For the Birds Radio Program
(Dec. 31, 1986)
Keeping a year list makes even the most common birds exciting for a while.Audio missing
- Common Loon (Dec. 29, 1986)
Minnesota’s state bird may be gone right now, but the many Christmas loon decorations and gifts help to fill the vacuum.Audio missing
- Bird Hink Pinks (Dec. 24, 1986)
Laura tells some pretty silly riddles in this one.Audio missing
- Christmas Bird Count 1986 (Dec. 22, 1986)
Laura gives the recap for this year’s Christmas Bird Count. (3:21)Audio missing
- Christmas Bird Count (Dec. 19, 1986)
Tomorrow is Duluth’s annual Christmas Bird Count. What can we expect? (3:45)Audio missing
- Crows and Ravens (Dec. 17, 1986)
What is the difference between crows and ravens?Audio missing
- Beethoven the Birder (Dec. 15, 1986)
How much did Beethoven infuse his music with birds? (2:51) Date confirmed.Audio missing
- Feeding birds (Dec. 12, 1986)
Laura gives tips about the best foods to offer birds. (3:28)Audio missing
- Big Bird (Dec. 10, 1986)
What kind of bird is Big Bird? Laura examined the question in 1986.
- John Kieran's White-breasted Nuthatch (Dec. 8, 1986)
Laura reads from John Kieran’s account of the first time he ever encountered a nuthatch.Audio missing
- Watertight Down (Dec. 5, 1986)
Laura did some investigative reporting to find out about eider down and where we get the down for sleeping bags. (3:47)
Rerecorded for 1987-11-25Audio missing
- Snow Bunting (Dec. 3, 1986)
Laura talks about the lovely little Snowflake, quoting John Burroughs about why it is “ever a voice of good cheer and contentment.” (3:15)Audio missing
- More about Dinosaurs (Dec. 1, 1986)
How are birds different from dinosaurs and pterosaurs? (3:35)
- Bird Gluttons: Original (Nov. 28, 1986)
Thanksgiving pig-outs are nothing to what birds can consume.
- Wild Turkey, with Ogden Nash poem (Original) (Nov. 26, 1986)
Laura talks about why you’d have better luck finding a turkey in a grocery store or on a table than anywhere outdoors in Duluth.
- The Superiority of Birds (Nov. 24, 1986)
Perusing an L.L. Bean catalog, Laura is reminded of all the ways birds are superior to humans.
- The Snowbird (Nov. 21, 1986)
The tiny junco, a.k.a. the snowbird, is treasured at feeding stations and in Anne Murray songs.
- Eagles and Tennyson's poem (Nov. 19, 1986)
Laura talks about the magnificence of the Bald and Golden Eagles.
- Chickadee (Original) (Nov. 17, 1986)
This is Laura’s original program about chickadees.
- Gift Ideas for Birdwatchers (Nov. 14, 1986)
From socks to book, Laura has some gift suggestions for the birders in your life.
- Why Birdwatch? Charlton Ogburn Explains (Nov. 12, 1986)
Laura reads Charlton Ogburn’s words about why humans are so fascinated with birds. 3:49 Date confirmed.Audio missing
- Veterans Day (Nov. 10, 1986)
Veterans’ Day and Kurt Vonnegut’s birthday provide an appropriate opportunity to consider how birds have been used in wartime throughout the ages.
- El Condor Pasa (Nov. 5, 1986)
To celebrate Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel’s birthdays, Laura talks about the passing of the California Condor.
- Birds That Say Their Names (Oct. 31, 1986)
Recast from 7/11/86 (3:50) Date confirmed.Audio missing
- A Birder's Guide to the Movies (Oct. 27, 1986)
Movies about birds make some major mistakes.
- Little Known Facts (Oct. 22, 1986)
Some useless yet fascinating trivia about birds.
- Woodpeckers (Oct. 20, 1986)
Woodpeckers have several adaptations for slamming their faces into trees without killing themselves.
- A Birder's Guide to TV (Oct. 17, 1986)
In the world of TV, you never know what birds are going to pop up where.
- Canada Geese and Sigurd Olson's *The Singing Wilderness* (Oct. 15, 1986)
Laura reads a selection from Sigurd Olson’s The Singing Wilderness.
- Stranger than Fiction: Today's Bird Quiz (Oct. 13, 1986)
Laura gives a quiz in which she provides all the answers. (3:37) Date verified.
