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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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Look Up - A Family of Falconers
For Mike Jackson, a firefighter in Washington, DC, falconry is a family affair. He learned the sport of training and hunting with birds of prey from his dad. Now, he’s a father himself, and he works with birds of prey as a way to connect with the natural world — and his kids.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 21, 2019
The Great Missoula Floods
During the last ice age, part of the ice sheet covering what is now western Canada advanced far enough into Idaho to block a major waterway, now called the Clark Fork River. The ice dam backed up the river, creating a gigantic lake in (what is now) Montana.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 20, 2019
Clark&#039;s Nutcracker - Nature&#039;s Arborist
High in the mountains, a Clark's Nutcracker buries a cache of whitebark pine seeds. This will be nearly its sole source of food until the next summer. But some of those cached seeds will germinate, spawning a small grove of pines.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 19, 2019
Big She, Little He (in Raptors)
In many birds, plumage is often the easiest way to tell males from females. But in raptors, size is often the best indicator of sex. In many bird and mammal species, males are larger than females. But in birds of prey, including Ospreys, hawks, falcons and eagles, the rule is reversed.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 18, 2019
Meet the Blue Jay
If we had to pick one bird’s voice to symbolize our Eastern woodlands, the Blue Jay’s voice would likely be it. And as a frequent visitor to back yards and bird feeders, the Blue Jay is among the most recognized birds of the region.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 17, 2019
Shorebirds Aren&#039;t Always on the Shore
Shorebirds' lives take them to many places other than the shore. Most of the shorebirds we see along our coasts migrate to the Arctic in summer. Here, many nest on the tundra, some along rushing streams, and others on rocky mountainsides.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 16, 2019
Who Likes Suet?
Chickadees and titmice, nuthatches and jays, and woodpeckers, like the Pileated pictured here, all love suet. As do birds whose beaks can’t open seeds, like tiny kinglets, and almost any wintering warbler.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 15, 2019
Spark Bird: A Lifetime in Science
When he was just a kid, Gordon Orians kept notebooks about the birds he saw. And then he realized he could make discoveries – he could add to the body of knowledge and contribute to science.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 14, 2019
The Moon of Falling Leaves
The Cree call the full moon in October "The Moon of Falling Leaves." It's almost time to stow the tools and put the garden to bed for the winter. When the trees lose their leaves, you can see the nests of summer. It's a good time to prune trees, because you won't disturb nesting birds.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 13, 2019
Seagull Calling Contest
There are more than two dozen species of gulls living in North America. Some people might dismiss them as just “seagulls.” But not the people of Port Orchard, a small town on Washington State’s Puget Sound.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 12, 2019
The Crows&#039; Night Roost
Crow experts think big communal roosts provide warmth, protection from predators, shared knowledge about food sources, and a chance to find a mate. Follow crows to their roost some autumn evening, if you can, and watch these avian acrobats wheel in for the night.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 11, 2019
Ulm Sparrows
As an old story from Germany goes, workers building the world’s tallest church were preparing to install an immensely long beam, but they couldn’t get it through the city gate.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 10, 2019
Stowaway Cockatoo Takes a Cruise
A beautiful Rose-breasted Cockatoo named Harri took the adventure of a lifetime. She set off unseen on a cruise ship from Brisbane, Australia, and wasn’t discovered until the ship neared New Zealand.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 09, 2019
Spark Bird: The First Robin of Spring
Rasheena Fountain studied environmental science and worked at her local Audubon Society. Now she writes about nature and diversity in the outdoors. And what got her interested in the first place? It all started in kindergarten, with a teacher named Miss Beak and the first robin of spring.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 08, 2019
The World&#039;s Most Abundant Bird
An estimated 1.5 billion Red-billed Quelea live in Africa today, making them the most abundant of all wild birds. The sparrow-sized Red-billed Quelea flock together in groups so large, from a distance they appear to be clouds of smoke.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 07, 2019
Woodpeckers Carve Out Roost Cavities, Too
In spring, we often hear woodpeckers hard at work, carving out nest holes in tree trunks. And now that fall has arrived, we may hear that excavating sound again. Some woodpecker species stay year round in the region where they nest, while others migrate south in winter.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 06, 2019
Yosemite in Fall - With John Muir
It’s October in Yosemite. Acorn Woodpeckers, Clark’s Nutcrackers, Red-breasted Nuthatches, and Mountain Chickadees like this one know it’s time to stock the larder! For us, there’s still time to enjoy a hike before the harshness of winter.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 05, 2019
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black-crowned Night-Herons feed primarily on fish, but they will consume everything from earthworms to clams to eggs of nesting birds and refuse at landfills!<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 04, 2019
Spark Bird: Birding from the Bus
Kelsen Caldwell drives a bus in and around Seattle for King County Metro. As a bus driver, sometimes there’s downtime if your bus is moving too fast. What do you do with all that extra time? If you’re Kelsen, you fall in love with birds.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 03, 2019
Using the Merlin Bird ID App
The Merlin Bird ID smartphone app from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a free, easy way to help you identify new birds.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 02, 2019
Starlings Say It With Flowers
European Starlings regularly adorn their twig nests with marigolds, elderberry flowers, yarrow leaves, and even willow bark — all of which are full of aromatic chemicals, which fumigate their nests and are thought to discourage pests and parasites.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 01, 2019
Great Horned Owl Family in Autumn
Compared to many birds, Great Horned Owls remain with their parents a long time. They hatched in early March, from eggs laid in late January. By April, both parents were hunting through the night to feed their young. But for the last two weeks, the adults have not fed the young.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 30, 2019
