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Autumn – And Eagles and Ospreys – In Massachusetts

When thou seest an eagle, thou seest a portion of genius; lift up thy head.- William BlakeFor the last few weeks we've been enjoying a new discovery, Heard Pond in Wayland, Massaschusetts. The movie On Golden Pond could have been filmed here. It's that kind of landscape. You almost expect Henry... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birding, photography

Banding Birds at Puget Sound Bird Observatory

Suzanne Tomassi, vice president of the Puget Sound Bird Observatory,talks about the rhyme and reason to banding birds...One of the benefits of banding, which is a mark-recapture technique, is that it gives us the opportunity to assess “vital rates,” measures such as survival rate, recapture... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  science

Creative Landscaping Captures Run-off

Joanna Buehler moved into her home on Lake Sammamish east of Seattle in 1987. The entire subdivision had been scraped clean and not a single tree or bush existed. She put in minimal landscaping at first – mainly grass seed and a few trees - and later added western red-cedar, coastal redwood, Doug... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  environmental champion, gardening

Rescuing CeCe the Gull

We received an interesting story from BirdNote listener, JoLee Wingerson, in Boulder, Colorado. She wrote about the rescue and rehabilitation of a Ring-billed Gull, nicknamed "CeCe." Read more:On Saturday, July 20, at a reservoir in Boulder, Colorado, a number of people approached an adult gull... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  human interaction, rehabilitation

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

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