For the Birds Radio Program
(June 1, 2020)
Birding has always been uniquely dangerous for Black people. It’s time white birders started listening, and taking responsibility for making the birding community and our nation safer for everyone.
- Update: End of May (May 29, 2020)
Even hunkering at home, Laura is still having fun, right now with hummingbirds and orioles. She also answers the question, should we offer jelly?Duration: 5′11″ Related blog post with transcript
- This Year's Piping Plovers: Good News! (May 28, 2020)
Good news about Piping Plovers on the Great Lakes and in Maine!
- Endangered Endangered Species Act (May 27, 2020)
Our Endangered Species Act is itself endangered, which bodes ill for the Golden-winged Warbler and many other species.
- Barbara Kelly's Baby Robins (May 25, 2020)
Reports about a Hayward robin nest are filling Laura with joy and hope.
- Spying on My Backyard Birds (May 22, 2020)
Laura has been keeping track of her birds even when she’s sleeping or working indoors.Duration: 4′52″ Related blog post with transcript
- Upward Mobility in Baby Blue Jays (May 20, 2020)
In 1991, Laura made a charmingly frustrating discovery about baby Blue Jays.
- Brown-headed Cowbird, Part 2 (May 18, 2020)
As much as Laura likes cowbirds, she thinks it’s best not to subsidize them with food. She explains why.
- Brown-headed Cowbird, Part I (May 15, 2020)
Sarah Caldwell, who listens to this program on WDRT, asked Laura to talk about a fascinating bird, the Brown-headed Cowbird .Duration: 4′34″ Related blog post with transcript
- Spring Update (May 14, 2020)
Laura brings us up to date on the Peabody Street bird activity and relates some stories she received via email from New Hampshire and Excelsior, Minnesota.
- Blast from the Past: Sneakers and the Jumping Beans (May 12, 2020)
Laura just unearthed the transcript of a program from 1995 about her education Blue Jay, Sneakers, when she discovered Mexican jumping beans.
- Margaret Morse Nice (May 11, 2020)
Today is the 85th anniversary of the day Margaret Morse Nice followed a Song Sparrow over an entire 24-hour period, counting every one of the 2,305 songs he sang and recording every one of his behaviors.
- Boundary Waters cell phone tower update (May 8, 2020)
Whatever happened about the 450-foot guyed, lighted cell phone tower AT&T wanted to build at the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness?
- Questions from Eagle River (May 6, 2020)
Laura fields questions about disappearing chickadees and other birds and about a bird who has been drumming on a basketball backboard right outside a weary but curious listener’s window.Duration: 5′54″ Related blog post with transcript
- Migration Progression (May 4, 2020)
Backyard birding is providing lots of new birds right now.
- Balancing Our Curiosity and Wonder with What Birds Need (May 1, 2020)
Kadi Franson asked Laura Erickson to do a program about checking our own sense of curiosity and wonder with what birds need.Duration: 5′14″ Related blog post with transcript
- Bonus Thursday: Backyard Update (April 30, 2020)
Laura’s been photographing and recording her backyard birds.Duration: 4′31″ Related blog post with transcript
- Kinglets! (April 29, 2020)
Laura talks about two birds passing through the Northland right this very moment.Duration: 4′45″ Related blog post with transcript
- Tuesday Bonus: The Tale of Frederick and Sneakers (April 28, 2020)
Laura tells the completely fictitious (but it could be true, maybe) story of a baby nighthawk and a baby Blue Jay.Duration: 6′42″ Related blog post with transcript
- Spring Is Springing! (April 27, 2020)
Lots of new birds are showing up on Peabody Street. (Photo here is by Brad Snelling)Duration: 4′17″ Related blog post with transcript
- Spirit V. Soul (April 24, 2020)
What’s the difference between spirit and soul, and why do birds so perfectly embody both?
- Earth Day 2020 (April 22, 2020)
Laura had the perfect visitor this week to help her celebrate Earth Day.
