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A podcast from Wild Birds Unlimited about feeding the birds and enjoying nature right in your own backyard. Relax, enjoy the birds, and stay Nature Centered.
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January 14, 2021 | Episode 19: Be a Bird Hero: Become a Citizen Scientist 
Join John and Brian in this episode as they dive into how you can be a hero for the birds by becoming a citizen scientist.  They’ll talk about helpful tools you’ll need and an upcoming citizen science opportunity that you can be a part of.  
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December 31, 2020 | Episode 18: Backyard Birding: Highlights & Hiccups 
In this episode, John and Brian discuss their birding highs and lows of 2020.  You’ll hear about woodpeckers, bluebirds, warblers, and more. Thanks for listening and have a happy new year everyone!  
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December 17, 2020 | Episode 17: Birds and Holiday Traditions
Some countries have a beautiful tradition of encouraging kindness to birds during the holidays. One such belief is that if you spread birdseed outside your doorstep on Christmas morning, you will have good luck in the coming year. Listen as John and Brian explore different traditions from around the world that showcase our backyard friends.
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December 3, 2020 | Episode 16: Customer Stories
Feeding the birds isn’t just about insect control, flower pollination or weed control. The simple act of feeding the birds expands far past the environmental benefits. Our customers share the most wonderful stories with us and we’d like to share them with you this holiday season! Join hosts John and Brian as they share the heartfelt stories of our customers. If you have a story you’d like to share, please email us at [email protected].
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November 25, 2020 | Bonus Episode: The Joy of Bird Feeding
Join John and Brian for this bonus episode with special guest, Jim Carpenter. As the Founder and CEO of Wild Birds Unlimited, Jim has learned a lot over the past 40 years and has some great information to share about the hobby of backyard bird feeding. Be sure to check out his book, The Joy of Bird Feedingto learn more!
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November 19, 2020 | Episode 15: Winging It Thru Winter 
Have you ever wondered how birds survive the cold weather? In this episode, John and Brian share how birds make it through the colder months and what you can do to help them.
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November 12, 2020 | Episode 14: Welcome Winter Wanderers 
In this episode, John and Brian discuss the Winter Finch Irruption and the finches that are making their way through North America. You’ll learn all about what they look like, sound like, and how you can attract them to your yard.
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October 29, 2020 | Episode 13: Prepare Your Yard for Winter
Winter is coming! In this episode, John and Brian discuss how you can make your yard bird friendly and what you can do to help the birds prepare for the upcoming colder months.
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October 15, 2020 | Episode 12: The Owls Among Us
Do you know what makes an owl especially adapted to hunting at night? And how can you identify various owls just by hearing their calls? Learn these and other fun facts about one of the bird world’s most fascinating species.
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October 1, 2020 | Episode 11: Frequently Asked Questions
Wild Birds Unlimited’s Olivia McFadden tries to stump naturalists John Schaust and Brian Cunningham with questions from our audience about backyard bird feeding. Learn why you may be seeing bald birds at your feeders this time of year, why the goldfinches have disappeared and more.
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September 17, 2020 | Episode 10: Migration Magic
With birds flying hundreds or thousands of miles every year, migration truly is magical. Find out how the birds prepare and make their journey across North America.
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September 3, 2020 | Episode 9: Create a Bird-Friendly Habitat
Wild Birds Unlimited naturalists John Schaust and Brian Cunningham talk about the elements of a bird-friendly habitat.
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August 20, 2020 | Episode 8: The Goldfinches of Summer
Learn all about goldfinches from Wild Birds Unlimited naturalists John Schaust and Brian Cunningham. They share tips for how to improve your chances of attracting goldfinches by offering their favorite foods and by creating a favorable habitat.
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August 6, 2020 | Episode 7: Frequently Asked Questions
Wild Birds Unlimited’s Olivia McFadden joins naturalists John Schaust and Brian Cunningham to get the answers common questions from our audience about backyard bird feeding.
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June 25, 2020 | Episode 6: Nesting Part 2
You’ll learn how you can invite nesting bird families into your yard by providing the right kind of nesting boxes. Hosted by John Schaust and Brian Cunningham.
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June 18, 2020 | Episode 5: Nesting Part 1
Learn why birds choose to nest where they do and discover how migration is intertwined with bird nesting behaviors.
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June 4, 2020 | Episode 4: Bluebirds: The Charming Deceiver
Learn all about bluebirds from Wild Birds Unlimited naturalists John Schaust and Brian Cunningham.
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May 21, 2020 | Episode 3: Woodpeckers: Nature’s Original Tree Huggers
Wild Birds Unlimited naturalists John Schaust and Brian Cunningham talk about woodpeckers.
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May 14, 2020 | Episode 2: Orioles: Orange is the New Blast
Wild Birds Unlimited naturalists John Schaust and Brian Cunningham talk about orioles.
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May 6, 2020 | Episode 1: Hummingbirds: A Beast of a Bird
Wild Birds Unlimited naturalists John Schaust and Brian Cunningham talk about hummingbirds.
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