Pollinators: Monarchs and Mason Bees

This episode is all about pollinators. John and Brian are discussing monarch butterflies and mason bees. These critters are so important to your backyard; they don’t just help your plants, but the birds as well. What’s bugging you? We hope it’s not the pollinators! 

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Hummingbirds & Orioles - A Really Sweet Deal!

It’s springtime, there’s a lot happening in our backyards. It doesn’t get much better than when you see that first hummingbird show up! In this episode, John and Brian will break down the different hummingbird and oriole species. They’ll also answer some FAQs when it comes to nectar feeding and how you can bring these birds to your yard.

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Spectacular Spring Species 

Spring is here, and you know what that means! New feathered visitors will be arriving soon. Do you have the right foods and features to bring in the most variety of these spectacular spring species? Don't worry, John and Brian are here to tell you about some of the easiest and best ways to get your yard ready so you and your birds can enjoy each other's company all season long.

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Habitat Habits: From Buds to Birds

In this episode, John and Brian are joined by Naturalist David Mizejewski from the National Wildlife Federation. Together, they break down the components needed to make your backyard the ideal bird habitat. As stewards of our own backyards, we’ve never been more empowered to make a difference for wildlife. 

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Nesting Neighbors

In this episode, John and Brian will open your eyes to a whole new perspective of what it’s like to be a baby bird or the bird parents raising a family.  You will learn what to do and what not to do to help bring the next generation of birds to life in your backyard.

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The Gray Ghost

Join John and Brian as they discuss one of the most common birds in the wintertime that most people seem to miss. In this episode, they’re talking all things Junco. You’ll learn why it’s called the gray ghost and how you can bring it to your yard.

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The Secret Love Life of Birds

Join John and Brian as they reveal the secret love life of birds, just in time for Valentine’s Day. They’ll share a few tidbits about birds and their lives together. You may start to look at the birds in your yard a little differently after this.

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Seven Simple Actions to Save the Song Birds

In this episode, John and Brian break down the seven simple actions that you can do to help save the song birds. They also break down the history of bird feeding, what has changed and where it’s going. Finally, we take some time to celebrate WBU’s 40th birthday!

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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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Nature Centered From Wild Birds Unlimited

Subscribe to our podcast featuring Wild Birds Unlimited's Chief Naturalist, John Schaust and Brian Cunningham, Product and Hobby Education Manager. Listen, as they share information about feeding the birds and enjoying nature right in your own backyard. Relax, enjoy the birds, and stay Nature Centered.

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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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Backyard Birding: Highlights and 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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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 WBU Chief Naturalist, John Schaust, and Product and Hobby Education Manager, Brian Cunningham, explore different traditions from around the world that showcase our backyard friends.
 

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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 WBU Chief Naturalist, John Schaust, and Product and Hobby Education Manager, Brian Cunningham, as they share the stories of our customers in this nature centered podcast.


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The Joy of Bird Feeding 

Join John and Brian for this bonus episode with a 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 Feeding, to learn more!

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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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Prepare Your Yard for Winter

Winter is coming! In this episode, John and Brian discuss how to make your yard bird friendly and what you can do to help the birds prepare for the upcoming colder months.

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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. In this episode of Nature Centered, Wild Birds Unlimited naturalists John Schaust and Brian Cunningham also share what you can do to bring owls closer to your own backyard.

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Seasonal FAQs - Stump the Naturalists

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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Migration Magic

With birds flying hundreds or thousands of miles every year, migration truly is magical. In this podcast by Wild Birds Unlimited, hosts John Schaust and Brian Cunningham you'll find out how the birds prepare and make their journey across North America. 

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Create a Bird-Friendly Habitat

In this episode, learn how you can add the five elements of a bird-friendly habitat to your own backyard. Wild Birds Unlimited is proud to be the Champion for the National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat program, whose goal is to inspire everyone to create a haven for wildlife in their yard. 

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The Goldfinches of Summer

There are three species of goldfinches across North America and they’re a joy to see when they visit your backyard. But some people consider goldfinches “finicky,” when in fact they are just very adaptable to their environment. In this podcast by Wild Birds Unlimited, hosts John Schaust and Brian Cunningham 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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Frequently Asked Questions

Wild Birds Unlimited’s Olivia McFadden joins naturalists John Schaust and Brian Cunningham to get the answers to common questions from our audience about backyard bird feeding. 

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Nesting: Part 2

In Part 2 of our nesting podcast, you’ll learn how you can invite nesting bird families into your yard by providing the right kind of nesting boxes.

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Nesting: Part 1

Ever wonder why birds choose to nest where they do? In this podcast by Wild Birds Unlimited, hosts John Schaust and Brian Cunningham explain the connection between nesting and bird migration. You’ll also learn tips for how to tell if birds are nesting in your yard and how to spot juvenille birds coming to your bird feeder. Be sure to tune in for Part 2, when you’ll learn how you can invite nesting bird families into your yard by providing the right kind of nesting boxes.

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Bluebirds: The Charming Deceiver

Bluebirds are some of the most joyful birds around. Their beautiful color and cheerful song make them welcome visitors to any backyard. But did you know they have a secret? In this podcast by Wild Birds Unlimited, hosts John Schaust and Brian Cunningham reveal fun facts and offer tips for attracting bluebirds to your yard.

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Woodpeckers: Nature's Original Tree Huggers

Woodpeckers are some of the most loyal birds to attract to your bird feeders. In this podcast by Wild Birds Unlimited, hosts John Schaust and Brian Cunningham talk about the many fascinating adaptations woodpeckers have for the life they live. They also share a fun activity you can do with your family and talk about the benefits of creating a Certified Wildlife Habitat in your own backyard.

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Hummingbirds: A Beautiful Beast of a Bird

Hosts John Schaust and Brian Cunningham talk about hummingbirds. You’ll learn why hummingbirds can be called, “a beast of a bird” and hear tips on how to attract them to your backyard. Find out what to look for when selecting a hummingbird feeder, the best place to locate your feeder and how to make nectar. John and Brian also share some fun hummingbird activities you can do with your family and explain the benefits of creating a Certified Wildlife Habitat in your own backyard.

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