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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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Talkin' Birds
Weekly
 
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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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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Bird's Eye View on Pet Life Radio (PetLifeRadio.com)
 
All about care of birds and parrots
 
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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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On our latest show: Signs of spring! The “Voice and Soul of the Oaks,” and our new “Make Your Own Swag” contest.
 
We have many examples of music inspired by birdsong, but there are also composers who have used actual bird sounds in their works, including Ottorino Respighi in his 1923 work, The Pines of Rome.By info@birdnote.org (Tune In to Nature.org).
 
Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge was created in 1985 to protect endangered birds and their rainforest habitat. Only about 25% of old-growth forests remain on the Big Island of Hawaii, and people like Jack Jeffrey have been working to protect and restore them.By info@birdnote.org (Tune In to Nature.org).
 
The American Kestrel is the smallest, most numerous, and most widespread North American falcon. This bird is built for speed, its long pointed wings often bent back at the tip. While hunting, kestrels hover above an open field.By info@birdnote.org (Tune In to Nature.org).
 
Spring birds and birding are on the minds of the lads in this episode. Bill waxes rhapsodic about seeing a timberdoodle and shares some tips for getting ready for spring migration. Ben is preparing for a XC skiing race and bragging about closing the gap in the OTWTB Global Big Year Challenge™. Then the guys confess their musical love and admira ...…
 
In 2017, Florida birder Yve Morrell did what many of us dream of doing--she took an entire year off for birding all around the continent. Her 2017 Big Year ended in December with 813 (+4 provisional species), a total that will likely place her 3rd all time. Yve joins host Nate Swick to talk about her Big Year, including the strategy of includin ...…
 
The Bald Eagle stands proud as our national bird, spreads its wings on our national emblem, and serves as mascot of countless sports teams. So prominent is this iconic bird in our culture that we sometimes overlook a second, equally majestic eagle: the Golden Eagle.By info@birdnote.org (Tune In to Nature.org).
 
Birds like male turkeys or barnyard roosters have a wrinkly, bumpy flap of red skin called a wattle. But what are wattles for? Birds can’t sweat, so wattles help release excess heat. Wattles are also key to courtship displays.By info@birdnote.org (Tune In to Nature.org).
 
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Laura Erickson's For the Birds
 
Laura got an up-close-and-personal look at a Ruffed Grouse that shows exactly how this splendid bird can get a grip, even on icy branches.
 
Stretch your arms as far as you can, and imagine a bird whose reach is even greater! Sitting about three feet tall, the Bald Eagle has a wingspan of more than six feet. When you see a mature Bald Eagle, you'll see a snowy-white head and tail with a dark brown body.By info@birdnote.org (Tune In to Nature.org).
 
That’s not a distant dog barking. It’s a Black Skimmer in flight, at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia. This striking, black-and-white bird with a red bill and red feet has a most unusual way of feeding. It flies low along the surface of the water with its beak open.By info@birdnote.org (Tune In to Nature.org).
 
On our latest Talkin’ Birds Radio Show: the beautiful Red-shouldered Hawk; a possible solution to the bird/wind turbine problem; movies about birding; remembering the Carolina Parakeet; and, This Bud’s For You.
 
Tony Angell, along with Professor John Marzluff of the University of Washington, wrote the book, Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans.By info@birdnote.org (Tune In to Nature.org).
 
Wood Storks nest in trees, often in big colonies, and only when conditions are just right for them. Because of their feeding technique, they thrive in the early part of the dry season, when receding floodwaters concentrate fish in small pools.By info@birdnote.org (Tune In to Nature.org).
 
The annual Great Backyard Bird Count, February 16-19, 2018, is sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Birdwatchers across the country count birds and then report the numbers on-line.By info@birdnote.org (Tune In to Nature.org).
 
This weekend is a big one for Laura.
 
We are joined this week by Adler the Eagle and we talk animation! What was your favorite cartoon, growing up? As promised; his first real animation. It’s adorable! Note from the editor: Heads up, this episode was uploaded mostly raw, and I forgot to edit out a part where my connection died while talking to my cohosts. At around the 83 minute ma ...…
 
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Talkin' Birds
 
On our latest show: the joys of suet; the “Rain Crow”; a conservation salute to the great Paul Simon; and researchers uncover a new feathered dinosaur.
 
Fresh from the Space Coast Birding Festival, Bill and Ben welcome special guest Clay Taylor from Swarovski Optik to talk about his start in the bird biz, birding festivals, bird photography, and why Corpus Christi, Texas, is the continent's birdiest city. Ben and Bill reconvene after the Reader Rendezvous to discuss the glamor birds of Florida, ...…
 
One of the major birding trends of the 21st Century has been a move away from a sole interest in birds. This is facilitated by an ever increasing library of field guides to various taxa, smartphone apps that make it easier than ever to identify and catalog the things we see, and a general nature aesthetic that has become a bigger part of how we ...…
 
Laura and Lisa got skunked on seeing any owls on this Superb Owl Sunday. Laura thinks it's because of a massive owl tragedy earlier in the week.
 
