For the Birds Radio Program
Bird Feeder Winter Contest
(Dec. 30, 1988)
Today Laura Erickson announces a new contest–to see who can attract the most birds to a northland feeder. (3:35) Date confirmed.Audio missing
- Exotic Birds (Dec. 28, 1988)
Today Laura Erickson talks about some of the birds that were introduced in the United States. (3:56) Date confirmed.Audio missing
- Christmas Bird Count 1988 Summary (Dec. 26, 1988)
Today Laura Erickson talks about the totals of this year’s Christmas Bird Count. (3:58)Audio missing
- Bird Feeding (Dec. 23, 1988)
Today Laura talks about bird feeding issues in winter.
- Forest Fragmentation (Dec. 21, 1988)
Today Laura Erickson talks about a new environmental issue—Forest Fragmentation.
- Florida Birds (Dec. 19, 1988)
Laura Erickson took a vacation to Florida last month. Today she talks about the birdlife she found there.
- Christmas Bird Count 1988 (Dec. 16, 1988)
Tomorrow is Duluth’s annual Christmas Bird Count—an annual rite of December.
- KUMD Promo (Dec. 15, 1988)
This was for KUMD’s fall fundraising drive.
- Dick Davenport, Re-recorded for 1988 (Dec. 14, 1988)
Garry Trudeau’s iconic birdwatching character, Richard Davenport, died in 1986 while photographing a Bachman’s Warbler in Yosemite. Laura re-recorded this program.
- KUMD Promo (Dec. 13, 1988)
This was for KUMD’s fall fundraising drive.
- KUMD Promo (Dec. 8, 1988)
This was for KUMD’s fall fundraising drive.
- KUMD Promo (Dec. 6, 1988)
This was for KUMD’s 1988 fall fund drive.
- White-breasted Nuthatch (Nov. 18, 1988)
Today Laura Erickson talks about a true bird of the Northland, the White-breasted Nuthatch.
- Sea Ducks (Nov. 16, 1988)
Today Laura Erickson talks about the bizarre mating habits of sea ducks.
- Wild Eider Chase (Nov. 14, 1988)
What is it like to have a birdwatcher for a mother? Laura Erickson tells the sad but true story on today’s “For the Birds.”
- Veterans Day (Nov. 11, 1988)
Laura remembers the boys she went to elementary school with who died in Vietnam.
- Romeo and Juliet (Nov. 9, 1988)
Recast from 7-28-1986 (3:35) Date confirmed.Audio missing
- Blackburnian Warbler (Nov. 7, 1988)
Recently a North American warbler made the national news when it found its way to Scotland.
- Autumn's End (Nov. 4, 1988)
Is winter really here? The birds seem to think so. (3:31) Date confirmed.
- Crow Hunting Season (Nov. 2, 1988)
Today Laura Erickson talks about Minnesota’s crow hunting season, which ended yesterday.
- Calpurnia the Raven (Oct. 31, 1988)
On this Halloween, Laura Erickson talks about a raven that doesn’t fit the spooky stereotype. (3:40)
- Birds of Washington, D.C. (Oct. 28, 1988)
Laura Erickson is going to be taking a trip to Washington
D.C. to find out if birds can survive in our nation’s capital.
- Preparing for a trip (Oct. 26, 1988)
When you go on a trip to a new place, how can you find out the best places to go and what birds to expect?
- Identifying birds in flight (Oct. 24, 1988)
How can bird counters possibly identify the many birds flying over?
- Birds and Housework (Oct. 21, 1988)
Laura finds herself jealous of birds when she’s washing dishes or doing laundry.
- Finding injured birds (Oct. 19, 1988)
Getting professional help from a licensed rehabber is not only the best way to care for an injured bird; it’s usually the only legal way.
- Crossbills (Oct. 17, 1988)
A fascinating group of birds is flying through the northland this fall.
- Vice Presidential Debates (Oct. 14, 1988)
An encounter between two birds brought to Laura’s mind the debate between Lloyd Bentsen and Dan Quayle.
- Eating out of your hand (Oct. 12, 1988)
A WOJB listener tells Laura about chickadees that feed from his hand.
- Golden Eagle (Oct. 10, 1988)
Laura talks about her little boy Joey’s favorite bird on his birthday.
- WHOA! Big Day at the Pumping Station (Oct. 7, 1988)
93,948 birds, mostly robins and warblers, were tallied flying over the Lakewood Pumping Station on Saturday. Laura is still reeling with quantification. (4:04)
- Golden-crowned Kinglet (Oct. 5, 1988)
Golden-crowned Kinglets and little toddlers named Tommy make Laura think of Louis Armstrong and what a wonderful world this is.
