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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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 Crow Funeral - with Tony Angell | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

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.

 Bald Eagle - National Symbol | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

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.

 How Birds' Names Change | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Have you ever heard of a marsh hawk or a sparrow hawk? These long-familiar bird names have passed into history. The study of birds, like any science, remains a work in progress.

 American Kestrel | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

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.

 Annual Great Backyard Bird Count | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

The 2013 Great Backyard Bird Count, February 15-18, 2013, is sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Birdwatchers across the country count birds and then report the numbers on-line.

 Red-crowned Cranes Dance on Hokkaido | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

On a snow-covered field in northern Japan, two majestic Red-crowned Cranes face one another, raise their heads toward the sky, and call in unison. As they call, the pair begins to dance. They bow to one another, then throw their heads over their backs, then bow again.

 Anna's Hummingbirds Winter in the North | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Most hummingbirds retreat south in autumn, but Anna's Hummingbirds are found in northern latitudes throughout the year. Since 1960, they've moved their year-round limit north from California to British Columbia.

 Storks Bring Babies | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Storks and babies have been linked together for centuries. But how did that old legend get started? Researchers suggest that the legend goes back to pagan times, when civilizations were keen to have high birthrates.

 Raven's Love Song | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Ravens are seen as tricksters in many traditions. But Common Ravens have a softer side. During courtship, a pair will often sit side by side, sometimes preening each other's feathers. And during that ritual, one or both may make soft warbling sounds.

 Swan Song | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

The idea of the "swan song" recurs from Aesop to Ovid to Plato to Tennyson.

 Birders and Hunters | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Thanks in part to the political will and financial contributions of waterfowl hunters and such organizations as Ducks Unlimited, natural wetlands that might otherwise have been lost have been preserved. Take a field trip with your local Audubon chapter to see what you can see.

 Conserving Wetlands for Black Rails | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Black Rails are marsh-inhabiting birds, more often heard than seen. Many Black Rails nest in marshes along the Atlantic seaboard and in the Midwest. But in winter they concentrate in the coastal marshes of East Texas, Louisiana, and Florida, areas that face many threats.

 Regal Great Blue Heron | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Tall and prehistoric-looking, the Great Blue Heron is the largest heron in North America. Great Blue Herons are often seen flying high overhead with slow wing-beats. When foraging, they stand silently along riverbanks, on lake shores, or in wet meadows. Quickly then, they stab at their prey.

 Florida Scrub-Jay | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Thousands of years ago, rising sea levels isolated much of the Florida peninsula as an island. During that long isolation, a unique oak-scrub ecosystem developed. The Florida Scrub-Jay is one of many special animals and plants that evolved with this habitat.

 Ecosystem Engineers on America's Serengeti | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Some birds require habitats created by other animals. Two such landscape shapers were the American bison and the prairie dog. With the extermination of millions of bison and prairie dogs, species such as this Mountain Plover and the Burrowing Owl, which require barren ground, greatly declined.

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