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Announcing The Chris Peterson Fund for Creative Storytelling

Ten years ago, who could have imagined it? Under the leadership of Chris Peterson, BirdNote has truly taken flight!As Chris retires from BirdNote to her new role as Executive Producer Emeritus, we invite you to honor Chris and celebrate her signature achievements (see below) with a gift to The... read more »

David Allen Sibley Sketches a Townsend's Warbler

Famed illustrator, ornithologist, and author David Allen Sibley dropped by the BirdNote studio while in Seattle on a book tour. We talked to him about his art, the artistic process behind his best-selling The Sibley Guide to Birds, and how his appreciation of nature was cultivated as a child. He... read more »

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BirdNote Moments for July 2014

Listen to the full show, Birds and Baseball.Northern Cardinal © Daniella TheoretListen to the full show, Matthiessen Wind Birds.Sanderlings © Tom GreyListen to the full show, Birds Need Water in Summer.Orange-crowned Warbler © Simon TanListen to the full show, Message of the Mourning Dove... read more »

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Inside the burrow of a Rhinoceros Auklet

Everyone knows puffins. Who could forget their comical behavior — with an appearance to match? But you may not know about the Rhinoceros Auklet, a close relative to puffins, found in the Pacific Ocean. Its gray plumage is duller than that of puffins, but during the breeding season it sports a... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  nesting, science

The Most Gorgeous Bird in North America

“Do you hear that bird singing high in the tree?” I asked my wife. “The one that sounds like a robin with a sore throat?” By May, after the oaks have leafed out in the deep forests of the East, the best way to spot the most gorgeous bird in North America is to listen for it. Once I located the... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birding

Nesting Red-breasted Sapsuckers

Photographer Gregg Thompson spent several days watching the nest cavity of a pair of Red-breasted Sapsuckers, a species of woodpecker found in far western North America. Cavities are generally excavated in dead trees or dead portions of live trees. Pairs may return to nest in the same area — or... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  nesting, photography

Common Merganser with adorable young!

This small family of Common Mergansers -- a hen with her eight ducklings -- was photographed by Mike Hamilton near Seattle. This duck species nests in tree cavities resulting from broken limbs or excavated by woodpeckers. The female alone incubates the eggs, which hatch in about a month. The... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  nesting

Welcoming Dominic Black to the BirdNote Team

Dear BirdNote Listeners,Please join us in welcoming Dominic Black as BirdNote's new director of national programs!Dominic is a skilled and creative storyteller with a track record of distinction in radio production. A native of Ireland, Dominic launched his public radio career at the BBC,... read more »

BirdNote Moments for June 2014

Listen to the full show, Scarlet Tanagers Under the Canopy.Scarlet Tanager © Laura Gooch Listen to the full show, Olive-sided Flycatcher.Olive-sided Flycatcher © Darren Clark Listen to the full show, Restoring Grasslands on Maryland's Eastern Shore.Dickcissel © Mike MartinListen to the... read more »

Plants for a Bird-friendly Yard in the Northwest

Native plant specialist, Don Norman, recommends plants for a bird-friendly back yard in the Pacific Northwest. He says:My favorite for a winter food source is the California wax myrtle (Morella californica),which provides winter food for many species (like Yellow-rumped Warblers after which they... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  gardening

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