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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Human Threats to The Livelihood of Birds

Friday, April 24, 2015

Please Explain this week is all about birds: how human activity is driving several species to extinction, and what some people are doing to try and change that.

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The Takeaway

Imagining a World Without Birds

Friday, April 17, 2015

When he's not busy fielding nominations for Pulitzers, Jonathan Franzen is involved in a passionate fight against the poaching of endangered songbirds.

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The Takeaway

How an 8-Year-Old Girl Became Queen of The Crows

Monday, March 09, 2015

What happens when some neighborhood crows befriend a little girl in Seattle? You might be surprised. 

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Recording America's Rarest Bird

Friday, January 23, 2015

The story of finding and recording the rarest bird in America: the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker.

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Studio 360

Decoding Nature’s Most Elaborate Mating Dances

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Yale ornithologist argues that our definition or art is way too narrow. It’s not just a human activity — lots of plants and animals have aesthetic experiences, too.

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The Takeaway

Half of All North American Birds Threatened by Climate Change

Friday, September 12, 2014

The National Audubon Society says many species will be forced to find new habitat over the next 65 years. Some will survive, but many others will not.

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Radiolab

Where The Birds Are Is Not Where You'd Think

Monday, July 28, 2014

Birds are everywhere, but the greatest concentration of different birds — the "bird mecca" of America — is not in our great parks, not in our forests, not where you'd suppose. Not at all.    

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Radiolab

For the Birds

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Today, a lady with a bird in her backyard upends our whole sense of what we may have to give up to keep a wild creature wild.

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WNYC News

Central Park's Newest Resident: a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Monday, June 02, 2014

A bird that usually just passes through Central Park may now be nesting there — for the first time in the park's recorded history. And birders have checked records going back to 1866.

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Spinning on Air

Bird Songs & Songs About Birds

Sunday, June 01, 2014

David Garland presents an hour of songs about birds, including pieces by Laura Marling and Scott Matthew recorded for Spinning On Air, and works by The Incredible String Band, The Beach Boys, Anita O'Day, and Dave Van Ronk. Plus an excerpt from Jim Fassett's "Symphony of the Birds," a tape collage constructed from recordings of bird song.

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Transportation Nation

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: MTA Bands Peregrine Falcon Chicks

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Springtime is hatchling time, and in keeping with a 31-year effort, New York's MTA banded the peregrine falcon chicks that nest atop three of its bridges.

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Radiolab

A Little Bird Either Learns Its Name Or Dies

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Names are useful. We use them to catch someone's attention, to talk about them. Do animals create names for each other like we do? Yes, turns out. Here's a crazy example, with a dastardly back story.

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WNYC News

Migrating Birds Make Pit Stop in Central Park

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

May is peak migration and it's drawing birders to Central Park in hopes of catching a glimpse of some of the more than 100 species passing through our area.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Wildlife During the Longer Winter

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

We're not the only species that felt the unusually long and bitter winter. WNYC reporter Stephen Nessen, explains how rats were forced to eat trees. Asian tiger mosquitoes were also hit hard. And new kinds of birds are in the area. What signs of a long winter are you seeing in the city's natural world? Birders, which species are you seeing? Wildlife watchers and gardeners, what other signs of the polar vortex are you observing as spring begins?

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Radiolab

The Most Unusual Boy Band In The World

Saturday, March 29, 2014

They sing. They leap. They do crazy cartwheels, landing with pinpoint perfection. They finish with a wild cry of joy. But it's what they don't do that's most remarkable.

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Radiolab

What's The Biggest Animal Gathering Ever? (Was Rod Stewart There?)

Friday, March 21, 2014

It's a small moment in a sprawling Shakespeare play. Most people miss it. A nobleman named Mortimer has been locked up by the king, who decrees: Don't anyone say "Mortimer" in my royal presence. That name is forbidden. But one of Mortimer's allies has a plan. He wants to give ...

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Radiolab

The Starling That Dared To Be Different

Friday, January 31, 2014

There they are, up on the power line, side by side by side by side by side. Starlings, each one like the other — rubber-stamped birds, a mob (or murmuration) of indecipherably similar critters, always the same, sitting or flying. But wait! What if there's such a thing as an Exceptional Starling? I think I've found one (or maybe ... four!), hiding in a video.

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The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle

The Song of the Bird

Sunday, November 10, 2013

We hear bird-loving Bela Bartok’s songs about birds, Eric Whitacre’s brilliant evocation of birds in flight and a range of English works dating back to the Renaissance.

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New Sounds

For the Birds

Saturday, September 14, 2013

For this New Sounds program, we’ll listen to music inspired by birdsong, whether it’s by composers who are birders, or naturalists.  Some of these sounds are electronically processed, and some are recreated acoustically.  We’ll listen to Alaska-based John Luther Adams’ recording “Songbirdsongs,” where an ocarina imitates the birdsong, along with music from Tasmanian Ron Nagorcka played on digeridoo and with samples from the cockatiel family.   Plus music from producer Chris Hughes, his “Slow Motion Blackbird,” and music from Maria Schneider as well.

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