Kenn Kaufman – More Than Birds – Episode 11

Birds took over Kenn Kaufman’s life when he was six. At 16 he went out hitch-hiking all over to see as many birds as he could, as described in Kingbird Highway. He has 9 books in print now, in 3 languages, including his own series of field guides. He’s in demand as a speaker, and he’s led birding tours on all 7 continents.

We talk about his birding adventures, the Spanish language field guide he produced, and listing in terms of environmental awareness.

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Written by Radd Icenoggle

I am a native Montanan, who has spent a lifetime as an outdoors and wildlife enthusiast. I earned a degree in biology with an emphasis on habitat relations. During my studies, I had the great fortune to research and compose a thesis that explored the effects of slope aspect on...
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Radd, what a wonderful interview with Kenn! I’ve read his books and heard him speak several times, but you got him to tell some fun new stories. I especially loved hearing him describe his snowball fight with Kimberly…how cute.

One thing that strikes me is how admiringly he talks about Roger Peterson being so modest for a well-known birding expert. I think Kenn is much the same, don’t you?



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