BirdNote

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BirdNote stories immerse listeners into the natural world. Rich in imagery, sound, and information, daily shows of 1:45 and extended podcast series are grounded in science and offer a connection to nature enjoyed by listeners since 2005.

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Grouse is a show about the most controversial bird in the West and what it can teach us about hope, compromise and life in rural America.

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4 Pieces

A podcast about answering the call to protect the birds and places we love…

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8 Pieces

The songs and sounds of birds are all around us. What can we learn when we stop to listen?

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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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This spring, BirdNote is asking our listeners for their support. In these five shows, get a glimpse behind the scenes into how BirdNote is made, and learn how your support allows us to bring joy to our listeners and spark appreciation for birds. BirdNote is an independent nonprofit that partners with local radio stations to bring a moment of wonder to your day — every day. That’s why for just one week, we’re asking you to support BirdNote with a donation at BirdNote.org. The episodes will run either the first or last week of May, during BirdNote's Spring Fundraiser.

Caption: Illustration of a Baltimore Oriole, Osprey and American Tree Sparrow flying over our host, Tenijah Hamilton, smiling and holding binoculars, against a background of trees and tall buildings. , Credit: Hayden Maynard
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A podcast about the joy of birds and the ways that humans can help them through simple, everyday actions.

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8 Pieces

Last year, Tenijah Hamilton discovered her love of birds – and found out that birds are in trouble. On a mission to help bring birds back, Tenijah joined bird enthusiasts from different backgrounds, identities, and communities to learn and share simple, everyday actions people can take to help the birds that bring us all joy. Follow Tenijah's journey as Bring Birds Back returns for a second season on May 18th - she brings more tips and helpful information about what we can do to make the world a better place for birds and humans.

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6 Pieces

Gordon Hempton has mastered the art of truly listening. He’s known as the Sound Tracker. His recordings and books have made him an international expert on the beauty and importance of undisturbed, natural soundscapes. Throughout this series, you’ll hear soundscapes that will immerse you in incredible places and help you become a better listener.

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For those of us sheltering in place, it can feel like the walls are closing in. But our host Gordon Hempton's work as an acoustic ecologist can teach us something vitally important about transcending troubling times: sound can set us free. All we need to do is listen.


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Birds that depend on flies for food have many creative ways of catching their prey. Swallows execute sharp turns and quick changes of speed. Bluebi...

  • Added: Jul 16, 2024
  • Length: 01:45
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For birds, learning starts early. Birds listen to their parents’ songs and calls from inside the egg. Recent findings have shown that calls from Ze...

  • Added: Jul 16, 2024
  • Length: 01:45
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At the end of summer, the once-bright feathers of a male American Goldfinch look ragged. Growing new flight feathers in a process called molting ma...

  • Added: Jul 16, 2024
  • Length: 01:45
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When woodpeckers drum, they slam their beaks against bark many times per second. Scientists have long hypothesized that woodpeckers have a way of p...

  • Added: Jul 16, 2024
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Your eye may be drawn to the gorgeous male Wood Duck, but it is the call of the modestly plumaged female you’ll hear. This call tells the male wher...

  • Added: Jul 16, 2024
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Broad-tailed Hummingbirds are small but hardy creatures built for life in the mountains. They survive freezing cold nights by slowing their heart r...

  • Added: Jul 16, 2024
  • Length: 01:45
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At a glance, swallows and swifts, both graceful fliers, look much alike. But swifts — like this Chimney Swift — have longer, slimmer wings and shor...

  • Added: Jul 16, 2024
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Bird beaks, or bills, come in many shapes and sizes. And birds use them for just about everything: to collect food, preen, fight, court (as this pa...

  • Added: Jul 16, 2024
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Many people take an interest in birds as they get older. But others start very early, like one young BirdNote listener named Ben Bradmon. He has be...

  • Added: Jul 16, 2024
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The Northern Mockingbird isn’t the only mimic bird in town. Brown Thrashers also learn songs from nearby birds and add them to their repertoire. Th...

  • Added: Jul 16, 2024
  • Length: 01:45