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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: A Scaled Quail takes up residence in the oasis, Credit: Carolyn Ohl-Johnson
A birder knows the lure of water. And Carolyn Ohl* dug and dammed Southwest Texas desert to make an oasis, especially for hummingbirds. She lives n...

Bought by Radio Newark, Marfa Public Radio, KWMR, and Troy Public Radio


  • Added: Sep 11, 2014
  • Length: 03:36
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Greater Roadrunner, Credit: Andy Morffe
Among our national parks, Big Bend, in Southwest Texas, is one of the least visited. It is enormous, a vast blend of desert, mountain, river, and t...

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio, Radio Newark, Marfa Public Radio, PRX Remix, KUT and more


  • Added: Sep 11, 2014
  • Length: 03:36
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Banding a Lucifer Hummingbird, Credit: Alex Chadwick
A hummingbird -- a tiny jewel of a bird -- hovers over a flower and lowers its long bill in for nectar. BirdNote contributor Alex Chadwick visited ...

Bought by KSKA, Radio Newark, Marfa Public Radio, KWMR, and Troy Public Radio


  • Added: Sep 11, 2014
  • Length: 03:35
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: American Robin, Credit: © Tom Grey
The mortality rate is high in our familiar songbirds. For robins, it's around 50% each year once young birds have fledged. If a robin survives to m...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, WETD, and WKCC


  • Added: Aug 26, 2014
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Black-capped Vireo, Credit:  © Joe Fischer
Paul Davis owns 1,500 acres in the Hill Country of Texas that he manages, not for cattle, but as habitat for warblers and vireos. He’s preserving s...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, WETD, and WKCC


  • Added: Aug 26, 2014
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Lapland Longspur, Credit: © Thomas Bernhardsson
Different sounds travel better in different environments. The explosive notes of a Marsh Wren carry well through thick vegetation. A Common Yellowt...

Bought by 'The Sea', WMUU-LP, and New Hampshire Public Radio


  • Added: Aug 26, 2014
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Western Gull, Credit: © Alex Kerfoot
How do birds drink? A robin takes a mouthful of water and then tips its head way back to send the water down its gullet. Pigeons are among the few ...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, WETD, and WKCC


  • Added: Aug 26, 2014
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Western Screech-Owl, Credit: © Steve Metz
At the close of a summer day, the songbirds go silent. As if on cue, the birds of the night make their voices known. In an Eastern woodland, the ee...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, WETD, and WKCC


  • Added: Aug 26, 2014
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Mourning Doves, Credit: © Andrew Atzert
By August, most birds in North America have finished nesting, bringing legions of new birds into the world. These Mourning Doves, which prosper in ...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, WETD, and WKCC


  • Added: Aug 26, 2014
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Peregrine Falcon
BirdNote shares the stories of father birds that share the duties with the mothers. Perfect for Father's Day!

Bought by KUNM, WMUU-LP, KKWE Niijii Radio, WETD, Prairie Public and more


  • Added: Aug 26, 2014
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 6