For the Birds Radio Program
Bird Feeder Winter Contest
(Dec. 30, 1988)
Today Laura Erickson announces a new contest–to see who can attract the most birds to a northland feeder.Audio missing
- Exotic Birds (Dec. 28, 1988)
Today Laura Erickson talks about some of the birds that were introduced in the United States.Audio missing
- Christmas Bird Count 1988 Summary (Dec. 26, 1988)
Today Laura Erickson talks about the totals of this year’s Christmas Bird Count.Audio missing
- Bird Feeding (Dec. 23, 1988)
Today Laura talks about bird feeding issues in winter.Audio missing
- Forest Fragmentation (Dec. 21, 1988)
Today Laura Erickson talks about a new environmental issue—Forest Fragmentation.Audio missing
- Florida Birds (Dec. 19, 1988)
Laura Erickson took a vacation to Florida last month. Today she talks about the bird life she found there.Audio missing
- Christmas Bird Count 1988 (Dec. 16, 1988)
Tomorrow is Duluth’s annual Christmas Bird Count—an annual rite of December.Audio missing
- White-breasted Nuthatch (Nov. 18, 1988)
Today Laura Erickson talks about a true bird of the Northland, the White-breasted Nuthatch.Audio missing
- Sea Ducks (Nov. 16, 1988)
Today Laura Erickson talks about the bizarre mating habits of sea ducks.Audio missing
- Wild Eider Chase (Nov. 14, 1988)
What is it like to have a birdwatcher for a mother? Laura Erickson tells the sad but true story on today’s “For the Birds.”Audio missing
- Veterans Day (Nov. 11, 1988)
Laura remembers the boys she went to elementary school with who died in Vietnam.Audio missing
- Blackburnian Warbler (Nov. 7, 1988)
Recently a North American warbler made the national news when it found its way to Scotland.Audio missing
- Autumn's End (Nov. 4, 1988)
Is winter really here? The birds seem to think so.Audio missing
- Crow Hunting Season (Nov. 2, 1988)
Today Laura Erickson talks about Minnesota’s crow hunting season, which ended yesterday.Audio missing
- Calpurnia the Raven (Oct. 31, 1988)
On this Halloween, Laura Erickson talks about a raven that doesn’t fit the spooky stereotype.
- Birds of Washington, D.C. (Oct. 28, 1988)
Laura Erickson is going to be taking a trip to Washington
D.C. to find out if birds can survive in our nation’s capital.
- Preparing for a trip (Oct. 26, 1988)
When you go on a trip to a new place, how can you find out the best places to go and what birds to expect?
- Identifying birds in flight (Oct. 24, 1988)
How can bird counters possibly identify the many birds flying over?
- Birds and Housework (Oct. 21, 1988)
Laura finds herself jealous of birds when she’s washing dishes or doing laundry.
- Finding injured birds (Oct. 19, 1988)
Getting professional help from a licensed rehabber is not only the best way to care for an injured bird; it’s usually the only legal way.
- Crossbills (Oct. 17, 1988)
A fascinating group of birds is flying through the northland this fall.
- Vice Presidential Debates (Oct. 14, 1988)
An encounter between two birds brought to Laura’s mind the debate between Lloyd Bentsen and Dan Quayle.
- Eating out of your hand (Oct. 12, 1988)
A WOJB listener tells Laura about chickadees that feed from his hand.
- Golden Eagle (Oct. 10, 1988)
Laura talks about her little boy Joey’s favorite bird on his birthday.
- WHOA! Big Day at the Pumping Station (Oct. 7, 1988)
93,948 birds, mostly robins and warblers, were tallied flying over the Lakewood Pumping Station on Saturday. Laura is still reeling with quantification.
- Golden-crowned Kinglet (Oct. 5, 1988)
Golden-crowned Kinglets and little toddlers named Tommy make Laura think of Louis Armstrong and what a wonderful world this is.
- Fielding Questions at Hawk Ridge (Oct. 3, 1988)
Why do some Blue Jays migrate? Why are male Sharp-shinned Hawks so much tinier than females? How is it possible to count tens of thousands of hawks in a single day? And why do people spend time counting them?
- "Something Told the Wild Geese" (Sept. 30, 1988)
Laura talks about migrating geese, with Rachel Field’s poem.
- Laura's start in birding (Sept. 28, 1988)
How does a shy, unassuming college student get transformed into a passionate birdwatcher?
