Calling All Cranes

Calling All Cranes by Roberta McElroy Broadcast 3.23 & 3.26.2021 Listen:   It was a beautiful day for birding. There were broken clouds allowing the March sun to peek through, taking away the morning chill. A gentle breeze blew, keeping temperatures...

Boom Or Bust: Boreal Forests, Irruption, And Pine Siskins

Boom Or Bust: Boreal Forests, Irruption And Pine Siskins by Elizabeth Domenech Broadcast 3.16 & 3.19.2021   Listen:   I often feel that new words come to me at the exact right moment. This fall, I had one of those moments of synchronicity, when I began...

Everywhere You Look, Birds Are Dropping Clues

Why is Bird Poop White? by Eva-Maria Maggi Broadcast 3.9 & 3.12.2021   Listen:   With the joy of birding comes the fear of getting dropped on. Recently, my seven-year-old daughter carefully watched a pair of Canada geese sitting on an old ponderosa pine...

Snow Fleas: 400 Million Years Old And Still Springing

Snow Fleas: 400 Million Years Old And Still Springing by Nicholas Littman Broadcast 4.15.2015 Listen:   “Oooo…the poor snow fleas,” says my fiancée, Paige, crouching on the ice to see them closer. “It’s a snow flea massacre, a snow...

How ‘Moon Dogs’ Are Made

Moon Dogs by Ellie Duncan Broadcast 12.3 & 12.8.2017 and 12.29.2020 & 1.1.2021 Listen:   Moon dogs have many names: lunar halos, moon rings, or winter rings. Their scientific name is “paraselenae” and they are made visible by a combination of specific...