter Patterson, hosts of the brand new, and very fun, Bird Joy podcast to talk about the mathematics of bird flocks, how birding makes you happy, and our favorite moments of spring 2024, among other things.

Links to articles discussed in this episode:

The federal government plans to kill half a million West Coast owls

How do birds flock? Researchers do the math to reveal previously unknown aerodynamic phenomenon

Why birdwatchers are happier than the rest of us

Bald eagles are back, but great blue herons paid the price

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