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Alex Chadwick heads to Southwest Texas to find out just what it is that draws people to Big Bend, one of the most remote national parks in the entire United States.


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Caption: Brown-headed Cowbird, Credit: Linda Petersen
As most young male birds get ready to leave the nest, they learn their species’ song by hearing their male parent sing it again and again. They imp...

  • Added: Jul 19, 2017
  • Length: 01:45
Caption: Mallard Wings, Credit: Mike Hamilton
Birds evolved not only wings, but many other adaptations that make it possible to fly. Feathers provide insulation, waterproofing, and a lightweigh...

Bought by KRPS and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jun 21, 2017
  • Length: 01:45
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: American Crow, Credit: Risa George
Most birds are mostly waterproof. Their feathers, combined with oil from preen glands, keep them pretty watertight. So why do birds avoid flying du...

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  • Added: Jun 21, 2017
  • Length: 01:45
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Rufus the Harris's Hawk, Credit: Wayne Davis
Wimbledon is legendary: the verdant green of the courts, the throngs of fans in sun hats, sightings of royalty ... and lots of pigeons. Since the t...

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  • Added: Jun 21, 2017
  • Length: 01:45
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: White-bearded Manakin, Credit: Steve Garvie
The White-bearded Manakin lives in Trinidad and throughout much of South America. The males court females by snapping their wings with firecracker-...

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  • Added: Jun 21, 2017
  • Length: 01:45
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Audubon's Oriole, Credit: Tom Grey
On the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, birds across the North American continent greet the dawn — from the Florida Keys and the marsh...

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  • Added: May 22, 2017
  • Length: 01:45
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Turkey Vulture, Credit: Pat Gaines
Do vultures detect carrion by sight or by smell? The lightbulb moment came to ornithologist Kenneth Stager when a Union Oil employee told him of vu...

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  • Added: May 22, 2017
  • Length: 01:45
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Cooper's Hawk, Credit: Ken Slade
Next time you’re in the city, look up. When pigeons are wheeling, you might just see a different bird in pursuit. The Cooper’s Hawk, once known as ...

  • Added: May 22, 2017
  • Length: 01:45
Caption: Red-eyed Vireo, Credit: Laura Erickson
A typical songbird belts out its song between 1,000 and 2,500 times per day. Even though most bird songs last only a few seconds, that's a lot of w...

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  • Added: May 22, 2017
  • Length: 01:45
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Emperor Penguin, Credit: Helene Peltier
In general, the bigger the bird, the higher the number of feathers. Someone counted the feathers on a Tundra Swan and came up with 25,216. At least...

  • Added: Apr 21, 2017
  • Length: 01:45