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Birds connect us with the joy and wonder of nature. By telling vivid, sound-rich stories about birds and the challenges they face, BirdNote transports listeners out of the daily grind and into the natural world

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8 Pieces

Alex Chadwick heads to Southwest Texas to find out just what it is that draws people to Big Bend, one of the most remote national parks in the entire United States.


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Caption: Frigate Bird, Tropic Bird, Credit: WinkyInTheUK
In the warmer regions of the world’s oceans, large seabirds called boobies plunge headfirst into the water, snatching up fish. But as a booby flies...

  • Added: Feb 15, 2019
  • Length: 01:45
Caption: Golden Eagle, Credit: Barbara Wheeler
In the early 1930s, a young English traveler named Patrick Leigh “Paddy” Fermor set out to walk from the Hook of Holland to Istanbul. The account o...

  • Added: Feb 15, 2019
  • Length: 01:45
Caption: Arctic Tern Migration, Credit: Andreas Trepte
One of the world champions of long-distance migration is the Arctic Tern. Arctic Terns nest across the far northern reaches of the continent during...

  • Added: Feb 15, 2019
  • Length: 01:45
Caption: Female Harlequin Duck, Credit: Kevin Faccenda
For some birds that nest along rocky mountain streams, like American Dippers the best way to remain inconspicuous is to hide in plain sight—by look...

  • Added: Feb 15, 2019
  • Length: 01:45
Caption: Apapane, Credit: Minette Layne
It’s a warm summer morning on the western shore of the Big Island of Hawaii. It’s early, the sun is rising, and the tide is coming in. The Pacific ...

  • Added: Feb 15, 2019
  • Length: 01:45
Caption: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Credit: Rob Dodson
Like a jazz player beating out a drum roll, a woodpecker uses its bill to rap out a brisk series of notes. Early spring resounds with the percussiv...

  • Added: Feb 15, 2019
  • Length: 01:45
Caption: Blue-grat-Gnatcatcher, Credit: Joanne Kamo
The slim, 4½-inch Blue-gray Gnatcatcher is found over much of the East and Midwest and in parts of the West, too. It actively searches trees and bu...

  • Added: Feb 15, 2019
  • Length: 01:45
Caption: Lewis's Woodpecker, Credit: Tom Grey
A century of logging and fire control has taken its toll on the mature pine forests of the West, the preferred nest site for this Lewis's Woodpecke...

  • Added: Feb 15, 2019
  • Length: 01:45
Caption: Passenger Pigeon, Credit: Allan Brooks
Not that long ago, Passenger Pigeons filled the skies. Some flocks, with more than a billion birds, took four days to pass overhead. Aldo Leopold c...

  • Added: Feb 15, 2019
  • Length: 01:45
Caption: I'iwi, Credit: USFWS
In the Hawaiian lowlands, most of birds you hear are from somewhere else. But when you get away from the beaches and climb higher, you’ll find the ...

  • Added: Feb 15, 2019
  • Length: 01:45