The sporting world is full of bird mascots. While there are countless eagles, hawks, and cardinals there are no, so far as we know, Belted Kingfishers. But that might change thanks to the efforts of students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This flagship university has a mascot vacancy that, according to guest Spencer Wilken, should be filled by our 2023 Bird of the Year. Spencer’s story is featured in the April 2023 issue of Birding and she joins us to talk about the peculiar politics of bird mascots.
Also, the bird flu pandemic hits California Condors.
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