For the Birds Radio Program
(Dec. 31, 2012)
Just before her Conservation Big Year, Laura just received a splendid gift.
- Standing Up to Fear (Dec. 19, 2012)
In this program, originally aired in 2012, Laura talks about how fearsome the world has always been, and how her favorite bird, the chickadee, faces up to ever-present danger.Duration: 5′05″ Related blog post with transcript Permalink
- "Friendly" Chickadees? (Dec. 14, 2012)
Are chickadees really friendly, or when they approach us, is it entirely on their own terms?
- Keeping a Life List (Dec. 10, 2012)
Many people think birders who keep life lists are reducing beautiful natural creatures into numbers. For Laura, her life list conjures memories of joyful experiences.
- Keeping a Field Notebook (Dec. 7, 2012)
Laura talks about the value of keeping a field notebook.Duration: 4′22″ Related blog post with transcript Permalink
- Review: Birding Apps (Nat Geo, Sibley, Peterson) (Dec. 4, 2012)
Laura checked out the three top bird identification apps based on field guides.Duration: 4′45″ Related blog post with transcript Permalink
- Minnesota Non-Game Wildlife Program's Bait-and-Switch (Nov. 28, 2012)
People in Minnesota who have been contributing to the non-game wildlife program feel betrayed now that the DNR has reclassified the Mourning Dove and Sandhill Crane as game species.Duration: 5′04″ Related blog post with transcript Permalink
- Pine Grosbeak (Nov. 27, 2012)
Laura saw Pine Grosbeaks on Thanksgiving, calling to mind some early experiences with them.Duration: 5′21″ Related blog post with transcript Permalink
- Black Phoebe (Nov. 22, 2012)
When Laura was in California, she spent some quality time with Black Phoebes.Duration: 4′11″ Related blog post with transcript Permalink
- Brant! (Nov. 21, 2012)
Brants do not belong in Minnesota. Yet one turned up in Duluth today.
- Surf Scoter (Nov. 16, 2012)
When Laura stayed on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, she got to enjoy one of the funkiest of all ducks.Duration: 4′10″ Related blog post with transcript Permalink
- Leucistic Chickadee (Nov. 12, 2012)
Laura finds some intriguing comparisons between an abnormally pale chickadee and Moby Dick.
- My First Nighthawk (Nov. 9, 2012)
Laura talks about a fond memory of an evening in the Natural Resources Building on the Michigan State University campus, and about her husband’s less fond memory of the same place on a different night
- Fishy Tales (Oct. 26, 2012)
An airplane’s mid-air collision with a fish and more true but fishy tales.
- Brown Creeper (Oct. 25, 2012)
Laura talks about one of her favorite fall birds, and why the Brown Creeper has such a large place in her heart.
- Book Review: Hawks in Flight, Second Edition (Oct. 24, 2012)
Laura enthusiastically recommends this one.
- Book Review: National Geographic Bird Watcher's Bible (Oct. 23, 2012)
Laura doesn’t like a lot of books that are general overviews, but thinks the Bird Watcher’s Bible belongs on every birder’s shelf.
- Book Review: Music of the Birds (Oct. 22, 2012)
Laura gives an enthusiastic thumbs up to Lang Elliott and Marie Read’s eBook, Music of the Birds.
- Conservation 2012 (Oct. 19, 2012)
No matter where we stand on the political spectrum, we need to clean up the environment.
- San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary (Oct. 10, 2012)
Laura spent a memorable few hours birding at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Orange County, California.
- Making Our Windows Safe for Birds (Oct. 3, 2012)
How can we reduce the number of birds killed at our windows?
- The Changing of the Guard (Oct. 2, 2012)
During migration, the birds in our backyards change from day to day. If we leave for a few days, we return to an entirely different avian community.Duration: 4′41″ Related blog post with transcript Permalink
- Birding in Northern New Hampshire (Oct. 1, 2012)
Laura got to spend a day with Dave Govatski, who has hiked very single mile in the White Mountain trail guide.
