For the Birds Radio Program
How the Raven Saved Christmas (reworked)
(Dec. 24, 2001)
Everyone knows that snow from Lake Superior squalls is magical; if Santa dusts his sleigh runners with it, he can keep his sleigh running even where it’s warm. But one year there was no snow in the northland. A raven saved the day!Duration: 4′32″ Related blog post
- Ross's Gull (Dec. 20, 2001)
One of the most beautiful gulls is also one of the rarest and most elusive. Laura dreamed of seeing this bird for decades, and finally saw it in Ashland.
- Green Jay (Dec. 7, 2001)
The corvid family is famous for their brains. The Green Jay is as beautiful as it is intelligent.
- Monteverde Cloud Forest (Nov. 25, 2001)
Laura read a news story saying the Monteverde Cloud Forest of Costa Rica is losing its clouds and humidity. Wildlife that tolerate warmer, drier conditions are moving in and cloud forest creatures are disappearing. The Golden Toad has entirely disappeared.
- Lawn Chemicals (Nov. 22, 2001)
In a thorough examination of dead birds retrieved in New York after the outbreak of West Nile Virus, more of the birds had died from pesticides than the disease. Laura thinks lawn care companies should be prohibited from applying insecticides without evidence of actual problems with insects, and should be required to spot spray weeds where the weeds cover less than 10 percent of the lawn.
- Birthday 2001 (Nov. 11, 2001)
Are we really getting older, or simply upgrading our system? Laura talks about the longest living wild birds.
- Hope Is the Thing with Feathers (Sept. 14, 2001)
This was produced during the week following September 11, 2001.
- The Miracle and Magic of Migration (Aug. 22, 2001)
Hummingbirds are heading out, wings beating 70 times every second, its heart beating 650 times every minute.
- Early Fall Migration (Aug. 11, 2001)
What birds are moving about this time of the season? Listen to the sounds of waxwings and Merlins as well as learning about what they’re up to.
- Alaska Alcids (July 30, 2001)
Laura got to see lots of alcids—birds in the auk family—in Alaska.
- Steller and His Jay (July 28, 2001)
A wonderful jay is named for a ship naturalist.
- Birding on an Alaskan Cruise (July 25, 2001)
Laura and Russ took a cruise on a small ship through the Inside Passage, where Laura focused on birds.
- Hummingbirds (July 24, 2001)
Laura talks about the birds of superlatives which weighs about the same as two pennies—appropriate in a bird that likes to give us its two cents’ worth. And she thinks to herself, “what a wonderful world.”
- Nighthawks (July 23, 2001)
Laura talks about a bird whose fragile wings carry it back and forth from here to Argentina every year.
- Familiar Places and Bluebirds (Robert Frost's Fragmentary Blue) (July 20, 2001)
Laura loves birding in Port Wing, Wisconsin, where she can count on familiar friends. What makes her love for bluebirds grow the more she sees them?
- Nemesis Bird: White-headed Woodpecker (July 19, 2001)
White-headed Woodpeckers are rare and declining; very dependent on mature, healthy stands of pine. That actually explains why they have a shorter tongue than most woodpeckers.
- Kirtland's Warbler 2001 Census (July 18, 2001)
This year 1,085 Kirtland’s Warblers have been counted—a new high.
- Port Wing Centennial (July 17, 2001)
At Port Wing’s centennial celebration, celebrating the wealth of trees and fish a century ago, made Laura wonder if in another hundred years, people will look back on us with gratitude or melancholy.
- Robert Frost's The Exposed Nest (July 16, 2001)
Laura’s been watching the harsh after-effects of mowing pastures, calling to mind Robert Frost’s wonderful poem.
- Headed to Alaska (July 13, 2001)
Laura’s gearing up for a trip to Alaska.
- Deer Eating Baby Birds (July 6, 2001)
White-tailed deer eat a lot more than plants.
- American Kestrel (May 4, 2001)
Our tiniest and loveliest falcon is often seen from roads and highways.
- Why Birds? (March 12, 2001)
What is it about birds that attracts so many people to them?
- Fast Food Franchise Birds (March 11, 2001)
Laura talks about some of her own observations of birds mooching for french fries at fast food joints, and reads a personal letter from Roger Tory Peterson retelling his own experiences.
- Pileated Woodpecker (March 5, 2001)
Laura talks about her neighborhood Pileated Woodpeckers and about the species’s population trends.
- Bird Recordings, Part II (Recordings of foreign birds) (Feb. 21, 2001)
Laura loves the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Diversity of Animal Sounds and their bird song sets from many American regions and states and from foreign lands.
- Bird Recordings, Part I (Which recordings are best?) (Feb. 20, 2001)
Laura started out learning bird songs with the Peterson recording. Now she uses the Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs—most species are on their own track, and recordings are longer per species. She also likes Lang Elliott’s Know Your Bird Sounds and Wild Sounds of the North Woods.
- Bird Sounds in Commercials and TV Shows (Feb. 16, 2001)
Many producers use bird sounds in the soundtracks. Some make more sense than others.
- Feeder and Bird Bath Issues (Feb. 1, 2001)
Laura answers questions about maintaining winter bird baths and whether it hurts birds to stop feeding.
- Expressions Part II (Jan. 31, 2001)
Laura looks into more bird-based expressions, including “looney” and “naked as a jaybird.”
- Expressions Part I (Jan. 30, 2001)
Are bluebirds really happier than other birds? And where did the expression “to eat crow” come from? Laura talks about the origins of some bird expressions.
- David Morrison's Grackle Story (Jan. 25, 2001)
KAXE listener David Morrison told an interesting and heartwarming story about a baby grackle he’d raised, and how he knew it had become truly wild.
- Ross's Gull (Dec. 20, 2001)