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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.

BirdNote Presents: Grouse BirdNote

    • Natural Sciences
    • 4.8 • 316 Ratings

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

    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!

    • 33 min
    Introducing Threatened

    Introducing Threatened

    Answering the call to protect the birds and places we love

    • 1 min
    Grouse: If Not Hope, Then Courage

    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.

    • 27 min
    Grouse: The Death of Compromise?

    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?

    • 22 min
    Grouse: Oil and Gas

    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.

    • 19 min
    Grouse: The Story of the Grieving Woman and the 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.

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
316 Ratings

316 Ratings

Pod Daddy ,

Outstanding- deserves to be trending

It’s past time to redefine what success is in journalism. This podcast doesn’t follow the tried and true method of framing a story as good versus evil, of black versus white. Things are rarely if ever that simple. In highlighting the complexities, in painting us the gray areas, Ashley gets you to think. No, there’s no ultimate conclusion and solution, but challenging us to look deeper may be all that’s necessary. Great work and worth a listen. #grouse

syndianne ,

Learning so much!

This Eastern woman just spent a year in the West and am trying to catch up on the environmental issues that are so different from what we live with in the East. Thank you, Ashley (and fabulous crew) for producing such an interesting, personal and beautiful account of a bird that can’t speak for itself.

rooozc ,

“GAAAAAH!” is right!

Move out to nature, start killing wildlife (rattlesnake killing) before you understand its biological niche in YOUR NEW surroundings — all you ever wanted to do was write stories about science, nature and the environment? Gee, great start. And a labradoodle? Yeah, you’re a real bio/enviro buff. Can’t wait to hear more. Um, on second thought...yes, I can.

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