Jason Ward with a red phase Eastern Screech Owl.
Jason Ward with a red phase Eastern Screech Owl. Photo provided by Jason Ward.

Jason Ward is the host of “Birds of North America” and birder-extraordinaire. You can find out more about him on twitter (@JasonWardNY) or watch his show, “Birds of North America” on youtube.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Night Owl

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?


3 Do you have any pets?


4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?


5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?


6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?


7 Do you speak any other languages?


8 If you could switch professions, what would you do?

I’d study black holes, quasars, pulsars, planets, everything cool about outer space!

9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in?


10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go?

Costa Rica

11 If you had one superpower, what would it be?

Flight! (Duh, lol)

12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to?

Watch “Birds of North America” on YouTube!

13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do?

Go birding!

14 What are three things you can’t live without?

Binoculars, my family, and sports.

15 What beverage gives you life?

Blueberry Red Bull

16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you?


17 What did you want to be be when you grew up?

I wanted to play football

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

My family, the desire to impact and inspire kids growing up in underserved communities.

19 What got you excited in science?

Being able to learn about wildlife through nature documentaries. Also by watching the likes of Jeff Corwin, the Kratt brothers, Steve Irwin.

20 What excites you about science now?

The thrill of discovery.

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Beer lol.

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

I can hit a baseball over 350 feet lol.

23 What is your favorite game?

Anything that involves trivia.

24 What is the last book you read?

“Between the world and me” – Ta Nehesi Coates

25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received?

Don’t take things too personal.

26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do?

Being a keynote speaker.

27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self?

Don’t worry, you’ll figure it out.

28 What is the best way to de-stress?


29 What is the last thing you watched?

The Walking Dead!

30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag?

A dead Virginia Rail.

31 What is your favorite animal?

The Peregrine Falcon aka Sky Lamborghini

32 What is your favorite book?

“The home place: memoirs of a colored man’s love affair with nature” – J. Drew Lanham

33 What is your favorite comfort food?


34 What is your favorite day of the year?

My birthday! October 8th

35 What is your favorite plant?

Venus Fly Trap!

36 What is your favorite science fact?

Peregrine Falcons can dive at over 240mph!

37 What is your favorite season?


38 What is your favorite smell?

Fresh baked cookies.

39 What is your favorite sound?

My son saying “Dada”.

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

My persistence.

41 What is your favorite word (in any language)?


42 What is your proudest moment?

Watching the first episode of my web series premiere, this past March 17th (2019).

43 What kind of tree would you be?

Southern Magnolia.

44 What’s the best thing about where you live?

The winters aren’t too harsh.

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I don’t have a degree, at all. None, zero, zilch 🙂

46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next?

Corina Newsome (@hood_naturalist)