Shows With Contributions by Monica Gokey

Grasshopper Sparrow perched on a wire

Bringing Back the Native Palouse Prairie

In north-central Idaho, Kas Dumroese is restoring retired agricultural land to native Palouse Prairie, an ecosystem that’s been almost entirely wiped out. Kas seeds native plants like lupine. Some grassland birds, like the Savannah Sparrow, can thrive in agricultural landscapes, but other
Grasshopper Sparrow perched on a wire

Bringing Back the Native Palouse Prairie

In north-central Idaho, Kas Dumroese is restoring retired agricultural land to native Palouse Prairie, an ecosystem that’s been almost entirely wiped out. Kas seeds native plants like lupine. Some grassland birds, like the Savannah Sparrow, can thrive in agricultural landscapes, but other
Long-billed Curlew nest and eggs

Curlew Nest Check

Research biologist Heather Hayes of the Intermountain Bird Observatory takes us to a Long-billed Curlew nest she’s been monitoring in an alfalfa field. Before the West was settled, curlews nested in rich, diverse native grasslands. An alfalfa field has a totally different species
Long-billed Curlew nest and eggs

Curlew Nest Check

Research biologist Heather Hayes of the Intermountain Bird Observatory takes us to a Long-billed Curlew nest she’s been monitoring in an alfalfa field. Before the West was settled, curlews nested in rich, diverse native grasslands. An alfalfa field has a totally different species

Bird Poop and Fish Eggs

Scientists have long suspected that bird poop may play a role in the dispersal of fish species to new bodies of water. After seeing a fish egg in a fecal sample from a wild Coscoroba Swan in Brazil, a scientist staged an experiment to see whether killifish eggs could endure a trip through

Osprey Stance

When humans ride a skateboard or snowboard or surf a wave, most prefer the same foot forward every time. A new study finds that Ospreys, too, often exhibit a favorite foot forward in flight. Today's show brought to you by the Bobolink Foundation.
Bearded Vulture

Bearded Vultures Return Home to Europe

With its enormous size and black tuft of a beard, the Lammergeier, or Bearded Vulture, has a stark appearance. These distinctive birds erroneously acquired a reputation for killing livestock and stealing babies, which led to relentless persecution and eventual disappearance from much of
Common Poorwill

Common Poorwills Can "Hibernate"

Common Poorwills don’t sing much when the mercury drops. But they can do something else that is remarkable. As the winter cold deepens, these petite members of the nightjar family can enter a hibernation-like state — and stay like that for hours — or even weeks! Scientists call it torpor
Western Tanager

Western Tanagers Are Flashes of Bright Color

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. Come winter, these lovely songbirds head south, where they fit right in with the other
Canada Geese

Convocations, Coveys and Charms

Everybody’s heard of a gaggle of geese and a covey of quail. But what’s a group of penguins called? And a “conspiracy” of ravens? Maybe the way we label birds says more about us than it does about them. Support for BirdNote comes from American Bird Conservancy and Bringing Back the Birds