For the Birds Radio Program
Blue Moon (reworked from 1990)
(Dec. 29, 1999)
Do birds pay attention to the moon?
- Feathers (Dec. 27, 1999)
Inspired by the feather floating about at the start of the movie Forest Gump, Laura talks about feathers.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bird Jokes (Dec. 13, 1999)
Laura tells some rather ridiculous bird jokes.
- Helen's First Encounter: Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Dec. 10, 1999)
Laura loves hearing about people’s very first encounters with wonderful birds.
- Pauraques and Hummingbirds: The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle in Action (Dec. 6, 1999)
The very act of observing a bird changes its behavior.
- 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
- 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.
- Passenger Pigeon (reworked from 1989) (Nov. 3, 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
- Daylight Savings Time (Nov. 1, 1999)
Laura explains why she hates Daylight Savings Time.
- Boreal Owl (Oct. 28, 1999)
The earliest record of a Boreal Owl in Wisconsin was a bird in need of help.
- Pet Bird Trade (Sept. 24, 1999)
Magnum P.I. had a pet macaw during a time when macaws were not bred easily in captivity. What’s wrong with that?
- Northern Flicker (Sept. 13, 1999)
Reworked from 1990. Date verified. Laura declares September National Flicker Month.Audio missing
- Nighthawk monitoring (Aug. 18, 1999)
This year nighthawk migration will be monitored from coast to coast.Audio missing
- Meadowlarks (Aug. 12, 1999)
One formerly abundant bird that is declining now is deeply missed by a great many people.Audio missing
- Canada Goose Overpopulation in Cities (Aug. 10, 1999)
Burgeoning numbers of urban geese are a human-caused problem.Audio missing
- Magpies (Aug. 9, 1999)
In honor of Lisa Johnson’s birthday, Laura talks about one of her favorite birds that she misses from western Minnesota.Audio missing
- Questions about Summer Birds (July 20, 1999)
Laura’s been fielding questions about waxwings, gulls, pigeons, and binoculars.
- Puck Flies the Coop (estimated date) (July 19, 1999)
Laura’s little screech owl staged a getaway.Audio missing
- 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
- Puck (Verified date) (June 15, 1999)
Laura has a new education bird–an Eastern Screech-Owl.Audio missing
- Black-backed Woodpecker (June 7, 1999)
Laura talks about one of our uncommon, secretive woodpeckers.
- 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 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
- Florida for Spring Break! (April 5, 1999)
The Ericksons took a family vacation to Florida.Audio missing
- Saw-whet Owls: Early Spring (March 18, 1999)
Imagine a weekend of northern birding and dog sledding by day, and enjoying a saw-whet owl by night.
- Eastern Screech-Owl (Date Not Known) (March 1, 1999)
Tiny screech owls are singing at night now.Audio missing
- Travel (Feb. 24, 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. 22, 1999)
Birds of some species can be shockingly unfaithful to their mates, but other species are very faithful.
- Book Review: T. S. Roberts's The Birds of Minnesota (Feb. 19, 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. 17, 1999)
Some birds cuddle, but only for heat.
- Do Environmentalists Hate People? (Feb. 15, 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 (UDY) (Feb. 12, 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. 10, 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. 8, 1999)
Laura tells a parable about all the things that kill birds, and how it might not be a good idea to ignore them.
- 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)