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?
- Christmas and Birds (Dec. 23, 2002)
Why do birds figure so prominently in our Christmas cards and decorations? And what can we give them in return?Audio missing
- Sleeping Tight (Dec. 20, 2002)
On the solstice, Laura talks about how birds sleep.Audio missing
- Christmas Bird Count 2002: Summary (Dec. 16, 2002)
2002 marks the first year in Duluth Christmas Bird Count history that not a single Evening Grosbeak was counted.Audio missing
- Whooping Crane Ultralight Experiment (Dec. 2, 2002)
This year’s Whooping Cranes have completed their flight to Florida.
- 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.
- Green Jay (Nov. 20, 2002)
The corvid family is famous for their brains. The Green Jay is as beautiful as it is intelligent.
- Department of Defense vs. Birds and the Environment (Nov. 19, 2002)
The Pentagon is trying to get a bill passed that would exempt them from complying with many environmental laws. A Bush administration lawyer even made an argument that shows just how out-of-touch the current administration is, saying that bird lovers benefit when the military kills birds because “bird watchers get more enjoyment spotting a rare bird than they do spotting a common one.”Audio missing
- 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.
- Great-tailed Grackle (Nov. 13, 2002)
Laura was just at the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival, where she thoroughly enjoyed the Texas birds, especially the abundant but cosmically cool Great-tailed Grackles.
- Buffalo heads (Nov. 1, 2002)
The Common Goldeneye and Bufflehead share their scientific name with Alexander the Great’s horse.Audio missing
- Leaves (Oct. 30, 2002)
How many leaves are on a single maple tree?Audio missing
- Paul Wellstone (Oct. 28, 2002)
Laura’s tribute to a true environmental hero.Duration: 4′37″ Related blog post with transcript
- Learning to Drive (Oct. 14, 2002)
Watching children grow up and start driving set Laura’s thoughts to Blue Jays.Audio missing
- Whooping Crane Update (Oct. 11, 2002)
Operation Migration is hoping to take off today with this year’s group of cranes headed from Wisconsin to Florida. (Verified Date)Audio missing
- Evocativeness of Autumn (Sept. 30, 2002)
Why is autumn so evocative?Audio missing
- Tornado! (Sept. 25, 2002)
Laura came closer than she’d have wanted to some tornadoes while she was in Indiana last week.Audio missing
- West Nile Virus in Chicago (Sept. 23, 2002)
Laura spent time in a Chicago suburb last week, thinking about West Nile VirusAudio missing
- Window Strikes, Part I (Sept. 19, 2002)
Laura talks about what we know about the problem of birds colliding with windows.
- Steve Wilson's Spruce Grouse (Sept. 18, 2002)
Laura’s friend Steve Wilson made some astonishingly cool videos of Spruce Grouse.
- David Bird's Kestrels (Sept. 17, 2002)
Ornithologist David Bird has determined that kestrels and some other birds of prey are more faithful to their mates than other species.
- Book Review: Birds of Heaven (Sept. 16, 2002)
Laura’s book club will be meeting this week to discuss Peter Matthiessen’s book about cranes, The Birds of Heaven.
- Hawk Stories (Sept. 13, 2002)
After one dramatic story involving a Red-tailed Hawk made national news, Wisconsin birders started swapping other stories about amazing encounters with hawks.
- September 11, One Year Later (Sept. 11, 2002)
Laura is thinking about Abraham Lincoln today.
- Sky Harbor Airport project: Death by a thousand cuts (Sept. 10, 2002)
Environmentalists are trying to protect the unique natural area along Park Point.
- 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?
- Window Strikes II (Aug. 28, 2002)
What can you do to help birds that collided with a window? And how can you prevent window collisions in the first place?
- Andrew Slade (Aug. 26, 2002)
When environmentalists cannot speak out in their capacity as private citizens without losing their jobs, something is desperately wrong with our democracy.
- Betty the Crow (Aug. 23, 2002)
Betty, the New Caledonian Crow, is proving to be one smart cookie.
- Hummingbird Banding with Nancy Newfield II (Aug. 21, 2002)
What has Nancy Newfield learned from decades of banding hummingbirds?Audio missing
- Hummingbird Banding with Nancy Newfield I (Aug. 20, 2002)
Laura spent a day watching and photographing Nancy Newfield banding hummingbirds near New Orleans.Audio missing
- New Orleans (Aug. 19, 2002)
Laura and Russ went birding in New Orleans last week.Audio missing
- Robins (Aug. 15, 2002)
Robins from further north are starting to join local birds in mountain ash trees.Audio missing
- Whooping Cranes II (Aug. 13, 2002)
Laura talks about how scientists got the idea of how to teach baby Whooping Cranes a new migration route so they could establish a second breeding population in Wisconsin.Audio missing
- Whooping Crane Project, Part I (Aug. 12, 2002)
Laura talks about the history of Whooping Cranes in America, and one tragic project to restore them.Audio missing
- Feeding Birds in August, Part II (Aug. 9, 2002)
Laura talks about some alternative seeds to offer birds in summer, and why it’s important to keep feeding hummingbirds at summer’s end and into fall.