- Fall Birds Passing Through Right Now (Oct. 10, 1986)
Sapsuckers, Gray Jays, Boreal Chickadees and more are visiting Duluth backyards right now. (3:30)
- Rude Birders (Oct. 8, 1986)
A man is suing Everglades National Park because when he played a recording of a Barred Owl, an owl did what owls do. (3:27) Date confirmed.
- Canada Geese (Oct. 6, 1986)
Goose overpopulation problems invariable started with foolish people, but solutions are very difficult.
- Black-backed Woodpecker (Oct. 1, 1986)
Black-backed Woodpeckers are showing up near Hawk Ridge this year. (I’ve added an updated script at the end, but don’t know what date that one aired on.)Audio missing
- Feeding in mid-autumn (Sept. 29, 1986)
This is an excellent time to get your feeders up and running.
- Fly Up and Tell 'Em You're from Duluth! (Sept. 26, 1986)
Birds are what make Duluth truly special. (3:40)Audio missing
- Broad-winged Hawk (Sept. 24, 1986)
Tens of thousands of Broad-winged Hawks fly over Duluth every September.Audio missing
- Blue Jay Migration and Mark Twain's "Baker's Blue Jay Yarn" (Sept. 22, 1986)
Thousands of Blue Jays wing over Hawk Ridge and along Lake Superior every September. Don’t like it? Mark Twain loved them.Audio missing
- Homing, Part II (Original) (Sept. 19, 1986)
What cues do birds use to find their way?
- Homing, Part I (Original) (Sept. 17, 1986)
Laura’s brother had racing pigeons as a boy. He started with one regular old city pigeon who ended up being his finest racer.
- The Last of the Dinosaurs (Sept. 15, 1986)
This was the first iteration of this one.Audio missing
- Purple Finches (Original) (Sept. 10, 1986)
Laura makes a compelling case for why Purple Finches must be fans of the Minnesota Vikings. (3:08)Audio missing
- Rare Birds Showing Up (Sept. 8, 1986)
Some cool birds have turned up in Duluth in the past few days. 3:13Audio missing
- Bird Diseases (Sept. 5, 1986)
What diseases do birds get, and what can we do to protect them?
- DDT (Sept. 3, 1986)
Disconcerting facts about DDT today. (3:48) Date verified.Audio missing
- Fall Feeding (Sept. 1, 1986)
What are the best foods to provide during early migration? (3:30)
- Explaining The Ugly Duckling (Aug. 29, 1986)
Laura’s children have been watching Disney’s The Ugly Duckling, and have lots of questions.
- Questions about Birds (Aug. 27, 1986)
Laura’s been fielding questions listeners send about birds.
- Sharp-shinned Hawks (Aug. 25, 1986)
Bird-eating hawks are passing through Duluth in big numbers right now. (3:33)Audio missing
- Fall Warblers (Aug. 22, 1986)
Working out fall warblers is tricky but rewarding. 3:10Audio missing
- Swallow Migration (Aug. 20, 1986)
Swallow migration is peaking. How do you recognize the different species?Audio missing
- Fall Migration Update (Aug. 18, 1986)
Migration is already starting; Laura tells us what to watch for.Audio missing
- Birds in Thunderstorms (Aug. 13, 1986)
This is the first program Laura did about birds dealing with bad weather. (3:44)Audio missing
- Cedar Waxwing (Aug. 11, 1986)
This elegant bird is everywhere up here in August.Audio missing
- Evening Grosbeak (Aug. 8, 1986)
Laura talks about her favorite backyard bird and why it could make it into the pages of the National Enquirer. 3:43Audio missing
- Legal Protection of Birds (Aug. 6, 1986)
Laura talks about the best approach to solving bird problems.
- Winter Wren (Aug. 4, 1986)
A listener from Meadowlands told Laura the song of the Winter Wren is her favorite of all.
- Feeder Hazards (Aug. 1, 1986)
Laura talks about the worst hazards for our backyard birds: window collisions, cats, and diseases.Audio missing
- Birdwatching in Summer (and Ogden Nash's "Up from the Egg" again) (July 30, 1986)
Birds are hardest to find in summer. Rewarding as it is when you do find them, you might just want to take solace in Ogden Nash.Audio missing
- Romeo and Juliet (July 28, 1986)
Romeo and Juliet’s first (and tragically their last) argument was about bird identification. (3:38) (Date and repeat verified)
- Mark Twain's "Baker's Blue Jay Yarn" (Original) (July 25, 1986)
Laura gives Mark Twain the last word on Blue Jays.
