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How to Listen to the American Birding Podcast

Since we launched the American Birding Podcast late last year, we’ve had a lot of positive feedback about it, for which those of us who have been deep into it really appreciate.

We’ve also gotten a few questions about how to listen to it, and it occurred to me later that subscribing and listening to podcasts is perhaps not as intuitive as I might have thought.

So consider this post a brief primer on how to get the American Birding Podcast into your ears. I hope that you find it as fun to listen to as we find it to produce.

What is a podcast, anyway?

A podcast is essentially a free on-demand radio show that you can get on the internet. They include re-purposed radio shows (NPR does this a lot), but there are many many podcast-specific productions.  The advantage is that you can listen any time you want.

How do I listen to a podcast?

You have two options: You can listen to a podcast through a website (this is called streaming). All of our podcasts are archived here if you would like to stream them.

Or, you can download a podcast, which means you’re saving it on your phone, or tablet, or computer, and you can listen to it anytime, even without an internet connection.

To Download: Get it delivered to your phone or tablet each time we publish using an app.

  • For iPhones and iPads, use the Podcasts app. You get it from the App Store (it actually comes installed on newer devices). In the Podcasts app you search for American Birding Podcast (or even just “birding”) and then hit subscribe. The new episodes will immediately download to your phone when they are published.
  • For Android phones and tablets, there are a number of options. We suggest the Stitcher app. Get that from Google Play. In Stitcher, search for American Birding Podcast and click the plus sign (+), to add it to your Favorites List. Now go to the Favorites List.  Tell it to download new episodes by clicking the gear in the upper right corner.

When do I listen to podcasts?

One of the gret things about on-demand media is that you can listen whenever you want. I typically consume podcasts in the car–most new cars have an Auxiliary (often labeled AUX) jack that plays directly from a smart phone or tablet. They’re also fun to listen to while preparing dinner or working.

What podcast should I listen to?

Ours, obviously. But there are thousands of podcasts on every topic imaginable. You are limited only by your ability to search for them in Stitcher or the Podcasts app. If you are looking for birding-related podcasts, however, the list is relatively smaller. Here are a few active bird podcasts that you might enjoy aside from American Birding Podcast.

Out There With the BirdsA newer podcast from Bill Thompson III and Ben Lizdas. Updated every 10 days to 2 weeks. The hosts have good repoire as they talk about birding tips and travel.

Birdchick PodcastSharon Stiteler hosts an entertaining podcast with her husband, “Non-birding” Bill. Updated monthly or so. Birding and birders are core topics, but often discussion ranges beyond birding.

Ray Brown’s Talkin’ BirdsRay Brown hosts a birding related radio show in Massachusetts and repurposes that show into a weekly podcast. As such, it has a very radio “feel” with Ray as a traditional radio frontman. He covers a variety of bird-related topics, often brings in guests, and includes many regular features. It publishes like clockwork every Sunday morning.

Laura Erickson’s For the BirdsFormer ABA Chandler Robbins award recipient Laura Erickson has hosted a short birding radio show on Duluth Public Radio for literally decades. Those shows are also available as a podcast. They are about 5 minutes long and publish 3-5 times a week.

This Birding LifeHosted by Bill Thompson III, often interview based featuring guests from all over. Published roughly monthly.

There are a few others, but those are typically the ones I keep an eye on. If you know other birding/nature related podcasts you enjoy, let us know in the comments!





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Nate Swick

Nate Swick

Editor, Social Media Manager at American Birding Association
Nate Swick is the editor of the American Birding Association Blog, social media manager for the ABA, and the host of the American Birding Podcast. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Danielle, and two young children. He is the author of Birding for the Curious and The ABA Field Guide to Birds of the Carolinas.
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