For the Birds Radio Program
Pine Grosbeak (Revised from 1987)
(Dec. 28, 1998)
Laura can’t think of anything bad to say about a Pine Grosbeak. She recounts the magical time she saw her first one.
- The Propman (Dec. 18, 1998)
Laura has a novel theory about how rare birds materialize here and there, and disappear without a trace.
- The Superiority of Birds (Dec. 15, 1998)
Are people superior to birds?
- Emily Dickinson (Dec. 10, 1998)
Emily Dickinson paid as close attention to her backyard birds as the finest birders today.
- Dove Hunt Referendum in Ohio (Nov. 16, 1998)
In Ohio, this year’s ballot included a referendum about whether the state should rescind its Mourning Dove hunt. The initiative lost.Audio missing
- Book Review: Dave Barry Turns 50 (Nov. 6, 1998)
Laura thoroughly enjoyed Dave Barry’s newest book, and even managed to find a good bird reference.
- Blue Jay practical joke (Nov. 5, 1998)
Laura thinks Blue Jays played a practical joke on people.
- Northern Shrike (Nov. 4, 1998)
Laura talks about the fierce little butcher bird.
- November Robins (Nov. 3, 1998)
Most robins have left by now, but some robins lag behind for us to enjoy.
- Green Violetear in La Crosse (Nov. 2, 1998)
A Green Violetear turned up at a feeder in La Crosse in October. It was suffering from hypothermia, so was sent to Marge Gibson.
- Book Review: The Stokes Field Guide to Birds (Oct. 30, 1998)
Laura doesn’t particularly like the lovely Stokes Field Guide to Birds for several reasons.
- October Bird Sounds (Oct. 27, 1998)
A few birds still break into song, but many others at least make a few sounds.
- A Perfect Fall Day (Oct. 26, 1998)
October 20 was a perfect fall day for Laura and Photon to head up to Hawk Ridge.
- October Apples (Oct. 20, 1998)
Apples draw people and birds both.
- Mysterious October (Oct. 15, 1998)
October conjures spooky images, but one of the best mysteries is how Saw-whet Owls pass through in such big numbers yet so unnoticed.
- Birds vs. Politics (Oct. 13, 1998)
Politics is way too complicated for Laura—she prefers sticking to birds.
- Bernice the Pigeon (Oct. 9, 1998)
When Laura took in a baby pigeon for rehab, she became a family pet, even when she turned out to be a boy.
- FROM 1998, IN ANTICIPATION OF THE UPCOMING MOVIE: Movie Review: Everest and Alpine Choughs (Oct. 2, 1998)
Laura talks about the new iMax movie, Everest, and Jon Krakauer’s book, Into Thin Air, focusing on an uncredited player, the Alpine Chough, and other birds that survive at high altitudes.
- Evocativeness of Autumn (Sept. 30, 1998)
Feelings stirred in autumn seem the most complex.
- Hurricanes and Birds (Sept. 28, 1998)
Laura considers how powerful storms affect birds, and how hard it is for birds blown off-course.
- Blackpoll Warbler (Sept. 14, 1998)
Laura talks about a warbler that looks entirely different in fall than in spring.Audio missing
- Nighthawk migration (Aug. 19, 1998)
The only thing funner than watching puppy socialization class is watching nighthawk migration.Audio missing
- Mid-Summer Waxwings (Aug. 3, 1998)
Late summer is the time to watch for quiet little waxwings.
- Photon and the Ants (July 2, 1998)
Laura’s little dog is consumed with studying the ants in an anthill; so far she hasn’t discovered birds nor the baby foxes in the neighborhood.
- Gepetto the Baby Pileated Woodpecker, Part 3 (June 30, 1998)
Laura’s time with Gepetto came to an end, leaving her with lots of memories of just how Pileated Woodpeckers learn how to find food and deal with other Pileateds.
- Magpies (June 18, 1998)
A corvid with a spectacularly long tail once had a bounty on it!
- Gepetto the Baby Pileated Woodpecker, Part 2 (June 16, 1998)
The baby Pileated Woodpecker Laura is caring for has had some interesting experiences with two other Pileated Woodpeckers in the Boundary Waters.
- Gepetto the Baby Pileated Woodpecker, Part 1 (June 11, 1998)
Laura just received a baby Pileated Woodpecker for rehab.
- Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (June 10, 1998)
Rare sightings of a bird that belongs further south can be thrilling.
- Ovenbird (May 29, 1998)
Laura treasures Ovenbirds, who sing like Linda Ronstadt.
- Pied-billed Grebe in a Trash Can (May 18, 1998)
Why would anyone throw a healthy Pied-billed Grebe into a trash can? The answer is unknowable, but fortunately a kid saw it and got help.Audio missing
- "Cuteness" in an Injured Saw-whet Owl (UDY) (April 8, 1998)
Laura’s taking care of an injured Saw-whet Owl and wishing she could keep it until it was recovered. (I’m estimating the year because of the reference to Linda Tripp.)Audio missing
- Penguins and Prostitution (UDY) (April 6, 1998)
Scientists have learned that male Adelie Penguins pay females for sex, using stones as currency.Audio missing
- Bird Bodies (Placeholder) (March 11, 1998)
How are bird bodies designed for flight? It’s a lot more complicated than just wings. 3:53Audio missing
- Bird Books (Placeholder) (March 9, 1998)
Old bird books can be a treasure of bird lore. 3:30Audio missing
- Eyeglasses (Placeholder) (March 6, 1998)
The kind of eyeglasses you wear can affect how well your binoculars work. 4:07Audio missing
- Research ethics (Placeholder) (Feb. 20, 1998)
When is it justifiable to do research on animals? 3:33Audio missing
- Cormorant Fishing (Placeholder) (Feb. 18, 1998)
The Chinese and Japanese art of cormorant fishing is a colorful ancient tradition. 3:15Audio missing
- Feathers (Placeholder) (Feb. 16, 1998)
How do bird feathers keep them warm? 3:42Audio missing
- Poor Little Match Squirrel (Feb. 14, 1998)
The story of the Poor Little Match Girl came to mind when Laura encountered a squirrel suffering from mange.
- Valentine's Day (Placeholder) (Feb. 13, 1998)
If you thought birds were romantic, think again. 3:37Audio missing
- Silly Bird Names (Placeholder) (Feb. 11, 1998)
Some bird names are for the birds. 3:34Audio missing
- Claws (Placeholder) (Feb. 9, 1998)
This program is all about bird feet. 4:15Audio missing
- Chasing a King Eider (reworked from 1990) (Feb. 6, 1998)
Why is it that birders are so willing to drive hundreds of miles to see a single bird?
- Euthanizing (Feb. 4, 1998)
When is it right to decide to euthanize an injured bird? Laura’s children and a Sora taught her a lesson.
- Family Values of Birds (Feb. 2, 1998)
Birds have a wide range of different systems of family values.
- Crossbills (Jan. 30, 1998)
Crossbills have beaks like crooked scissors. Why?
- The Propman (Dec. 18, 1998)