- Blue Jay (July 23, 1986)
Mark Twain and Laura are very fond of Blue Jays—she explains why.
- Where Are the Hummingbirds? (July 21, 1986)
Why do hummingbirds disappear from feeders in late June and early July?Audio missing
- Silly Bird Names (July 18, 1986)
Some bird names are amusing; others give us interesting hints about the birds.
- Peregrine Reintroduction (July 16, 1986)
Laura talks about a promising program that may end up bringing Peregrine Falcons back to healthy population levels.Audio missing
- Chimney Swifts (July 14, 1986)
Little “flying cigars” are flying over Duluth right now.Audio missing
- Birds That Say Their Names (July 11, 1986)
Some birds are named for the sounds they make.
- Cardinals (July 9, 1986)
Laura talks about a bird from further south that appears up here now and then. (3:46)Audio missing
- Wild Canaries (July 7, 1986)
Laura talks about the state bird of Washington, Iowa, and New Jersey.Audio missing
- Fourth of July Birds (July 4, 1986)
Laura talks about a bird we usually hear while waiting for fireworks, the Common Nighthawk, and the bird on our national emblem.
- Familiar Songs and Calls (July 2, 1986)
Laura plays some very common bird sounds to help listeners figure out what birds they’re hearing.
- Sea Swallows (June 30, 1986)
Laura provides some information about Duluth’s nesting colony of Common Terns as well as some bad puns.
- A Walk along the Western Waterfront Trail (June 27, 1986)
Laura talks about the treats in for hikers along Duluth’s Western Waterfront Trail.
- Who Will Love a Little Sparrow? (June 25, 1986)
Laura answers Simon and Garfunkel’s question.
- Adobe Birds (June 23, 1986)
The “swallows of Capistrano” are nesting in their little adobe houses.
- Informal Poll Results (June 23, 1986)
Some of Laura’s listeners wrote to her about their favorite birds. (date confirmed)
- Baby Birds, Part II (Original) (June 20, 1986)
What should you do if you find a baby bird? (Date confirmed)
- Baby Birds, Part I (Original) (June 18, 1986)
Baby birds are everywhere! Why are ducklings so different from baby robins? (3:30) Date confirmed.
- House Wren (June 13, 1986)
Laura talks about the bird Mr. Rogers sings about, Troglodytes aedon. (3:24)
- Ivory-billed Woodpecker (June 11, 1986)
Laura talks about a bird that has almost certainly vanished forever, unless it’s still hanging out in Cuba.
- Attracting Birds in Late Spring (June 9, 1986)
Laura explains why she keeps her feeders going all summer.
- Catbird (May 30, 1986)
Laura talks about the bird that has joined her little daughter Katie having lunch at the picnic table. (Re-recorded for 1987-06-24)
- Crows (and Robert Frost's "Dust of Snow") (May 28, 1986)
Laura talks about the intelligent and wonderful (unless you hate it) American Crow.
- Memorial Day (And Ogden Nash's "Up from the Egg: The Confessions of a Nuthatch Avoider" (May 26, 1986)
Laura has advice for identifying the last big surge of spring migrants, and shares Ogden Nash’s words of commiseration as well.
- Lousy Weather: Spring Update (May 23, 1986)
When conditions are perfect for birding, they’re not so perfect for the birds. How can we help them?
- Hummingbirds (May 21, 1986)
A tiny, pugnacious bird with a liquid diet as sweet as soda pop.
- Gulls (Original) (May 19, 1986)
Laura talks about the ubiquitous gulls sitting on lawns on the UMD campus, mooching for french fries at McDonald’s, fishing along the shore, fluttering in white clouds above the harbor.
- Grackles (May 16, 1986)
Laura’s third “For the Birds” program, in the original trio of scripts she brought to KUMD in May 1986, is about a bird that people love (well, like) or hate.
- Oriole (May 14, 1986)
This is the week Baltimore Orioles start appearing in Duluth. This program was one of the first three aired on KUMD in May 1986. I came into the station with three scripts when I wanted to see if anyone was interested in a local program about birds, Stephanie Hemphill recorded them on the spot, and decided I should do the program every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. So I did.
- Spring Weather (May 12, 1986)
The very first “For the Birds” program ever aired, in which I define the ddddddddddd’s—those “dull, dank, dark, drizzly, drippy depressing Duluth days, and the mmmmmm’s—magnificent Minnesota mornings, and explain why birders prefer the dddddddddd’s. (3:30)
- Common Loon (Dec. 29, 1986)