Willem Lange discusses what draws people to bird watching. Sarah Zuccarelli teaches visitors in Center Sandwich, New Hampshire about birds.
Don Kroodsma, an authority on bird communication, has spent his career listening to birds. Kroodsma discusses the importance of recording birds.
Song birds evolved special brain pathways and voice boxes in order to learn complex songs. Birds develop communication skills in the same manner as humans.
Bridging the Americas is a Smithsonian program which connects students in the United States with partner schools in Central and South America. Mary Deinlein helped form the program twenty years ago.
See chimney swifts swarm a house in D.C. during migration. Parents of Brent Elementary School students talk about the benefits of the Bridging the Americas program.
Abraham Hunter paints various species of birds seen throughout Southern Illinois. Hunter is able to help conservation efforts through his artwork.
Bob Gerson began observing birds during his prison sentence. Gerson helps other prisoners learn about birds and develop an affinity to nature and the freedom it represents. Gerson started a project where he and fellow inmates build birdhouses for migrating birds in the area.
Teachers from the Bridging the Americas program visit partner schools in Nicaragua. They inspire students to take care of the native and migrating birds rather than kill them.
Credits: Bird Tales
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Why are people so devoted to birds? Meet a variety of bird enthusiasts, including a 16-year-old artist whose work features birds, a birdsong expert, children in Nicaragua and Washington, D.C. who are part of a migratory bird education and conservation program, and many others, all of whom share a passion for birds in their infinite variety.
Length: 57 minutes
Copyright date: ©2015
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