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Marty Visits School in the Woods, In Colorado!

The students at School in the Woods near Colorado Springs are called "naturalists," and these are all fourth-graders. They're here for the full school year because they won one of the 78 spaces in the lottery. (More than 200 seek to attend each year.) The kids listen to BirdNote every day, and... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  environmental champion

Steller's Sea-Eagles

Wow, check out these Steller's Sea-Eagles spotted in the sea-ice off Hokkaido, Japan!Dory says: I took these photos from a fishing boat in the sea-ice off the port of Rausu,one of Japan’s World Heritage Sites. The port is on the Shiretoko Peninsula of Hokkaido,a mountainous region that attracts... read more »

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Meet the Birds of the Boreal Forest

Alberta      1) Great Horned Owl; 2) Short-billed Dowitcher; 3) Common RedpollAlberta's portion of the boreal forest comprises 8% of the entire forest and is larger than Sweden. The Great Horned Owl is Alberta's provincial bird, and an estimated 13% of the species' North... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  nesting

Rough-legged Hawk takes off

After breeding on Arctic cliffs and tundra hillsides in summer months, Rough-legged Hawks winter all across the Northern Hemisphere. Open country is their ideal territory, where the small rodents they depend on are plentiful. Frequent photo contributor, Gregg Thompson, was fortunate to spot this... read more »

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Join BirdNote on a trip to Chile and Argentina, November 2015

Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay...Join BirdNote's Adam Sedgley and Kate Godman on a culturally rich, two-week journey with Earthbound Expeditions! Sip velvety smooth wines in the Maipo Valley, visit the seaside home of Pablo Neruda, discover amazing birdlife in Patagonia - including a colony of... read more »

Drew Lanham - Why I'm a Birder

This interview comes to you through a partnership between BirdNote and Audubon.Audubon offers a series of reflections on Why I'm a Birder.For ornithologist Drew Lanham, it started with the (in)ability to fly.I’ve always wanted to fly. I spent my earliest years climbing, leaping, running, and... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birding, birdwatching

Parrots and Falcons — Long-lost Cousins

Discovering the Tree of LifeDid you ever play with seashells? Get yourself a whole bucket full of 'em, and then try to sort them out? The big, chalky, thick-shelled ones here, the delicate, pastel-colored ones there. A new pile for the swirly-shaped ones…As we try to make sense of the beautiful,... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  ornithology, science

Things You Might Not Have Known About BirdNote

Ten Years of BirdNote ...1.    The idea for BirdNote was inspired by the StarDate radio program.2.    The first BirdNote episode aired on KPLU 88.5 FM Seattle/Tacoma on February 21, 2005.3.    BirdNote expanded broadcasts from weekday coverage to daily... read more »

Where Do Birds Find Shelter?

Shelter for birds comes in many forms. Maybe you heard the BirdNote story about the Northern Saw-whet Owl that took shelter in a tree on a Christmas tree farm. Or the Song Sparrow that will happily visit a brush pile in your yard. And the Pileated Woodpeckers that excavate not only nesting... read more »

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Common Raven - The world's largest perching bird

Eric Dinerstein shares these reflections on the Common Ravens that live near Cabin John, Maryland.By October, most of the birds that breed in the East have taken wing to warmer climes — South Carolina, Florida, the Caribbean, Central America, or even the Peruvian Amazon — to pass the winter in... read more »

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