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Nature's Voice
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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
 
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BirdNote
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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!”
 
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American Birding Podcast
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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.
 
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nature sound's Podcast
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Bird sounds from Naturesound.org
 
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BirdTalk Radio by Wild Birds Unlimited
 
We know birds. We know bird food. We know what you need to attract birds to your yard. Tune in!
 
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Talkin' Birds
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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 ...
 
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Bird's Eye View on Pet Life Radio (PetLifeRadio.com)
 
All about care of birds and parrots
 
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Out There With the Birds
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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.
 
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Laura Erickson's For the Birds
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"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 http://www.lauraerickson.com/radio/.
 
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Burd.life
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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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Black Scoters are sea ducks that spend the winter on saltwater bays. They are large, strong ducks and buoyant swimmers with a habit of cocking their tails upward. Black Scoters nest each summer on freshwater tundra ponds. Each fall, they can be found on bays all across the Northern Hemisphere.By info@birdnote.org (Tune In to Nature.org).
 
Turkey in the Straw was a fiddle tune called Natchez Under the Hill before it was published with words. It became popular during Andrew Jackson's presidency, which would put it on the scene about the early 1830s. We know that Wild Turkeys prefer woodlands to barns with straw.By info@birdnote.org (Tune In to Nature.org).
 
Birds brighten our lives. They connect us with nature. But sometimes they connect us a bit too directly with nature.By info@birdnote.org (Tune In to Nature.org).
 
Just returned from yet another trip to Costa Rica, Ben spares a few minutes from his travels to chat with Bill about umbrellabirds, sunbitterns, pearl kites, U.S. birder demographics, birder types, the joys of guiding casual novice birders, and the time his mother-in-law got busted trying to smuggle cheese internationally. The boys also talk ab ...…
 
Three-quarters of Hawaii's native flowering plants probably came from seeds that hitched rides with birds. Sticky or barbed seeds adhere to the feathers. Other seeds travel in mud caked on a bird's feet. And still others cross the ocean in the stomachs of birds.By info@birdnote.org (Tune In to Nature.org).
 
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Laura Erickson's For the Birds
 
Sunrise in November is a fine time to be awake.
 
Fleeks and Storm discuss non-organic flight. Cor is locked in a room somewhere.
 
The cries of a Killdeer are familiar across most of the US during spring and summer. But where do they go in winter? Killdeer that breed in the southern half of the US and along the Pacific Coast are year-round residents.By info@birdnote.org (Tune In to Nature.org).
 
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Laura Erickson's For the Birds
 
Laura thinks the word nongame means nongame. Does it?
 
On our latest show: Birds’ “expanded reality”; albatrosses aiding in drone design; and some good advice about buying binoculars.
 
What does relocating Caspian Terns from an island in the Columbia River have to do with luring Short-tailed Albatrosses away from an active volcano in Japan? They both use methods of social attraction pioneered by Dr. Stephen Kress.By info@birdnote.org (Tune In to Nature.org).
 
 
Crows didn't get where they are today by being shy or slow. They take advantage of whatever food they find, where and when they find it. Listener Jerry Campbell told his story of one crow making off with three chips. Catch a video of another clever crow in Japan.By info@birdnote.org (Tune In to Nature.org).
 
When a bird of prey flies over, a flock of crows may dive-bomb the predator and give it a noisy escort out of town. An Eastern Kingbird, like this one, will clamp its feet onto the back of a hawk to send it packing. How do they know which birds to chase off and which to ignore?By info@birdnote.org (Tune In to Nature.org).
 
Before 2015, a 365 day round the world Big Year had never been attempted. The playing field was intimidating, the perceived cost was daunting, and the logistics were demanding. But in 2015 Noah Strycker tossed all that aside, tackling an ambitious year of birding that took him to all 7 continents and saw him finish with a list of over 6,000 spe ...…
 
Elisa Yang, a teenage birder, couldn’t find a young birder group anywhere in California -- so she created her own. In the San Bernardino National Forest, they hunt for the Mexican Whip-poor-will, an elusive crepuscular bird. The teens don headlamps and hike down a dirt road.By info@birdnote.org (Tune In to Nature.org).
 
Laura talks about Minnesota's new Breeding Bird Atlas and the information it includes about some interesting species.
 
Storm is out this week for a business meeting, so Cor and Fleeks run wild!
 
Fernando Nottebohm of Rockefeller University studies the growth of neurons in the brains of birds. He’s an expert in the remarkable ability of Black-capped Chickadees to recall the locations of hundreds of stored seeds. Dr.By info@birdnote.org (Tune In to Nature.org).
 
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Laura Erickson's For the Birds
 
Minnesota has just completed a project begun in 2009 of atlasing all the breeding birds in the state.
 
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Laura Erickson's For the Birds
 
An owl banded in St. Louis County just appeared in another St. Louis County.
 
