For the Birds Radio Program
Wall Street Journal Article Distortions
(Dec. 31, 2002)
The Wall Street Journal just posted a ridiculous article about bird-feeding.
- Wall Street Journal article about bird feeding (Dec. 29, 2002)
Why is the Wall Street Journal writing front-page stories about the perils of bird feeding?
- Christmas and Birds (Dec. 25, 2002)
Why do birds figure so prominently in our Christmas cards and decorations? And what can we give them in return?
- Sleeping Tight (Dec. 20, 2002)
On the solstice, Laura talks about how birds sleep.
- Ice Storm (Dec. 18, 2002)
Northern birds can deal with snow and cold. But ice storms are exceptionally hard on them.
- Christmas Bird Count 2002: Summary (Dec. 17, 2002)
2002 marks the first year in Duluth Christmas Bird Count history that not a single Evening Grosbeak was counted.
- Beethoven's Birthday (Dec. 16, 2002)
Laura celebrates Beethoven’s birthday by noting how his connection to nature affected his music.
- Monomorphic species and UV light (Dec. 13, 2002)
In many birds, the male and female may seem identical, but look entirely different to each other because they can see in the ultraviolet range. This understanding is allowing endangered birds to reproduce in captivity at the Brookfield Zoo.
- Book Review: Sibley's Birding Basics (Dec. 12, 2002)
Laura suggests a few books, including a new one that would make a great stocking stuffer.
- Whooping Crane Ultralight Experiment (Dec. 9, 2002)
This year’s Whooping Cranes have completed their flight to Florida.
- Whooping Cranes II (Dec. 4, 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.
- Whooping Crane Project, Part I (Dec. 3, 2002)
Laura talks about the history of Whooping Cranes in America, and one tragic project to restore them.
- Department of Defense vs. Birds and the Environment (Nov. 29, 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.”
- Mockingbirds (Nov. 20, 2002)
Laura talks about Thomas Jefferson’s favorite bird.
- Chickadees and West Nile Virus (Nov. 19, 2002)
West Nile Virus appears to be killing a lot of chickadees in Illinois and Wisconsin.
- Green Jay (Nov. 18, 2002)
The corvid family is famous for their brains. The Green Jay is as beautiful as it is intelligent.
- Rio Grande Valley Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Spectacular (Nov. 14, 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.
- Light Verse (Oct. 30, 2002)
Laura reads a collection of light poems about birds.
- Paul Wellstone (Oct. 28, 2002)
Laura’s tribute to a true environmental hero.Duration: 4′37″ Related blog post with transcript
- Leaves (Oct. 25, 2002)
How many leaves are on a single maple tree?
- Buffalo heads (Oct. 24, 2002)
The Common Goldeneye and Bufflehead share their scientific name with Alexander the Great’s horse.
- Learning to Drive (Oct. 14, 2002)
Watching children grow up and start driving set Laura’s thoughts to Blue Jays.
- 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)
- Barn Owl Learning (Oct. 7, 2002)
In labs, Barn Owls can learn complex behaviors incrementally, which has implications regarding both bird intelligence and helping humans.
- West Nile Virus in Chicago (Oct. 1, 2002)
Laura spent time in a Chicago suburb last week, thinking about West Nile Virus
- Tornado! (Sept. 30, 2002)
Laura came closer than she’d have wanted to some tornadoes while she was in Indiana last week.Audio missing
- Evocativeness of Autumn (Sept. 29, 2002)
Why is autumn so evocative?Audio missing
- Adaptations (Sept. 26, 2002)
I have no idea of length or script or anything, and this was actually a repeat but no date from when.Audio missing
- Steve Wilson's Spruce Grouse (Sept. 19, 2002)
Laura’s friend Steve Wilson made some astonishingly cool videos of Spruce Grouse.
- David Bird's Kestrels (Sept. 18, 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.
- Sky Harbor Airport project: Death by a thousand cuts (Sept. 12, 2002)
Environmentalists are trying to protect the unique natural area along Park Point. Are they being obstructionists?
- September 11, One Year Later (Sept. 11, 2002)
Laura is thinking about Abraham Lincoln today.
- Window Strikes II (Sept. 10, 2002)
What can you do to help birds that collided with a window? And how can you prevent window collisions in the first place?
- Window Strikes, Part I (Sept. 9, 2002)
Laura talks about what we know about the problem of birds colliding with windows.