- Birding New Hampshire: the Coast (Sept. 25, 2012)
Laura spent a couple of days along the New Hampshire coast.
- Big Migration Day (Sept. 24, 2012)
Birds flooded through Duluth on September 22.
- Mr. Borkowski, Part II (Sept. 11, 2012)
Laura tracked down her favorite teacher in FloridaDuration: 3′38″ Related blog post with transcript Permalink
- Mr. Borkowski, Great Teacher or the Greatest Teacher? (Sept. 10, 2012)
Laura’s fifth grade teacher was her most treasured teacher in her whole life.Duration: 3′47″ Related blog post with transcript Permalink
- Keeping Watch for the Last Hummingbird (Sept. 7, 2012)
Reminders about the last Ruby-throated Hummingbird and the possibility for rarities in fall.
- Western Scrub-Jay Funerals and Blue Jay Irish Wakes (Sept. 6, 2012)
A new paper is giving scientists some insights into the functions of grieving and funerals. The transcript of this program was quoted in Jennifer Ackerman’s The Genius of Birds.
- Ludwig the Blue Jay Part IV (Sept. 3, 2012)
The end of the saga of Ludwig the Blue JayDuration: 5′17″ Related blog post with transcript Permalink
- Ludwig the Blue Jay Part III (Aug. 31, 2012)
Interesting and funny stories about a little Blue Jay
- Ludwig the Blue Jay Part II (Aug. 30, 2012)
What happened to the little Blue Jay Laura rescued from a dog?Duration: 3′53″ Permalink
- Blue Jays for the Soul, and Ludwig Part I (Aug. 28, 2012)
Why does Laura love Blue Jays so very much?Duration: 4′47″ Related blog post with transcript Permalink
- Birding for the Soul: How birds enrich our lives (Aug. 27, 2012)
How birds enrich human lives
- August Nighthawks (Aug. 21, 2012)
Fall migration is already starting, and Laura stood out on Peabody Street watching a small flight of nighthawks.
- Endangered Species Act (Aug. 15, 2012)
Laura reads the opening of the Endangered Species Act, explaining the importance of this fundamentally important law, its early successes, and the trouble with adding new species today.
- Evening Grosbeaks: How a Wonderful Bird Touched My Life (Aug. 8, 2012)
Laura talks about how Evening Grosbeaks enriched her life.
- Proposed Drilling Project at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge (Aug. 3, 2012)
Laura talks about energy exploration at one of the most important national treasures—the one essential for the survival of Whooping Cranes.Duration: 5′08″ Related blog post with transcript Permalink
- Steller's Jay (Aug. 2, 2012)
Laura talks about another crested “blue jay,” that lives only in the West.
- National Blue Jay Awareness Month (Aug. 1, 2012)
Laura Erickson designates any month with a Blue Moon as National Blue Jay Awareness Month.
- Ulysses S. Grant: Failed Hunter (July 27, 2012)
Ulysses S. Grant was not into hunting.
- Helping Birds in Extreme Heat (July 26, 2012)
Hot weather can take a toll on birds. How can we help?
- They Shoot Hawks, Don't They? (July 25, 2012)
Laura responds to a Duluth News-Tribune commentary that claimed hawks are destroying our songbird populationsDuration: 6′52″ Related blog post with transcript Permalink
- Andy Griffith (July 5, 2012)
Laura remembers Andy Griffith, and the values The Andy Griffith Show exemplified.Duration: 5′11″ Related blog post with transcript Permalink
- Bird song apps and recordings (June 28, 2012)
Why can’t you play a bird song into your iPhone or iPad and use an app to tell you what it is? Laura explains and tells about some of the best ways to learn bird songs.Duration: 4′44″ Permalink
- Bird Finding Apps (June 27, 2012)
Laura talks about the newest apps for showing where real birds right this moment, thanks to eBird. (Note: Bird Log has been replaced by the free eBird app.)
