For the Birds Radio Program
Chickadee nest! (Or at least a cavity)
(April 12, 2021)
Chickadees may be nesting in Laura’s old cherry tree. Time will tell.Duration: 5′11″ Related blog post with transcript
- Salmonella outbreak (April 6, 2021)
A salmonella outbreak related to bird feeding has made the New York Times.
- Robins!! (April 5, 2021)
Laura’s first robin of spring finally arrived and started singing this weekend!
- Florida's Dark Side (March 24, 2021)
Protections for fragile populations of Florida’s unique wildlife never seem to be enacted until it’s too late.
- Florida the Magnificent (March 23, 2021)
Of mainland America’s 49 states, Florida is unique in the number of plants and animals found nowhere else in the country, and Laura is in love with a great many of its wonderful birds.Duration: 5′19″ Related blog post with transcript
- Bird Envy (March 22, 2021)
Laura has long appreciated how much more advanced bird senses are than ours, but suddenly last week, she discovered a new reason to envy them.
- Feed the birds, but do it right! (March 16, 2021)
Sometimes feeding birds causes problems, but the pandemic has revealed an unexpected problem when tourists stopped feeding birds.
- Birds in the News, Part I (March 15, 2021)
Good news and bad news in the world of birds.
- Women's History Month: Florence Merriam Bailey (March 12, 2021)
During this Women’s History Month, Laura will be talking about women who made important advances in ornithology.
- Spring! (March 10, 2021)
We will certainly have plenty of frigid weather in the coming weeks, but spring is here.Duration: 5′09″ Related blog post with transcript
- George Miksch Sutton's Poem, "Forever and Ever, Amen" (March 9, 2021)
Today Laura reads George Miksch Sutton’s poem, “Forever and Ever, Amen.” To reproduce this poem in any form, credit must be given to George Miksch Sutton, and the poem must be reproduced in its entirety.Duration: 5′33″ Related blog post with transcript
- George Miksch Sutton, Part I (March 8, 2021)
Today Laura remembers one of her favorite bird artists, who drew some of her most treasured portraits of baby birds.Duration: 5′40″ Related blog post with transcript
- Anniversary of The Day After (March 4, 2021)
Forty-six years ago yesterday was the first morning in her life that Laura woke up having a life list.Duration: 5′37″ Related blog post with transcript
- Our Far-Flung Correspondents: WDRT Listener Mark Kastel's Barn Swallows (Feb. 25, 2021)
Mark Kastel, who listens to “For the Birds” on WDRT in Viroqua, Wisconsin, shares a lovely experience with Barn Swallows.Duration: 4′45″ Related blog post with transcript
- Our Far-Flung Correspondents: Amber Li's Starlings (Feb. 19, 2021)
One of Laura’s correspondents was having problems with too many starlings at her feeding station. How did she solve it?Duration: 4′30″ Related blog post with transcript
- Looking for the Special Ones (Feb. 18, 2021)
When we pay attention to special individual birds in our backyards, we have more at stake during horrible cold spells. Laura is nervous about some birds she hasn’t seen lately, but also got some wonderful news about an individual bird she’s never even seen but deeply cares about.
- Our far-flung correspondents: The Greatest Gift (Feb. 12, 2021)
A few weeks ago, KUMD listener Frank Koshere wrote to Laura about the importance of exposing small children to natural sounds.Duration: 4′39″ Related blog post with transcript
- Winter Bird Feeding (Feb. 11, 2021)
Laura didn’t see a single owl on Superb Owl Sunday this year–birds are hunkering down during this cold spell. How can we help them?
- Winter's End (Feb. 8, 2021)
We may be going through the coldest spell of the entire winter, but there are signs that winter is just about over.
- Superb Owl Sunday, 2021 (Feb. 5, 2021)
This Sunday is the day Laura celebrates as Superb Owl Sunday. What will she see?
- What Were You Doing When You Were Seven? Part 3 (Feb. 3, 2021)
Last time, Laura reminisced about what she was doing when she was seven. Today she talks about how those early experiences shaped her life as an adult.Duration: 3′46″ Related blog post with transcript
- What Were You Doing When You Were Seven? Part 2 (Feb. 1, 2021)
Last week Laura talked about Bob Hinkle’s question, “What were you doing when you were seven?” Today, she talks about her own experiences at that age.
- What were you doing when you were seven? Part I (Jan. 27, 2021)
Laura’s mentor Bob Hinkle asked a profound question. The answer will affect how committed each of us is about protecting the environment as an adult.
- Figuring Out the Big World (Jan. 25, 2021)
Laura has been looking through what she wrote about a baby Pileated Woodpecker she raised in 1998 and thinking about how it learned new things compared with how her baby grandson is figuring things out. She also talks about how some birds understand reflections in mirrors better than others.Duration: 4′42″ Related blog post with transcript
- Of Supernovae and Full Moons (Jan. 22, 2021)
The American Birding Association’s Jeff Gordon wrote, “Pileated Woodpeckers have gone from seeming like supernovae to something more like the full moon: impressive and enchanting, and mysterious, yes, but neither rare nor unpredictable.” Laura agrees.
- The Dinosaur Connection (Jan. 20, 2021)
Why do we talk about dinosaurs as if we’d actually seen them?
- A Lost Little Bird on a Great Big Lake (Jan. 18, 2021)
Laura drove up to Stoney Point this weekend to see a lost little bird, quite possibly of the same species that Pa Ingalls brought home in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s book, The Long Winter.Duration: 5′43″ Related blog post with transcript
- The Reverend Bachman's Doomed Baby Pileated Woodpeckers (Jan. 15, 2021)
John Bachman, one of John James Audubon’s friends, wrote about a rather horrifying encounter with Pileated Woodpeckers for Audubon’s Birds of America.
- Birds, and One Birder, in the News (Jan. 13, 2021)
Sick siskins, flying condors, bird brains, and a major award for a poet who has read some of his work on “For the Birds” are in the news.
- Real vs. Virtual Bird Songs (Jan. 11, 2021)
Listening to bird recordings can bring us a lot of pleasure, and enhances our sense of well-being. But how does that compare to listening to real bird songs?Duration: 5′05″ Related blog post with transcript
- American Birding Association 2021 Bird of the Year (Jan. 8, 2021)
It took Laura 6 days to see this year’s new ABA Bird of the Year. Where were her two Pileated Woodpeckers before that?Duration: 5′08″ Related blog post with transcript
- Bog Birding (Jan. 6, 2021)
Laura started the year right, with a day of birding in the bog.
- Evening Grosbeak (Jan. 1, 2021)
Laura’s New Year’s wish is to see lots of Evening Grosbeaks this year. We’re in the midst of a “finch superflight,” but Evening Grosbeaks have been few and far between in Duluth. Laura talks about why.
- Salmonella outbreak (April 6, 2021)