For the Birds Radio Program
(Dec. 29, 1999)
Laura had a memorable trip to Arizona, with both near-death and an after-death experiences with owls.
- Feathers (Dec. 27, 1999)
Inspired by the feather floating about at the start of the movie Forrest Gump, Laura talks about feathers. 4:15, reworked from 11/10/1995
- Bald Eagles in Winter (Dec. 24, 1999)
Laura talks about our national bird and how it survives winter. Much of this has been adapted from versions in the 1980s.
- Tower Kills and Bill Evans (estimated date) (Dec. 23, 1999)
Laura talked to the man who created the website towerkill.com about what we know about birds colliding with towers.Audio missing
- Pine Grosbeak (Dec. 22, 1999)
When a Pine Grosbeak hit a listener’s window, Laura told her what to do; she explains why this is one of her favorite birds.
- Christmas with Jim Baker (Reworked) (Dec. 20, 1999)
Jim Baker meets Martha Stewart in this holiday parody. John and Karen Keenan and the California Ravens are featured.
- How Earth Angel Bird Identification Binoculars Saved Christmas (Dec. 17, 1999)
Did you ever wish you had a pair of binoculars that identified the birds you saw in 12 seconds flat? This program featured Joe Erickson. Ramiro Figueroa, and Ian Smith when they were seniors in high school.
- Sibling Rivalry (Dec. 17, 1999)
Little birdies don’t often agree in the nest. This is the original program with the ad for how Earth Angel Bird Identification Binoculars saved Christmas.
- Mesh Feeders and Other Hazards (Dec. 15, 1999)
Some of the ways we try to help birds can end up harming them. (Obsolete email address)
- Bird Jokes (Dec. 13, 1999)
Laura tells some rather ridiculous bird jokes.
- Sixteen Years (Dec. 10, 1999)
Not many birds make it to 16, but Laura’s daughter Katie has.Audio missing
- Helen's First Encounter: Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Dec. 9, 1999)
Laura loves hearing about people’s very first encounters with wonderful birds. This one was by her mother-in-law.
- Birds in the Movies (Dec. 8, 1999)
From Jimmy the Raven in many Frank Capra movies to Norman Bates’s stuffed crow, Laura notices birds in movies.
- Fast Food Franchise Birds (Dec. 3, 1999)
Laura talks about some of her own observations of birds mooching for french fries at fast food joints, and reads a personal letter from Roger Tory Peterson retelling his own experiences.
- How Did I Get So Consumed by Birds? (Dec. 1, 1999)
Laura had three spark birds that ignited her love for birds: the Blue Jay, Ovenbird, and Black-capped Chickadee
- Rough-legged Hawk--Redux (Nov. 26, 1999)
Laura slightly modified this program, which originally aired in 1995.Audio missing
- Talkin' Turkey (Nov. 24, 1999)
The history of turkeys in America. (Recast from 11-22-95)Audio missing
- Crossbills (Nov. 23, 1999)
The two species of crossbills are exceptional in many ways.
- "Wise Use" movement (Nov. 22, 1999)
A group of people focused on tearing apart sensible environmental and conservation regulations is meeting in Duluth tonight to attack people like Laura. They seem to be adherents of the Religion of Short-Sighted Greed.
- Turkeys (Nov. 22, 1999)
Lots about wild turkeys and their historyAudio missing
- Cedar Waxwing feather tips (date not certain) (Nov. 15, 1999)
Why do waxwings have those red feather tips? (Reworked from March 7, 1988; date not certain–this month for sure)Audio missing
- A Letter from Mr. Schulz (Nov. 8, 1999)
Laura recast this program from 2-23-96. The month and year are correct, but date not.Audio missing
- Passenger Pigeon (reworked from 1989) (Nov. 5, 1999)
The Passenger Pigeon is gone forever. How long will we remember this cosmic tragedy? (re-produced in November 1999, but I’m not sure of the exact date.Audio missing
- The Pileated Connection (Nov. 3, 1999)
Pileated Woodpeckers make the forest better for many species. (I’m guessing this is the Pileated program I repeated on October 7, 2003)Audio missing
- Daylight Savings Time (Nov. 1, 1999)
Laura explains why she hates Daylight Savings Time. (This may be from 2000.)
