1. Ruby Perry
    Ruby Perry May 21, 2021 at 10:12 am | | Reply

    Wonderful show, passionate and full of heart! I love getting to know people through you. Thank you.

  2. Carolyn Bates
    Carolyn Bates May 21, 2021 at 10:51 am | | Reply

    I too since covid have grown to
    Love birds. Thank you for your show.

  3. Susan Ritz
    Susan Ritz May 21, 2021 at 3:59 pm | | Reply

    I’ve been more and more interested in birds too. And I thought your observation that you are now moving into your observer years was right on the money. No better teacher than Bryan. His newsletters open my eyes to the nature I might just pass by. Yes, getting to know a place overtime-Hubbard Park in Montpelier for me-makes me more aware of my own place in the ecosystem. Let’s go birding sometime!

  4. Annie Greensfelder
    Annie Greensfelder May 21, 2021 at 7:58 pm | | Reply

    My face is sore from grinning through the whole episode… Grinning with joy! It is so uplifting to hear you and Brian interacting in the field or rather, in the bog. As a grown-up nerdy kid who could spend all day sitting in the grass watching insects crawl around to see what they are up to, and who revels in birdsong, this episode just hit my sweet spot. Brian is a Vermont treasure.

  5. Rob Spring
    Rob Spring May 23, 2021 at 8:39 pm | | Reply

    What a joyful and infectious 17 minutes. Bryan is, as he always is, effusive, engaging, and enlightening. Thank you.

  6. Albert Martinez
    Albert Martinez May 24, 2021 at 11:24 am | | Reply

    so original a conversation, I felt I was eavesdropping. thank you for being. 2 friends talking about birds and life observations. Wow!

  7. Noreen
    Noreen May 24, 2021 at 2:28 pm | | Reply


  8. Tal
    Tal May 26, 2021 at 3:30 pm | | Reply

    That was a TOTAL DELIGHT!!!!! I will happily die in a bog with Bryan and you and the orangest orange orioles and the yellowest yellow warblers.

  9. Jeremy G Turner
    Jeremy G Turner May 27, 2021 at 6:52 am | | Reply

    Wonderfully done.

  10. Linda Mirabile
    Linda Mirabile May 27, 2021 at 3:25 pm | | Reply

    How terrific to hear Bryan share both his knowledge and heart-felt observations. And that Erica was able to observe and share along with Bryan. Thank you both for taking us along. Smile… sigh.

  11. George & Laura Mellick
    George & Laura Mellick May 29, 2021 at 6:09 pm | | Reply

    Hello Erica,
    Bryan and you so helped Laura and I get through our weary weather day today. I hope one day he finds the bog of his dreams. Keep going, loved this rumble strip.
    G & L

  12. Robin
    Robin March 12, 2022 at 11:35 pm | | Reply

    Great stuff, Erica!
    I’ve listened to this episode 3 times already, and I suspect I’ll come back to it again.
    I’m so grateful to have found your podcast, via Scott Carrier & Home of the Brave, in turn found through a Radiolab stories on chasing down pronghorns & hitching across the country.
    Victoria, BC, Canada

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