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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!”
 
University of Washington Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and renowned Seattle weather prognosticator/personality Cliff Mass has joined KNKX’s roster of commentators. "Weather with Cliff Mass", our five-minute feature hosted by KNKX's environment reporter Bellamy Pailthorp, airs every Friday at 9 a.m. following "BirdNote", and repeats twice on Friday afternoons during All Things Considered.
 
A loving parody of BirdNote (birdnote.org), TurdNote plunges listeners into the thrilling world of turds.
 
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While Purple Martins west of the Rockies will happily nest in an old woodpecker hole, Purple Martins east of the Rockies rarely nest in natural cavities. Instead, they nest in birdhouses provided by humans. They depend on people to a huge extent and thrive close by their homes.By info@birdnote.org (Tune In to Nature.org).
 
On the West Coast, the sound of Pacific Chorus Frogs - also known as Pacific Tree Frogs - signals the arrival of spring. To send their calls into the night, the males swell their throat sacs to three times the size of their heads.By info@birdnote.org (Tune In to Nature.org).
 
Two herons, one dark, the other white, feed at the edge of a wooded pond in the South. Both birds are Little Blue Herons. What's going on here? Well, the white bird is a juvenile. These young herons forage with flocks of Snowy Egrets, which stir up prey.By info@birdnote.org (Tune In to Nature.org).
 
Some folks in the greater Puget Sound region have still been watching the last bits of snow melt in their yards, after record cold hit the region last month. But it will all be gone for sure this weekend, as KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass says a radical change is underway.By bpailthorp@knkx.org (Bellamy Pailthorp).
 
Geese migrate north between February and April, making stopovers along the way to rest and eat. Most are bound for their breeding grounds in the far north. But we’ll hear them again soon, on their way back south in October.By info@birdnote.org (Tune In to Nature.org).
 
House Finches eat many kinds of seeds and fruits. A careful look at male House Finches at a feeder shows that, while most males show red feathering, some are decidedly more orange - and some even yellow.By info@birdnote.org (Tune In to Nature.org).
 
The Cinereous Mourner is a small, ashy-gray bird that lives in the forest understory of the Amazon Basin.By info@birdnote.org (Tune In to Nature.org).
 
In a clearing where an ancient Mayan city once stood, the Montezuma Oropendola perches and sings. His courtship display is astonishing: he swings by his feet and sings, his tail describing a golden pendulum - the very source of his name in Spanish - oropendola.By info@birdnote.org (Tune In to Nature.org).
 
Pigeons, one of the most ancient of domesticated animals, feed their nestlings a peculiar, milky substance, straight from the adult’s beak to the baby’s throat.By info@birdnote.org (Tune In to Nature.org).
 
The 22-inch Great Horned Owl has two tufts of feathers that stick up from the top of its head. This owl is difficult to see, but it's often heard during dark winter evenings and pre-dawn mornings. A pair of owls may call back and forth or overlap their hoots.By info@birdnote.org (Tune In to Nature.org).
 
All states have an official bird, usually one that's associated with its particular region. Many state birds are quite common, although Hawaii's chosen bird, the Nene, a type of goose, is endangered.By info@birdnote.org (Tune In to Nature.org).
 
Snow showers mixed with rain on Thursday and Friday were the final hurrah for the cold that's had the Puget Sound region in its grip since early February. KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass says a sunny weekend is in store, with steadily warming temperatures. He says the threat of lowland snow is over.By bpailthorp@knkx.org (Bellamy Pailthorp).
 
If you live in Western Washington and sunny, clear blue skies tend to lift your mood, you’re in luck. KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass says temps will be in the mid-40s or higher with plenty of sun and no rain until early next week. He calls this kind of weather “totally boring.”By bpailthorp@knkx.org (Bellamy Pailthorp).
 
With temperatures hovering around freezing in places and the snow level dropping, several parts of Western Washington saw snow flurries Friday morning. How much more snow will fall in the coming days and whether it will stick are highly uncertain, says KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass.By bpailthorp@knkx.org (Bellamy Pailthorp).
 
