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Field Notes

The 2013 BirdNote Listener Survey

During June and July of 2013, more than 1,300 BirdNote listeners took a few minutes to complete our listener survey. Each answer provided valuable insight as to how listeners tune in to BirdNote and how the program affects their lives, which will inform BirdNote’s strategic planning process and... read more »

Studying Pigeon Guillemots as a Citizen Scientist

What’s it like to be a citizen scientist studying Pigeon Guillemots? It’s fun!It’s early on a calm, July morning. I’m with Govinda Rosling, co-coordinator of the Pigeon Guillemot Research Group on Washington’s Whidbey Island. We’re surveying Pigeon Guillemots in the colony at the feeder bluffs at... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  citizen science

Gordon Hempton's One Square Inch of Silence

One Square Inch of Silence, located in the Hoh Rain Forest of Olympic National Park in Washington State, is the quietest place in the Lower 48. This location is not truly silent—as the stream and calling birds in the recording below can attest—but it is free of anthropogenic, or human-generated,... read more »

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Marilyn Webb: A Bird Convert

In the spring of 2012, Marilyn Webb just happened to catch BirdNote on the radio. “It drew me in,” she recalls. Marilyn was so intrigued that she tuned in the next morning. By the following day, she had purchased a bird book and couldn’t wait to hear the next episode.Marilyn and her husband Dean... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birding

Noah Ventola: Environmentalist and Entrepreneur

Noah Ventola’s four-year-old daughter, Madelyn, knows her chickadees from her nuthatches. But her first bird was a bluebird, and that is where this story begins.Noah and his family live in Durham, Connecticut (between Hartford and New Haven), in a wooded area rich with bird life. Noah, a regular... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  citizen science, nesting

Exploring a Quiet Planet with Gordon Hempton

Emmy-winning acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton has circled the globe in pursuit of the most pristine sounds in nature. Now, thanks to our partnership with Gordon and Quiet Planet, his online library, you can hear his recordings in selected BirdNote shows.“Gordon’s recordings give us a rare... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  recording, sound

Citizens for Conservation Help Restore the Prairie

Have you heard the BirdNote story about Tom Vanderpoel and his volunteers, Restoring Prairies for Grassland Birds?Restoration on the Grigsby Prairie Restoration Site, in the Barrington Hills area northwest of Chicago, was begun in the 1980s. The site -- on land donated by Peggy Richards -- now... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  environmental champion

In the Field with Wildlife Biologist, Dan Varland

From 1949 to the 1970s, tons of DDT were discharged into ocean waters off the Southern California coast. Even now, decades later, California sea lions that have eaten pesticide-laden prey migrate north as far as British Columbia. Some die and wash up on the beaches of Washington State. There they... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  environmental champion, science

Plan Your Next Birding Trip!

Planning a trip? We’ve pulled together some online resources that can help you find that special place for birdwatching—or special bird—on that family vacation across the state or that business trip to the other side of the world. read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birding, birdwatching

Red-tailed Hawk Juvenile Stops to Preen

Seattle-area photographer Mike Hamilton spotted this young Red-tailed Hawk, taking a moment to preen. What a sight! Thanks, Mike! read more »

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