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Nature's Voice
Love nature? You'll love Nature's Voice. Each month we'll bring you features, interviews and news of birds and wildlife, from back gardens to the Sumatran rainforest. If you can't get enough, try dipping into our back catalogue. We'll take you soaring
BirdNote strives to transport listeners out of the daily grind and into the natural world with outstanding audio programming and online content. The stories we tell are rich in sound, imagery, and information, connecting the ways and needs of birds to the lives of listeners. We inspire people to listen, look, and exclaim, “Oh, that’s what that is!”
The American Birding Podcast brings together staff and friends of the American Birding Association as we talk about birds, birding, travel and conservation in North America and beyond. Join host Nate Swick every other Thursday for news and happenings, recent rarities, guests from around the birding world, and features of interest to every birder.
Join Bill Thompson, III, and Ben Lizdas from Bird Watcher’s Digest for their light-hearted and humorous podcast, Out There With the Birds, where they discuss the latest news, trends, and anecdotes about wild birds and the bird watchers who enjoy them. Listen in to find out just how wonderful and weird the world of birding can be when you’re Out There With the Birds.
Talkin' Birds
Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds is a call-in show of entertaining conversation about wild birds -- attracting them to your back yard, identifying them, feeding them, and learning more about them along the way. Every week, we have contests for prizes like bird feeders and other great bird-related stuff, along with expert guests. So, whether you're an experienced birder, or you're new to birding, listen in, and be part of the show by calling in with a question, sharing some information or observatio ...
"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. Hundreds more episodes are available for free at
What happens when you give birds beer and tell them to talk? Basically this!Every week we discuss avians both in regards to the furry fandom and express our love for real birds!
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Of all the bold colors nature has bestowed on birds, bright pink may be the most surprising. And just about the hottest pink bird of all lives year round along the Gulf of Mexico — the Roseate Spoonbill. These birds stand out, especially when flying against a blue sky.By (Tune In to
On our latest show: a college in Maine saves migrating birds; Mike O'Connor welcomes Great Crested Flycatchers to his backyard; and how study of bird songs may help with human speech problems.
In June 1853, Thoreau wrote of an enchanting encounter with the Wood Thrush: "This is the only bird whose note affects me like music. It lifts and exhilarates me. It is inspiring. It changes all hours to an eternal morning." Wood Thrushes thrive in large expanses of forest.By (Tune In to
The Northern Hawk Owl is one of the least studied and least known of all birds in North America. Northern Hawk Owls are owls, but they share several traits with hawks and falcons: A streamlined body shape, daytime hunting habits, and stiff wing feathers for daytime hunting.By (Tune In to
The gents talk via Skype about their personal fitness regimens, post-spring bird action, appreciating nesting birds, a booby in Maine, jinx birds for 2018, the upcoming Colorado Reader Rendezvous, legalized marijuana and the implications for bird feeding, birds you cannot find by seeking them, their first-ever trip to the Outdoor Retailer Show, ...…
The Eastern Phoebe (pictured here) is one of the most familiar flycatchers east of the Rockies. Because the Eastern Phoebe repeats its name when it sings, it’s a pretty straightforward voice to identify and remember.By (Tune In to
Laura spent last week in Maine as an instructor in Audubon's Joy of Birding Class on Hog Island.
Another year, another trip around the world of bird taxonomy courtesy of the American Ornithological Society’s classification committee. That group of bird scientists informs the field guides and lists we birders use every day and they are once again making those decisions presently. As we have before, we lean again on Dr. Nick Block, professor ...…
During the day, an American Robin, a member of the thrush family, sings a lovely, familiar song of rich phrases. But as the sun begins to set, robin song takes on a different character.By (Tune In to
The Common Potoo is a nocturnal bird of Central and South America, known for its camouflage plumage and upright perching. Nancy Rumbel, who composed the theme music for BirdNote, improvises here with the call of the Common Potoo.By (Tune In to
All birds need to sleep — or at least snooze — sometime during each 24-hour period. And most sleep at night. A bird (such as this Wood Duckling) may turn its head around and warm its beak under its shoulder-feathers. Songbirds find a protected perch, sheltered from rain and nighttime predators.By (Tune In to
Red-headed Woodpeckers excavate cavities in large, dead trees called snags. Yet, over much of the Red-head's range, snags are frequently cut down as unsightly, or because they make good firewood. There are ways we can help the Red-headed Woodpecker -- and many other woodpeckers, too.By (Tune In to
Koni Sundquist, who died May 31, was Laura's treasured friend, ally, and mentor.
On today’s show: More amazing warbler sightings in Québec; meeting the “Unicorn Puffin"; Mike is kept awake by wailing loons; and some bits of good news about the Ocean Plastic Crisis.
Waterfowl like this Muscovy duckling spend up to 30 days in the egg, so they’re able to walk, swim, and feed themselves as soon as they hatch. We call these chicks precocial.By (Tune In to
Great Horned Owls have a lot to say! When a pair of Great Horned Owls calls in a duet, the female usually hoots first, and the male replies at a lower pitch.By (Tune In to
The birth rate in the United States is falling, but contrary to media reports, this is good news.
