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American Birding Podcast: Birding the Rock

Located in the northeast corner of the ABA Area, the island of Newfoundland is known for its incredible rarity pedigree. But there’s far more to this beautiful place than European vagrants. The city of St. John’s is a gateway to unbelievable nature experiences, from seabird colonies containing thousands upon thousands of charismatic Atlantic Puffins and Northern Gannets, to the sight of dozens of whales feeding near shore, to caribou and ptarmigan on the southernmost tundra on the continent. Last month, I had the good fortune to explore it all with Birding editor Ted Floyd, Birds of North America host Jason Ward, and The Birdist Nick Lund.

Led by the inimitable Jared Clarke of Bird the Rock tours, we covered the birding hotspots of the Avalon Peninsula, including Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, Cape St. Mary’s, and Cape Race among others, finding amazing birds and generally having an amazing time. Come along with us on this week’s episode.

Also, updates on the proposed south Texas border wall and a way for you to make your voice heard.

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