Temperatures will hover above freezing for the next few days, allowing accumulated snow and slush to slowly melt in western Washington. KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass says air that’s cold enough to bring more snow will soon be back. It’s still unclear whether that will actually materialize. But either way, Mass is predicting this February will ...…
 
Snow flurries started flying into the greater Seattle region Friday morning a little after 7:30, landing on sidewalks and roadways that were finally clear after the big storm that hit the region on Monday. But those flurries were just “a teaser,” said KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass, not the big event expected later in the day.…
 
It’s a tricky forecast, as are most that involve lowland snow around Puget Sound, says KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass. But residents of Western Washington should brace themselves for the coldest temperatures they’ve seen so far this winter, with a serious possibility of the white stuff hitting near sea level in several areas on Sunday and Monday.…
 
Light clouds and blue skies greeted most folks in the Puget Sound region Friday morning, and those conditions were expected to stick around all weekend long and into early next week. Lots of lovely days are in the forecast, says KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass.By bpailthorp@knkx.org (Bellamy Pailthorp).
 
An impressive storm was looming offshore Friday morning, promising to bring significant rain and wind to the Puget Sound region. But KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass says it won’t hit too hard and should give way to a relatively quiet weekend, with plenty of breaks to get outside.By bpailthorp@knkx.org (Bellamy Pailthorp).
 
The persistent pattern of stormy weather that caused sweeping power outages in the Northwest and restored our snowpack and water supplies in recent weeks is in the rearview mirror, for now. KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass says it will be dry and mild till the middle of next week. And the sun will break through this weekend.…
 
Blustery, wet weather blanketed the region overnight into Friday. KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass says you can expect the generally stormy pattern to continue for several weeks, despite a break on Saturday.By bpailthorp@knkx.org (Bellamy Pailthorp).
 
Rainy weather continues to dominate the forecasts in the Pacific Northwest. A healthy dose of wind enters the picture this weekend too, and it will be strong enough to cause some power outages, says KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass. But all that weather should blow through in time for a relatively dry New Year’s Eve.…
 
Indulging the curiosity of a loved one who wants to learn more about the weather is a great way to show your affection over the holidays, says KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass. And he says it’s one of the most frequent questions he gets.By bpailthorp@knkx.org (Bellamy Pailthorp).
 
After an unusually dry and sunny start to the season, fall in the Northwest is getting back to normal. Earlier this week, Seattle charted the darkest day its skies had registered in three years, as clouds and wet weather blotted out the sun. KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass says the outlook for the week ahead is a smorgasbord of the things we usu ...…
 
A week of sunny skies that capped nearly a month of unusually clear, bright weather for late fall is wrapping today. KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass says the sun will be a bit filtered as a weather front moves in.By bpailthorp@knkx.org (Bellamy Pailthorp).
 
An atmospheric river came through the Pacific Northwest last week, dousing the region with enough precipitation to bring accumulated rain levels almost back to normal after an extremely dry start to November. But KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass said the storms were headed southward on Friday, giving California some much-needed rain.…
 
After a string of dry and sunny weekends in greater Puget Sound that had some of us here a bit concerned about the water supply, KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass says don’t worry. He says the normal late November pattern of heavy precipitation has set in and will extend into next week and beyond. It even dusted the mountains with some Thanksgivin ...…
 
Normally, mid- to late November in the Pacific Northwest is a time to bundle up and get cozy indoors, as the wettest and stormiest weather settles in and provides a stark contrast to the blue skies of late summer and early fall. But this weekend, similar to last , people in the region can expect a really nice weekend for all manner of outdoor p ...…
 
It’s that time of year when seasoned Northwesterners soak up as much sunshine as they can when they can — because the end is near. KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass says the last two weeks of November predictably bring the worst weather of the year. But this weekend, he says there will be quite a bit of sun. Mass expects many people will get out a ...…
 
People in the Pacific Northwest experienced wet but weirdly warm weather on Thursday as rain generated by an atmospheric river came through. These plumes of moisture are a classic feature of late fall and winter weather on the West Coast, and are also known around here as "The Pineapple Express" because they originate in the tropics near Hawaii ...…
 
Join us on a journey of scatological discovery as we explore the world of turds. As a newly emerging program, we encourage listener input and strongly urge you to share your ideas for future shows. Want to learn more about the Bristol Stool Scale? Wondering if Sir Thomas Crapper was a real human? Let us know.…
 
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