BirdNote's home for longform stories and series that connect us more deeply with birds, nature, and each other. Our latest series, Grouse, is about the most controversial bird in the West and what it can teach us about hope, compromise and life in rural America.
Bonus Guest Episode: The Spotted Owl
This episode we're sharing "Timber Wars," from OPB. The show explores the fight over old growth forests in the Pacific Northwest. And at the center of that fight was… a bird!
Answering the call to protect the birds and places we love
Grouse: If Not Hope, Then Courage
In the final episode of Grouse, host Ashley Ahearn returns to a lek in Washington with biologist Michael Schroeder and finds it scorched by recent wildfire. We’re all looking for hope right now, but Ashley says what we really need is the courage to keep fighting, loving and dancing, as the sage-grouse have shown us.
Grouse: The Death of Compromise?
Environmentalists and politicians love the phrase “common ground.” In the latest episode of Grouse, host Ashley Ahearn explores the role of compromise in the face of major environmental loss. Does the sage-grouse have time for it?
Grouse: Oil and Gas
No matter how we feel about it, the natural gas industry is an important player in our national energy supply — and the future of sage-grouse. Can the two co-exist? Host Ashley Ahearn travels to Wyoming for answers. She talks with a biologist who has been studying sage-grouse in oil and gas country for 20 years, and the vice president of an energy company that is trying to reduce its impacts on sage-grouse.
Grouse: The Story of the Grieving Woman and the Sage-Grouse
What can the Greater Sage-Grouse teach us about our relationships with the Earth and one another? Ashley Ahearn turns to Wilson Wewa, an elder of the Northern Paiute Nation, for stories about sage-grouse from long ago that might hold lessons for all of us today.
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Interesting sage grouse episodes
Loving these episodes - so interesting & enjoying hearing a bit about life out there- as a UK listener brings a whole new perspective about the US as well as a bird I’d never heard of before. Looking forward to the rest of these episodes
The Joy of Listening—more please.
This podcast is a joy! I like birds but am not a ‘twitcher’ but find hearing their voices takes me away from the tedium of my day. Not a meditation, per se, these, aside from one that’s not, I find more aware of the sounds of nature around me, despite living busy, noisy, non-nature-oriented London. Yes, more please!