For the Birds Radio Program
Economic Systems of Birds
(Dec. 30, 1987)
Birds have no interest in money, but they’re into real estate. (3:41) date confirmed.Audio missing
- Tower Update (Dec. 28, 1987)
Several prominent ornithologists have weighed in on U.S.West’s proposed tower on Moose Mountain, in the direct path of bird migration.Audio missing
- Christmas (Dec. 25, 1987)
From wind socks to Snoopy’s Woodstock, Laura talks about the birds of Christmas.Audio missing
- Feeding Birds (Dec. 23, 1987)
Laura has more tips about feeding birds. (3:42) Date verified.Audio missing
- Pot Pourri (Dec. 21, 1987)
Laura brings us up to date on her cell phone tower battle and Icarus the Crow. (3:49) date verifiedAudio missing
- Christmas Bird Count 1987 (Dec. 18, 1987)
Tomorrow is Duluth’s annual Christmas Bird Count. (4:00)Audio missing
- 100,000 Miles (Chevy Citation) (Dec. 16, 1987)
Laura’s car passed the 100,000 milestone, making her wonder how many birds fly that many miles.Audio missing
- Pine Grosbeak (Original) (Dec. 14, 1987)
Laura talks about a treasured feeder bird.Audio missing
- Scavengers: The Garbagemen of the Bird World. (Dec. 11, 1987)
When Laura’s son Joey was little, he wanted to be a garbageman because it was such an honorable job. Avian scavengers are honorable, too, for many of the same reasons.
(Recording re-recorded; original from 1987-12-11.)
- Woodpeckers (Dec. 9, 1987)
Glenn Miller’s orchestra helped make Woody Woodpecker an iconic figure even among non-birders. (3:33)Audio missing
- US West Tower (Dec. 7, 1987)
Laura finds herself in a legal battle with US West regarding a proposed cell phone tower.Audio missing
- Gift Ideas for Birdwatchers, 1987 (Dec. 4, 1987)
Laura has some suggestions for gift buying this year.Audio missing
- Stranger than Fiction (Dec. 2, 1987)
Some birds can fly upside down, a tree almost became extinct because it needed Dodos, and the Jackass Penguin is an avian Pinocchio. Some birds have tried to incubate very inappropriate items.Children can use one bird’s nests for slippers. One hummingbird’s bill is longer than it’s entire body.
Recording was reworked from 1987.
- Mark Twain's Birthday (Nov. 30, 1987)
Laura celebrates Mark Twain’s birthday with a reading of an excerpt from Baker’s Blue Jay Yarn. (3:43)Audio missing
- Bird Gluttons (Remastered for 1987) (Nov. 27, 1987)
“Eating like a bird” requires a pretty big appetite.
- Watertight Down (Nov. 25, 1987)
Reworked from 12/5/1986 (3:35) Date veriifed.Audio missing
- Book Review: Flattened Fauna---A Field Guide to Common Animals of Roads, Streets, and Highways (Nov. 23, 1987)
Laura reviews Roger Knutson’s new book, which is stronger in some sections than those about birds.Audio missing
- Gulls: Duluth Audubon's forum (Nov. 20, 1987)
Laura explains the new Duluth Audubon statement about efforts to decrease the local gull population.Audio missing
- Feeding Birds (Nov. 18, 1987)
Recast from 12/12/1986Audio missing
- Onomatopoetic Bird Calls and Mnemonics (Nov. 16, 1987)
Laura talks about birds that ostensibly say their names or other words. (3:41) Date verified.Audio missing
- Flocking (Nov. 13, 1987)
Do birds of a feather flock together? And why, and why not? (3:45)Audio missing
- Armistice Day (Nov. 11, 1987)
Laura always remembers November 11. (4:04) Date confirmed.Audio missing
- Juncoes (Nov. 9, 1987)
Laura talks about juncoes and why scientists are befuddled with them.Audio missing
- Bird Brains (Nov. 6, 1987)
Birds are much smarter than most people give them credit for—well, most of the time. (3:53) Date verified.Audio missing
- Pot Pourri (Nov. 4, 1987)
Laura has sad news of an encounter with Snow Buntings and an update about Icarus the Crow. (3:45)Audio missing
- Yellow-billed Loon (Nov. 2, 1987)
An extraordinarily rare Yellow-billed Loon turned up in Duluth two weeks ago.Audio missing
- Poe's Raven (Oct. 30, 1987)
Laura reads an abridged version of Poe’s The Raven.Audio missing
- Ravens and Crows (Oct. 28, 1987)
Laura talks about the two big black birds that confuse so many.Audio missing
- Duck Hunting, with a quote from Sam Cook (Oct. 26, 1987)