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Talkin' Birds
 
On our latest show: How a bird protects its eggs from flying squirrels; Mike finally sees some California Condors; and, why plastic straws are not as harmless as they look.
 
Unlike the Minnesota Vikings, most of us don't have a billion-dollar budget, subsidized by public funding, for home improvements if our windows are killing birds. Jeff Acopian came up with an inexpensive, aesthetically pleasing yet extremely effective solution: Acopian BirdSavers, nicknamed Zen Wind Curtains. Laura interviewed Jeff this week. C ...…
 
As a lifelong Cubs fan, Laura knows all about curses. She
 
Bill and Ben launch their OTWTB Global Big Year Challenge to see which of them can see the most birds in 2018. They discuss the Polar Bear Club, favorite birding gear for travel, high-end compact binoculars, the wonders of Merino wool, and they welcome two new sponsors: Swarovski Optik and Redstart Birding.…
 
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Laura Erickson's For the Birds
 
People have been asking Laura where the birds are this winter. They're not in her yard.
 
Te’Anos joins this week and we discuss the future of entertainment, streaming, and Japanese vending machines!
 
The government has set its vision for a green future in a detailed 25 year plan to improve the environment. On this month’s Nature’s Voice, the RSPB’s Senior Policy Officer Robin Wynde talks to Jane Markham about the plan and what needs to be done to achieve its goals. And Cambridgeshire farmer Martin Lines, a member of the new Nature Friendly ...…
 
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Laura Erickson's For the Birds
 
Tonight's full moon is more than a Blue Moon. But will Blue Jays even notice?
 
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Talkin' Birds
 
On our latest show: Saving birds from oil spills…and fishing gear; a most unusual duck; and Mike spies some cool birds in Arizona.
 
David Bartlam came upon a dead Great Horned Owl in Proctor, Minnesota: yet another tragedy caused by a fence.
 
It’s the time of year when Arctic birds are moving south into the populated parts of the continent, and citizen scientists are there to meet them, trap them, and use cutting edge technology to track their movements. It’s a testament to our interest in nomadic tundra birds that that could apply to a couple different projects, but this time aroun ...…
 
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Laura Erickson's For the Birds
 
Laura's mother-in-law, who gave her her first pair of binoculars, is 99 years old today.
 
This week we catch up on all of the questions Moriar (and a few others) asked that we previously didn’t get to! Cor seems a bit… weird… this week. Can anyone recommend a good raven doctor?
 
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Laura Erickson's For the Birds
 
There are more owls hanging around the Northland than one might expect during National Blue Jay Awareness Month.
 
On our latest show: We meet the Boss of the Backyard; we talk with the legendary David Sibley; and we find out what landed on Mike O’Connor’s hat.
 
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Laura Erickson's For the Birds
 
Laura got to spend a day birding with three friends, reminding her of her days in Madison, Wisconsin.
 
It’s a brand new year, but some things never change. Or do they?
 
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Laura Erickson's For the Birds
 
Laura voices her fury with a man who could use an ugly obscenity to refer to places on this planet where our fellow human beings and fellow creatures live.
 
On Our Latest Show: Nuthatch vs. Squirrel; a reclusive rail; and decoding the sounds of Mourning Doves.
 
The lads gab about a huge array of topics, including their first birds of the year, their birding resolutions, planning the (bird) garden, gearing up for 2018 birding events, seeking the chalk-dusted barley hopper, and some wildly disparate music recommendations.By webadmin@birdwatchersdigest.com (Bird Watcher's Digest).
 
When we chose Iiwi as the 2018 Bird of the Year, there was really only one person we could ask to do the artwork. H. Douglas Pratt is a bird artist, author, and researcher, currently based in Raleigh, North Carolina, whose work has been featured in the National Geographic Field Guide to Birds of North America, among other works, and he wrote wr ...…
 
Are freeze-dried mealworms as nutritious as fresh ones? And should we be using heated bird baths during excessively cold days in winter?
 
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Talkin' Birds
 
On our latest show: Saving the American Kestrel; outdoor bathing in sub-zero weather (for birds, that is); and the loud-calling, quiet-flying Long-eared Owl.
 
In what way does Laura identify with Canada Geese?
 
Good news about Wisdom, the oldest known wild bird in the world. And, because it's National Blue Jay Awareness Month, we have some information on the Blue Jay longevity scene, too.
 
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Laura Erickson's For the Birds
 
Today's full moon, and a second one at the end of the month, make this National Blue Jay Awareness Month. Do the Blue Jays even care?
 
On our final show of 2017: The Butterbill; below-zero bird bathing; and why natural corks are best for bottles (of wine, that is).
 
TV presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff takes part in the Big Garden Birdwatch every year with her children. Actor David Neilsen, who plays Roy Cropper in Coronation Street, will be joining the count for the first time. On this month’s Nature’s Voice Jane Markham meets them both and finds out what has inspired them to get involved in the 39th Big Ga ...…
 
It's Christmas Bird Count season, and in this episode of the American Birding Podcast we bring you past guests and ABA friends and staff sharing their own CBC stories. We have tales of found birds, of missed birds, of fun and fellowship and legacies involving this longest-running citizen science initiative in North America. Hear stories from ho ...…
 
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