- Fielding Questions at Hawk Ridge (Oct. 3, 1988)
Why do some Blue Jays migrate? Why are male Sharp-shinned Hawks so much tinier than females? How is it possible to count tens of thousands of hawks in a single day? And why do people spend time counting them?
- "Something Told the Wild Geese" (Sept. 30, 1988)
Laura talks about migrating geese, with Rachel Field’s poem.
- Laura's start in birding (Sept. 28, 1988)
How does a shy, unassuming college student get transformed into a passionate birdwatcher?
- The Great Le Conte's Sparrow Round-Up (Sept. 26, 1988)
Laura met a birder at the Lakewood Pumping Station who was familiar with one of her favorite experiences. (3:51) Date verified.
- Hawk Ridge Weekend 1988 (Sept. 23, 1988)
Great birds and stimulating discussion with Pete Dunne marked this year’s Hawk Ridge Weekend.
- Autumn Dawn (Sept. 21, 1988)
What’s it like waking at 5:30 to go count birds? (3:47) (Recast at some point–changes in script)
- Feeding Hummingbirds in Autumn (Sept. 19, 1988)
The rule never to feed hummingbirds after Labor Day is FALSE.
- Western Birds Flying in on Westerly Winds (Sept. 16, 1988)
Westerly winds, and a huge fire in Yellowstone, are sending some amazing western birds our way.
- KUMD Promo (Sept. 15, 1988)
For the Birds will now be airing 5 days a week.
- Migration Update (Sept. 14, 1988)
The skies of autumn are pulsing with the wingbeats of migrating birds, coursing through their arterial flyways like the blood of life.
- Collective Nouns for Birds (Sept. 12, 1988)
When are geese a gaggle, and when are they a skein? (3:45)
- Autumn Ambivalence and the Death of Icarus the Crow (Sept. 9, 1988)
Laura reads Robert Frost’s poem, “Reluctance.”
- We Need a President Who Is FOR the Birds (Aug. 31, 1988)
Why we need an ornithologist in the White House.
- Embryonic Respiration--Egging You On (Aug. 29, 1988)
How do birds breathe or otherwise get oxygen inside an egg? (Program dedicated to Russ)
- Nighthawks (Aug. 26, 1988)
A gorgeous spectacle may be happening right now.
- Mr. Peepers the grackle (Aug. 24, 1988)
Laura is helping a young grackle become wild. (3:45) Date verified.
- Movie Review: Micki and Maude (Aug. 22, 1988)
Laura probes such questions as what bird’s beak is shaped like Dudley Moore’s nose and whether birds engage in the kind of bigamy that Moore’s character did..
- Bathing (Aug. 19, 1988)
How do birds keep their feathers clean and supple?Audio missing
- Northern Pintail (Aug. 17, 1988)
Pintails have declined dangerously in the past decade.
- Mourning Dove (Aug. 15, 1988)
Mourning Doves are not a legal game bird in Minnesota, but are in many other states.
- The One That Got Away (Aug. 12, 1988)
Laura talks about a rare bird that showed up briefly—all too briefly—in Duluth, and speculates about where rare birds come from. (Date verified.)
- Book Review: The Book of Terns (Aug. 10, 1988)
Laura talks about sea swallows and a book of puns.
- Double-crested Cormorant (Aug. 8, 1988)
More and more people are asking Laura about Double-crested Cormorants.
- Dog Days (Aug. 5, 1988)
How do birds survive extreme heat?
- How do birds sleep? (Aug. 3, 1988)
Laura has information about sleeping birds.
- Urban birds (Original) (Aug. 1, 1988)
Some birds adapt well to city life.
- Bentsen State Park, and Crow Hunting Controversy (July 29, 1988)
Today Laura Erickson talks about the many complaints she received about her crow-hunting program, and talks about Bentsen Rio-Grande State Park in Texas, which has ties to a Vice Presidential nominee.
- Black-billed Cuckoo (July 27, 1988)
Army worms are another problem this year, but cuckoos are doing their best to solve that one.
- This year's drought (July 25, 1988)
This year’s drought seems to be bringing out the worst in some people, and affecting birds as well. (3:57) Date confirmed.
- Movie Review: Bambi (July 22, 1988)
The movie and the book on which it is based have many strengths as well as some weaknesses.