Laura reads from Sam Cook to explain her ambivalence about duck hunting. (3:46) Date confirmed.Audio missing
- Book Review: Bob Janssen's *Birds in Minnesota* (Oct. 23, 1987)
Laura reviews Bob Janssen’s indispensable new book.Audio missing
- Response from the Pumphouse Bard (Oct. 22, 1987)
A Barred Owl’s cranky yet Shakespearean response to Laura’s Ode to the Pumphouse. (This script is not on the index of programs so I’m not sure if/when it was aired.)Audio missing
- Uh, Don't Shoot Swans (Oct. 21, 1987)
Apparently hunters need to be told not to shoot swans. (3:53) Date confirmed.Audio missing
- October Sparrows (Oct. 19, 1987)
Laura talks about the abundant birds under every northland feeder right now.Audio missing
- Yellow-rumped and Palm Warblers (Oct. 16, 1987)
The two last warblers to leave each year are the easiest to see and enjoy.Audio missing
- Ode to the Lakewood Pumping Station (Oct. 7, 1987)
Spending time doing “Dawn Dickey Duty” at the Lakewood Pumping Station set Laura on a poetic bent. (3:46)
- Book Review: A Field Guide to Hawks (Oct. 5, 1987)
Laura reviews the newest in the Peterson series of field guides, A Field Guide to Hawks.Audio missing
- Movie Review: The Jungle Book (Disney Vultures) (Oct. 2, 1987)
Laura talks about the vultures in the Disney film “The Jungle Book,” and how they compare to real vultures.Audio missing
- Blue Jays (Sept. 30, 1987)
Laura talks about Mark Twain’s favorite bird.Audio missing
- Birds of Baseball Revised. (Sept. 23, 1987)
Baseball season has left Laura thinking again about those birds of baseball.Audio missing
- Passenger Pigeon (Sept. 21, 1987)
Laura talks about the passing of what was one of the most abundant birds ever found on earth. (3:56)Audio missing
- Hawk Ridge Weekend 1987, Part II (Sept. 18, 1987)
Today is the beginning of Hawk Ridge Weekend. 3:46Audio missing
- Pot Pourri (Sept. 16, 1987)
Laura has spotted a few little items in the news this week. (3:52) Date verified.Audio missing
- Hawk Ridge Weekend 1987 (Sept. 14, 1987)
Laura brings us up to date on hawk migration in time for this weekend’s Hawk Ridge Weekend. (3:32)Audio missing
- Letter from Icarus (Sept. 11, 1987)
Laura intercepted a letter Icarus the Crow was sending to his family. (3:18)Audio missing
- Broad-winged Hawk (Sept. 9, 1987)
Sort of recast from 1986-09-24Audio missing
- Dawn Dickey Duty (Sept. 7, 1987)
Laura often gets up before dawn to count birds flying above the Lakewood Pumping Station, just up the shore from town. (This program contains the first mention of Donald Trump that Laura ever made on the radio.) (3:40) Date confirmedAudio missing
- Icarus the Crow (Sept. 4, 1987)
Laura is taking care of an injured crow who she named Icarus. (3:35) date confirmedAudio missing
- Eastern Kingbird (Sept. 2, 1987)
Tyrannus tyrannus lives up to its name.Audio missing
- American Kestrel (Aug. 31, 1987)
Elliott Coues, an early American ornithologist, called it “the prettiest and jauntiest of our Hawks, and yet no prig.” William Brewster, a fervent cat-hater as well as prominent nineteenth century scientist, called the kestrel “most light-hearted and frolicsome.”Audio missing
- Calvin Trillin's Hummingbirds: A Weighty Matter (Aug. 28, 1987)
How do you weigh a hummingbird? Calvin Trillin’s guess wins points for good humor.Audio missing
- Pet birds (Aug. 26, 1987)
What differentiates domestic birds sold as pets from wild ones? (3:45) Date confirmed.Audio missing
- Barn Swallow (Aug. 24, 1987)
Laura talks about the swallow mentioned by Aristotle, Tennyson, and Shakespeare.Audio missing
- Rare Birds (Aug. 21, 1987)
Laura talks about some of the rare birds that have shown up in Duluth and has suggestions if you want to see a rarity. (3:36)Audio missing
- Ogden Nash's Birthday (Aug. 19, 1987)
Laura reads several Ogden Nash poems in honor of his birthday. (3:23)Audio missing
- Migration Update (Aug. 17, 1987)
Fall is here, at least for the birds. (3:28)Audio missing
- Port Wing Blue Jay Hater's Birthday (Aug. 14, 1987)
Laura celebrates her father-in-law’s birthday by talking about his favorite and least favorite birds, and mentions the only time there has ever been a mid-air collision between and airplane and a fish.
