Bird-watching is an excellent way to get outside and appreciate nature's biodiversity, even if you live in an urban area. For those who need convincing, the video series Birds of North America offers an engaging introduction into this exciting pastime. This series was launched in March 2019 and is hosted by Jason Ward, a Bronx, New York native who now lives in Atlanta. Ward brings a contagious enthusiasm to the series, which starts off spotting warblers in New York's Central Park, where it later returns for a fun episode featuring Ward's younger brother and competitive birding opponent Jeffrey. Other episodes take viewers behind the scenes of the American Natural History Museum's avian collections and to Cape May, New Jersey, where Ward and other birders he interviews observe peregrine falcons (which Ward likes to call "sky Lamborghinis" due to their speed) and elusive yellow-billed cuckoos. Birding novices should also check out the series' second episode, "How to Use Binoculars." Birds of North America is produced by Topic Media, part of First Look Media. Each video is less than eight minutes long with twelve episodes in the series' first season and a second season in the works.
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