Florida Matters: Birding In Tampa Bay

Florida Matters: Birding In Tampa Bay
Florida Matters: Birding In Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay Area is a mecca for bird-watchers year round. But spring is particularly special, when Florida’s native species are joined by large numbers of other birds migrating north.

This week on Florida Matters we’ll learn about our region’s bird population and hear the stories of people who make observing these winged animals their life passion.

Our panel includes:

Ann Paul: Tampa Bay Area Regional Coordinator for Audubon’s Florida Coastal Islands Sanctuaries. She is an expert in water bird populations and management of coastal habitats for wildlife. She is also on the board of the Tampa Bay Conservancy.

Mary Keith: President of the Tampa Audubon Society

Dave Goodwin: Former president of the Florida Ornithological Society and of St. Petersburg Audubon. He has been birding in Florida for over 50 years and currently has the third-highest list total in the state, at 471 species.

Do you have a favorite birding experience? Share your comments on our Facebook page, tweet @FloridaMatters or by email FloridaMatters@wusf.org.

Interested in going on a local bird walk? There are a number of field trips planned in Tampa and St. Petersburg this year.

Learn more about the Florida Birding and Nature Festival coming up this October in Tampa.

All bird sounds featured on the program came courtesy of the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Original Broadcast Date: 
04/18/18

Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7
Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1

Host:
Carson Cooper

Carson Cooper is a familiar voice. He has become a favorite of WUSF listeners as the local host of NPR's "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 since he took the job in 2000. Carson has worked in Tampa Bay radio for more than two decades. He has been the host of WUSF 89.7's Florida Matters since its launch in 2006. During that time he has reported on a variety of issues of importance to the community, including growth management, education, transportation, affordable housing, taxation, public health and the environment.

Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7
Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1

Host:
Robin Sussingham

Robin Trohn Sussingham is a reporter and program host at WUSF Public Broadcasting, and is the producer of Florida Matters. She came to WUSF from public radio stations KUER and KCPW in Utah, has contributed stories to NPR and Marketplace, and also has an extensive background in print reporting. She was born in Lakeland and often reports about Polk County.

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