- Feeding Birds in August, Part I (Aug. 8, 2002)
Laura talks about the importance of keeping feeders clean, and the most typical kinds of food to offer when feeding our most common summer birds.
- Wild Pelican Chase (Aug. 6, 2002)
This summer two Brown Pelicans have turned up in Wisconsin. Laura went chasing for one.Audio missing
- Roadside Birding (Aug. 5, 2002)
Laura talks about the birds she sees along the road as she drives.
- Humboldt Penguins (Aug. 2, 2002)
On July 30, an Anchorage newspaper reported that a Humboldt Penguin ended up in a fishing net in Alaska!
- August (Aug. 1, 2002)
Birds are on the move. Laura talks about what we should be looking for.Audio missing
- 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.
- Chickadees and Mealworms (July 1, 2002)
It took time, but Laura’s chickadees have started taking mealworms out of her feeder.Audio missing
- Army Worms and Black-billed Cuckoos (June 28, 2002)
Army Worms have taken over, but they’ll soon be gone.Audio missing
- Horseshoe Crabs (June 26, 2002)
Laura heard from a first-hand witness to how horseshoe crabs are disappearing.Audio missing
- 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.
- Piping Plovers and Lake of the Woods (June 19, 2002)
Laura talks about the Boo Radley of the bird world.Audio missing
- Sparrows (June 17, 2002)
Laura takes delight in many sparrows, perhaps most in Le Conte’s SparrowAudio missing
- West Nile Virus (June 14, 2002)
Laura gives a history of West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses, on birds and humans, and talks about why we must be careful about how we approach the mosquito problem to ensure that the cure isn’t worse than the disease.Audio missing
- 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.
- Solving Bird Problems (June 12, 2002)
Laura talks about some of the complaints people have about birds this time of year, and how to solve them.Audio missing
- Army Worms (June 10, 2002)
Is there anything good about army worms? There is if you love cuckoos.Audio missing
- Noise (May 29, 2002)
What makes a sound into a noise?Audio missing
- Red-bellied Woodpecker (May 20, 2002)
An unexpected treat showed up in Laura’s yard for a week this month.Audio missing
- Big Migration Day (May 13, 2002)
Laura had a splendid day birding Saturday.Audio missing
- High Tech Birding (May 9, 2002)
Birds are utterly low tech creatures, but Laura finds herself more and more dependent on computers to watch them.
- Manakin and Antbird (May 8, 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.
- Woodcock (May 6, 2002)
Laura hit a peak performance evening for woodcocks this year. Her exciting adventure ended with the stage direction, “Exit, pursued by a bear.”Audio missing
- White-throated Sparrow (May 1, 2002)
White-throated Sparrows, the chipmunks of the bird world, are beautiful and tuneful enough to inspire us to look for other sparrows.Audio missing
- 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.
- Sparrows (April 24, 2002)
Laura talks about the sparrows that migrate through each AprilAudio missing
- Thayer's Birding Software (April 23, 2002)
Laura reviews new birding softwareAudio missing
- Costa Rican Robin, the Clay-colored Thrush (April 22, 2002)
Laura went to Costa Rica this month, where she thoroughly enjoyed hearing the national bird, the Clay-colored Thrush.
- 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.
- Red-winged Blackbird (April 5, 2002)
A reliable sign of spring grabs for all the gusto it can get.Audio missing
- 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.
- Jim Baker and the Beatles (April 1, 2002)
Apparently Blue Jay Way was not the only mention of Jim Baker’s favorite bird in the Beatles’ repertoire.Audio missing
- 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 21, 2002)
That spicy yellow marking by a Black-throated Gray Warbler’s eye makes Laura remember a literally spicy encounter with one.Audio missing
- Hummingbirds (March 20, 2002)
They won’t be here for over a month, but Laura’s thinking about hummingbirds. (adapted for February 2019)Audio missing
- Cruisin' with Spring (March 18, 2002)
Laura drove between Duluth and Milwaukee, seeing the progression of spring.
- Plastic Lawn Flamingos (March 11, 2002)
A new species of plastic lawn flamingo seems to be popping up everywhere.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.
- Top Ten Favorite Birds (Feb. 18, 2002)
What are Laura’s favorite birds? (Outdated email address.)Audio missing
- Common Pests (Feb. 15, 2002)
Laura talks about the problems, but also some of the good points, of introduced species.
- Virtual Predators (Feb. 8, 2002)
Real Blue Jays can learn to hunt virtual predators with a computer game.
- Coffee Part II (Feb. 5, 2002)
What we put into our coffee is important with regard to bird conservation.Audio missing
- Coffee Part I (Feb. 4, 2002)
Coffee is a very important issue for birds.Audio missing
- Penguin Awareness Day (Jan. 21, 2002)
Laura just missed celebrating Penguin Awareness Day on January 20.Audio missing
- Birds Affected by War (Jan. 4, 2002)
War is hell on birds, too.Audio missing
- New Year's Chickadees (Jan. 2, 2002)
Laura’s first sighting of 2002 was a chickadee!Audio missing
- Christmas and Birds (Dec. 23, 2002)