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American Birding Podcast: Inside Fantasy Birding with Matt Smith

Fantasy Sports is big business these day, especially now that participants no longer have to do the work by hand. It’s so popular that managing virtual worlds based on real world data has spread beyond sports. Fantasy Birding has become a obsession among a growing cadre of real birders, it has been featured in a number of general interest articles, it was lightly mocked on the NPR show Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, and it’s taken hold of a handful of my colleagues at the ABA. Matt Smith is a computer programmer and birder and is the creator of Fantasy Birding. He joins me to talk about the wild ride.

Also, some potential changes to the Duck Stamp that seem to cause more harm than good, and I reminisce about an amazing trip to Costa Rica with an amazing group of young naturalists.

Thanks to Zeiss Sports Optics for sponsoring this episode of the American Birding Podcast.

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