250 episodes

"For the Birds" began airing on KUMD in Duluth, MN, in May, 1986, and is the longest continually-running radio program about birds in the U.S. Hundreds more episodes are available for free at http://www.lauraerickson.com/radio/.

Laura Erickson's For the Birds Laura Erickson

    • Science
    • 4.9 • 93 Ratings

"For the Birds" began airing on KUMD in Duluth, MN, in May, 1986, and is the longest continually-running radio program about birds in the U.S. Hundreds more episodes are available for free at http://www.lauraerickson.com/radio/.

    Here come the chickens!

    Here come the chickens!

    If chickens found their way to Hawaii on their own, things would have worked out okay for everyone. Unfortunately, they brought humans along, too.

    • 5 min
    The Sapsucker–Hummingbird Connection

    The Sapsucker–Hummingbird Connection

    During spring migration, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds usually arrive a couple of weeks after Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers do, for a very good reason.

    • 5 min
    Hawaii before chickens and humans arrived

    Hawaii before chickens and humans arrived

    Millions of years ago, Hawaii was off to a rocky start.

    • 5 min
    Chickens, Part 1.5: Kin of Chickens

    Chickens, Part 1.5: Kin of Chickens

    The rules of counting non-native birds are not always consistent.

    • 5 min
    Chickens, Part I: Domestication

    Chickens, Part I: Domestication

    The most abundant bird on the planet, feeding billions of humans every day, is the chicken. Laura talks about how they became domesticated and some genetic differences between domestic birds and their wild ancestor, the Red Junglefowl. The recording used in this program is of a wild Red Junglefowl in India, recorded and contributed to Xeno-Canto by Lars Lachmann.

    • 5 min
    Solar Eclipse!

    Solar Eclipse!

    Laura remembers a wonderful eclipse from three decades ago.

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

deborahtn ,

Late Hummingbirds at feeder

Enjoy your podcast so much. I too have had some surprise hummingbirds this past weekend. I keep changing the nectar in my last two feeders I have kept out. I shout through the window. “Head south little one, frost is coming”

o1/;7ldul ,

Wit, wisdom and vast knowledge of the avian world make this woman a must hear!

Thank you for airing Laura over the years!

ACK Now ,

It’s a pleasure

Really enjoy this as a supplement to my daily bird watching on my feeders.

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