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BirdNote (Daily)

Series produced by BirdNote

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Daily, two-minute module about birds, the environment, and more...

Mission: Birds connect us with the joy and wonder of nature. By telling vivid, sound-rich stories about birds and the challenges they face, BirdNote inspires listeners to care about the natural world – and take steps to protect it.


30 Pieces

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The chicken is perhaps the most widespread avian species in the world - and the exotic Red Jungle Fowl is the ancestor of the hybrid Araucana and R...

Bought by WOUB, KRPS, KKRN, KKWE Niijii Radio, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: Dec 01, 2014
  • Length: 01:45
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: A male Bachman's Warbler, Credit: Barry Kent MacKay
The tranquil song of the Kaua'i O'o graced the high, dense forests of Kaua'i until 1987, when it was heard no more. The voice of only one member of...

Bought by KRPS, KKWE Niijii Radio, WMUU-LP, and XRAY.fm


  • Added: Dec 01, 2014
  • Length: 01:45
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: A pair of House Finches, Credit: Larry Selman
House Finches are evolving rapidly and visibly. In 1941, some captive House Finches from California escaped near NYC. They spread rapidly and are n...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio and WMUU-LP


  • Added: Dec 01, 2014
  • Length: 01:45
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Pileated Woodpecker, Credit: Paul Bannick
The Pileated Woodpecker makes loud, hard whacks, as it leans back and then slams its bill into the side of a living tree. Sounds painful, if not do...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio and WMUU-LP


  • Added: Dec 01, 2014
  • Length: 01:45
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Wedge-tailed Shearwater, Credit: Duncan Wright
Some early sailors, visiting remote Pacific islands, surely feared that the ungodly wailing on shore meant they had been tricked to the gates of He...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, WETD, and WKCC


  • Added: Oct 08, 2014
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 3
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When Hank Williams wrote Your Cheatin' Heart, birds probably weren't on his mind. But researchers have found evidence of what we might call "infide...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, WETD, WKCC, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Oct 08, 2014
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 4
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Have you noticed groups of crows flying overhead in the late afternoon, wheeling and diving? These are American Crows with a purpose. They're heade...

Bought by WOUB, WMUU-LP, KKWE Niijii Radio, WETD, and WKCC


  • Added: Oct 08, 2014
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 5
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Autumn … and geese fly high overhead in V-formation. But what about that V-formation, angling outward through the sky? This phenomenon – a kind of ...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, Prairie Public, WETD, and WKCC


  • Added: Oct 08, 2014
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 4
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If we had to pick one bird’s voice to symbolize our Eastern woodlands, the Blue Jay’s voice would likely be it. And as a frequent visitor to back y...

Bought by KRPS, WMUU-LP, KKWE Niijii Radio, WETD, and WKCC


  • Added: Oct 08, 2014
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 5
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What does the Pacific Wren hear in a song? It's a long story. What we hear as a blur of sound, the bird hears as a precise sequence of sounds, the ...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, WETD, and WKCC


  • Added: Oct 08, 2014
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 3
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As the sun sets over the Connecticut River, as many as 300,000 Tree Swallows gather on the wing in one huge, tightly choreographed flock. With dusk...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, WETD, and WKCC


  • Added: Oct 08, 2014
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 3
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When courting in spring, male and female Cedar Waxwings communicate with distinctly different calls and, perched side by side, often pass back and ...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, WETD, and WKCC


  • Added: Oct 08, 2014
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 3
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On September 1, 1914, Martha, the last known Passenger Pigeon, died in the Cincinnati Zoo. It’s hard to believe there were billions of Passenger Pi...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, WMUU-LP, New Hampshire Public Radio, WETD, and WKCC


  • Added: Oct 08, 2014
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 5
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Some cloudless night in September, when the air is clear, you may see birds flying across the yellow face of the moon! September is peak migration ...

Bought by WMUU-LP, KKWE Niijii Radio, WETD, and WKCC


  • Added: Oct 08, 2014
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: American Crow (left) and Common Raven, Credit: © Tom Grey
Is that big black bird a crow or a raven? How can you tell? Ravens (seen right here) often travel in pairs, while crows (left) are seen in larger g...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, WETD, WKCC, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Oct 08, 2014
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: American Robin, Credit: © Tom Grey
The mortality rate is high in our familiar songbirds. For robins, it's around 50% each year once young birds have fledged. If a robin survives to m...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, WETD, and WKCC


  • Added: Aug 26, 2014
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Black-capped Vireo, Credit:  © Joe Fischer
Paul Davis owns 1,500 acres in the Hill Country of Texas that he manages, not for cattle, but as habitat for warblers and vireos. He’s preserving s...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, WETD, and WKCC


  • Added: Aug 26, 2014
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Western Gull, Credit: © Alex Kerfoot
How do birds drink? A robin takes a mouthful of water and then tips its head way back to send the water down its gullet. Pigeons are among the few ...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, WETD, and WKCC


  • Added: Aug 26, 2014
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Western Screech-Owl, Credit: © Steve Metz
At the close of a summer day, the songbirds go silent. As if on cue, the birds of the night make their voices known. In an Eastern woodland, the ee...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, WETD, and WKCC


  • Added: Aug 26, 2014
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Mourning Doves, Credit: © Andrew Atzert
By August, most birds in North America have finished nesting, bringing legions of new birds into the world. These Mourning Doves, which prosper in ...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, WETD, and WKCC


  • Added: Aug 26, 2014
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 3