- Flickers (Aug. 12, 1987)
What is that big brown bird that sits on lawns this time of year?
- A Letter from Roger Tory Peterson (Aug. 10, 1987)
Laura wrote to the famous Roger Tory Peterson to get his take on birds mooching at fast food restaurants and received a charming reply.
- Movie Review: Snow White (Aug. 7, 1987)
Laura watched Snow White with an ornithological eye.
- Cedar Waxwing (Aug. 5, 1987)
One of the most conspicuous songbirds right now is the Cedar Waxwing.
- Birds in the News (Aug. 3, 1987)
Birds are showing up here and there in magazines.
- Birds in Thunderstorms (July 31, 1987)
Lightning, hail, and high winds take a huge toll on birds. (3:31) (Substantially reworked from 8/13/86) Reworked again in 1998, with reference to the St. Peter tornadoes, based on this transcript.
- Summer's End (July 29, 1987)
As summer wanes, some birds are already migrating while others are finishing child-rearing for the year.
- Crows (July 27, 1987)
Does the intelligence of crows set them at the pinnacle of avian evolution?
- Welcome to WOJB and KBEM with Ogden Nash (July 24, 1987)
Laura reads Ogden Nash’s “Up from the Egg: Confessions of a Nuthatch Avoider” to welcome new listeners.
- Cormorant fishing (July 22, 1987)
Cormorants catch fish for themselves, but also for people.
- Ravens (July 20, 1987)
From Edgar Allan Poe’s fearsome raven to Odin’s messengers, ravens are important in virtually all cultures.
- Attack Birds (July 17, 1987)
Sometimes real birds DO hurt people.
- Warblers by Canoe (July 15, 1987)
The best birds of the Boundary Waters, at least for Laura, are the warblers.
- Birding by Canoe (July 13, 1987)
What sounds can you hear when canoeing in the Boundary Waters?
- Are our gulls out of Hitchcock? (July 10, 1987)
Several Duluth news writers are likening Duluth’s Ring-billed Gulls to The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock. This episode features the radio debut of Laura’s 5-year-old son Joey.(3:11) Date, and date of repeat, confirmed.
- Peregrine Falcon Reintroduction (July 8, 1987)
Laura brings us up to date on the Peregrine reintroduction program in Minnesota.
- More Questions about Birds (July 6, 1987)
Laura fields questions about waxwings, gulls and pigeons, and birding optics.
- Old Bird Books (July 3, 1987)
Laura visited a used book sale where she found lots of cool books.
- Gulls (July 1, 1987)
Laura’s children enjoy watching gulls, but not everyone does. (3:35)
- Chimney Swift (June 29, 1987)
How can a bird so drab it’s called a flying cigar be closely related to brilliant hummingbirds?
- Wild Canaries (June 26, 1987)
American Goldfinches are the latest nesting bird in the Northland. Why does it wait so long?
- Catbirds (June 24, 1987)
Why isn’t it good news if you’re sitting in the catbird’s seat?
- Loons (June 22, 1987)
Loons are doing fairly well in Minnesota and Wisconsin, but are in trouble in Michigan.
- Black-billed Cuckoo (June 19, 1987)
Cuckoos know the best way to deal with army worms. (3:26)Audio missing
- Merlins on Peabody Street (June 17, 1987)
Merlins are nesting on Peabody Street! Laura answers questions about them.Audio missing
- John Bartlett (June 15, 1987)
Bartlett’s Quotations include plenty of fodder about birds. (3:28) Date confirmed.
- Some questions about birds (June 12, 1987)
Laura answers questions about nighthawks and birds mobbing other birds. (3:20)Audio missing
- Birding Anywhere (June 10, 1987)
Whether she’s stuck in a meeting or walking around the block with her children, Laura is always birding.
- Eastern Phoebe (June 8, 1987)
Some people name their daughters after a bird that says its own name over and over.Audio missing
- Nighthawks (June 5, 1987)
Laura talks about a goatsucker that doesn’t suck on goats.Audio missing
- A Walk in Port Wing (June 3, 1987)
A long walk in a lovely place can restore the spirit. (4:04) Date confirmed.Audio missing
- House Wren (June 1, 1987)
reworked from 1986 (3:35)Audio missing
- Birding from a Car with Kids (May 29, 1987)
Playing the “BIrdie Game” in the car can keep children, or at least their mommy, entertained on a long car trip.
