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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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 Red-throated Loons of Deception Pass | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Red-throated Loons of Deception Pass

 Birds Return with the Light | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Winter's weak light is finally beginning to strengthen, and some birds, long absent, have begun their journeys north. Tree Swallows, such as this one, phoebes, bluebirds, and more return with the light. So be of good cheer, the birds and Spring are coming back.

 Drumming with Woodpeckers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Drumming with Woodpeckers

 Crows Recognize Individual Faces | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

To find out if a crow can recognize an individual human face, Professor John Marzluff of the University of Washington wore a mask while trapping, banding, and then releasing seven American Crows on campus. Later, when he walked through the campus wearing the mask, it was automatic!

 Voices and Vocabularies - The Basics | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Voices and Vocabularies - The Basics

 Birds and Climate Change - Places for Birds to Go | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

The climate of the earth is changing rapidly, and birds are responding accordingly. Of the 305 species found in North America in winter, nearly 60% have shifted their ranges northward by an average of 35 miles.

 Sage Sparrows Return | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

A chill wind ruffles the feathers of a male Sage Sparrow, as he sings atop a tall sagebrush. It is late February, a few miles from the Columbia River in Central Washington. Sage Sparrows are arriving north from wintering in the Southwestern deserts.

 Rita Shultz - Friend to Bluebirds | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Rita Shultz, a rural mail carrier outside of Richmond, Virginia, says, "Every person's yard is an important bird area!" When Rita discovered that Eastern Bluebirds were nesting in some of the newspaper delivery boxes on her route – and that many customers were throwing the nests out – she went i

 Nest Cavities - Book Early | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Swallows and bluebirds - like this Western Bluebird - are among the earliest northbound migrants to arrive, heralding spring a month before the equinox. Both species will nest only in cavities, such as old woodpecker holes or man-made nestboxes.

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

American Coots settle onto lakes and estuaries, forming rafts of hundreds, even thousands, of birds. They like to feed on aquatic vegetation, and sometimes they lumber ashore to nibble at grasses and agricultural crops. The coot's lobed toes help it swim and maneuver under water.

 You Are What You Eat | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

House Finches are familiar birds all across North America. Researchers have shown that the red coloration of males is produced from carotenoid pigments in the birds' diet.

 Hakalau Forest National Refuge - With Jack Jeffrey | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

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.

 Altamira Oriole | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

It was only in 1939 that this Altamira Oriole was first found north of the Rio Grande River. Now it happily visits residents on the Texas side of the river, especially where a juicy orange half waits in a backyard feeder.

 Chickadee Line-up | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

You'll find the Black-capped Chickadee across the northern US into Canada. The Carolina Chickadee holds sway in the Southeast. Hear the husky voice of a Mountain Chickadee in the Rockies. Travel to Canada for the Boreal Chickadee. The Chestnut-backed Chickadee calls the Pacific Northwest home.

 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.

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