- The Great Le Conte's Sparrow Round-Up (Sept. 26, 1988)
Laura met a birder at the Lakewood Pumping Station who was familiar with one of her favorite experiences.
- Hawk Ridge Weekend 1988 (Sept. 23, 1988)
Great birds and stimulating discussion with Pete Dunne marked this year’s Hawk Ridge Weekend.
- Autumn Dawn (Sept. 21, 1988)
What’s it like waking at 5:30 to go count birds?
- Feeding Hummingbirds in Autumn (Sept. 19, 1988)
The rule never to feed hummingbirds after Labor Day is FALSE.
- Western Birds Flying in on Westerly Winds (Sept. 16, 1988)
Westerly winds, and a huge fire in Yellowstone, are sending some amazing western birds our way.
- KUMD Promo (Sept. 15, 1988)
For the Birds will now be airing 5 days a week.
- Migration Update (Sept. 14, 1988)
The skies of autumn are pulsing with the wingbeats of migrating birds, coursing through their arterial flyways like the blood of life.
- Collective Nouns for Birds (Sept. 12, 1988)
When are geese a gaggle, and when are they a skein?
- Autumn Ambivalence and the Death of Icarus the Crow (Sept. 9, 1988)
Laura reads Robert Frost’s poem, “Reluctance.”
- We Need a President Who Is FOR the Birds (Aug. 31, 1988)
Why we need an ornithologist in the White House.
- Embryonic Respiration--Egging You On (Aug. 29, 1988)
How do birds breathe or otherwise get oxygen inside an egg? (Program dedicated to Russ)
- Nighthawks (Aug. 26, 1988)
A gorgeous spectacle may be happening right now.
- Mr. Peepers the grackle (Aug. 24, 1988)
Laura is helping a young grackle become wild.
- Movie Review: Micki and Maude (Aug. 22, 1988)
Laura probes such questions as what bird’s beak is shaped like Dudley Moore’s nose and whether birds engage in the kind of bigamy that Moore’s character did..
- Feathers and bathing (Aug. 19, 1988)
Feathers are uniquely characteristic of birds. How do birds maintain these fragile structures?
- Northern Pintail (Aug. 17, 1988)
Pintails have declined dangerously in the past decade.
- Mourning Dove (Aug. 15, 1988)
Mourning Doves are not a legal game bird in Minnesota, but are in many other states.
- The One That Got Away (Aug. 12, 1988)
Laura talks about a rare bird that showed up briefly—all too briefly—in Duluth, and speculates about where rare birds come from.
- Book Review: The Book of Terns (Aug. 10, 1988)
Laura talks about sea swallows and a book of puns.
- Double-crested Cormorant (Aug. 8, 1988)
More and more people are asking Laura about Double-crested Cormorants.
- Dog Days (Aug. 5, 1988)
How do birds survive extreme heat?
- How do birds sleep? (Aug. 3, 1988)
Laura has information about sleeping birds.
- Urban birds (Original) (Aug. 1, 1988)
Some birds adapt well to city life.
- Bentsen State Park, and Crow Hunting Controversy (July 29, 1988)
Today Laura Erickson talks about the many complaints she received about her crow-hunting program, and talks about Bentsen Rio-Grande State Park in Texas, which has ties to a Vice Presidential nominee.
- Black-billed Cuckoo (July 27, 1988)
Army worms are another problem this year, but cuckoos are doing their best to solve that one.
- This year's drought (July 25, 1988)
This year’s drought seems to be bringing out the worst in some people, and affecting birds as well.
- Movie Review: Bambi (July 22, 1988)
The movie and the book on which it is based have many strengths as well as some weaknesses.
- Anting (July 20, 1988)
Laura heard from a listener with a report of a black bird rubbing mothballs on its feathers.
- Jolly Times at an Elderhostel (July 18, 1988)
Laura found opportunities to study birds, and perhaps to be studied by them, on Burntside Lake when she was teaching an Elderhostel.
- Crow Season Update (July 15, 1988)
Laura is most seriously displeased by the no-holds-barred open season on crows in Minnesota.
