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 Window Collisions This Spring  25-06-2015 (4.15 MB)

Duration: 4:17 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 128 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

Window Collisions This Spring

  • Three birds were killed at Laura's windows this spring.


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Download 2015 Mourning Dove Survey  18-06-2015 (4.9 MB)

Duration: 5:08 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 128 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

2015 Mourning Dove Survey

  • The longstanding Mourning Dove Call-Count Survey Laura conducted for the US Fish and Wildlife Service for over 20 years got cancelled in 2013. She was back doing it this year, with a new protocol, but covering the same area. What's so good about that?


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Download Chickadee Update: Fledging!  12-06-2015 (4.68 MB)

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

Chickadee Update: Fledging!

  • Laura had hardly learned where her chickadee nest was before the babies were ready to fledge! She was there to see the last three nestlings leave the nest.


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Download Chickadee Nesting Update!  11-06-2015 (4.28 MB)

Duration: 4:20 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 128 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

Chickadee Nesting Update!

  • In late 2013, Laura discovered a chickadee with a deformed bill in her yard. This chickadee has been coming regularly. This bird also has a deformed foot. This spring he found a mate and is nesting. Laura got lots of photos!


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Download Protecting Plovers, Part II  04-06-2015 (4.95 MB)

Duration: 5:02 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 128 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

Protecting Plovers, Part II

  • Snowy and Piping Plovers depend on sandy beaches for nesting. How can we protect them?


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Download Protecting Plovers, Part I  04-06-2015 (5.49 MB)

Duration: 5:06 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 128 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

Protecting Plovers, Part I

  • Snowy and Piping Plovers depend on sandy beaches for nesting. How can we protect them?


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Download Laura and Pip Do a Big Day! (Well, a Sort-of-a-Big-Day)  01-06-2015 (5.05 MB)

Duration: 5:03 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 128 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

Laura and Pip Do a Big Day! (Well, a Sort-of-a-Big-Day)

  • Laura and Pip went out on May 21 to see as many birds as they could.


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Download Hearty News about Chickadees  25-05-2015 (4.2 MB)

Duration: 4:21 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 128 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

Hearty News about Chickadees

  • David Sibley made a wonderful recording of a chickadee's heart beat; hear it and learn more about chickadee heart rates, plus Laura has news about one chickadee near and dear to her heart.


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Download Killing Birds with Our Driving  20-05-2015 (9.17 MB)

Duration: 3:59 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 128 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

Killing Birds with Our Driving

  • How can we better protect birds from our driving habits?


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Download Laura and Pip's "Sort-of-a-Big-Day"  19-05-2015 (5.08 MB)

Duration: 5:07 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 128 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

Laura and Pip's "Sort-of-a-Big-Day"

  • Laura and her plucky sidekick Pip the Birding Dog will be doing a low-key Big Day on Thursday, working to raise funds for Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory.


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