For the Birds Radio Program
Wall Street Journal article about bird feeding
(Dec. 30, 2002)
Why is the Wall Street Journal writing front-page stories about the perils of bird feeding?
- Human Connections (Dec. 24, 2002)
Birds often help people to connect with one another
- Barn Owl Learning (Nov. 27, 2002)
In labs, Barn Owls can learn complex behaviors incrementally, which has implications regarding both bird intelligence and helping humans.
- Mockingbirds (Nov. 22, 2002)
Laura talks about Thomas Jefferson’s favorite bird.
- Chickadees and West Nile Virus (Nov. 18, 2002)
West Nile Virus appears to be killing a lot of chickadees in Illinois and Wisconsin.
- Rio Grande Valley Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Spectacular (Nov. 15, 2002)
When a bus broke down during a field trip for the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival, Scissor-tailed Flycatchers saved the day.
- Manakin and Antbird (Nov. 14, 2002)
When Laura was in Costa Rica, she witnessed a comical scene between a manakin, focused entirely on keeping everything out of his little display area, and an antbird, entirely focused on walking across that very display area.
- Paul Wellstone (Oct. 28, 2002)
Laura’s tribute to a true environmental hero.Duration: 4′37″ Related blog post with transcript
- Hawk Stories (Sept. 11, 2002)
After one dramatic story involving a Red-tailed Hawk made national news, Wisconsin birders started swapping other stories about amazing encounters with hawks.Audio missing
- Mona Rutgers dealing with West Nile Virus. (Sept. 9, 2002)
West Nile Virus has hit Ohio hard, and the director of the Back to the Wild rehabilitation clinic has been dealing with the horrible situation.
- Migration Disaster (Sept. 6, 2002)
A boater on Lake Superior came upon a sad bird disaster—warblers and vireos all about, some resting on his boat, some dead in the water.
- Katie to Oberlin (Sept. 4, 2002)
Human babies are dependent on their parents for far, far longer than bird babies are dependent on theirs. But even human babies eventually fly away.
- Fall Warblers (Sept. 2, 2002)
If adult fall warblers are tricky, their young are even trickier. So why do birders take such pleasure in identifying them?
- Betty the Crow (Aug. 23, 2002)
Betty, the New Caledonian Crow, is proving to be one smart cookie.
- Humboldt Penguins (Aug. 2, 2002)
On July 30, an Anchorage newspaper reported that a Humboldt Penguin ended up in a fishing net in Alaska!
- Robins (July 31, 2002)
There’s something about robins…
- Parasites (July 30, 2002)
Ticks, mites, lice, and all manner of other parasites make it tough to be a bird.
- Red-eyed Vireo (July 29, 2002)
The bird that once was the most abundant songbird of eastern forests has problems up here, but faces worse problems in South America.
- Eastern Kingbird (July 26, 2002)
Tyrannus tyrannus lives up to its scientific name.
- Common Nighthawk (July 25, 2002)
Laura talks about one of her favorite birds, with a 2 1/2-foot wingspan that weighs a mere 2 1/2 ounces.
- Theodore Roosevelt (July 19, 2002)
Laura just read a biography of Theodore Roosevelt, whose conservation accomplishments are monumental. Laura reads his lyrical account of an encounter with a Hermit Thrush.
- Mid-summer Sounds (July 17, 2002)
If hope and optimism mark spring, suddenly we’re seeing that a lot of those baby birds that have hatched out aren’t going to be around next year. Robert Frost’s poem, “The Ovenbird,” asks the question “What to make of a diminished thing.”
- Golden-winged Warbler (July 15, 2002)
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is working on a Golden-winged Warbler atlas project.
- Jelly feeder hazard (June 20, 2002)
Sometimes grape jelly can be harmful. Laura tells the story of a woman whose oriole got stuck in it.
- Mork and Mindy the Baby Brown Thrashers (June 13, 2002)
Laura is taking care of two baby Brown Thrashers. The sound in the background is these two little birds.
- Costa Rican Robin, the Clay-colored Thrush (May 31, 2002)
Laura went to Costa Rica this month, where she thoroughly enjoyed hearing the national bird, the Clay-colored Thrush.
- Resplendent Quetzal (April 29, 2002)
Laura was fixated on Resplendent Quetzals since she was a little girl; she spent some quality time with them in Costa Rica this month.
- Niagara Falls (April 26, 2002)
Laura and Russ visited Niagara Falls for the first time since 1993. What birds did they see?
- April Dusk (April 25, 2002)
Listen to some of the lovely sounds Laura is enjoying at dusk in Port Wing, Wisconsin.
- Manx Shearwater (April 19, 2002)
Now that Laura is 50, she’s wondering how many birds are that old. One Manx Shearwater who has traveled over a million miles during her 50-year life.
- Awkward Season (April 3, 2002)
Laura talks about the tug-of-war between winter and spring.
- Song Sparrow (April 2, 2002)
Laura talks about an endearing but shy little backyard bird, and the longterm study that taught us how they live.
- Tower Kills (March 29, 2002)
It is a fact that towers kill birds. The question is what we’re prepared to do about it. Arguing that each tower is necessarily more important than bird lives, or that the research to minimize kills is too expensive, are reasonable approaches in debating the issue. Lying about the facts is not.Audio missing
- Hot Peppers, Part II: Al Batt's Story (March 22, 2002)
One of Laura’s favorite writers, Al Batt, also had an interesting experience with hot peppers while birding in Texas.Audio missing
- Hot Peppers, Part I (March 20, 2002)
That spicy yellow marking by a Black-throated Gray Warbler’s eye makes Laura remember a literally spicy encounter with one.Audio missing
- Book Review: Peterson Field Guide. (Feb. 22, 2002)
Laura grew up not knowing that there were books that could help her identify birds. Her first field guide, the Peterson Guide, was her portal into a new universe. His updated edition was even better. Now, after he has died, a new updated edition is being released this spring, which he had been finishing when he died.
- American Crow: Our First Sign of Spring (Feb. 21, 2002)
American Crows provide plenty of hope that spring is here.
- Human Connections (Dec. 24, 2002)