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BirdNote

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Rank #25 in Natural Sciences category

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Natural Sciences
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Escape the daily grind and immerse yourself in the natural world. Rich in imagery, sound, and information, BirdNote inspires you to notice the world around you. Join us for daily two-minute stories about birds, the environment, and more.

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Escape the daily grind and immerse yourself in the natural world. Rich in imagery, sound, and information, BirdNote inspires you to notice the world around you. Join us for daily two-minute stories about birds, the environment, and more.

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Cherish gifts

By gwlk - Jun 01 2019
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I just love birds. And clouds. Each are different and unique.

Informative

By P2w99 - Nov 16 2017
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Great podcast for bird trivia.

iTunes Ratings

343 Ratings
Average Ratings
320
10
6
3
4

Cherish gifts

By gwlk - Jun 01 2019
Read more
I just love birds. And clouds. Each are different and unique.

Informative

By P2w99 - Nov 16 2017
Read more
Great podcast for bird trivia.
Cover image of BirdNote

BirdNote

Updated 1 day ago

Rank #25 in Natural Sciences category

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Escape the daily grind and immerse yourself in the natural world. Rich in imagery, sound, and information, BirdNote inspires you to notice the world around you. Join us for daily two-minute stories about birds, the environment, and more.

Rank #1: Why Do Dippers Dip?

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Why does the American Dipper dip? One possibility is that the dipper's repetitive bobbing, against a background of turbulent water, helps conceal the bird's image from predators. A second theory asserts that dipping helps the bird spot prey beneath the surface of the water.
Sep 16 2019
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Rank #2: Counting a Million Raptors Over Veracruz

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A “river of raptors” flows through Veracruz State in eastern Mexico during the month of September. In Living on the Wind, Scott Weidensaul describes his experience counting the birds: “Nothing in a lifetime of birdwatching had prepared me for this spectacle,” he says.
Sep 15 2019
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Rank #3: Tree Swallow Roost

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As the sun sets over the Connecticut River, as many as 300,000 Tree Swallows gather on the wing in one huge, tightly choreographed flock. With dusk at hand, the aerobatic flock - now shaped like a tornado - swoops down into the tall reeds.
Sep 14 2019
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Rank #4: Responsible Birdfeeding

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A clean feeder is a life-and-death matter to some birds. To protect the birds at your feeder, clean it at least once a week, more often if necessary. Rake the ground underneath, too. Pine Siskins are especially prone to salmonellosis, a bacterial disease.
Sep 13 2019
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Rank #5: Woodpeckers Love Ants

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Woodpeckers, as a group, eat far more ants than most other birds do. Many other vertebrates tend to avoid ants because of their stings or because of the noxious chemicals they contain, like formic acid. But woodpeckers just love them. A Pileated Woodpecker’s diet may be up to 50% ants!
Aug 22 2019
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Rank #6: Swallow or Swift?

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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 short bodies, enabling them to glide for long periods. Their glides are punctuated by rapid, stiff bursts of wing-beats.
Aug 23 2019
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Rank #7: Birdsong Therapy

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Where some noises — like TV, traffic and random conversations — can make it hard to concentrate, birdsong may make it easier. In Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, England, the sweet sounds of birdsong carry along the hallways.
Aug 19 2019
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Rank #8: A Crow That Makes Tools

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A crow named Betty learned how to take a straight piece of wire and bend one end into a hook. She then used the hooked end to haul a tiny bucket of meat from the bottom of a long tube. A postage stamp was issued in honor of this New Caledonian Crow.
Aug 15 2019
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Rank #9: Green Heron

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The Green Heron forages on the banks of small bodies of fresh water. Relying on its plumage for camouflage, it perches motionless — body horizontal and stretched forward — waiting for small fish to come close. This heron may use "bait" while hunting for fish.
Sep 11 2019
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Rank #10: Matching Birds with Their Habitats

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Close your eyes and let’s take a little trip today, from one landscape to another, discovering new birds calling in the wild. Particular birds are tied to their particular habitats. As these natural places go, so go the birds.
Aug 12 2019
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Rank #11: Bird Life at the Grand Canyon

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With its awe-inspiring vistas and eons of geologic time on display, the Grand Canyon also offers a unique habitat for birds. What you're likely to see first is this Bronzed Cowbird, strutting on the lawn of a lodge or restaurant. Common Ravens call and squabble.
Aug 11 2019
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Rank #12: What Kind of Music Is Bird Song?

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Composers from Vivaldi to Beethoven have been inspired by birdsong. But how similar is birdsong to the music we create? Two recent studies offer contrasting answers.
Sep 12 2019
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Rank #13: Michigan's State Bird Battle

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Since 1929, Michigan’s state bird has been the American Robin. But lots of people think it’s time for a change. The Black-capped Chickadee is a popular favorite, as is the endangered Kirtland’s Warbler. But it turns out that it’s pretty hard to get a state bird changed.
Aug 13 2019
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Rank #14: Nighttime Flights of Songbirds

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Some cloudless night in September, when the air is clear, you may see birds flying across the yellow face of the moon! September is peak migration time for millions of songbirds heading south from North America to more tropical latitudes.
Sep 09 2019
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Rank #15: Fastest Bird on Two Legs

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Imagine an Ostrich, an Emu, a roadrunner, and the world’s fastest man and woman, all lined up for a race. Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt holds the men’s record for the 100-meter dash — 28 mph — and Florence Griffith-Joyner ran it just a shade slower.
Sep 10 2019
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Rank #16: How Toucans Stay Cool

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The Toco Toucan of South America has evolved to stay cool in the sweltering heat of the tropics. Relative to its body size, the Toco Toucan has the largest bill of any bird in the world, accounting for a third of the body’s entire surface area.
Aug 14 2019
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Rank #17: What Audubon Saw

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Over the course of John James Audubon’s life, even in the 1800s, he noticed how quickly people were changing the wilderness. Today, hundreds of local, state and national Audubon societies fight for birds and the environment in his name.
Aug 21 2019
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Rank #18: Sky Dancing - A Rare Sight

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Out in the arid West, miles north of Winnemucca, a small caravan of birdwatchers searches for raptors along a distant ridgeline of basalt and sage. Nearby, a circle of green, created by pivot irrigation, attracts Northern Harriers that hunt over fields and marshes.
Aug 26 2019
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Rank #19: The Sneeze of the Willow Flycatcher

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Willow Flycatchers arrive later than most other migrants, usually at the end of May. They're coming from South America, a long way to fly for a bird that weighs less than half an ounce. A male Willow Flycatcher aggressively defends its territory against other males and soon attracts a mate.
Aug 05 2019
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Rank #20: Nightfall on the Zabalo

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Visit a completely undisturbed ecosystem, where all the creatures we hear are all native to the land, and have coexisted and continued to evolve together for thousands of years. No animal is stepping on the communications of another animal. No two birds sound alike.
Aug 20 2019
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