- Tuesday bonus: Laura's Best Bird EVER! A Brown Creeper Goes to School (April 21, 2020)
One particular Brown Creeper, who visited the school Laura was teaching at in 1977, became her Best Bird EVER.Duration: 5′03″ Related blog post with transcript
- They Shoot Swans, Don't They? (TIME SENSITIVE. MUST be aired on April 20,.) (April 20, 2020)
The US Fish and Wildlife Service managed to sneak in a proposal to open a hunting season on swans in the Central, Mississippi, and Atlantic flyways (including Minnesota and Wisconsin). The deadline for comments is TODAY, Monday, April 20, at 10:59 p,m. CDT.Duration: 6′02″ Related blog post with transcript
- Brown Creeper (April 17, 2020)
KAXE listener Polly Edington saw a new bird this week, a Brown Creeper. Laura tells us a little about this bird; she shares more information about it on her blog.Duration: 4′40″ Related blog post with transcript
- How Wildlife Is Faring During the Shutdown (April 15, 2020)
How are birds and other wildlife doing during the shutdown? (Ends with music)
- Bonus program: More than You Wanted to Know about Sandhill Cranes, Part 2 (April 14, 2020)
Today Laura talks about the life history of Sandhill CranesDuration: 5′15″ Related blog post with transcript
- More than You Wanted to Know about Sandhill Cranes, Part I (April 13, 2020)
Laura talks about a splendid bird, the Sandhill Crane. (Bonus program, Part II, will be available for tomorrow)Duration: 5′13″ Related blog post with transcript
- Little Women's Beth (April 10, 2020)
Laura and her children once worked out which bird was which character in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. The hardest to figure out was Beth.
- Camera Fun (April 8, 2020)
Laura may be hunkered down, safe at home right now, but she’s been learning a new skill—taking photos remotely.Duration: 4′50″ Related blog post with transcript
- Junco Migration Kicks In! (April 6, 2020)
Laura finally has dozens of birds in her yard!Duration: 5′09″ Related blog post with transcript
- Living Heroes: Bob Hinkle (April 3, 2020)
Much of Laura’s life was shaped thanks to a single class she took in college.Duration: 5′40″ Related blog post with transcript
- April Fool, 2020 version (April 1, 2020)
How are Blue Jays helping people with social distancing? A word from Jim Baker of Baker’s Blue Jay Barn (Up the Shore a Ways) and the California Ravens, too.
- The Birds and the Bees (March 31, 2020)
Del Stubbs and Celine Thouin of Pinewood, Minnesota, share a fascinating story, with photos on Laura’s blog, about a swarm of bees, and Laura brings us up to date on spring migration.Duration: 4′27″ Related blog post with transcript
- What is a human, or a bird, worth? (March 30, 2020)
The value of living things cannot be measured in dollars.Duration: 6′43″ Related blog post with transcript
- Chickadee Therapy (March 25, 2020)
Laura talks about how chickadees are brightening the days of many people during these hard times, and KAXE listener Polly Edington shared her exciting up-close and personal encounters with her backyard chickadees.Duration: 5′42″ Related blog post with transcript
- Coping in a Time of Pandemic (March 24, 2020)
How do we fill the hours when we’re stuck at home? Laura is trying to appeal to the better angels of her nature.Duration: 5′26″ Related blog post with transcript
- The Crowded Outdoors (March 23, 2020)
People are not following social distancing rules right now, putting all of us at risk
- Backyard Fox! (March 20, 2020)
Laura’s been looking at wildlife in her own backyard, and hearing about what others are seeing.
- Cacawphony (March 19, 2020)
On Monday, Laura had a fun birding experience just a couple of blocks from home.Duration: 4′38″ Related blog post with transcript
- Social Distancing While Birding (March 18, 2020)
Laura and Dr. Peter Crosson have tips for social distancing when getting out birding.
- Covid-19: Home for the Duration (March 16, 2020)
Hunkering down during a pandemic, nature can still provide balm for our soul.Duration: 5′58″ Related blog post with transcript
- Duck Stamp Regulation Change: Just Say No! (March 13, 2020)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed a new regulation requiring that in the future, every Federal Duck Stamp depict an element of hunting rather than allowing art depicting wild ducks in natural habitat. Laura says, “Just say no!” Why?