The Descent of Birdlore
How did Theodore Roosevelt develop his interest in birds? The chain of events may surprise you. As a budding birdwatcher, Roosevelt was influenced by John Bell, a New York City taxidermist.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 29, 2019
Birding Trails
Coast to coast and border to border, Birding Trails offer great opportunities to find birds. On a summer trip in New England, along the Connecticut River between Vermont and New Hampshire, you can hear the vividly colored Blackburnian Warbler.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 28, 2019
Red-necked Phalaropes, Spinners on the Sea
If you’re ever lucky enough to see a Red-necked Phalarope, keep an eye out for its delightful method of feeding. The birds twirl on the surface like little ballerinas, spinning and pecking, again and again.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 27, 2019
Saving Chimneys for Vaux&#039;s Swifts
Vaux’s Swifts are perfectly adapted to lives spent in the air. They mate on the wing, and their feet and legs are so small they can’t even walk. But they can hang. So at dusk they collect along the inner walls of giant chimneys, at places like Chapman Elementary School in Portland, Oregon.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 26, 2019
Acorn Woodpecker Granaries
The Acorn Woodpecker is found in parts of the western US. It chips small recesses out of trees to fit the acorns it will harvest throughout the fall. A family of Acorn Woodpeckers may use this storage tree, or granary, for generations. Some of them hold as many as 50,000 acorns.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 25, 2019
House Sparrows Can Open Doors
House Sparrows are ingenious birds that have learned a highly specialized skill: how to open automatic doors. House Sparrows have been seen activating electric-eye sensors to fly into restaurants, supermarkets, and home supply stores. What will they be up to next?<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 24, 2019
Autumnal Equinox
Today marks the mid-point between June's longest day and December's shortest day. We may hardly notice, but ancient cultures closely watched the changes in the sun's daily patterns.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 23, 2019
Darwin&#039;s Birds
The finches of the Galapagos Islands are famous in the history of evolutionary theory. But Charles Darwin spent four years studying other birds as well, as the Beagle circumnavigated southern South America before reaching the Galapagos in 1835.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 22, 2019
In Seattle, Scrub-Jays Are Here to Stay
California Scrub-Jays are moving north up the Pacific coast of North America. The crafty birds join a number of other corvids, the crow- and jay-like birds, that already call the Pacific Northwest home.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 21, 2019
Snowy Egrets - Killer Hats
Today you’ll find Snowy Egrets in the south and central United States and in remnant wetlands along the Atlantic coast. But once, they were rare. During the late 1800s, millions of birds – including Snowy Egrets – were killed annually to adorn the hats of fashionable ladies.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 20, 2019
Jaegers Give Chase in September
A tern or gull plunges headfirst into the water, then bounces aloft grasping a small fish in its bill. But before the bird can swallow its catch, a Parasitic Jaeger swoops in. The jaeger nips the bird's wing, and it drops its hard-won fish.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 19, 2019
A Bird Migrates South, Step by Step
Wood Thrushes migrate more than 2,000 miles each way, between their summer breeding territories in the US and Canada to where they winter in Central America. During migration, the birds will fly for hundreds of miles at night, then stop for days or weeks to refuel.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 18, 2019
Ducks - Diving and Dabbling
Autumn brings many species of wintering ducks and seabirds to our waters. Watch carefully. Some dabble along the surface, feeding along shallow edges of lakes and estuaries. Others dive under the water, using their feet and occasionally their wings for propulsion.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 17, 2019
Why Do Dippers Dip?
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 16, 2019
Counting a Million Raptors Over Veracruz
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 15, 2019
Tree Swallow Roost
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 14, 2019
Responsible Birdfeeding
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 13, 2019
What Kind of Music Is Bird Song?
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 12, 2019
Green Heron
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 11, 2019
Fastest Bird on Two Legs
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 10, 2019
Nighttime Flights of Songbirds
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.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 09, 2019
How High Birds Fly II
Bar-headed Geese, champions of high-altitude migration, leave their nesting grounds in Tibet and scale the Himalayan range on their way to wintering grounds in the lowlands of India. How do they do it?<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 08, 2019
Gerrit Vyn on the Lammergeier
Sound recordist and photographer, Gerrit Vyn, spent two years in the Peace Corps in the mountains of Lesotho. He worked with a chief named Ntate Letsie in the village of Selemong.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 07, 2019
The Pungent Mudflat
On the shore of a saltwater bay, the tide goes out, revealing a broad expanse of dark, glistening mudflat. Mudflats are rich in nutrients, such as decomposing organic matter and minerals.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 06, 2019
Birdsong Wanes with the Season
By this time in September, most migratory birds have departed. Many resident birds remain, but their voices are now quiet. During fall and winter, birds don't need to sing to establish a breeding territory or attract a mate. Many songbirds lose the ability to sing.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 05, 2019
Do Penguins Blush?
Humboldt Penguins living along the Pacific Coast of Chile and Peru are adapted to cold. But on land, temperatures rise to 100+ degrees, and penguins need to cool off. So these penguins have pink patches of bare skin on their face, under their wings, and on their feet.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 04, 2019
Ravens and Crows - Who&#039;s Who?
Is that big black bird a crow or a raven? How can you tell? Ravens (seen right here) often travel in pairs, while crows (left) are seen in larger groups. Also, study the tail as the bird flies overhead.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 03, 2019
Bee Hummingbird
The Bee Hummingbird, found only in Cuba, is the smallest bird in the world. An absolute miniature, even among hummingbirds, it measures only two and a quarter inches long. Often mistaken for bees, they weigh less than a dime.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 02, 2019