- Poisoned Birds (Oct. 22, 1999)
About 27,000 birds were killed on October 16 when a farmer spread Furidan on his entire wheat crop. So far, no charges have been filed.Audio missing
- Nevermore and other poems (Oct. 20, 1999)
Poet Robert Stulo shares a poem that is about as big a contrast from Poe’s The Raven as a poem can be.Audio missing
- Joey the Eagle (Oct. 8, 1999)
Laura’s son completed the last requirements for becoming an Eagle Scout, with not a moment to spare!Audio missing
- Tommy's Birthday (Oct. 7, 1999)
If Laura were a hawk, she’d stay larger than her sons.Audio missing
- Red-headed Woodpecker (Sept. 27, 1999)
Laura talks about a woodpecker that is exceptional in every way. (This script for this month is certain)Audio missing
- Pet Bird Trade (Sept. 25, 1999)
Magnum P.I. had a pet macaw during a time when macaws were not bred easily in captivity. What’s wrong with that?
- Superlative Birds (Sept. 24, 1999)
Reworked from 11-3-95. Confirmed Date.Audio missing
- Something to Crow About (Sept. 23, 1999)
Crows may be nuisances in certain situations, but they’re the most human of birds.Audio missing
- Juncos (Sept. 22, 1999)
Laura talks about a bird that is a true Minnesotan. (redone from November 9, 1987.)Audio missing
- Harris's Sparrow (Sept. 21, 1999)
The handsomest of sparrows.Audio missing
- Book Review: Dave Barry's Big Trouble (Sept. 20, 1999)
Laura reviews a book with barely any references to birds.Audio missing
- Northern Flicker (Sept. 13, 1999)
Reworked from 1990. Date verified. Laura declares September National Flicker Month.Audio missing
- Autumn (Sept. 6, 1999)
Laura talks about predictable seasonal rhythms, from waxwings and warblers to the Chicago Cubs.Audio missing
- Spirit and Soul (Sept. 3, 1999)
Which birds appeal to our spirit, and which to our soul?Audio missing
- Connecting with Nature (Sept. 2, 1999)
A remaking of a program from 1997. Date confirmed.Audio missing
- Meadowlarks (Aug. 23, 1999)
One formerly abundant bird that is declining now is deeply missed by a great many people.Audio missing
- Ovenbird (Aug. 20, 1999)
Birds are quiet now, making Laura wonder what to make of a diminished thing.Audio missing
- Nighthawk monitoring (Aug. 18, 1999)
This year nighthawk migration will be monitored from coast to coast.Audio missing
- Canada Goose Overpopulation in Cities (Aug. 16, 1999)
Burgeoning numbers of urban geese are a human-caused problem.Audio missing
- Magpies (Aug. 13, 1999)
In honor of Lisa Johnson’s birthday, Laura talks about one of her favorite birds that she misses from western Minnesota.Audio missing
- Farley the Cockatiel (Aug. 11, 1999)
Laura finds herself the owner of a cockatiel named Farley.Audio missing
- Rex the Baby Kingbird (Aug. 9, 1999)
Laura found herself taking care of a young Tyrannus tyrannus. date verified 3:31Audio missing
- Questions about Summer Birds (July 20, 1999)
Laura’s been fielding questions about waxwings, gulls, pigeons, and binoculars.
- Spotted Sandpiper (re-recorded from 1988 (July 16, 1999)
Laura reprises the program from 1988 about a fairly abundant little shorebird with a teetering habit.Audio missing
- Willow Ptarmigan (reworked from 1988) (July 15, 1999)
The bird with the weirdest call in the universe, Alaska’s state bird, figured prominently in Jack London’s White Fang.Audio missing
- Indigo Bunting (July 12, 1999)
Laura talks about a beautiful bird, and a gruesome study conducted on it. (recast from 1988-05-30)Audio missing
- Atlantic Monthly Article (July 9, 1999)
The current Atlantic Monthly has gone to the dogs. (3:26) Date verified.Audio missing
- Puck Flies the Coop (July 8, 1999)
Laura’s little screech owl staged a getaway.Audio missing
- Turtles (July 6, 1999)
Cars hit too many turtles. (Date confirmed)Audio missing
- Bird Legs, a poem by John Oberholtzer (June 16, 1999)
Laura reads a luscious poem of summer by John Oberholtzer. 3:47 (Date confirmed)Audio missing
- Puck (Verified date) (June 15, 1999)
Laura has a new education bird–an Eastern Screech-Owl.Audio missing
- Swallow-tailed Kite! (May 27, 1999)
Laura just added an exceptionally cool bird to her state list.Audio missing
- Birdathon! (May 21, 1999)
Laura is preparing for Duluth Audubon’s Birdathon. [no-longer-in-use phone number]Audio missing
- Book Review: National Geographic Field Guide, Third Edition (May 7, 1999)
I have no idea when this program aired. This field guide came out in 1999, and it makes reference to the ABC All the Birds guide. Probably 1999 or 2000.Audio missing
- American Woodcock (April 8, 1999)
Sitting in the starlight listening to and watching woodcocks is the best way to spend a north country spring night.
