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Stories about birds, the environment, and more 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.

Stories about birds, the environment, and more 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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Tacoma, WA

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Stories about birds, the environment, and more 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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Episodes

Sounds of the Amazon

1/27/2020
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It's winter and time for a vacation. Let's head to the Amazon! With names like the Screaming Piha, the Blue-crowned Motmot, and the Black-necked Red-Cotinga, these are not your average birds. Insects are the background chorus for the Cuvier's Toucan and the Musician Wren.

Duration:00:01:45

Laysan Albatrosses Nest at Midway Atoll

1/26/2020
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Midway Atoll is the winter home of nearly a million nesting albatrosses. Laysan Albatrosses return to Midway in November to breed. Roughly 450,000 pairs wedge their way into a scant 2½ square miles of land surface. And why do Laysans nest in winter?

Duration:00:01:48

Canada Jays Save Food for Later

1/25/2020
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While camping in the mountains, you might see this Canada Jay (formerly known as the Gray Jay — but before that, as the Canada Jay!), boldly swooping into your camp. This handsome jay’s big, black eyes seem to miss nothing — especially food.

Duration:00:01:35

Burrowing Snowbirds

1/24/2020
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Light, fluffy snow can be up to 90% trapped air — just the thing to keep birds and other animals warm. Ptarmigan spend winter nights in cozy caves they excavate in snow. During truly harsh weather, they will hunker down in their caves through the short arctic day, too.

Duration:00:01:48

The Verdin’s Winter Roosts

1/23/2020
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For small songbirds, surviving a cold winter night can be challenging. Their bodies lose heat faster than those of larger birds. So little birds have found resourceful ways to stay warm — like huddling close together with other birds.

Duration:00:01:39

Nictitating Membranes - Nature's Goggles

1/22/2020
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For most birds, keen eyesight is critical for survival. But many birds lead lives that can be very hard on the eyes — like flying at breakneck speed, racing for cover into a dense thicket, or diving under water to capture prey.

Duration:00:01:47

Herons Go Fishing

1/21/2020
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Any fisherman will tell you that to catch a fish, you need the right bait, the perfect spot by the water’s edge, and patience. While they don’t use the traditional line-and-tackle, Striated Herons have mastered these fishing techniques.

Duration:00:01:48

The Peregrine Falcon Makes a Comeback

1/20/2020
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Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, which came out in 1962, linked the pesticide DDT to the decline of many birds, including songbirds. But Peregrine Falcons and other raptors had declined, too.

Duration:00:01:45

Gliding with Tropicbirds

1/19/2020
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With the strong, direct flight of a falcon, a tropicbird can catch a flying fish on the wing, or plunge like an arrow into the sea and — with its serrated bill — capture a squid.

Duration:00:01:44

A Brief History of Cars Named for Birds

1/18/2020
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Birds can be sleek, aerodynamic, and powerful — all in one package. Automakers picked up on this early: a cool bird name will sell cars. So far, more than twenty models of cars have been named for birds — some real, some mythical — and they go way back.

Duration:00:01:48

Reddish Egret - Lagoon Dancer

1/17/2020
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The Reddish Egret, a particularly glamorous heron, is best known for its startling antics in capturing fish. When fishing, the egret sprints across the lagoon, weaving left and right, simultaneously flicking its broad wings in and out, while stabbing into the water with its bill.

Duration:00:01:47

Patrick Comins, on Being a Conservationist

1/16/2020
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Patrick Comins, executive director of Connecticut Audubon, explains what being a conservationist means to him. "If you've ever seen a Scarlet Tanager you don't even have to describe how wonderful they are. It's this variety and diversity of birds that really got me interested.

Duration:00:01:45

The Oilbird's Lightless Life

1/15/2020
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Nature has produced some exceptionally strange animals. One such creature is the Oilbird of northern South America.

Duration:00:01:48

Rachel Carson, Environmental Champion

1/14/2020
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When Rachel Carson was preparing to publish Silent Spring, her most intimate friend Dorothy Freeman was worried that Carson would be persecuted. But Carson had done her homework -- and her research -- and she was ready for the battle to come.

Duration:00:01:48

Trogons Nest with Wasps

1/13/2020
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The "Violaceous" Trogon (recently split into three species), which nests in Mexico, Central America, and northern South America, often excavates its dwelling within a large, active wasp or termite nest.

Duration:00:01:48

Short-eared Owl

1/12/2020
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Flapping with deep, slow wing-motion, a Short-eared Owl appears almost to float above the ground. This owl has an extensive world range, including North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Still, it's declining, due to development, agriculture, and overgrazing.

Duration:00:01:45

Western Tanagers Are Flashes of Bright Color

1/11/2020
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Western Tanagers dart from tree to tree, on the lookout for delicious bugs. They’ll find them by scanning the tree bark — or maybe snatching them from mid-air during flight — a tactic called hawking.

Duration:00:01:37

Attu and Its Island-hopping Rock Ptarmigan

1/10/2020
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Attu, at the western end of Alaska’s Aleutian chain, is home to the Rock Ptarmigan. Although grouse are not long-distance fliers, Rock Ptarmigans can cross open water, so they occur from one end of the Aleutians to the other.

Duration:00:01:48

Great Horned Owls Nest

1/9/2020
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High in a leafless cottonwood, a female Great Horned Owl incubates two eggs. As light snow falls on her back, her mate roosts nearby. Since December, this pair has been hooting back and forth regularly at night.

Duration:00:01:48

Capuchinbirds

1/8/2020
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The peace of the vast Guyanan jungle is abruptly broken with the dawn chorus of male Capuchinbirds, one of the most bizarre birds in South America. The singing male bows forward, then suddenly stretches to his full length, raising a monk-like cowl of feathers around his naked blue-gray head.

Duration:00:01:48