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Podcast! The World Needs More Birders S2:E4

with Dick Cannings, biologist, educator, author, member of the Canada House of Commons

Anna Nature Detective, illustration by Diana Weddle

Are you interested in learning more about birds? Are you interested in contributing your bird observations to science? Are you looking for resources to help you learn to identify birds by sight and sound? Are you looking for answers to the question, “What’s so special about birds, anyway?” If you answered yes to any of these questions, this episode is for you! Dick Cannings, author, educator, biologist, member of the Canadian House of Commons has fostered his lifelong fascination with birds and has crafted his career to teach and show people why it is important to protect the natural world. He has a lot to share about his experiences, why citizen science is so crucial in collecting information about our world, and how anyone can contribute to these efforts!

Season 2 of the Highland Wonders Podcast is supported by Humanities Washington and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Dick Cannings:

More about Dick Cannings, his books, and instructions about how to build an owl nest box:

Birding Organizations and Learning Resources:

Cornell Lab of Ornithology:

Audubon Society:

North Central WA Audubon Society:

Birds Canada:

Citizen Science Projects:

The Great Backyard Bird Count:

Project Feeder Watch:

Christmas Bird Count:

Breeding Bird Atlas of Washington*: 

North American Breeding Bird Survey:

Short Eared Owl Survey:


Migration Monitoring:

Project FeederWatch:

 *also contains maps for amphibians, mammals, reptiles

Birding Apps and Websites (ID by sight and sound, record your sightings):

Merlin Bird ID:



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