(This program must air by March 16, 2020.)Duration: 7′16″ Related blog post with transcript
- The Heartbreak of Rehabbing Birds (March 3, 2020)
Marge Gibson of the Raptor Education Group, Inc. in Antigo, Wisconsin, has been dealing with some heartbreaking situations lately.
Both the Minnesota and Wisconsin DNRs have TIP lines if you have any information on the shooting of native/protected wildlife. You can remain anonymous, though providing your name can be helpful in the successful prosecution of offenders.
Minnesota Turn in Poachers (TIP): 800-652-9093.
Wisconsin DNR Hotline 1-800-TIP-WDNR or 1-800-847-9367.
And please consider supporting the work REGI does.Duration: 7′15″ Related blog post with transcript
- Forty-five Years of Bird Watching AND Birding (March 2, 2020)
Laura started birdwatching, and birding, 45 years ago today.Duration: 5′01″ Related blog post with transcript
- Laura's Best Bird EVER! The Owl Who Lived (Feb. 24, 2020)
Laura saw a Boreal Owl in the Bog last week, calling to mind the most special Boreal Owl of all.Duration: 5′07″ Related blog post with transcript
- Cardiac Rehab (Feb. 21, 2020)
Laura’s back birding at pretty much full speed thanks to cardiac rehab.
- Giving Mozart the Last Word on Starlings (Feb. 20, 2020)
Laura can’t end a series of programs about starlings without mentioning Mozart.Duration: 5′47″ Related blog post with transcript
- A Tale of Two Mortimers, Part 2 (Feb. 19, 2020)
Laura received a fascinating email from Timothy Flannery, who is just as fascinated with starlings as Laura is.Duration: 4′43″ Related blog post with transcript
- A Tale of Two Mortimers, Part I (Feb. 18, 2020)
Thirty years ago, Laura and her family had a pet starling named Mortimer. How did that come about, and why is she suddenly thinking about him again?Duration: 4′46″ Related blog post with transcript
- Of Caeca and Appendices (Feb. 17, 2020)
One of Laura’s listeners, named Beth, was recently in the hospital for a ruptured appendix, leading Laura to think about bird digestion.Duration: 5′16″ Related blog post with transcript
- Marie's Birds (Feb. 14, 2020)
KAXE listener Phil Shore told Laura about the pleasure that his mother Marie, staying in a nursing facility near St. Louis, gets from looking out at birds.
- Jack Shelton's Conversations with a Grackle (Feb. 12, 2020)
Bemidji listener Jack Shelton shared an interesting experience with a Great-tailed Grackle in Nicaragua.Duration: 3′13″ Related blog post with transcript
- Superb Owl Sunday, 2020 (Feb. 6, 2020)
Laura and Russ found one superb owl this Sunday, and also found themselves in the same scenario as a character in the movie Airplane!Duration: 4′41″ Related blog post with transcript
- Tragic News (Feb. 3, 2020)
The Great Gray Owl Laura talked about last week came to a tragic end.Duration: 6′22″ Related blog post with transcript
- My Gratitude Folder (Jan. 30, 2020)
Laura uses her computer’s screen saver folder to conjure photos at random that remind her of everything she loves.Duration: 3′31″ Related blog post with transcript
- Great Gray Owl (Jan. 29, 2020)
Laura spent time yesterday, up close and personal, with a magnificent owl that found itself in urban Duluth.
- Northern Shrike (Jan. 16, 2020)
Laura spent a bit of time with a Northern Shrike at the bog Sunday.Duration: 5′27″ Related blog post with transcript
- Twelve Owls (Jan. 14, 2020)
Laura was thrilled to see her twelfth owl species in St. Louis County this weekend. But then… the Barn Owl died.Duration: 6′00″ Related blog post with transcript
- January Blues (Jan. 9, 2020)
Laura is sitting around counting minutes and watching chickadees.
- Update: End of May (May 29, 2020)