On our latest show, direct from the American Birding Expo in Pennsylvania, we welcome Cape May Bird Observatory Director David LaPuma. Plus, we meet the bird with the golden slippers, and we get a first report on winter finches coming down to the Lower 48.
Legendary filmmaker Ken Burns joins us live to talk about an exciting National Parks milestone.
We learn that Snowy Owls have wandered much farther south than we could have ever imagined. And our man in Minnesota, Al Batt, talks about mid-winter bird song and much more.
We'll hear some birds we can't see—night migrating thrushes—as described by author and nocturnal migration expert Ted Floyd. Meanwhile, our Mystery Bird is not impossible to see, but is challenging to find, high in the treetops.
We meet the migration champion of the world; we call our Let's Ask Mike segment "Eating Crow...but Not for Lunch"; and Laura Kammermeier regales us about her adventure and TV show in Ecuador.
An update on Hummingbird spring migration; a feature on the "butterbird"; and a Let's Ask Mike segment we call "Steeling Your Birdhouse to Squelch Your Squirrels."
We come up with a high-tech solution to a listener's dilemma; we feature a migration superstar; and we tell a little story on David Sibley.
We get an update on northbound Hummingbirds; we learn about one of the world's most graceful fliers; and we pay tribute to a great conservationist.
We get an exciting radar report on migrating birds; we hear about the early arrival of hummers in the northeast; and we feature a bird that would rather be heard than seen.
Lots of folks in the northeast are saying the birds have disappeared from their backyards—we try to find out why.
David Clapp talks about shorebirds heading south, and the shearwater spectacular; Mike O'Connor discusses the "robin with a sore throat;" and a listener identifies a hard-to-find Mystery Bird.
Bird migration researcher Tim Spahr describes how he predicted a big fallout of birds last spring and how he might do it again. Our man Mike O'Connor explains the behavior of paint-eating Blue Jays, and we learn how a beautiful diver got its name.
We learn about the only true lark that's native to North America; Mike O'Connor opines on the effect of cold weather on the timing of migrating birds; and our resident poet, Doug Chickering, laments "The Year of Perpetual Winter."
Mass Audubon's Wayne Petersen tells us about a new program that will turn off the lights in Boston skyscrapers to reduce energy use...and save migrating birds. And we stump our listeners in today's Mystery Bird Contest.
Dr. Bridget Stutchbury talks about the many threats facing neotropical migrants as described in her new book; we meet the "Canada Jay"; and we stump our callers in our Mystery Bird contest.
Ray recaps his birdy week in Louisiana; Mike O'Connor offers good advice on avoiding avian window crashes; and listeners report on some exciting migratory bird sightings.
A "secret" for cleaning your scope and binocular lenses; a bird dipped in raspberry sauce; and why your backyard birds may be smarter than the ones who've gone south.
Peter Yaukey of the University of New Orleans talks about the impact of Hurricane Katrina on bird; Mass Audubon's David Clapp describes migration sightings; our tip about fighting squirrel attacks; and "Doctor" Rufus Towhee has our "Bird Word of the Day."