BirdSense:  A Podcast by Bird Watcher’s Digest
Birding Big Bend, Texas

Birding Big Bend, Texas

December 11, 2020

As owner/operator of Big Bend Birding & Photo Tours, Lee Hoy focuses his time on helping others enjoy the beauty of the Big Bend National Park region and is a freelance photographer when time permits. His passion is helping others find that special bird, or teaching them to capture spectacular images while they are visiting Big Bend National Park and the surrounding areas. Lee is an award-winning photographer whose images have been published in Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine, Texas Highways, Bird Watcher’s Digest, and elsewhere.

Wendy Clark had the privilege of chatting with Lee recently about all things Big Bend, Texas—a hotspot that should be on every birder’s bucket list! Along with being incredibly engaging and exciting to talk to, Lee is “Mr. Big Bend,” and knows more about birding and guiding in this remote region than just about anyone on the planet. Sponsored by Visit Big Bend, Texas

Redstart Birding Holiday Gift Guide

Redstart Birding Holiday Gift Guide

November 27, 2020

Have you started your holiday shopping? If not, now’s the time to begin! Wendy Clark, Redstart’s president, spoke recently with Redstart’s marketing manager, Sarah Clark, about shopping for the birders and young birders in your life this holiday season, Redstart’s helpful Holiday Gift Guide, and tips for online shopping and shipping during the pandemic. Join the Clark ladies in this candid podcast conversation all about birding optics, gear, and expertise! This episode is sponsored by Redstart Birding.

An Interview with Whitney Lanfranco

An Interview with Whitney Lanfranco

October 29, 2020

Whitney Lanfranco is the new nature sales manager for Leica Sport Optics, and she is thrilled to be a young female working in the birding sport optics industry! BirdSense host Wendy Clark talks to her about Leica, the obstacles she has faced this year both personally and professionally, and how she's rising above it all with grace and positivity. This episode is sponsored by Leica Sports Optics.

Birding Pearland, Texas

Birding Pearland, Texas

September 25, 2020

Just south of Houston, you’ll discover one of the top places to visit in Texas: Pearland. You may be aware of its thriving culinary scene, fabulous shopping, amazing year-round events and affordable hotels. But what you may not know is that it’s a GREAT destination for birds and birding! Join Bird Watcher’s Digest Advertising Sales Director Kelly Ball, along with Tracy Rohrbacher, Pearland’s CVB director, and Cullen Ondracek, the Natural Resource Manager for Pearland Parks and Recreation, as they discuss the natural history and wildlife in beautiful Pearland, Texas. This episode is sponsored by Visit Pearland, Texas. 

The Cape May Fall Festival

The Cape May Fall Festival

September 11, 2020

The Cape May Fall Festival is VIRTUAL this year, and there is an impressive lineup of speakers and special events happening October 2–4, 2020. BWD President and Publisher Wendy Clark talked with New Jersey Audubon’s Special Events Director Lillian Armstrong recently about what a virtual birding festival is, why they’re doing it, and what folks can expect from the Cape May Fall Festival this year. If you’re thinking about trying a virtual birding festival, this podcast episode is for you! Join Wendy and Lillian as they discuss the upcoming Cape May Fall Festival, and how we can all stay connected during COVID-19 restrictions through special birding events like these. This episode is sponsored by the 2020 Cape May Fall Festival.

An Interview with Adrian Lesak

An Interview with Adrian Lesak

August 27, 2020

Our inaugural episode of BirdSense features Adrian Lesak, birding and optics expert at Vortex Optics. BWD Publisher Wendy Clark recently sat down with Adrian at Vortex’s headquarters in Wisconsin to chat about the company’s history and development, Adrian’s involvement through the years, and the outstanding products—both new, and tried and true—that Vortex has to offer. This episode is sponsored by Vortex Optics.

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