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

StarDate Susitna 9-9-2013

Monday, September 9, 2013

The activities of La Luna, meteor showers past and present, the star patterns Perseus and Andromeda, (the galaxy that’s 2 million-plus light-years away), the multicultural nomenclature of the objects of the night sky and mythology…all this and more in this Earth and Beyond program. Kathleen Fleming is the writer, host, and producer.

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StarDate Susitna 9-1-2013

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

As darkness increases, StarDate Susitna producer Kathleen Fleming resumes her usual fall and winter Earth and Beyond schedule. In this program, she tells about the activities of the moon, her perception that September is the darkest month, about the changing polarity of the sun, and the auroral forecast for the next few months.


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Natural Observations–It’s Berry-picking Time!

Monday, August 26, 2013

In this Earth and Beyond program,  Robin Song tells what type of blueberries she found in abundance this year, when she found the usual patches fruitless.


As the annual ‘harvest of the berries’ time drew nigh, I thought about the bounty of last year. I had found the patches in the forest near  the cabin fairly bristling with berries, more than I had ever seen. I suspected that this year would be different, with the long, hot dry spell of this summer.


Natural Observations–Little Kings

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Photos by Robin Song

In this Earth and Beyond program, we learn about a couple of very small, quick birds of the forest.  KTNA volunteer Robin Song is the host, writer, and producer.


There are two species of kinglets in Alaska- the Golden-crowned and the Ruby-crowned. Their name means “little king”, and with their crowns of ruby and gold, I find this an apt moniker. (more…)

Natural Observations–Gifts of summer

Monday, August 5, 2013


Red squirrels can be pesky, but their nocturnal,  endearing cousins, the flying squirrels,  are rarely seen. Volunteer Earth and Beyond host and producer Robin Song tells about recent interactions with both of them, and some of the goings-on at Birch Creek Ranch. Audio is 9:15. Photos by Robin Song.


The summer of 2013 has been a roller-coaster ride for me. While the weather has been spectacular, with week after week of seemingly endless sunshine, for this cold-weather gal, it’s been trying. The long hours of heat and humidity has forced me to stay in the cabin, doing what I can to keep cool. (more…)

Natural Observations-Coyotes and cranes

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Photos by Robin Song

For this Earth and Beyond program, the stage is a summer-green hayfield, the actors are two lively coyotes, a pair of sedate sandhill cranes, and a bystanding horse.  KTNA volunteer Robin Song is the photographer,  writer, host and producer.  Lyra the Aussie assisted. Audio is about 5:30  long. Text follows.


It was another lovely July summer evening on Birch Creek Ranch. I had turned Jody the mare out to graze in the first hay field and her buckskin hide stood in warm contrast to the lime green grass. I heard the pair of Sandhill Cranes calling from the vegetable garden. (more…)

KTNA anniversary audio–A bog walk

Friday, July 26, 2013

KTNA is celebrating 20 years of broadcasting to the Upper Susitna Valley with audio that we aired during the past two decades.  Today, we go on a “bog walk” with Talkeetna resident and Notes on Nature host Deborah Brocke. This Earth and Beyond program aired in 2006. Audio is 9:11.


Occasional or frequent contributors to KTNA’s Earth and Beyond program are still welcome!

Natural Observations-Red-necked phalaropes

Monday, July 22, 2013

Robin Song introduces us to a charming little bird in the sandpiper family, with unusual mating and chick rearing roles.  It’s an uncommon nester in this area…the red-necked phalarope. Text follows audio.


An email caught my eye in early July from a local birder. Laurie Evans reported that she had Red-necked Phalarope chicks on her pond and was inviting anyone by who wanted to see them. She believed they might have hatched on July third, and that there were possibly five chicks.


Natural Observations–Bears on the porch

Monday, July 15, 2013

In this week’s Earth and Beyond program, Natural Observations host and producer Robin Song tells about the recent visit of a black bear family during the night. Audio is 5 minutes. Text follows audio.


A noise awoke me a little past one a.m., the morning of July 7th.  Lyra, lying next to me, looked at me with wide eyes. The squirrels tend to get extra-active at night, sometimes chasing each other across the porch beams and making enough noise to wake a sound sleeper. A louder noise sent me out of bed and across the cabin to peer out the little kitchen window. As I stood on tiptoe to get a good look, the head of a black bear rose up in front of me. (more…)