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BirdNote

Summary: Escape the daily grind and immerse yourself in the natural world. Rich in imagery, sound, and information, BirdNote inspires you to notice the world around you. Join us for daily two-minute stories about birds, the environment, and more.

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 High Island - Migration on the Gulf | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

If you're near High Island, Texas in the spring, you might witness a "fallout," one of the great spectacles of bird migration.

 Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Don’t let the name fool you -- the Great Dismal Swamp is alive with birds! Particularly at this time of year, lucky visitors will find newly arrived Neotropical migrants.

 Chicago Volunteers Rescue Birds | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

In many urban areas, collisions are the fate of hundreds of thousands of birds. But Annette Prince and volunteers with Chicago Bird Collision Monitors are making a difference.

 A Rainbow of Bee-eaters | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

At Mole National Wildlife Reserve in northern Ghana, wildlife abounds! An elephant breathes. An aardvark’s home is plainly visible. A Blue-breasted Kingfisher calls. Zakariah Wareh, a park ranger, says, “Watch the sky.

 Northern Mockingbird | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

The Northern Mockingbird has a broad repertoire. It can mimic everything from other birds to inanimate objects. And it does so at all hours of the day and night.

 Hovering with Horned Larks | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Horned Larks rival meadowlarks as the most colorful birds of North American grasslands. They live in prairies, fields, and tundra, but agriculture and development now intrude on many of the Horned Lark's traditional nesting areas.

 BirdNote in the Classroom - Jessie Soder's Class | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Jessie Soder is bringing nature into her classroom. Students in her 4th and 5th grade classes in Gustavus, Alaska, are studying the birds of their region. They’ve designed a yearlong scientific study to identify plant communities with the most birds – and why.

 Voices and Vocabularies - How Birds Sing So Loudly | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

When a Carolina Wren like this one sings, something remarkable happens. These birds can sing so loudly that you almost have to shout to be heard over their songs!

 Kingdom of Rarities - Featuring Eric Dinerstein | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Why are some creatures rare and others common? What forces – natural and manmade – cause rarity? Eric Dinerstein of the World Wildlife Fund travels far and wide for answers. He wonders how different the world could be with a few changes: “. . .

 Why Birds Collide with Buildings | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Who among us hasn’t almost walked into a glass door? Birds though, especially when migrating, run the risk of colliding with reflective glass in urban areas.

 Voices and Vocabularies - Songs Suit Surroundings | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

When a Canyon Wren sings, the brilliance of its sweet music can stop you in your tracks. But when its cousin, the Marsh Wren (seen here), sings, you may reach for your earplugs. Why do two closely related birds sing such contrasting songs?

 Learning to Listen - Patterns in Songs of Song Sparrow | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Heidi Hoelting, a musician, listens carefully to the songs of birds. In her piano studio at her home in the woods, she wrote down several variations of the different sounds a Song Sparrow makes. In this BirdNote, Nancy Rumbel plays some of those variations on a bamboo whistle.

 Seabirds Drink Salt Water | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Seabirds have no problem drinking sea water. The salt they take in is absorbed and moves through their blood stream into a pair of salt glands above their eyes. The densely salty fluid is excreted from the nostrils and runs down grooves in the bill.

 Pigeon Babies Do Exist | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Rock Pigeons are one of the most common urban birds. But why do we never see baby pigeons? Some baby birds - like down-covered ducks, geese, and chickens - leave their nest shortly after hatching and do a lot of growing up while following their parents around.

 American Woodcock - Timberdoodle | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

As the sun sets on a northern Midwest forest, an American Woodcock walks slowly from the cover of the forest to a nearby clearing. Then, the woodcock takes off on a courtship flight.

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