- High Tech: Laura gets an iPad and Apps (June 25, 2012)
Laura compares some important birding apps, including the Sibley field guide App, iBird Explorer Pro, the Peterson guide app, and the Audubon bird app.Duration: 4′10″ Permalink
- Duluth's Flood (June 21, 2012)
An unprecedented flood caused serious damage in Duluth, but the birds (except at the zoo) fared well.
- Mourning Dove Survey 2012 (June 14, 2012)
Laura wonders if the small number of Mourning Doves in northern Minnesota justify the dove hunt season on them, and also whether they should be hunted with lead shot.Duration: 5′29″ Related blog post with transcript Permalink
- 2012 Big Day Recap (June 5, 2012)
Ryan Brady and Dick Verch did a northern Wisconsin Big Day. What did they see?Duration: 4′35″ Related blog post with transcript Permalink
- Bird Song Primer, Part II (May 21, 2012)
Today Laura talks about several bird songs and calls that are distinctive.
- Bird Song Primer, Part I (May 18, 2012)
In this two-part series, Laura explains how to recognize some of our most common singers in the north woods.Today she covers birds with long melodies.
- Hairy Woodpecker (May 17, 2012)
Why do woodpeckers tap on metal? They actually have a good reason.
- Field Sparrow (May 16, 2012)
Laura looks into the private lives of Field Sparrows.
- Prothonotary Warbler (May 15, 2012)
How can a bird as lovely as a Prothonotary Warbler show up in the parking lot of a Jewel-Osco store in Chicago?
- Biggest Week in American Birding 2012 (May 8, 2012)
Laura’s headed to Ohio for the Biggest Week in American Birding–a birding festival focused on warblers and other migrants.Duration: 4′24″ Related blog post with transcript Permalink
- Great Wisconsin Birdathon Big Day! (May 7, 2012)
Laura, Ryan Brady, and Dick Verch are plotting strategy for doing a Big Day to raise funds for the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative.Duration: 4′32″ Related blog post with transcript Permalink
- Cornell Heron Cam: Science and Emotion Both, Part II (May 4, 2012)
The Great Blue Herons of Sapsucker Woods are individuals to be reckoned with.
- Cornell's Heron Cam: Science and Emotions Together (May 3, 2012)
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s nest cam focused on a pair of Great Blue Herons is providing an abundance of scientific information even as observers find themselves increasingly bonded emotionally to the birds.Duration: 4′55″ Related blog post with transcript Permalink
- Twins and Double Yolks (April 26, 2012)
Is it possible for two birds to hatch from the same egg?
- Chickadee Research (April 20, 2012)
Some recent research on chickadees found that foraging chickadees and nuthatches actually help spur the growth of forests, and that chickadees make different warning sounds depending on the degree of danger they perceive.
- Personalizing Herons (April 19, 2012)
People can’t help but anthropomorphizing the Great Blue Herons they’re watching in the heron cam.
- Midnight Madness in a Great Blue Heron Nest! (April 17, 2012)
Incubating eggs seems like such a peaceable responsibility, but it turns out there is way more action and strife than one might expense.
