Tuesday, April 1, 2014

For the Birds radio production: Breaking Bird


Today's episode of Breaking Bird is brought to you by
Baker's Blue Jay Barn and Saul Goodbird, Legal Eagle.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

No, we don't see eye to eye.

Atlantic Puffin and Razorbill

I may always face left and you may always face right, but we stand on the same foundation.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Friday, November 9, 2012

Happy Jays Are Here Again!

Blue Jay

By our very nature, we can't help but prefer blue states.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Hey! Obama's letting me sit on his head!

Baby Blue Jay

So THERE, Clint Eastwood!!

I'm Scintillating!!

Scintillant Hummingbird

AOU, Gimme Back My Hyphen!!!

Green Violetear

I have violet feathers covering my ears. I do not have viole tears. Please return my name to Green Violet-ear. If it would violate one of the rules of nomenclature to have "ear" as the root noun in a hyphenated name, make me a Green Violet-eared Hummingbird. Or something--you guys are supposed to be the smart ones, so I'm sure you can think of something. Admit it—"Violetear" is a stupid word.

Friday, August 31, 2012

We Built That? Let's Get Real!

Kirtland's Warbler

No man, or bird, is an island. We ALL built this world, we ALL have been dependent on the kindness of strangers, and we're ALL part of a country on a planet in a universe far, far bigger than ourselves. Working together is how people built a civilization, wrote a Constitution, fought for independence, and saved my species. And that's the way it is.

We Built That!

Eastern Bluebird

No, the nice folks at the Florida Scrub-Jay Trail built it. Thanks!

We Built That!

Great Horned Owl nest

Actually, a pair of Red-tailed Hawks built it, but we took it over all by ourselves!

We Built That!

Rocky Rococo: The Robin's Choice!!

Well, Mommy and Daddy built the nest, but Rocky Rococo (who Laura Erickson says makes the best pizza in the universe) built the letter C.

Rocky Rococo: The Robin's Choice!!

We Built That!

Grand Canyon at sunrise

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

We Built That!

Common Redpolls and Pine Siskins

(Just kidding!)

We Built That!

Great Blue Heron nest colony or heronry

Well, our parents and grandparents built some of those nests before we were hatched, and yeah, it was on Minnesota state land that is protected thanks to taxpayers, and yeah, the federal and Minnesota state governments do a lot to ensure that we have clean water and lots of fish to raise our young there. But OTHERWISE, we really did build that!

We Built That!

Osprey

Well, with a little help from the power company, who had a little bit of an incentive because of public pressure and government regulations. Thanks, everyone!

We Built That!

Common Loon

My mate and I built our two chicks from scratch. Well, sure, it was on a nest platform some nice landowners built using plans approved by the Wisconsin DNR. And sure, we get our fish from a clean lake thanks to rules enforced by the Wisconsin DNR. And sure, we're happy that coal-fired power plants have been regulated so we aren't suffering from mercury poisoning.