For the Birds Radio Program
Christmas with Jim Baker (Original)
(Dec. 23, 1997)
This is the original airing of Christmas with Jim Baker; Deb Shubat and Laura sang “Have Yourself Some Merry Little Blue Jays.”
- Winter Bird Baths (Dec. 2, 1997)
Laura talks about the issues involved in providing water to birds in winter.
- Point-Counterpoint: Hunting (Nov. 17, 1997)
Laura wrote both sides of this hunter vs. anti-hunter debate.
- Waxwing wing tips (re-recorded) (Nov. 10, 1997)
Why do waxwings have those red tips?
- New Jersey Brant (Nov. 7, 1997)
Laura got a lifer at Cape May!
- Do Birds Yawn? (Reworked) (Nov. 5, 1997)
Are birds really yawning, or is it simply a kind of jaw-stretch?
- The Raven (Oct. 31, 1997)
Laura reads Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, “The Raven.”
- Great Gray Owl (reworked) (Oct. 24, 1997)
Laura talks about a spectacular bird that embodies the spirit of the north woods.
- The Dr. Ruth of Ornithology explains the birds and the bees (UDY) (Oct. 15, 1997)
Why is Laura called the Dr. Ruth of Ornithology?Audio missing
- Mid- Late Summer 1997 (July 22, 1997)
There are more birds alive right now than at any other time of year even though they’re inconspicuous.
- Chimney Swift (July 10, 1997)
Chimney Swifts feed exclusively on airborne invertebrates. How can they eat so many spiders? And can American swift nests be used for birds’ nest soup?
- Magical Time with the Nighthawks (July 4, 1997)
Laura spent an evening watching nighthawks flying in and out of an oversized flag on a beautiful evening.
- Gepetto the Baby Pileated Woodpecker, Part 3 (June 30, 1997)
Laura’s time with Gepetto came to an end, leaving her with lots of memories of just how Pileated Woodpeckers learn how to find food and deal with other Pileateds.
- Baby Bird Graduation (June 24, 1997)
Baby birds have a low graduation rate—a single failed test is usually fatal.
- Connecting with Birds (June 20, 1997)
Sometimes when a bird is singing back and forth with us, it really is talking to us.
- Florida in May (UD) (June 18, 1997)
Laura and Russ went to Florida in late May, and saw some interesting birds.Audio missing
- Luna Moths on Burntside Lake (June 17, 1997)
Many big moths that birds depend on are declining for all kinds of reasons, so Laura was thrilled to find three Luna Moths on Burntside Lake near the Boundary Waters.
- Gepetto the Baby Pileated Woodpecker, Part 2 (June 16, 1997)
The baby Pileated Woodpecker Laura is caring for has had some interesting experiences with two other Pileated Woodpeckers in the Boundary Waters.
- Learning Bird Sounds (June 12, 1997)
How did Laura learn bird sounds? Sometimes she tracked birds down in nature, and sometimes she listened to recordings.
- Gepetto the Baby Pileated Woodpecker, Part 1 (June 11, 1997)
Laura just received a baby Pileated Woodpecker for rehab.
- Barred Owl (June 6, 1997)
Barred Owls have bizarre calls and curious nesting habits.
- Urban Birds (Adapted from 1988) (June 4, 1997)
Birds adapted to city life are more interesting and varied than most people realize.
- Baby Crows (June 2, 1997)
This is a banner year for baby crows. How do they negotiate the challenges of life in the north land?
- The Coffee Connection (Feb. 3, 1997)
Organic coffee grown in the shade of a diverse forest is much better for birds than coffee grown in the sun.Audio missing
- Crossbill (Jan. 31, 1997)
Laura finds herself rehabbing a Red Crossbill, which is making her feel richer than Donald Trump.Audio missing
- IBM Owl (Jan. 29, 1997)
A commercial promising a copy of the World Book Encyclopedia on a CD-Rom for every IBM computer sold has ruffled a lot of feathers. It shows a little girl picking up an injured Great Horned Owl and finding out what to do with her World Book CD-Rom.Audio missing
- Great Gray Owl (Jan. 27, 1997)
Great Gray Owls may be bigger, but they weigh far less than Great Horned and Snowy Owls. They eat mice, and very little else. And this year they’re surprisingly easy to see.Audio missing
- Discouraging House Sparrows in Nest Boxes (Jan. 22, 1997)
Laura gives some concrete strategies for discouraging House Sparrows from using nest boxes.Audio missing
- House Sparrows (Jan. 20, 1997)
The Artful Dodgers of the bird world are here to stay.Audio missing
- Northern Shrike (Jan. 15, 1997)
Predatory shrikes lead dangerous lives, but people aren’t very sympathetic.
- Dead Owls (Jan. 13, 1997)
Laura’s freezer is filling up with owls succumbing to the harsh winter. They’ll be necropsied and then salvaged for education; they’re already educating Laura about their hard lives.Audio missing
- Brown Creeper (Jan. 10, 1997)
The Brown Creeper’s mantra: Speak softly and stick to a big stick.
- Winter Bird Baths (Dec. 2, 1997)