- Baby Birds (July 8, 1988)
Laura gives some tips for if you find a baby songbird.Audio missing
- Ring-billed Gull (July 6, 1988)
Army worms are taking some of the pressure off Ring-billed Gulls in the area of bad PR.Audio missing
- Evocative Bird Songs (July 4, 1988)
Summer bird songs give Laura a sense of time and place.Audio missing
- Songs and Calls of Northland Specialties (July 1, 1988)
While the American Birding Association is in Duluth, Laura shares some of the songs of our most-sought-for species.Audio missing
- Connecticut Warbler (June 29, 1988)
Laura talks about a warbler found in our northern bogs that birders everywhere yearn to see.Audio missing
- Le Conte's Sparrow (June 27, 1988)
The American Birding Association is meeting in Duluth this week, so Laura talks about some of the birds birders come to Duluth in hopes of finding.Audio missing
- John Ciardi and the etymology of bird names (June 24, 1988)
Poet and etymologist John Ciardi inspired Laura to start producing For the Birds in the first place. Thinking about him got Laura thinking about the etymology of bird names.Audio missing
- Spotted Sandpiper (June 22, 1988)
The familiar little “teeter-tail” of shorelines is fascinating as well as common.Audio missing
- Brown Thrasher (June 20, 1988)
The state bird of Georgia is a master of mimicry.Audio missing
- Savannah Sparrow (June 17, 1988)
Laura talks about the bird that produces a soft, dreamy buzz, which is a trademark of lazy summer days.Audio missing
- Wilson's Phalarope (June 15, 1988)
What pretty, dainty bird gravitates to sewage ponds?Audio missing
- Some Common Bird Songs (June 13, 1988)
Laura plays some of the common bird songs we hear up here.Audio missing
- Donald Duck (June 10, 1988)
Laura celebrated Donald Duck’s 54th birthday, and her daughter Katie’s half birthday (Katie was 4 1/2) with this program about Donald Duck.
- Rose-breasted Grosbeak (June 8, 1988)
Laura talks about an extraordinarily beautiful and tuneful bird.Audio missing
- Augury (June 6, 1988)
Some people look at the stars to tell the future, which may not be any less scientific than looking at bird entrails.Audio missing
- Chicken Pox (June 3, 1988)
Laura’s daughter has chicken pox, making Laura wonder how the disease got its name.Audio missing
- Willow Ptarmigan (June 1, 1988)
From White Fang’s first wild-caught meal to the bird that makes the weirdest call in the universe, the Willow Ptarmigan is pretty pterrific, even if the “p” at the start of the word doesn’t really belong there.Audio missing
- Indigo Buntings (May 30, 1988)
An Indigo Bunting turned up at a feeder in Duluth, delighting a KUMD listener.Audio missing
- Rachel Carson (May 27, 1988)
Today is the birthday of one of the great people of the 20th Century.Audio missing
- Spring Songs (May 25, 1988)
Laura would rather you were outside listening to actual birds right now.
- Bald Eagle (May 23, 1988)
Eagles are nesting again.
- White-crowned Sparrow (May 20, 1988)
Laura talks about a bird that scientists have poked and prodded and studied to make several interesting discoveries.
- Harlequin Duck (May 18, 1988)
Laura talks about a bird named for the costumed pantomime actors of the Italian stage.
- Kirtland's Warbler (Original) (May 16, 1988)
One Michigan bird requires fire for its very survival.
- Fire and Birds (May 13, 1988)
Fire and drought affect birds as well as people. We can at least help our backyard birds.
- Margaret Morse Nice's Song Sparrows (May 11, 1988)
Laura talks about one of our common birds and the woman who researched them.
- Purple Finch (Adapted from 1986) (May 9, 1988)
Laura slightly updated her program from 1986 about this popular feeder bird.
- Blackbirds! (May 6, 1988)
Laura talks about this misunderstood and often maligned group.
- How and Why Birds Migrate (May 4, 1988)
Laura explains some of the mechanisms of bird migration.
- Yellow-rumped Warbler (May 2, 1988)
The welcome chip of the Yellow-rumped Warbler is everywhere right now.
- Peregrine release update (April 29, 1988)
Richard Nixon was one of the people who helped bring Peregrine Falcons back to Minnesota. Huh?!
- Birds in Science Fiction (April 27, 1988)
Laura has noticed that birds are few and far between in science fiction movies, but do turn up here and there in SF literature.Duration: 4′11″ Related blog post
- Feeding Birds Responsibly in Spring (April 25, 1988)
To feed or not to feed, that is the question.
- Migration Update (April 22, 1988)
New arrivals, and an intriguing explanation of where the Grand Rapids robins were all winter.
- New Crow Hunting Season (April 15, 1988)
Minnesota’s legislature is considering opening a crow season, but Laura is most seriously displeased.
