08-25: The Importance of Insects with David Leatherman

June 20, 2024

When birders talk about the importance of a bird-friendly yard, they often mean insects even if they don’t mention them explicitly. And so people that want to attract birds need to get comfortable with bugs. Colorado birder David Leatherman is a fan of bug-bird interactions and in his piece The Importance of Native Plants and Insects Amid the Reality of Modern Bird Habitats, in the April 2024 issue of Birding magazine, he encourages birders to familiarize themselves with living bird food. He joins host Nate Swick to discuss it.

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