KTNA Studio – Dave Totten, artist

Photo by Deb Wessler

Photo by Dora Miller

KTNA Studio

KTNA On Air Studio, Jan 2013

Photo by Deb Wessler

Photo by James Trump

Winter Black-capped Chickadee

winter chickadee

Photo by Robin Song

Fish Lake morning

Fish Lake morning

photo: Robin Song


Posts from the 'Earth & Beyond' category

Star Date Susitna 12-6-2015

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Earth & Beyond author Kathleen Fleming presents Stardate Susitna.


Venus at 6am GMT on Tuesday, 8 December 2015, Comet Catalina (C/2013 US10) rapidly heads north through the constellation Virgo, crossing the border into Boötes on Christmas Eve. It passes within ½ degree of the brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere — magnitude +0.1 Arcturus — on the morning of New Year’s Day 2016. The positions shown are for 06h UT on the stated date. 

Comet Catalina

Comet Catalina


Susitna Writer’s Voice–Natural Observations: Update on the goshawk, and early spring birds, by Robin Song

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Robin Song updates the story of the wounded Northern Goshawk, and she tells of some memorable time spent with   our big, white, impressive early migrants, the Trumpeter Swans. Audio is seven minutes.





Here’s an update on the Goshawk that Trigger Twigg rescued on December thirtieth. For those who don’t know the story, he was returning to his cabin that morning when he heard a noise and turned to see a Goshawk falling from a branch and landing spread-eagled on the snow. (more…)

Susitna Writer’s Voice–StarDate Susitna: Total lunar eclipse, by Kathleen Fleming

Monday, April 14, 2014




There’s a total lunar eclipse happening TONIGHT! All about when to watch the moon, and what you’ll see, also about the planets you can observe now, and the disappearing stars. Audio is 13 minutes.


Natural Observations–Life in the birch trees

Monday, March 17, 2014


photos by Robin Song

Natural Observations host and producer Robin Song tells about the birds and animals that she observes using the cavities and branches of the birches outside her cabin. Audio is 9:43.


Trees are vital to many species of birds and mammals. I’ve been observing two birch trees in particular, for a few years, now. They live east and west of the cabin in which I live as caretaker on Birch Creek Ranch. The one to the east is very tall and years ago lost its crown in a wind storm. (more…)

Natural Observations-The owls of winter

Monday, March 10, 2014

photos by Robin Song

Robin Song, host and producer of this week’s Earth and Beyond program, tells about the life history, habits, and sounds of local owl species: the little boreal and  saw-whet, the medium-sized short-eared and hawk, and the large great-horned and gray. Text follows audio.


As the winter of strange weather scrolled by, I wondered where the owls were. This was the second winter in a row that I didn’t hear any owls calling out at the ranch. In prior winters I had frequently heard the calls of Great Horned, Great Grays, Saw Whets, Boreals, and Northern Hawk Owls. I had been privileged to see each of these owl species, as well. (more…)

Natural Observations–3-2-2014–Goshawk rescue!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Earth and Beyond host and producer Robin Song tells the story of Trigger Twigg’s goshawk rescue.


A snowstorm moved into Talkeetna over December twenty-first and second, blanketing the area with heavy, wet snow. On the morning of December thirtieth Trigger Twigg had just seen his wife, Margreth, and their daughter, Allegany, off down the trail from their cabin on the hill. Heading back, Trigger was looking at the snow load on the cabin roof when he heard a crack above and behind him. (more…)

Natural Observations–A winter hike

Monday, February 24, 2014















Earth and Beyond writer, host and producer Robin Song takes a walk along Montana Creek.


The snow has been taking its sweet time in returning to cover up the ice, which has blanketed our State for several weeks now. While the crust on the snow is strong enough to hold my weight most of the time, it’s too slick to ski, and I still have to pick my way carefully on my ice cleats, waiting for that moment when the crust gives way and my boot plunges through. (more…)

Natural Observations–Redpolls and grosbeaks

Monday, February 17, 2014

In this Earth and Beyond program from 2008, Robin Song tells about two of the more colorful birds that come to our feeders. Where are the redpolls this year?

Redpolls and grosbeaks-1-12-08

Natural Observations 2-10-2014–Weird Winter

Monday, February 10, 2014

Earth and Beyond writer, host and producer Robin Song chronicles the unusual winter of the new year.


January’s strange weather brought a memorable start to 2014. A warm front had moved through in early December, bringing freezing rain by the sixth. On the ninth it was thirty-one above in Fairbanks, while it was eighteen below in North Dakota! But by the eleventh it was back to zero, in the Talkeetna area, and at the ranch it was minus ten by the sixteenth. The temperatures remained in the normal winter range for the rest of the month, though sunshine was scarce. But on January first, it was like a switch got flicked and the temperature zipped up to twenty-eight above zero. (more…)