- Florida for Spring Break! (April 7, 1999)
The Ericksons took a family vacation to Florida.Audio missing
- Florida Scrub-Jay: Number 600! (April 6, 1999)
Laura hit a major milestone on her trip to Florida. Why was #600 so important to her, and why was her #600 bird such a perfect one?Audio missing
- American Tree Sparrow (Placeholder) (April 5, 1999)
This one’s about a sparrow with an inaccurate name and a sweet disposition.Audio missing
- Housewarming Gifts (Placeholder) (April 2, 1999)
Here are tips for helping backyard birdsAudio missing
- New Species Discovered! (Placeholder) (April 1, 1999)
April Fools! (3:50)Audio missing
- Second Blue Moon of 1999 (March 31, 1999)
Tonight’s Blue Moon is extra special.Audio missing
- Bird Houses (Placeholder) (March 30, 1999)
Time to set out your bird houses! 3:56 (May be rerun)Audio missing
- "Cuteness" in an Injured Saw-whet Owl (UDY) (March 29, 1999)
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.)
I KNOW I did one on this date (or it’s a repeat) Why do we think some birds are “cute”? 4:29Audio missing
- Songs of Early Spring and the California Ravens (Placeholder) (March 26, 1999)
What birds are singing right now? 4:52Audio missing
- Dusky Seaside Sparrow (Placeholder) (March 25, 1999)
Disney World is where one bird species went to die. 4:05 (may be a rerun)Audio missing
- Blue Jay vs Sharp-shinned Hawk (March 24, 1999)
Laura saw a fascinating encounter between a flock of Blue Jays and a Sharp-shinned Hawk in 1995, which she recounts this National Blue Jay Awareness Month. (Redone from September 27, 1995–this date isn’t certain but it was this month)Audio missing
- Saw-whet Owls: Early Spring (March 23, 1999)
Imagine a weekend of northern birding and dog sledding by day, and enjoying a saw-whet owl by night.
- Chickadee Petition (March 22, 1999)
Laura wants the Black-capped Chickadee named Minnesota’s Emergency Auxiliary Backup State Bird.Audio missing
- Mar Mar's Robins (March 19, 1999)
Robins give many of us lovely memories of childhood.Audio missing
- Magpie (placeholder) (March 18, 1999)
How did the magpie get its name? (3:44)Audio missing
- Crows (placeholder) (March 17, 1999)
The true harbinger of spring is a bird you can count on–or at least a bird who counts. (4:11)Audio missing
- Ravens (Placeholder) (March 16, 1999)
The biggest songbird in the world has inspired an enormous body of folklore and mythology. (3:45)Audio missing
- Pine Siskin and Baker's Blue Jay Barn (Placeholder) (March 15, 1999)
The zippy little finch is back in force. Plus an ad for Baker’s Blue Jay Blend by the California Ravens. (3:37)Audio missing
- Provincial Birds (March 11, 1999)
Laura is envious of Canada because Prince Edward Island commemorates the Blue Jay as its provincial bird. (Definitely aired this month, the day after the State Bird program. Otherwise the date isn’t known for sure)Audio missing
- State Birds (March 10, 1999)
Laura can’t help but wonder why the Blue Jay isn’t the state bird for a single state. (This program definitely aired this month, the day before the program on provincial birds.)Audio missing
- Jim Baker's Top Movie Awards for 1998 (March 9, 1999)
Jim Baker reviews some avian-produced movies from last year, along with clips!
- Baby Blue Jays (March 4, 1999)
Ornithologists have discovered that Blue Jays like their brothers and sisters more than human children do. 4:03 (reworked from 1995)Audio missing
- Black-backed Woodpecker (March 3, 1999)
A huge colony of Black-backed Woodpeckers is drawing birders to the forest north of Thunder Bay. Also, an ad for Bakers Blue Jay Blend sung by the California Ravens. 4:24Audio missing
- Sneakers and the Jumping Beans (reworked) (March 2, 1999)
My Blue Jay Sneakers died on New Year’s Eve, 1997, but it’s nice to remember some of the silly things she did. Reworked from a program on August 16, 1995. Date verified. (3:55)Audio missing
- Travel (Feb. 28, 1999)
Birders and non-birders both can benefit from noticing birds when we are exploring a new place. Laura makes a suggestion for resources for finding the best birdy spots.
- Birds Mating for Life (Feb. 27, 1999)
Birds of some species can be shockingly unfaithful to their mates, but other species are very faithful.
