Bill Thompson, III

Bill Thompson III (or BT3 as he is better known) is a lifelong birder, the co-pubisher of Bird Watcher’s Digest (BWD), and the author of many books on birds and nature. He’s been on the editorial team of BWD since May of 1988, and during that time has watched birds in 49 U.S. states (still missing Hawaii) and more than 30 countries. Bill writes the Bill of the Birds blog and creates and hosts a podcast called “This Birding Life” which gets more than 750,000 episode downloads annually.

He is the former president and a founding board member of The Ohio Ornithological Society, and also serves on he board of directors for the Roger Tory Peterson Institute. He is devoted to introducing kids to nature and birding and considers his Young Birder’s Guide to Birds of North America to be his proudest professional achievement.

Bill loves showing people birds and does so regularly at birding festivals, where he is a popular performer and guide. He is also the creator of two events for birders: Reader Rendezvous (birding weekends for Bird Watcher’s Digest subscribers) and the American Birding Expo (a commercial event connecting North American birders to the worldwide birding marketplace).

Bill lives on a farm in southeastern Ohio with his wife, Julie Zickefoose, and their two children, Phoebe and Liam. In his spare time, Bill writes music and performs with his country-rock band The Rain Crows. His favorite North American bird is the red-headed woodpecker.

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