For the Birds Radio Program
(Dec. 24, 2002)
Birds often help people to connect with one another
- Barn Owl Learning (Nov. 27, 2002)
In labs, Barn Owls can learn complex behaviors incrementally, which has implications regarding both bird intelligence and helping humans.
- Rio Grande Valley Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Spectacular (Nov. 15, 2002)
When a bus broke down during a field trip for the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival, Scissor-tailed Flycatchers saved the day.
- Manakin and Antbird (Nov. 14, 2002)
When Laura was in Costa Rica, she witnessed a comical scene between a manakin, focused entirely on keeping everything out of his little display area, and an antbird, entirely focused on walking across that very display area.
- Paul Wellstone (Oct. 28, 2002)
Laura’s tribute to a true environmental hero.Duration: 4′37″ Related blog post
- Humboldt Penguins (Aug. 1, 2002)
On July 30, an Anchorage newspaper reported that a Humboldt Penguin ended up in a fishing net in Alaska!
- Robins (July 25, 2002)
There’s something about robins…
- Red-eyed Vireo (July 10, 2002)
The bird that once was the most abundant songbird of eastern forests has problems up here, but faces worse problems in South America.
- Eastern Kingbird (July 9, 2002)
Tyrannus tyrannus lives up to its scientific name.
- Common Nighthawk (June 25, 2002)
Laura talks about one of her favorite birds, with a 2 1/2-foot wingspan that weighs a mere 2 1/2 ounces.
- Jelly feeder hazard (June 20, 2002)
Sometimes grape jelly can be harmful. Laura tells the story of a woman whose oriole got stuck in it.
- Mork and Mindy the Baby Brown Thrashers (June 13, 2002)
Laura is taking care of two baby Brown Thrashers. The sound in the background is these two little birds.
- Costa Rican Robin, the Clay-colored Thrush (May 31, 2002)
Laura went to Costa Rica this month, where she thoroughly enjoyed hearing the national bird, the Clay-colored Thrush.
- Resplendent Quetzal (April 28, 2002)
Laura was fixated on Resplendent Quetzals since she was a little girl; she spent some quality time with them in Costa Rica this month.
- April Dusk (April 27, 2002)
Listen to some of the lovely sounds Laura is enjoying at dusk in Port Wing, Wisconsin.
- Niagara Falls (April 26, 2002)
Laura and Russ visited Niagara Falls for the first time since 1993. What birds did they see?
- Manx Shearwater (April 20, 2002)
Now that Laura is 50, she’s wondering how many birds are that old. One Manx Shearwater who has traveled over a million miles during her 50-year life.
- Mockingbirds (April 4, 2002)
Laura talks about Thomas Jefferson’s favorite bird.
- Awkward Season (April 3, 2002)
Laura talks about the tug-of-war between winter and spring.
- Song Sparrow (April 2, 2002)
Laura talks about an endearing but shy little backyard bird, and the longterm study that taught us how they live.
- Where the Boids Are (April 1, 2002)
Two college girls head up to Grand Marais for spring break in this parody of Where the Boys Are, featuring Karen and John Keenan, Russ and Tom Erickson, and the California Ravens.
- Mark Alt's Owl Story (March 23, 2002)
Laura’s friend Mark Alt shares an amusing story about some backyard visitors—or were they?
- Cruisin' with Spring (March 20, 2002)
Laura drove between Duluth and Milwaukee, seeing the progression of spring.
- American Crow: Our First Sign of Spring (Feb. 23, 2002)
American Crows provide plenty of hope that spring is here.
- Book Review: Peterson Field Guide. (Feb. 22, 2002)
Laura grew up not knowing that there were books that could help her identify birds. Her first field guide, the Peterson Guide, was her portal into a new universe. His updated edition was even better. Now, after he has died, a new updated edition is being released this spring, which he had been finishing when he died.
- Barn Owl Learning (Nov. 27, 2002)