City Trees

May/June 2023

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All Ears: Four Noteworthy Podcasts from SMA Members and Friends By Michelle Sutton, City Trees Editor Georgia Silvera Seamans hosts the monthly Your Bird Story, a podcast about everyday encounters with birds in cities. Georgia is the co-founding director of Washington Square Park Eco Projects (WSP Eco Projects) in New York City. She has worked as an urban forester for the City of Boston, and her doctoral research at UC Berkeley was about main- streaming the ecosystem services of urban forests in the municipal government and nonprofit realms in Northern California cities. You can learn more about Georgia in a previous feature in City Trees. "I came to know birds through trees in cities," Georgia says. "Trees and other plants are my first love. As I was looking up into trees and at vegetation closely, birds came inevitably into my line of sight and I became increasingly curious about them." Trees and other plants come up in many of the episodes of Your Bird Story, although sometimes the bota- nists, foresters, and other tree people interviewed are more newly fired up about birds; they're excited to get right into their bird encounters with Georgia. Some episodes featuring plant people are Birding Botanist with Tatyana Soto, A Black Forester Comes to Birding, with Dr. Thomas Easley, and Balcony Birdwatching in Singapore, with Shimona Quazi, PhD. Your Bird Story has its origins in the fall of 2016, when WSP Eco Projects developed a mobile science education program, Explore Birds, with the help of Street Lab (formerly the Uni Project) and a Blake-Nuttall Fund Grant. The Explore Birds cart included bird specimens (skins) for people to see and touch. "The specimens became unintentional prompts," Georgia says. "They led to people spon- taneously and joyfully telling me stories about Your Bird Story Georgia Silvera Seamans 24 CityTREES

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