What inspires you? What are your passions or hobbies?
Robyn Schroeder sent Laura a letter about her favorite bird.
Laura's wonderful old box elder next to her office window gave her a special treat last week.
On our latest show: The biggest warbler count of all time? A warbler that eats wax. And quiet feeders in the “June Swoon.”
As extremely important as protecting populations is, there's value in protecting individuals, too, and the goals are not incompatible.
If you’re a naturalist or a nature lover on social media chances are you have come across Bird & Moon, an exceptionally fun series of webcomics filled with colorful and endearing and accurate nature themes. Bird & Moon is the creation of New England-based artist and writer Rosemary Mosco. Her new book, Birding is my Favorite Video Game, is a co ...…
The annual Swift Survey has been running since 2009, gathering information on where swifts are nesting across the UK. Swift numbers are 53 per cent down over the last 30 years and data from the survey, coupled with some ground breaking research in Northern Ireland, is providing clues to why this might be happening. On this episode of Nature’s V ...…
Millet, seeds, bugs, or roadkill? All delicious in their own way! *Apologies for the title/notes mix up!
Google's employees have built cat feeding stations in Shoreline Park, an important wildlife area adjacent to the Googleplex. Burrowing Owls are paying the price.
Every May, the Black Swamp Bird Observatory in northwestern Ohio puts together an amazing birding festival right when warblers are everywhere. Laura attended this year.
Our latest show originates from the L.L.Bean/Maine Audubon Birding Festival in Freeport, Maine with guests from Maine Audubon and Wildlife Acoustics (makers of the Song Sleuth bird ID app). Plus, Mike O’Connor rhapsodizes about the beauty of…mud.
Thanks to an Eastern Towhee showing up in her yard this week that both Laura and her son Tom heard, Laura finally has a mnemonic for the bird's song: It's singing its own name!
Ben is back from Alaska and is headed to Maine for birding festivals. The guys chat about their upcoming travels, the advantages of spotting scopes and when to carry them, carbon-fiber tripods, missed birds and bonus birds, and the joy of having kids smarter than they are. They reveal their species totals in the OTWTB Global Big Year Challenge™ ...…
This week, Laura heard from two listeners, four-and-a-half-year-old T.W. and his mother Ann.
On our latest show: The Birdist (aka Nick Lund) imagines robotically enhanced birdwatching; Mike learns that Baltimore Orioles can untie knots in fishing line; and we learn why spying on penguins may help save them.
It's natural for birding parents to want to share their passion with their children. Birding with kids often brings additional complications, but also additional pleasures, and opportunities to appreciate birding in different and delightful ways. Both Birding magazine editor Ted Floyd and host Nate Swick are veterans of birding with children, w ...…
“I still don’t understand what happened.” -Cor
A not-quite-year-old Summer Tanager turned up in Duluth on Sunday, and Laura headed straight to Alison Clarke's house to see it.
Recorded outside in the bucolic setting at Opossum Creek Retreat during the New River Birding and Nature Festival in Fayetteville, West Virginia, this episode finds the boys talking about this spring's slow migration, the amazing birder/naturalist Mark Garland, the hottub origin story of Redstart Birding, birding etiquette, dealing with SOBs (S ...…
On our latest show: Snowy Owls, Black-legged Kittiwakes, and Atlantic Puffins in trouble; a concrete solution to a global emissions problem; and a Mother’s Day salute to the single moms of the bird world.
The three beaks chirp up a bit more about how to overcome convention anxiety and how meeting new people is easier than it seems! Stay tuned post credits for a bonus discussion with Cor and Storm, your input is appreciated! <3
Sometimes birds help us get through the hardest times of our lives.
Laura and Russ spent a week in Florida, where Laura spent a lot of time recording birds and listening to a colony of wading birds, including Roseate Spoonbills and Wood Storks.
On our latest show: We connect with Cape May and Cape Cod; we meet the feisty Carolina Wren; and we report results of Global Big Day 2018.
The Champions of the Flyway is one the world's premiere birding events, a combination bird race/conservation fundraiser held annually in southern Israel that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help stop illegal bird poaching around the Mediterranean. While North American teams have participated in the event before, this was the firs ...…
Laura just had the Mohs procedure to remove a bit of cancer on her face. Now she's good to go for another year or two.
One of Laura's listeners on KAXE reminded her about the best of Great Blue Herons.
The government is seeking views on the future of farming. Michael Gove, secretary of state at the department of farming, food and rural affairs wants the UK to become a global leader when it comes to protecting the planet and on this episode of Nature’s Voice Jane Markham talks to Vicki Swales, head of land use policy for RSPB Scotland, about h ...…
Spring birds are starting to trickle in where Laura lives; they're arriving much sooner to the south of her. She loves the predictable unpredictability of spring.
On our latest show: Help for birds approaching wind turbines; a possible partial plastic pollution solution; and, welcoming orioles to your backyard.
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