The Greater Sage-Grouse has eclipsed the Spotted Owl as perhaps the most controversial North American bird in the 21st century. These strange, wonderful birds live exclusively in the sagebrush steppe of the Intermountain West. But they are in decline, and protecting them has sparked fights between stakeholders across the region.
Sound Escapes: Season 2
For those of us sheltering in place, it can feel like the walls are closing in. But our host Gordon Hempton's work as an acoustic ecologist can teach us something vitally important about transcending troubling times: sound can set us free. All we need to do is listen.
In the Clear: The Problem with Birds and Glass
Bird populations have declined by nearly 30% over the past 50 years — a loss of over 3 billion birds. To understand what's behind that loss, we're bringing stories of the biggest threats facing birds right now. In this episode, we look at the issue glass windows pose to birds. Learn about the problem — and what we can do to fix it.
Carson and the Thrush
Rachel Carson is known best for Silent Spring, a book credited with sparking the modern environmental movement. But before that, Carson met a woman named Dorothy Freeman. This is the story of Carson and Freeman’s relationship. It grew from their shared love for the natural world — and for the Veery.
Wingspan Takes Flight
The board game Wingspan came out this year to a lot of buzz. The bird-themed game is fun, but it’s also having a surprising impact. It’s gotten board gamers hooked on birds — and birders hooked on board games!
A Conversation with Dr. J. Drew Lanham: Finding Home in Nature
Ashley Ahearn spoke with Dr. J. Drew Lanham at the University of Washington College of the Environment Symposium on Nature and Health. The conversation weaves through Dr. Lanham’s poetry, his memoir, his thoughts about faith, climate change, the loss of birds, and the ways we can work together to confront systemic racism.
Sound Escapes: Season 1
Join BirdNote’s Ashley Ahearn and sound ecologist Gordon Hempton for an immersive audio journey through some of the most wild, beautiful and sound-rich places in the world. Along the way, Gordon gives us a crash course in the art of truly listening, a dying art constantly under threat in our noisy, modern lives.