- Fog (May 27, 1987)
Carl Sandburg may have known fog, but perhaps didn’t appreciate a true Duluth fog. Fortunately, birders do. (3:49)
- The Bobolink (May 25, 1987)
Laura isn’t the only one who loves Bobolink. Odgen Nash and Emily Dickinson wrote poems about it. (3:19)Audio missing
- How to Enjoy Migration (May 22, 1987)
In anticipation of the best bird-watching of the year coming up now, Laura gives some tips on how to find and identify birds. (3:42) date confirmedAudio missing
- Warblers (May 20, 1987)
Laura talks about three of the easiest warblers to hear.Audio missing
- Orioles (May 18, 1987)
Reworked from May 14, 1986Audio missing
- Birdathon 1987 (May 15, 1987)
Birders are setting out tomorrow to see as many birds as they can in various Minnesota counties.Audio missing
- 1-year Anniversary of For the Birds (May 13, 1987)
What resources have made this radio program possible? (4:04) Date verified.Audio missing
- Hummingbirds (re-recorded from 1986) (May 11, 1987)
This is a re-recording of last year’s program about a tiny, pugnacious bird.
- Mother's Day: Odgen Nash's "Birdies, Don't Make Me Laugh" (May 8, 1987)
Ogden Nash wrote a poem about little birdies in the nest.
- Migration Hazards (May 6, 1987)
Migration is hazardous; Laura explains the dangers and makes an offer listeners can’t refuse. (4:01)Audio missing
- Feed the Birds (May 4, 1987)
Bird seed is a bit more that tuppence a bag, but Mary Poppins had the right idea. (3:45)
- Beautiful Songs (Original) (May 1, 1987)
Laura plays some of the most beautiful bird songs.
- Migration Update (April 29, 1987)
A few stragglers are sticking around even as more and more new birds arrive. (3:33) date confirmedAudio missing
- Birds in Shakespeare (April 24, 1987)
Laura explains a few of the Shakespearean lines about birds. (3:45) Date verified.
- Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Original) (April 22, 1987)
Laura talks about a magic moment with a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.
- American Woodcock (Original) (April 20, 1987)
Laura’s original program about the American Woodcock
- Slow Down! You Move Too Fast (Original) (April 17, 1987)
Simon and Garfunkel’s 59th Street Bridge Song helps remind us to slow down and enjoy what’s all around.Audio missing
- Birds of Baseball (April 15, 1987)
Laura talks about Baltimore Orioles, St. Louis Cardinals, and Toronto Blue Jays, along with some other birds of baseball.
- Weird Bird Songs and Calls (April 13, 1987)
Laura plays some shockingly weird calls of birds.Audio missing
- Killdeer (April 10, 1987)
Laura of course has a soft spot for Killdeer, but apparently so did John James Audubon.Audio missing
- Surrogate Motherhood (April 8, 1987)
Some birds raise young produced by other mothers. (2:55)Audio missing
- Grackles (updated with this year's info from 1986 (April 6, 1987)
Updated from 1986-05-16. (3:42)
- Kim Eckert's birding class (April 3, 1987)
One of the best ways to learn your birds is to go out with an expert, and no one fits that bill better than Kim Eckert, who is leading a great and inexpensive series of field trips this spring. (3:26) date confirmedAudio missing
- Cracking the Code of All Bird Language (April 1, 1987)
On April 1, 1987, I broke the news that the Cornell Lavatory of Othinology had cracked the code of all bird language. This episode features cameos by Tim Winker and Dan Proctor, and marks the debut of Jim Baker, proprietor of Baker’s Blue Jay Barn (John Keenan).
- More arrivals: migration update (March 30, 1987)
More birds are appearing every day, and Laura announces winners of the robin contest. (3:30) Date confirmedAudio missing
- Bluebird of Happiness (March 27, 1987)
Over Dorothy’s rainbow, bluebirds fly, but their lives aren’t always so happy and peaceful.Audio missing
- Robert Frost's birthday 1987 (March 25, 1987)
Laura reads a selection of Robert Frost’s bird poems. (3:18) Date confirmed.Audio missing
- More migration updates (March 23, 1987)
More birds are returning! (4:00) date confirmedAudio missing
- Swallows of Capistrano (March 20, 1987)
Which species are the swallows of San Juan Capistrano? And why does the City of Duluth disapprove of them?
- Robins (March 18, 1987)
“Blackbird pie” was made up of robin relatives, not blackbirds, and our robin isn’t related to the European Robin.Audio missing
- Pigeon Heroes (March 16, 1987)
President Wilson’s body is on display at the Smithsonian. No, not THAT President Wilson!Audio missing
- My chickadees and the hawk (March 13, 1987)
How much do we take sides in predator-prey issues?Audio missing
- Bald Eagle migration 1987 (March 11, 1987)
Eagles are back!Audio missing
- Criminal Birders (March 9, 1987)
Laura talks about some famous criminal cases involving bird watchers. (3:55) date confirmed
- Tower Update (Dec. 28, 1987)