BCR 165: Kenn Kaufman, A Season on the Wind, Inside the world of spring migration

Kenn Kaufman, Author of the Kaufman Field Guide Series along with other numerous books. Today we will be talking with Kenn about his latest book scheduled for release today April 2, 2019, called “A Season on the Wind, Inside the World of Spring Migration” by Kenn Kaufman, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2019. The book is centered on the bird migration over the Ohio Lake Shore near where he lives.

Black-throated Green Warbler_Ohio ©Kenn Kaufman

His book projects have included his own field guide series, Kaufman Field Guides, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company of Boston. This series now includes volumes on North American birds, butterflies, mammals, insects, and advanced bird ID, plus guides to nature of New England and the Midwest. His other books include Lives of North American Birds and Flights Against the Sunset. His current projects include painting portraits of birds. Kenn is a Fellow of the American Ornithological Society, and has received the American Birding Association’s lifetime achievement award twice—a distinction shared only with the late Chan Robbins.

    Bay-breasted Warbler_Ohio ©Kenn Kaufman

Show Notes: 

    • Overview of the phenomenon called migration
    • Migration along the upper Texas coast.
    • The significance of the trans-gulf migration.
    • What is fallout
    • How did the original Black Swamp and duck hunters shape the present lakefront habitat?
    • Spring begins with the crows, but there is a major problem with spring migration in NW Ohio
    • walk us through the daily comings and goings of the migrants as they flit through NW Ohio
    • Black Swamp Observatory runs a lakeside banding station at Navarre Unit of Ottawa N.W.R.
    • ideal weather conditions for a good spring movement at Magee Marsh?
  • Recent technologies like acoustic monitoring of nocturnal migrants being used to get a clearer picture of the daily life.

Mentioned In Episode:

BCR 092: Kenn Kaufman, Author & Naturalist For The Record™, Legacy Interview™ Series. Third Interviewee.

BSBO SWAMP SHOP  –  Buy or Call 419.898.4070:  A Season on the Wind, Inside the world of spring migration. The book is in stock as of 4/12/19.


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Blackburnian Warbler_Ohio ©Kenn Kaufman

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