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Field Notes

Duck Stamps: Not Just for Hunters

In the mid-1980s, my mother became one of the first employees of the Seattle Audubon Society. I was about six years old at the time, and I consequently spent the most impressionable years of my childhood around people who loved birds. They loved birds so much that they volunteered their time not... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birdwatching, environmental champion

Traveling over 1,500 miles to experience "One Square Inch"

A BirdNote listener in Texas heard the story about Gordon Hempton’s One Square Inch of Silence, located in the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park. Known as the quietest place in the United States, the site is emblematic of the need to protect natural wilderness areas from human noise. She... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  reflection

Peregrine Falcon - Eating On the Wing

Gregg Thompson was recently out photographing shorebirds in Washington State and caught sight of an unusual behavior. "A juvenile Peregrine Falcon came out of the sun behind our backs with some type of shorebird in its talons. We were excited to see this action but mad that we'd missed... read more »

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The Loudmouth Kingfisher

What is the loudest bird on Earth? An irritated male Belted Kingfisher is a good candidate, especially if you are next to a perched bird uttering his piercing scream-rattle. There’s a good evolutionary explanation for being such a loudmouth: announcing to your competitors that this is your turf,... read more »

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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

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