- Anting (July 20, 1988)
Laura heard from a listener with a report of a black bird rubbing mothballs on its feathers. (3:32)
- Jolly Times at an Elderhostel (July 18, 1988)
Laura found opportunities to study birds, and perhaps to be studied by them, on Burntside Lake when she was teaching an Elderhostel.
- Crow Season Update (July 15, 1988)
Laura is most seriously displeased by the no-holds-barred open season on crows in Minnesota.
- Pterodactyls (July 11, 1988)
Dinosaurs still walk, and fly, the earth. (Remade from 12-1-86 )Audio missing
- Baby Birds (July 8, 1988)
Laura gives some tips for if you find a baby songbird.Audio missing
- Ring-billed Gull (July 6, 1988)
Army worms are taking some of the pressure off Ring-billed Gulls in the area of bad PR. (3:40)Audio missing
- Evocative Bird Songs (July 4, 1988)
Summer bird songs give Laura a sense of time and place. (4:08) date confirmed.Audio missing
- Songs and Calls of Northland Specialties (July 1, 1988)
While the American Birding Association is in Duluth, Laura shares some of the songs of our most-sought-for species. (4:09) Date confirmed.Audio missing
- Connecticut Warbler (June 29, 1988)
Laura talks about a warbler found in our northern bogs that birders everywhere yearn to see.Audio missing
- Le Conte's Sparrow (June 27, 1988)
The American Birding Association is meeting in Duluth this week, so Laura talks about some of the birds birders come to Duluth in hopes of finding. (4:01) Date verfied.Audio missing
- John Ciardi and the etymology of bird names (June 24, 1988)
Poet and etymologist John Ciardi inspired Laura to start producing For the Birds in the first place. Thinking about him got Laura thinking about the etymology of bird names. (4:00)Audio missing
- Spotted Sandpiper (June 22, 1988)
The familiar little “teeter-tail” of shorelines is fascinating as well as common.Audio missing
- Brown Thrasher (June 20, 1988)
The state bird of Georgia is a master of mimicry. (3:42)Audio missing
- Savannah Sparrow (June 17, 1988)
Laura talks about the bird that produces a soft, dreamy buzz, which is a trademark of lazy summer days. 4:04Audio missing
- Wilson's Phalarope (June 15, 1988)
What pretty, dainty bird gravitates to sewage ponds?Audio missing
- Some Common Bird Songs (June 13, 1988)
Laura plays some of the common bird songs we hear up here. (4:01) Date confirmed.Audio missing
- Donald Duck (June 10, 1988)
Laura celebrated Donald Duck’s 54th birthday, and her daughter Katie’s half birthday (Katie was 4 1/2) with this program about Donald Duck.
- Rose-breasted Grosbeak (June 8, 1988)
Laura talks about an extraordinarily beautiful and tuneful bird. (4:00) (This was recast for a later program–not sure of the date but I’m assuming it goes with the placeholder on May 27, 1994.)Audio missing
- Augury (June 6, 1988)
Some people look at the stars to tell the future, which may not be any less scientific than looking at bird entrails. (4:02), date verified.Audio missing
- Chicken Pox (June 3, 1988)
Laura’s daughter has chicken pox, making Laura wonder how the disease got its name. (3:53)Audio missing
- Willow Ptarmigan (June 1, 1988)
From White Fang’s first wild-caught meal to the bird that makes the weirdest call in the universe, the Willow Ptarmigan is pretty pterrific, even if the “p” at the start of the word doesn’t really belong there.Audio missing
- Indigo Buntings (May 30, 1988)
An Indigo Bunting turned up at a feeder in Duluth, delighting a KUMD listener.Audio missing
- Rachel Carson (May 27, 1988)
Today is the birthday of one of the great people of the 20th Century. (4:16) Date confirmed.Audio missing
- Spring Songs (May 25, 1988)
Laura would rather you were outside listening to actual birds right now.
- Bald Eagle (May 23, 1988)
Eagles are nesting again.
- White-crowned Sparrow (May 20, 1988)
Laura talks about a bird that scientists have poked and prodded and studied to make several interesting discoveries. (4:10)
- Harlequin Duck (May 18, 1988)
Laura talks about a bird named for the costumed pantomime actors of the Italian stage.
- Kirtland's Warbler (Original) (May 16, 1988)
One Michigan bird requires fire for its very survival.
- Fire and Birds (May 13, 1988)
Fire and drought affect birds as well as people. We can at least help our backyard birds. (3:56) Date confirmed.
- Margaret Morse Nice's Song Sparrows (May 11, 1988)
Laura talks about one of our common birds and the woman who researched them.
