For the Birds Radio Program
End of National Blue Jay Awareness Month 1990
(Dec. 31, 1990)
Laura talks about how birds respond to the moon.
- Blue Feathers (Dec. 28, 1990)
There is no blue pigment for feathers. So why are Blue Jays blue? Jim Baker invites your jays to stop on over at Baker’s Blue Jay Barn if they need a place to rest as they migrate.
- Why do birds have crests? (Dec. 26, 1990)
Laura talks about the crests that many birds have, and Jim Baker urges you to buy “Baker’s Blue Jay Hot Cereal.”
- Blue Jays in American Folklore (Dec. 21, 1990)
Laura talks about Blue Jays in American folklore, and Jim Baker recommends Jaybelline eye cosmetics.
- Autobiography of a Blue Jay Hater (Dec. 20, 1990)
A true blue jay hater explains why she hates Blue Jays so very much.
- Blue Jays in History, Language, and Culture (Dec. 19, 1990)
Laura talks about Blue Jays in our lives, and Jim Baker hawks Baker’s Blue Jay board games.
- Blue Jay Intelligence (Dec. 17, 1990)
In honor of National Blue Jay Awareness Month, Laura investigates the difference in intelligence between a Blue Jay and a small child. This program features Tom Erickson when he was four years old.
- Avian Siblicide (Dec. 16, 1990)
Many baby birds can get along well with their siblings, but in some species, siblicide is the order of the day.
- Bird Recordings Used to Produce For the Birds (Dec. 13, 1990)
Laura made the jump from records to compact disks, and now has a cassette recording of some European birds. And Jim Baker recommends Baker’s Blue Jay Video Games.
- Great Horned Owls and Mobbing Crows (Dec. 9, 1990)
A Great Horned Owl turned up at the John Duss Conservatory. And Jim Baker has suggestions for Christmas gifts for your Blue Jays.
- How Birds Deal with Aggression (Dec. 9, 1990)
Birds usually work out their disagreements more peaceably than people do, and their squabbles are usually about more fundamental reasons. Jim Baker recommends Baker’s Blue Jay Party Mix.
- Airplane Collisions (Reworked) (Dec. 6, 1990)
Laura talks about the history of airplane-bird collisions, and about why the Duluth landfill had to close and relocate to prevent these collisions.
- Thanksgiving Pileated (Dec. 3, 1990)
A Pileated Woodpecker turned up in Laura’s yard on Thanksgiving. And Jim Baker tells us about Baker’s Blue Jay Barn’s newest product, Oil of Ojay. Give your jays the chance to grow old gracefully.
- Feathers and bathing (Dec. 2, 1990)
Feathers are uniquely characteristic of birds. How do birds maintain these fragile structures?
- Jim Baker's Promo Spot for National Blue Jay Awareness Month (Dec. 1, 1990)
Jim Baker explains why to listen to For the Birds this month. (Jim Baker played by John Keenan.)
- Promo Spot for National Blue Jay Awareness Month (Dec. 1, 1990)
What do people do in a month with a Blue Moon?
- Yellow-rumped Warbler (Nov. 12, 1990)
November isn’t the time to look for warblers, or is it?Audio missing
- King Eider (Oct. 29, 1990)
Two years ago, Laura took her children to Grand Marais on a wild goose chase. This time, the King Eider showed up.Audio missing
- The Pileated Connection (Oct. 10, 1990)
Pileated Woodpeckers are not only splendid birds in their own right–they make the world better for other species as well.Audio missing
- White-crowned Sparrow (Oct. 3, 1990)
How do we know so much about White-crowned Sparrows?Audio missing
- Thunderstorms (Sept. 24, 1990)
How do birds far in storms?Audio missing
- Northern Flicker (Sept. 10, 1990)
(Date verified) As flicker migration peaks in September, Laura looks at some interesting things about Alabama’s beloved “yellowhammer.”Audio missing
- Autumn Report (Sept. 7, 1990)
Laura is enjoying birds and squirrels right now. (fall back when we had Chuckie.)Audio missing
- Where have all the birds gone? (Sept. 5, 1990)
Many things are killing birds right now. Laura talks about some of the factors. (Verified date)Audio missing
- Nighthawk migration (Sept. 3, 1990)
Nighthawks with the mantra, “Bolivia or Bust!” are passing through right now. Laura talks about how she cares for injured ones.Audio missing
- Pintail (remade from 1988) (Aug. 5, 1990)
What will be necessary to help pintails return to their former large numbers?Audio missing
- Dusky Seaside Sparrow (June 4, 1990)
Reworked from 1989-07-21Audio missing
- A letter from Roger Tory Peterson (June 1, 1990)
In 1987, Laura received a letter from Roger Tory Peterson about birds invading the fast food franchise habitat. This was a recasting of that script, but I have no idea when this program was redone.Audio missing
- Eagles Mating (UDY) (May 2, 1990)
Paul Scott from South Range, Wisconsin, came upon Bald Eagles mating on “the muddiest day of mud season.”Audio missing
- American Tree Sparrow (May 2, 1990)
Reworked from 1989-05-02Audio missing
- Bluebird (April 2, 1990)
(sometime after 1987)Audio missing
- Pine Siskin (Jan. 10, 1990)
No idea about dateAudio missing
- Chickadee (Jan. 5, 1990)
No clue when this first aired–a different version was repeated in March 2000.
- Blue Feathers (Dec. 28, 1990)