- Fall Warblers (Sept. 5, 2002)
If adult fall warblers are tricky, their young are even trickier. So why do birders take such pleasure in identifying them?
- Mona Rutgers dealing with West Nile Virus. (Sept. 4, 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. 3, 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. 2, 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.
- Questions about birding (Aug. 28, 2002)
rerun, but not sure from when. (Listed on August 2002 calendar file from old computer, no time mentioned, not listed as a rerun)Audio missing
- Cardinals (Aug. 26, 2002)
rerun but not sure which previous date. (Listed on August 2002 calendar file from old computer, no time mentioned, not listed as a rerun)Audio missing
- Andrew Slade (Aug. 25, 2002)
When environmentalists cannot speak out in their capacity as private citizens without losing their jobs, something is desperately wrong with our democracy.
- Hummingbird Banding with Nancy Newfield II (Aug. 22, 2002)
What has Nancy Newfield learned from decades of banding hummingbirds?Audio missing
- Hummingbird Banding with Nancy Newfield I (Aug. 21, 2002)
Laura spent a day watching and photographing Nancy Newfield banding hummingbirds near New Orleans.Audio missing
- Live from KUMD--Book Club (Aug. 20, 2002)
(Listed on August 2002 calendar file from old computer, no time mentioned, not listed as a rerun)Audio missing
- New Orleans (Aug. 19, 2002)
Laura and Russ went birding in New Orleans last week. (4:29)
- Betty the Crow (Aug. 15, 2002)
Betty, the New Caledonian Crow, is proving to be one smart cookie. (3:55)
- White-breasted Nuthatch (Aug. 13, 2002)
(rerun but I don’t know which original) (Listed on April 2003 calendar file from old computer, no time mentioned, not listed as a rerun)Audio missing
- Chickadees (Aug. 12, 2002)
Rerun but I don’t know which program . (Listed on April 2003 calendar file from old computer, no time mentioned, not listed as a rerun)Audio missing
- Feeding Birds in August, Part II (Aug. 10, 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.
- Robins (Aug. 10, 2002)
Robins from further north are starting to join local birds in mountain ash trees.Audio missing
- August (Aug. 8, 2002)
Birds are on the move. Laura talks about what we should be looking for.Audio missing
- Chickadees and Mealworms (Aug. 7, 2002)
It took time, but Laura’s chickadees have started taking mealworms out of her feeder.Audio missing
- Wild Pelican Chase (Aug. 6, 2002)
This summer two Brown Pelicans have turned up in Wisconsin. Laura went chasing for one.Audio missing
- Hummingbird Migration (Aug. 5, 2002)
(Listed on April 2003 calendar file from old computer, no time mentioned, not listed as a rerun)Audio missing
- Feeding Birds in August, Part I (Aug. 3, 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.
- Roadside Birding (Aug. 2, 2002)
Laura talks about the birds she sees along the road as she drives.
- Golden-winged Warbler (Aug. 1, 2002)
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is working on a Golden-winged Warbler atlas project. (4:05)
- Humboldt Penguin in Alaska?! (July 31, 2002)
On July 30, an Anchorage newspaper reported that a Humboldt Penguin ended up in a fishing net in Alaska!
- Robins (July 26, 2002)
There’s something about robins…
- Parasites (July 24, 2002)
Ticks, mites, lice, and all manner of other parasites make it tough to be a bird. (5:33)
- Eastern Kingbird (July 23, 2002)
Tyrannus tyrannus lives up to its scientific name.
- Red-eyed Vireo (July 22, 2002)
The bird that once was the most abundant songbird of eastern forests has problems up here, but faces worse problems in South America.
- Common Nighthawk (July 19, 2002)
Laura talks about one of her favorite birds, with a 2 1/2-foot wingspan that weighs a mere 2 1/2 ounces.
- Mork and Mindy the Baby Brown Thrashers (July 18, 2002)
Laura is taking care of two baby Brown Thrashers. The sound in the background is these two little birds.
- 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.”
- Theodore Roosevelt (July 12, 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.
- 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
- 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? (4:03)
- 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
- American Heritage Dictionary (Feb. 23, 2002)
Since the 1980s, Laura has been on a mission to get “Blackburnian Warbler” or at least “Blackburnian” entered in the American Heritage Dictionary.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
- 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
- Common Pests (Jan. 15, 2002)
Laura talks about the problems, but also some of the good points, of introduced species. Date not certain, but JANUARY 2002 is.
- 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
- Wall Street Journal article about bird feeding (Dec. 29, 2002)