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Laura Erickson's For the Birds

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"For the Birds" began airing on KUMD in Duluth, MN, in May, 1986, and is the longest continually-running radio program about birds in the U.S. Hundreds more episodes are available for free at http://www.lauraerickson.com/radio/.

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"For the Birds" began airing on KUMD in Duluth, MN, in May, 1986, and is the longest continually-running radio program about birds in the U.S. Hundreds more episodes are available for free at http://www.lauraerickson.com/radio/.

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Wonderful podcast

By Hardcore_Since_4 - Jan 17 2019
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I love this podcast so much. Laura Ericsson strikes the perfect balance between thoughtful, educational and heartwarming in less than 10 minutes. I love her personal anecdotal observations re birds while also incorporating macro knowledge and issues to the topic. What I like best is how each podcast is not long but not too short either!

Courage

By north shore falcon - Jun 22 2018
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I love your show as it is thoughtful and genuine, but also courageous. In these times it is right to speak truth, because you don't get to be for the birds if you're against a compassionate life.

iTunes Ratings

50 Ratings
Average Ratings
46
2
2
0
0

Wonderful podcast

By Hardcore_Since_4 - Jan 17 2019
Read more
I love this podcast so much. Laura Ericsson strikes the perfect balance between thoughtful, educational and heartwarming in less than 10 minutes. I love her personal anecdotal observations re birds while also incorporating macro knowledge and issues to the topic. What I like best is how each podcast is not long but not too short either!

Courage

By north shore falcon - Jun 22 2018
Read more
I love your show as it is thoughtful and genuine, but also courageous. In these times it is right to speak truth, because you don't get to be for the birds if you're against a compassionate life.
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Laura Erickson's For the Birds

Latest release on Jan 16, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Book Review: The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson

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Laura gives this book her highest rating.

Aug 27 2018

5mins

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Rank #2: Tips for Birding the Sax-Zim Bog

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Laura gives some practical tips if you plan to come bird in northern Minnesota.

Feb 07 2019

5mins

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Rank #3: Birding for Health

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Enjoying birds can contribute to a long, healthy life; even when it doesn't it improves our life during the time we have.

Jun 27 2019

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Rank #4: Black-capped Chickadee Musings on a Frigid Day

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Laura unearthed this transcript from a program from the 90s, and decided it was worth a second look.

Jan 28 2019

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Rank #5: The Humanity of Scrub Jays

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Laura's lifetime of encounters with jays has made her think about the meaning of being human.

Oct 11 2019

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Rank #6: Laura’s Best Bird EVER! ™ Le Conte's Sparrow: the Tiny Ahab

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Laura's first look at a bird being banded called to her mind a great American classic.

Jul 11 2018

5mins

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Rank #7: Hummingbird Migration Update

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Watch those hummingbirds!

Aug 26 2019

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Rank #8: Warbler Day!

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Laura celebrates every May 11 as Warbler Day.

May 13 2019

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Rank #9: Phyllis Berman: Trained by a Chickadee

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How good are chickadees at training us humans? And what do we get out of it? Laura received an email from Phyllis Berman, in Amherst, Massachusetts, with a charming tale of her love and willingness to help a family of chickadees.

Nov 01 2019

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Rank #10: Piping Plover Update

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Piping Plovers are doing very well this year, in Maine and Chicago.

Aug 07 2019

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Rank #11: Visiting Northern Wisconsin

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Laura had a speaking event in Ashland last week to support the Friends of the North Pikes Creek Wetlands, and then had a wonderful encounter with a bobcat in another wetlands.

Apr 24 2018

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Rank #12: Birding in the Tiniest State

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Laura spent a few days in the tiniest state in the union and was impressed with all its birds.

Apr 05 2019

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Rank #13: Full Interview with Caroline Van Hemert

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Caroline Van Hemert talks to Laura about her book, *The Sun Is a Compass: A 4,000-Mile Journey into the Alaskan Wilds.

Mar 23 2019

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Rank #14: Laura’s Best Bird EVER! ™ First Pileated Woodpecker

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Laura's first Pileated Woodpecker was her best bird EVER!

May 03 2018

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Rank #15: Basal Cell Carcinomas: An Occupational Hazard of Birding

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Laura just had the Mohs procedure to remove a bit of cancer on her face. Now she's good to go for another year or two.

May 02 2018

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Rank #16: The First Robin of Spring vs. the Last Robin of Winter

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Robins are more complicated than most people realize.

Feb 28 2019

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Rank #17: Sam Cook's Ravens and New Information about Pair Bonds

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Sam Cook's column this week was about a romantic interlude between ravens. New research shows how both birds of a pair can be evolutionarily invested not only in how many young they produce, but how many their mate can successfully produce over a long period of time. Pair bonds can be important for this.

Oct 15 2019

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Rank #18: Abnormal Plumage, Part II: Leucistic Birds

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An unusually pale chickadee is visiting Gayle Friday's feeders.

Mar 07 2019

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Rank #19: Our Far Flung Correspondents: Owls and Fences

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David Bartlam came upon a dead Great Horned Owl in Proctor, Minnesota: yet another tragedy caused by a fence.

Jan 26 2018

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Rank #20: I Can See Clearly Now

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Laura had her second cataract surgery on Wednesday. How's it working out?

(Laura's dyslexic, and messed up which eye was which at the beginning of this.)

Dec 20 2019

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