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Talkin' Birds
 
On today’s show: We welcome Tanzanian safari guide Joseph Ndunguru, eco-tourism leader David Clapp, and videographer Shawn Carey as in-studio guests. Plus, we give some props to an under- appreciated bird, and hear about an unusual avian visitor to Cape Cod.
 
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BirdTalk Radio by Wild Birds Unlimited
 
 
Fleeks is out this week, so Storm and Cor venture forth and discuss traveling!
 
Ben Lizdas has been to Costa Rica twice this fall (lucky dog). In this episode he talks with some of his fellow participants in the Costa Rica Birding Challenge about birding in the tropics, birding competitions, ecolodges, and the wonders of Costa Rica. Sadly, (or perhaps not) Bill is almost completely excluded from this episode, but there's s ...…
 
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Laura Erickson's For the Birds
 
Laura reads some letters and comments from listeners.
 
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Talkin' Birds
 
On our latest show: how to co-exist with a non-birding spouse; an answer to why your backyard birds may have disappeared; and how a giant vacuum cleaner may help combat global warming.
 
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BirdTalk Radio by Wild Birds Unlimited
 
 
The 2017 Hurricane season was notable for the scale of the tropical storms involved and the destruction they caused not only where they made landfall in the United States, but also the islands in the Caribbean that they passed over. Alvaro Jaramillo of Alvaro’s Adventures joins host Nate Swick to talk about it. He's spent time on all these isla ...…
 
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Laura Erickson's For the Birds
 
A horrifyingly untrue online video claims that eagles can choose to undergo a bizarre metamorphosis.
 
Laura reads from Michael McCarthy's wonderful book, *The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy*.
 
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Nature's Voice
 
Back from the Brink is a ground breaking collaboration between eight conservation organisations, funded by the National Lottery. Its aim is to rescue some of our most threatened species before it’s too late and to inspire us all to discover, value and act to save endangered wildlife. On this month’s Nature’s Voice Jane Markham finds out more ab ...…
 
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Talkin' Birds
 
On our latest show: Warblers vs. The Wall in South Texas; the “Greedy Beak” at your feeders; and Sounds in the Night just in time for Halloween.
 
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BirdTalk Radio by Wild Birds Unlimited
 
 
Halloween Part Two! More spooky but real stories, and an epic saga of candy discussion! Join Te’anos and friends on November 10th as they do a charity live-stream for Special Effect!
 
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Laura Erickson's For the Birds
 
How two little kids saved the life of a Yellow-rumped Warbler.
 
Through the magic of Skype the fellas hold down a conversation about rare birds, The Big Sit!, big sit strategy and rules, big years, world big years, and birding competitions. They also dip into the ornithological literature for a sidebar about male duck reproductive strategy. WARNING: Contains a short discussion of male duck genitalia.…
 
Laura reviews a book that she considers as well researched, passionate, and important as Rachel Carson's *Silent Spring*.
 
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Last week a new paper was published about the devastating declines in insects since the 1960s.
 
On our latest show: Cats, mining, and disappearing insects as threats to birds. Plus, we meet the beautiful White-throated Sparrow, and Mike answers a question about feeding bread to birds in the backyard and down at the duck pond.
 
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BirdTalk Radio by Wild Birds Unlimited
 
 
When birders think about the Farm Bill they might be forgiven for thinking immediately about corn and soybeans. But the Farm Bill is more than an agricultural omnibus, it also funds projects that provide important habitat for more than 100 species of birds and is the largest source of funding for habitat conservation on private lands. Amanda Ro ...…
 
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Laura Erickson's For the Birds
 
A Brooklyn birder named Gus took a video of a cat killing and devouring a Golden-crowned Kinglet. At first, it felt like he was making a nature documentary, but he ended up feeling sad and bereft.
 
Making up for lost time, we pulled a double shift on this one! Storm and Cor talk share their ghostly encounters, Fleeks recalls a time he encountered a ritual site.
 
On our latest show: We meet the Lapland Longspur; we talk with Dr. Steve Kress about threats to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; and we hear a listener’s ideas about feeding peanuts to our backyard birds.
 
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BirdTalk Radio by Wild Birds Unlimited
 
 
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Laura Erickson's For the Birds
 
Laura apologizes for referring to ceremonial regalia with a fundamentally disrespectful word.
 
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Burd.life
 
Cor’s insanity is showing.
 
The boys have a chinwag while walking the aisles of the 2017 American Birding Expo, near Philadelphia, PA. They stop to speak with friends from Chile, Australia, Uganda, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania about a variety of birding-related topics, including birding cameras, Rapa Nui, birds and wine, gorillas, shoe-billed storks, kangaroos, and ne ...…
 
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Laura Erickson's For the Birds
 
How can birding be compatible with being a Cubs fan?
 
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