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 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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Download Wild Gull Chase: No Show  19-01-2015 (7.73 MB)

Duration: 5:17 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 128 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

Wild Gull Chase: No Show

  • Laura recently traveled almost 1400 miles in search of a rare bird.


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Download Wild Goose Chase: No Go  14-01-2015 (4.03 MB)

Duration: 4:15 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 128 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

Wild Goose Chase: No Go

  • When Laura was in New York City last month, she found herself only 50 miles from two potential lifers. What did she do?


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Download Pip: Laura's future birding sidekick  09-01-2015 (4.69 MB)

Duration: 4:43 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 128 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

Pip: Laura's future birding sidekick

  • Laura is going to be adopting a puppy on March 21, and is planning out her bird trips with a new dog in mind.


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Download Owls and Fences  31-12-2014 (4.09 MB)

Duration: 4:18 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 128 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

Owls and Fences

  • Fences are a major hazard for owls. This program originally aired on 20 December 2010.


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Download The Hazards of Birding  30-12-2014 (4.99 MB)

Duration: 5:04 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 128 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

The Hazards of Birding

  • Birding is overall a pretty tame activity, but can pose a danger to our safety, health, and even sense of dignity.


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Download Bird Tongues Part 2  11-12-2014 (4.76 MB)

Duration: 4:54 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 128 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

Bird Tongues Part 2

  • More about bird tongues, including a rather shocking story about Laura and a Pileated Woodpecker.


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Download Bird Tongues Part I  11-12-2014 (4.89 MB)

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

Bird Tongues Part I

  • Today Laura Erickson talks about bird tongues--specifically, how hummingbirds and woodpeckers can stick out their tongues so very far.


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Download Emily Dickinson's Birthday  09-12-2014 (4.86 MB)

Duration: 4:48 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 128 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

Emily Dickinson's Birthday

  • Laura muses about which bird was perched in Emily Dickinson's soul.


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