Laura Erickson's For the Birds

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Scripts of most programs, along with usually several photos and links to more information, are at my blog at lauraerickson.blogspot.com

For the love, understanding, and protection of birds.

"For the Birds" began airing on KUMD in Duluth, MN, in May, 1986, and is the longest continually-running radio program about birds in the U.S.

Download New Beginnings  04-03-2015 (5.47 MB)

Duration: 5:41 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 128 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

New Beginnings

  • March 2, 2015, marked the 40th anniversary of Laura's birdwatching start.


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Download "The Dress" and bird colors  04-03-2015 (5.39 MB)

Duration: 5:13 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 128 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

"The Dress" and bird colors

  • Last week, a photo of a bride's mother's dress went viral, with people the world over debating whether it was white and gold or blue and black. Bird colors are far less controversial.


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Download Stupid Is as Stupid Does  17-02-2015 (5.5 MB)

Duration: 5:01 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 128 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

Stupid Is as Stupid Does

  • Smart people who see flocks of finches in the road ahead would slow down. Or would they?


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Download Valentine's Day  16-02-2015 (4.58 MB)

Duration: 4:33 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 128 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

Valentine's Day

  • Laura talks about two species that celebrate Valentine's Day entirely differently: Great Horned Owls and Black-capped Chickadees


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Download Heart Attack  16-02-2015 (6.15 MB)

Duration: 5:00 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 128 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

Heart Attack

  • Laura found an interesting way to mark the weekend when Friday the 13th and Valentine's Day collided.


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Download Why I'm not a bird guide  11-02-2015 (4.5 MB)

Duration: 4:30 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 128 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

Why I'm not a bird guide

  • Laura explains why a moseying introvert would have a hard time being a bird guide.


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Download Birding in the Bog  30-01-2015 (6.05 MB)

Duration: 4:47 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 128 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

Birding in the Bog

  • Laura goes birding in the Sax-Zim Bog


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Download New Year's Resolution: eBird  29-01-2015 (4.46 MB)

Duration: 4:50 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 128 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

New Year's Resolution: eBird

  • Laura made a New Year's resolution to enter every bird she sees this year into eBird, an important bird-listing program offered by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. How's she doing?


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Download Driving slower is for the birds  26-01-2015 (4.65 MB)

Duration: 4:56 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 128 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

Driving slower is for the birds

  • Laura talks about recent research into bird-auto collisions. The annual toll is far larger than once estimated.


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Download Western Scrub-Jay funerals  19-01-2015 (5.02 MB)

Duration: 5:01 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 128 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

Western Scrub-Jay funerals

  • A 2012 scientific paper suggests that Western Scrub-Jays conduct funerals for their own.


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