- French That's for the Birds (April 13, 1988)
Jeanne Tonkin, the French teacher at Ordean Junior High School, helps us learn a few words in French.
- Steve Wilson's Owl Census (April 11, 1988)
Laura did a late-night owl census near Floodwood on April first.
- Last Robin of Winter (April 8, 1988)
The winner of this year’s Last Robin of Winter is announced.
- Pine Siskin (April 6, 1988)
Pine Siskins are everywhere all winter, and were counted in huge numbers along Lake Superior this fall.
- Partial Albino Redpoll (April 4, 1988)
Laura had a peculiar bird at her feeder two weeks ago.
- The John Chickenfat Sled Bird Race (April 1, 1988)
Duluth is famous for the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. On April 1, 1988, Laura takes us to the scene of another great race. This episode features Joe Erickson, John and Karen Keenan, Mary Tonkin, and a gasp from Britta Keenan.
- KUMD Promo: John Chickenfat Sled Dog Race (March 31, 1988)
Laura encourages listeners to check out her April Fools program.
- Signs of Spring (March 30, 1988)
More bird reports!Audio missing
- Red Crossbills (March 28, 1988)
Laura has Red Crossbills visiting her feeder for the first time.Audio missing
- More Questions about Birds (March 25, 1988)
From nests to wintering robins, Laura answers listener questions and reminds everyone to send in entries for the Last Robin of Winter contest.Audio missing
- Junco--the Snowbird (March 23, 1988)
Laura talks about juncos, that are everywhere right now.Audio missing
- Waterfowl Hunting Violations (March 21, 1988)
In the 1986-87 season, federal agents arrested a former Ducks Unlimited national trustee for violating game laws in Louisiana. He now admits that from the time he was a child he violated bag limits, as does everyone else he knows.Audio missing
- Hearts (March 18, 1988)
Laura celebrates her wedding anniversary with a discussion of bird hearts.Audio missing
- Tropical Rain Forest (March 14, 1988)
How does tropical deforestation affect our birds?Audio missing
- Crows and other spring arrivals (March 11, 1988)
Seeing crows brought a poem by Wordsworth to Laura’s mind, and she has a tip for smelters.Audio missing
- Caring for Injured Birds (March 9, 1988)
Laura is ambivalent about caring for and releasing injured birds.Audio missing
- Cedar Waxwing mystery solved (March 7, 1988)
Why do waxwings have those little red markings on some feather tips?Audio missing
- Spring Update (March 4, 1988)
Is spring just around the corner?Audio missing
- Accessing Memory (March 2, 1988)
Does your mind ever take a momentary vacation? A bird’s never does. Laura Erickson tells why on today’s “For the Birds.”Audio missing
- Leap Year Day (Feb. 29, 1988)
Once every four years, we humans are forced out of our little world of man long enough to adjust our schedules to a higher universal order.Audio missing
- Winter Olympics (Feb. 26, 1988)
How would birding skills measure up in the Winter Olympics?Audio missing
- Winter Rarities (Feb. 24, 1988)
Northlanders are seeing a few unusual sparrows right now.Audio missing
- The Kiwi (Feb. 22, 1988)
This program was sparked by an article in the Duluth News-Tribune about kiwi fruit with the headline “Fruit named for a bird sprouts wings of its own,” which seemed an inappropriate reference to a bird which has no wings at all, not even metaphorical ones.Audio missing
- Last Robin of Winter contest announced (Feb. 19, 1988)
Laura talks about how and why some robins stick out the winter, and announces a contest.Audio missing
- Lakewood Pumping Station Numbers from Last Fall (Feb. 17, 1988)
Laura recounts some of the 115,000 birds tallied at the Lakewood Pumping Station this fall, with the heartening news that U.S. West has withdrawn their proposal to build a tower on Moose Mountain.Audio missing
- Pileated Woodpecker (reworked from 1987) (Feb. 15, 1988)
Laura talks about a bird that almost everyone likes.Audio missing
- Sounds of Winter (reworked) (Feb. 12, 1988)
Laura gets a wee-bit political at the end of this revision.Audio missing
- Lighten Up! (Original) (Feb. 10, 1988)
Birds are so different from mammals because they fly.Audio missing
- Common Redpoll (Feb. 8, 1988)
Redpolls are finally turning up in good numbers.
- Exotic Birds (Dec. 28, 1988)