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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

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Susitna Writer’s Voice–Robin’s Birdathon, 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

Crane-watching

 

Talkeetna resident Robin Song tells the story of her participation

in this year’s Talkeetna-Trapper Creek Birdathon.

 

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It’s a remarkable thing, to me, that every Birdathon is different. It’s held on the first Friday and Saturday of May each year, in the same fifteen-mile radius, and yet it is unpredictable. And that’s what makes it fun.

I had invited a newcomer to the group, Maureen, to join my long-time birding partner-Richie-and me, and I picked her up at her trail head at 5:30 Friday evening. We arrived at the pullout at the same time and noted a Grey Jay in a spruce, watching us and my dogs. We couldn’t put it on our species list yet, as Bird-A-Thon starts at 6 o’ clock. We felt sure we’d see another ‘Camp Robber’ during the 24-hour birdathon. (more…)

Susitna Writer’s Voice–The Bridge Time of Year, by Robin Song

Sunday, April 5, 2015
Robin and friendly redpoll

Robin and friendly redpoll

Robin Song thinks of this time of year

as a bridge between seasons.

She found very unusual tracks

in the crusty snow on a recent walk.

 

 

Darby-&-wolf-tracks

It’s a quiet time in the yearly cycle; what I think of as a “bridge”.

The winter is behind us, and the frenetic energy of spring hasn’t quite begun.

Migratory birds are just beginning to trickle into the North Country.

We’ve been gifted with an early spring,

coming on the heels of an exceptionally mild winter. (more…)

Susitna Writer’s Voice–Winter Bird Count, by Robin Song

Sunday, January 11, 2015

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Robin Song looks back on her Audubon Christmas Bird Count day.

 

 

 

 

 


The activity at my feeders began well before the sun broke over the treeline in the south the morning of January third- the annual Christmas Winter Bird Count Day in our area. As usual, I made sure the feeders were full and ready, for the birds had survived another long, cold winter night and were in need of fuel right away. (more…)

Susitna Writer’s Voice–Wild Goose Chase, by Maureen Chambrone

Sunday, November 30, 2014
Maureen as a witch

Maureen as a witch

 

A very unusual way to catch your Thanksgiving dinner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(For audio, please click on player below!)

For me Thanksgiving is about celebrating the foods gathered, hunted, and picked from the wild or the garden.  My favorite Thanksgivings are the ones with as many foods as possible having been harvested by me or friends.  When I was growing up most of our Thanksgiving food came from the grocery store.  Food was just food for me in those days.  Thanksgiving was a celebration of eating.

Now age has tempered my appetite, and the joy is in being together with others and celebrating the wonderful animals, plants, and berries that come from this land.  These foods are rich in flavor, the colors dazzle a dull November day, and behind much of this harvested food is often a story that you just don’t get from grocery store food.  This is one of mine from a couple of years ago.

 

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Susitna Writer’s Voice–Blueberry Retrospective, by Maureen Chambrone

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Talkeetna resident Maureen Chambrone picks LOTS of blueberries on the lower Yukon in the summer, and then here in the fall.

While usually a pleasant pastime, it can become a bit of an obsession…

 

I have picked blueberries every one of the 18 years I’ve been in Alaska to varying degrees of obsession. And every year I felt like a kid again, discovering blueberries for the very first time, seeing something so beautiful and delicious and hopefully abundant. Now it is late October and I’m still snacking on berries off the bush which causes me to reflect upon this past blueberry season, memorable for the sunny, bug free weather and one which may have been a personal record for me!

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Susitna Writer’s Voice–“Bears Up Close”, by Robin Song

Monday, October 13, 2014

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Robin Song tells about her experience in Denali National Park when she is given a road lottery ticket.

family heads up the road

 

 

 

 

 


The first year I entered the Denali Park Road Lottery, I won. It was a memorable trip, but it was also many years ago and the last time I won, to date, though I’ve entered the Lottery several times since. I didn’t enter this year, for various reasons. Discouragement over not winning, year after year, is one.

Then, the “irony angel” smiled on me.   (more…)

Susitna Writer’s Voice–Probability and the Angry Moose, by Bill Was

Sunday, September 28, 2014

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 Talkeetna resident Bill Was tells the story of a close encounter with a moose while out walking with his dogs.

 

This was bound to eventually happen although I must admit until it actually transpired I still viewed it as an abstract event; one of those things people think about and reflect upon but somehow never actually expect to see it become reality.

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Susitna Writer’s Voice–Searching for Kings, by Robin Song

Monday, August 4, 2014

 

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Robin found more than king salmon

on a long bushwhack up a

local creek.

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by Robin Song

 

As I had hoped, the third Sunday in July dawned sunny and clear. I had planned a hike up Montana Creek to search for King Salmon, and now I had the weather on my side. (more…)

Susitna Writer’s Voice–The Secrets of the Lilac Tree, by Robin Song

Sunday, July 20, 2014

It was a great year for lilacs in the area,

and while admiring the blooms,

Robin Song was surprised by what else she found.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robin Song, SecretsoftheLilacTree072014

 

On a warm, sunny summer afternoon I was drawn to the lilac tree in the nursery. It’s several years old, now, tall, and magnificent when in full bloom. It’s blooms are a lovely shade of pinkish-lavender, and intoxicatingly fragrant. (more…)