- Eastern Screech-Owl (Feb. 26, 1999)
This is about a tiny own that fuels the human imagination. (4:45) Date verified.Audio missing
- Book Review: Kingbird Highway (Feb. 25, 1999)
Laura reviews Kenn Kaufman’s superb Kingbird Highway. (3:59) (Date confirmed)Audio missing
- Red-bellied Woodpecker (Placeholder) (Feb. 24, 1999)
Red-bellied Woodpeckers don’t visit the Northland very often, but when they do, it’s a memorable occasion. (4:09)Audio missing
- Loons (Placeholder) (Feb. 22, 1999)
The state bird of Minnesota belongs in a lake, not on someone’s lawn.Audio missing
- Vulture Chow (Feb. 19, 1999)
Laura Erickson’s love for Turkey Vultures and her nervousness about an ominous development in bird feeding brought her another postcard from Dave Barry. Date verified.Audio missing
- Mallards (Placeholder) (Feb. 18, 1999)
This one is about the Bill Clintons of the bird world.Audio missing
- February Thaw (Feb. 17, 1999)
Mild weather is a mixed blessing for birds. Reworked from 2/15/91.Audio missing
- Book Review: T. S. Roberts's The Birds of Minnesota (Feb. 11, 1999)
Laura finds the species accounts in this old classic utterly charming as well as authoritative, if sometimes a bit out of date. She reads selections from his Blue Jay and Pine Siskin accounts.
- Enduring Winter at Night (Feb. 10, 1999)
Some birds cuddle, but only for heat.
- Do Environmentalists Hate People? (Feb. 9, 1999)
Do environmentalists care more about animals than they do about human beings, or is it that developers and polluters care more about money than they so about human beings?
- Altruism (Feb. 8, 1999)
Laura gives some intriguing stories of birds taking care of the young of other species, and also of birds caring for adults of their own species.
- Hibernate (Feb. 5, 1999)
Not all the animals we think are hibernators really are, but one bird is a true hibernator.
- The Land of Giant Blood-Sucking Mosquitoes (Feb. 4, 1999)
Laura tells a parable about all the things that kill birds, and how it might not be a good idea to ignore them.
- Birding on Skis (Feb. 3, 1999)
Laura and Russ skied through Lester Park on Sunday, Laura moseying through like the slowest bird in the world.
- Blue Moon (reworked from 1990) (Jan. 29, 1999)
Do birds pay attention to the moon?
- The One That Got Away (Jan. 28, 1999)
Recast from 8-12-1988. Date verified.Audio missing
- Pine Grosbeak (Jan. 27, 1999)
Laura talks about a sweet, gentle bird of winter. (Recast from 12/14/87, and 11/28/89) 3;37 Date verified.Audio missing
- Bird Tools (Jan. 26, 1999)
Modified slightly from 10-26-99Audio missing
- Window Collisions (Jan. 25, 1999)
When Laura got a concussion, she could relate to birds hitting windows. She discusses some ways to reduce bird strikes on our windows.
- Fewer Birds (Jan. 22, 1999)
People in marginal habitat are first to notice the decline of birds. To get any bird, your feeding station should provide some special things.
- Marry Someone Like a Blue Jay (Jan. 20, 1999)
Blue Jays have a lot to recommend themselves as far as being the ideal mate.
- Bizarre winter weather, and Jim Baker (Jan. 18, 1999)
Some of the winter rarities have frozen to death; Laura has some suggestions for food offerings if you get a robin, thrasher, or mockingbird. Jim Baker reminds us that Blue Jays are virtually all below the poverty level, a problem that could be corrected if people helped Blue Jays to develop computer literacy.
- Water in Winter, and Jim Baker Talks Politics (Jan. 13, 1999)
Laura gives suggestions for providing water in winter, and Jim Baker recommends the bird feed the ancient Greeks would have approved of if they were alive today.
- Quality Time with Pileated Woodpeckers (Jan. 11, 1999)
Laura spent some time watching Pileated Woodpeckers in Wayzata, Minnesota, and the California Ravens sing about Baker’s Blue Jay Blend.
- Wintering Robins, Waxwings, and Others (Jan. 8, 1999)
Laura provides a recipe for robins and other fruit-eating birds, from Carrol Henderson’s book, Wild About Birds. And Jim Baker talks about Baker’s Blue Jay Blend, guaranteed not to be laced with Viagra.
- "Baker's Bluejay Yarn" (Jan. 6, 1999)
In honor of National Blue Jay Awareness Month, Laura reads a selection of Mark Twain’s short story, “Baker’s Bluejay Yarn.”
- National Blue Jay Awareness Month: (Jan. 4, 1999)
How Blue Jays enrich our lives, from planting oak forests to warning the whole forest about approaching danger.
- Feathers (Dec. 27, 1999)