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BirdNote strives to transport listeners out of the daily grind and into the natural world with outstanding audio programming and online content. The stories we tell are rich in sound, imagery, and information, connecting the ways and needs of birds to the lives of listeners. We inspire people to listen, look, and exclaim, “Oh, that’s what that is!”

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The Greater Roadrunner is a common species in the desert and brush country of the Southwest, but its full range reaches from California to western Louisiana. Its soft cooing voice hints at its connections to another bird: scientists group roadrunners with the cuckoos. Where to see a roadrunner?<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 14, 2018
Birdsong Therapy
Where some noises — like TV, traffic and random conversations — can make it hard to concentrate, birdsong may make it easier. In Alder Hay Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, England, the sweet sounds of birdsong carry along the hallways.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 13, 2018
Singing Like a Bird and Feeling Good
Every now and then, don’t you just want to belt it out? Imagine singing like a Black-headed Grosbeak! Or what about a Carolina Wren? Picture warbling like a House Finch. All this just too rambunctious for you? The call of the American Bittern more your style? Or this Yellow-headed Blackbird?<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 12, 2018
Bonaparte&#039;s Gull Chorus-line
Small, tern-like Bonaparte's Gulls often form a chorus-line at the water's edge. Side by side, in half an inch of water, they stomp their feet as fast as they can. Under this pummeling, a smorgasbord of shrimp is stirred up for the gulls to harvest.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 11, 2018
Solon Towne and the Meadowlarks
Over a century ago, a Nebraska man — an audiologist by training — named Solon Towne “collected” the songs of meadowlarks. According to his daughters, he’d saunter about their farm, listening carefully. Then he’d hurry back to his desk to transcribe the birds’ songs into musical notes.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 10, 2018
Wilson&#039;s Warbler near Summer&#039;s End
By early August, the rich yellow of the feathers of the Wilson's Warbler seems to flash in every forest thicket. Despite predators and weather, many pairs of adults have raised four young, which now flit about on their own.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 09, 2018
Vermilion Flycatcher
What’s the reddest bird in North America? In the East, the Scarlet Tanager or maybe the Summer Tanager. But neither is seen nearly as often as the Northern Cardinal. In the Southwest, another candidate pops out like a bright red flare on the tip of a branch: the Vermilion Flycatcher.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 08, 2018
The Harpy Eagle Is a Huge, Powerful Hunter
Harpy Eagles spend their lives in tall, remote tropical forests in Central and South America, flying from tree to tree in search of food. The eagles are named for the Harpies of Greek mythology, women with the bodies of birds who, on Zeus’s command, snatched people from the earth.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 07, 2018
Woodpeckers as Keystone Species
Woodpeckers - including this Northern Flicker - are master carpenters of the bird world. They're called "keystone" species for their crucial role in creating habitat suited to other woodland wildlife.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 06, 2018
Flammulated Owl
The Flammulated Owl is a study in camouflaged grays and browns, with cinnamon-brown shoulder straps and large brown eyes. This astute aerial predator stands a little more than six and a half inches tall, from its sharp-clawed feet to its stubby, ear-like tufts.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 05, 2018