- What Is a Brood Patch? (April 10, 2012)
Laura talks about brood patches; a narrated slideshow with lots of photos is available at the transcript link.Duration: 3′11″ Related blog post with transcript Permalink
- Great Blue Heron Nest Cam! (April 3, 2012)
Laura spent a lot of time watching a pair of Great Blue Herons nesting in Sapsucker Woods when she was Science Editor at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. This year the Lab put a nest cam in the nest tree, and Laura is just as focused on the birds, from 1200 miles away, as she was when they were right there.Duration: 4′21″ Related blog post with transcript Permalink
- Early Hummingbird Reports (March 27, 2012)
Is it better to trust the hummingbird map on eBird or on hummingbirds.net? That is hard to say.Duration: 4′07″ Related blog post with transcript Permalink
- Cornell's Red-tailed Hawk Nest Cam (March 23, 2012)
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a nest cam showing Red-tailed Hawks up close and personal.Duration: 4′26″ Related blog post with transcript Permalink
- Bird-killing Pesticides in Scott's Miracle Gro Birdseed (March 22, 2012)
73 million packages of Scott’s Miracle-Gro birdseed were laced with bird-killing pesticides, killing captive and wild birds.Duration: 5′39″ Related blog post with transcript Permalink
- ABA Bird of the Year for 2012: Evening Grosbeak (March 21, 2012)
Laura has treasured the American Birding Association since she first became aware of the organization, and she’s very pleased that this year they named one of her favorite birds their official Bird of the Year.Duration: 4′15″ Related blog post with transcript Permalink
- 2012: Early Spring (March 20, 2012)
Spring’s early arrival is making Laura nervous about climate change even as she’s enjoying the birds.
- Bald Eagle Migration: 2012 (March 16, 2012)
Eagles are a major, and conspicuous, element of spring migration.
- Robins (March 15, 2012)
Robins are stirring our dreams of spring
- Birding with the Flu (March 14, 2012)
How do birds deal when they’re sick? And how many birds can a person see while under the weather?Duration: 4′43″ Related blog post with transcript Permalink
- Daylight Savings Time 2012 (March 12, 2012)
Laura talks about this history of Daylight Savings TimeDuration: 5′36″ Permalink
- White-eyed Vireo (Feb. 15, 2012)
In this program, sponsored by a grant from Vickie and Barry Wyatt, Laura talks about a cool little bird of the south.
- Valentine's Day 2012 (Feb. 14, 2012)
Laura talks about the birds and the bees
- Snowy Owls in the Big Apple (Feb. 10, 2012)
Laura and her family got to see some Snowy Owls when they were at Breezy Point in New York City.Duration: 4′31″ Related blog post with transcript Permalink
- Groundhog Day in Washington D.C. (Feb. 2, 2012)
Laura spent Groundhog Day in Washington, DC. Cherry blossoms and bees were strong evidence of climate change.
- Space Coast Birding and Nature Festival (Jan. 31, 2012)
Laura had a splendid time at the Space Coast Birding Festival.
- Northern Gannet (Jan. 20, 2012)
Imagine plunge-diving over 100 feet straight into the Atlantic Ocean to grab a fish. That’s everyday business for Northern Gannets. Young gannets were among the worst-affected birds during the BP oil spill, but Laura’s looking forward to seeing healthy ones when she’s in Florida.Duration: 4′52″ Related blog post with transcript Permalink
- Snowy Owl (Jan. 19, 2012)
Here it is, one of the biggest Snowy Owl invasion years in memory, and Laura hasn’t seen a single one.
- Black Skimmers (Jan. 18, 2012)
A Black Skimmer’s bizarre bill, the bottom significantly longer than the top, is as thin as a knife. Why is such a thing so useful?
- Cynicism (Jan. 17, 2012)
In this program, sponsored by Vickie and Barry Wyatt, Laura talks about the danger of succumbing to cynicism.
- Moments that take our breath away (Jan. 16, 2012)
Over a lifetime, we who spend time in nature are given more opportunities for having our breath taken away than many people are.
- Ryan Brady and the Oldest Northern Shrike on Record (Jan. 12, 2012)
Imagine handling the oldest known Northern Shrike.Duration: 4′58″ Related blog post with transcript Permalink
- DVD Review: The Big Year (Jan. 11, 2012)
The DVD for The Big Year has two different versions. Laura much prefers The Extended Version, which has sustained narration by John Cleese.
- Evening Grosbeak: History of the Decline (Jan. 10, 2012)
Laura talks about how difficult it is to piece together what Evening Grosbeak population levels were historically.
- Standing Up to Fear (Dec. 19, 2012)