- Purple Finch (Adapted from 1986) (May 9, 1988)
Laura slightly updated her program from 1986 about this popular feeder bird.
- Blackbirds! (May 6, 1988)
Laura talks about this misunderstood and often maligned group.
- How and Why Birds Migrate (May 4, 1988)
Laura explains some of the mechanisms of bird migration.
- Yellow-rumped Warbler (May 2, 1988)
The welcome chip of the Yellow-rumped Warbler is everywhere right now.
- Peregrine release update (April 29, 1988)
Richard Nixon was one of the people who helped bring Peregrine Falcons back to Minnesota. Huh?!
- Birds in Science Fiction (April 27, 1988)
Laura has noticed that birds are few and far between in science fiction movies, but do turn up here and there in SF literature. Date verified.Duration: 4′11″ Related blog post with transcript
- Feeding Birds Responsibly in Spring (April 25, 1988)
To feed or not to feed, that is the question.
- Migration Update (April 22, 1988)
New arrivals, and an intriguing explanation of where the Grand Rapids robins were all winter.
- New Crow Hunting Season (April 15, 1988)
Minnesota’s legislature is considering opening a crow season, but Laura is most seriously displeased.
- French That's for the Birds (April 13, 1988)
Jeanne Tonkin, the French teacher at Ordean Junior High School, helps us learn a few words in French.
- Steve Wilson's Owl Census (April 11, 1988)
Laura did a late-night owl census near Floodwood on April first.
- Last Robin of Winter (April 8, 1988)
The winner of this year’s Last Robin of Winter is announced.
- Pine Siskin (April 6, 1988)
Pine Siskins are everywhere all winter, and were counted in huge numbers along Lake Superior this fall.
- Partial Albino Redpoll (April 4, 1988)
Laura had a peculiar bird at her feeder two weeks ago. 3:47 (This is the original recording). (Re-recorded in 1989, 3:56)
- The John Chickenfat Sled Bird Race (April 1, 1988)
Duluth is famous for the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. On April 1, 1988, Laura takes us to the scene of another great race. This episode features Joe Erickson, John and Karen Keenan, Mary Tonkin, and a gasp from Britta Keenan.
- KUMD Promo: John Chickenfat Sled Dog Race (March 31, 1988)
Laura encourages listeners to check out her April Fools program.
- Signs of Spring (March 30, 1988)
More bird reports!
- Red Crossbills (March 28, 1988)
Laura has Red Crossbills visiting her feeder for the first time. (3:24)
- More Questions about Birds (March 25, 1988)
From nests to wintering robins, Laura answers listener questions and reminds everyone to send in entries for the Last Robin of Winter contest.
- Great Gray Owl: Minnesota DNR Nongame Wildlife Program (March 24, 1988)
Wildlife researchers are studying Great Gray Owls to foster nesting in Minnesota, thanks to the Minnesota DNR Nongame Wildlife Program.
- Junco--the Snowbird (March 23, 1988)
Laura talks about juncos, that are everywhere right now.
- Wolf: Minnesota Nongame Wildlife Program (March 22, 1988)
Our timber wolf is yet another reason to support Minnesota’s Nongame Wildlife Program.
- Waterfowl Hunting Violations (March 21, 1988)
In the 1986-87 season, federal agents arrested a former Ducks Unlimited national trustee for violating game laws in Louisiana. He now admits that from the time he was a child he violated bag limits, as does everyone else he knows.
- Hearts (March 18, 1988)
Laura celebrates her wedding anniversary with a discussion of bird hearts. (4:01)
- Owls: Minnesota Nongame Wildlife Program (March 17, 1988)
Minnesota’s owls provide 12 more reasons why you should contribute to the DNR’s Nongame Wildlife Program.
- Starlings: Improved recording (March 16, 1988)
How Shakespeare’s ignorance about the difference between starlings and mynahs caused an ecological disaster in America centuries later.
(This is a re-recorded program, originally aired February 4, 1987.)
- Peregrine Falcons and the Minnesota DNR Nongame Wildlife Program (March 15, 1988)
In this promo for the Minnesota DNR’s Nongame Wildlife Program, Laura talks about their work saving the Peregrine Falcon.
- Tropical Rain Forest (March 14, 1988)
How does tropical deforestation affect our birds?
- Crows and other spring arrivals (March 11, 1988)
Seeing crows brought a poem by Wordsworth to Laura’s mind, and she has a tip for smelters.
- Caring for Injured Birds (March 9, 1988)
Laura is ambivalent about caring for and releasing injured birds.
- Exotic Birds (Dec. 28, 1988)