Bolster your bird knowledge, two minutes at a time.
Want to learn about birds, but not enough to study thick birding tomes or watch hours-long documentaries? Whether you're enthusiastic about birds but busy, or just casually interested, you can enjoy your hobby without feeling guilty for the time you can't spend on it. BirdNote—bite-sized, sound-rich, and meticulously researched—is your ticket to knowing a little bit more about our favorite avians and the world we share with them. First airing in 2005, BirdNote is "a public media program that brings joy, inspiration, and hope to millions of people around the world who value birds and the environment we share."
BirdNote answers questions that have always been on your mind, and questions you never even knew you had. "How do you tell the difference between a raven and a crow? What’s the smallest bird in the world? How do ducks stay warm in cold water? As we like to say," they wrote on their Facebook page, "there’s a BirdNote for that."
Their mission is clear, and one we can get behind. "As listeners tune in to the lives of birds, their connection with nature deepens. They become champions for conservation and stewards of places important to birds and people." You can listen wherever you listen to podcasts, or even on your local radio station. As BirdNote points out on their website, you can even "listen to BirdNote on your smart speaker!"
Our hobbies can make us healthier and happier, so go on, invest two minutes a day in this one. You'll thank yourself—and so will the birds!
How do you most like to learn about birds? What are some of your favorite hobby or nature podcasts? Let us know in the comments.