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Birds Inspire American Composer Maria Schneider

BirdNote’s Chris Peterson spoke with American composer, Maria Schneider, about how birds inspired her jazz composition Cerulean Skies, which received a Grammy in 2007 for "Best Instrumental Composition.""What inspired Cerulean Skies is birding every day in Central Park in spring, late April and... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  music, reflection

BirdNote Moments for April 2014

Listen to the full BirdNote show, "Trans-Gulf Migration," written by Bob Sundstrom.Orchard Oriole © Carl SheelyListen to the full BirdNote show, "Ultraviolet Vision," written by Bob Sundstrom.Violet-crowned Hummingbird © Steven MillerListen to the full BirdNote show, "Song Sparrow in Brush Piles,... read more »

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Movie -- A Birder's Guide to Everything

There's a trailer out for a new movie, "A Birder's Guide to Everything." It has received great reviews from the National Audubon Society, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and the American Birding Association. Kenn Kaufman, famed bird-guide author and a serious birder himself even as a teen, was a... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birdwatching

The Duck Stamp - From 1934 to 2014

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  environmental champion

The Federal Duck Stamp – An 80-Year-Old Institution Born in the Worst of Times to Make Things Better!

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  environmental champion

See More than Whooping Cranes at the Whooping Crane Festival

Chris Peterson is the founder and executive producer of BirdNote. While attending the Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas, north of Corpus Christi in Southeast Texas, the last week of February, BirdNote editor, Todd Peterson, and I went on some great field trips. Join us now for just two... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birding, festival

All Aboard to See Whooping Cranes!

Chris Peterson is the founder and executive producer of BirdNote.The annual Whooping Crane Festival takes place the last week of February in Port Aransas, north of Corpus Christi, on Mustang Island in Southeast Texas. The festival is well organized, well attended, and full of opportunities to... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birding, festival

A Gyrfalcon Takes a Pigeon out of the Sky!

In late February, 2014, photographer Gregg Thompson visited a grain silo near Vancouver, British Columbia, where a Gyrfalcon has spent the winter. Actually, Gregg spent several days there, hoping to take a photo of this dashing predator as it catches one of the many pigeons that roost in the silo... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birding, photography

A male and female Northern Harrier interact

Western Washington resident, Becky Rosencrans, was fortunate to see the following interaction between male and female Northern Harriers. The photos were taken in December 2010, so it was probably too early for the male harrier to be using the carcass for pair bonding. In fact, he seemed to have... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  photography

BirdNote Moments for March 2014

King Penguins – World's Largest Kazoo BandWritten by Bob SundstromAnd now, a BirdNote Moment![Sounds of a colony of King Penguins]While it’s still winter in many parts of North America, it’s summer in Antarctica. And the birds are singing—at least the penguins are. [King Penguin pair calls] A... read more »

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