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KTNA On Air Studio, Jan 2013

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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

Natural Observations-Terns pick the wrong kind of gravel “beach”

Monday, July 8, 2013

Photos by Robin Song

This week’s Earth and Beyond host and producer, Robin Song, tells the story of a pair of Arctic Terns who chose an ill-fated nest site.


Natural Observations–Maggie the Magpie

Monday, July 1, 2013

Magpie photo by Robin Song


In this Earth and Beyond program, host and producer Robin Song tells the story of a tame magpie which endeared itself to several households. Text follows audio.


Most folks know that members of the Corvid family are pretty smart birds. Ravens, crows, jays and magpies live in social societies and are problem-solvers. Anyone who has watched a Nature program about scientists devising tests for corvids comes away with a whole new respect for these feathered “Einsteins”.

Several years ago some local Talkeetnans crossed paths with a special magpie and recently I learned the whole story. Unfortunately, the sex of corvids cannot be deduced by their plumage, so they never knew if the bird was male or female, but it became “Maggie”, nonetheless. (more…)

StarDate Susitna 6-16-2013

Sunday, June 16, 2013

This unique summer edition of StarDate Susitna is all about the sun and the June Solstice. This week the sun’s setting location has migrated to its farthest north position. In the Upper Su Valley, it’s Denali, NOT the Statue of Liberty, that El Sol is setting behind! Audio runs 10:19.

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StarDate Susitna programs can be found archived under Earth & Beyond.



Natural Observations-Memories and golden plovers-6-5-2013

Monday, June 10, 2013


On a visit to a beach near Homer,  host and producer Robin Song remembers her companion SnowAngel, and gets her first sighting of a Pacific golden plover, which brings memories of a friend who traveled between Alaska and Hawaii, as the plover does. Text follows audio.


When I made a birding trip to Homer over May 18th to the 21st, I took with me some of the ashes from my beloved Australian Shepherd, SnowAngel. I had last been in Homer with her in 2009, and now I wanted to spread her ashes in the places where we had gone for walks during our stay. One of the places we frequented was a walkway built along the edge of a marsh north of Bishop’s Beach. (more…)

Natural Observations-Snowfall and bird fall-out

Monday, June 3, 2013


On this week’s Earth and Beyond program, Robin Song gathers information from the area birders who were here to see what happens when there’s a snowfall during bird migration in the second half of May.

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As a snowstorm moved through the area on May 17th, I was heading for Homer on a birding trip and so missed what turned out to be an amazing occurrence. My first clue of what was going on was a voicemail on my phone the afternoon of the 18th. (more…)

Natural Observations 5-26-2013

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Photos by Robin Song

Earth and Beyond host and producer Robin Song relates her recent birding adventure, a trip to the Kenai Peninsula. Text follows audio.



In 2009 I had the opportunity to attend the Homer Shorebird Festival. I had lived in Ninilchik in 1987 and would go to Deep Creek to watch the eagles that would frequent the mouth of the creek during fish runs. I stopped there on the way to Homer and found things pretty much the same. The creek had changed course a bit, but the eagles were there, flying back and forth along the cliffs, standing along the shoreline of the creek, fighting over fish remains left on the beach of Cook Inlet by the fishermen after they came into the haul-out just south of the mouth of Deep Creek. (more…)

Natural Observations-5-19-2013-Saunders’ Crane Sanctuary alive with life

Monday, May 20, 2013

photos by Robin Song

Earth and Beyond host and producer Robin Song makes a visit to Saunders’ Field Crane Sanctuary in Trapper Creek, and shares the experience. Text follows audio. Audio runs 6 minutes.

NatObs051913Saunders Crane Sanctuary


A spur-of-the-moment decision wound up paying off in a big way for me on May 12th. I needed to make a trip to the store and while I was at the “Y” I decided to go see if there was any waterfowl at the Mile 101 lake. (more…)

Natural Observations-Robin’s Birdathon

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

 photos by Robin Song

On this Earth and Beyond segment, Natural Observations host and producer Robin Song tells about her experiences during the annual birdathon. Audio runs 7 minutes.  Text follows.




As the first Saturday in May approached, birders in Talkeetna and Trapper Creek watched the weather with trepidation. Spring was passing with glacial slowness this year, and most ponds and lakes were still sleeping under  blankets of snow and ice. (more…)

Natural Observations–Snow geese!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Photos by Robin Song

Host and producer Robin Song relates the experiences of photographing the flocks of thousands of snow geese and Canada geese, along with cranes, swans, and ducks, feeding Palmer area fields in late April. Text follows audio.


Spring, this year, is unfolding slowly. Cold nights have kept the snow from melting quickly and the hayfields at the ranch are still sleeping under an unbroken white blanket. (more…)