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Natural Observations–Winter Arrives

Monday, December 2, 2013

 

Earth and Beyond host and producer Robin Song tells about the sudden coming of winter, a couple of birdy surprises, and daily winter life at the ranch.

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Winter arrived on November ninth with a big ol’ snowstorm. Snow began falling in the morning and continued on throughout the day and into the night. By the next morning fifteen inches had fallen on the ranch. (more…)

Natural Observations–Snakes in Alaska?

Monday, September 30, 2013

 

In this Earth and Beyond program, host and producer Robin Song tackles the question: ARE there snakes in Alaska?

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Recently a sentence in an email from a professional birder challenged a long-held belief for this Alaskan. Jim Stevenson leads birding tour groups all over the Americas, and earlier this year he was in Alaska. He sends wonderful photos of the birds he encounters, and sometimes includes other wildlife. One photo features an adult Bald Eagle perched on the edge of a cliff above the holes of Rough-winged Swallow nests, and at the end of the paragraph describing how the presence of the eagle may keep predators away, was the following sentence: “There are snakes in Alaska, contrary to certain unnamed sources, but they reside well to the southeast, near the coastal Canadian border.”  I stared at that sentence in disbelief. I decided to investigate. (more…)

KTNA Anniversary Audio–Seasonal Celebrations

Friday, September 20, 2013

KTNA is celebrating 20 years of broadcasting to the Upper Susitna Valley with audio broadcast during the past two decades.

This week, part of a Seasonal Celebrations program. Host Pam Robinson has been gathering seasonally-appropriate prose, poetry and music for Seasonal Celebrations since 1997. The programs, an hour and a half long, air on Sunday afternoons close to the dates of the Spring and Autumnal Equinoxes, Summer and Winter Solstices, and cross-quarter days, schedules permitting. Here’s Pam, with Kathleen Fleming as studio technician, with 25 minutes of a Fall Equinox program from 2010.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…)

KTNA anniversary audio–Richard Nelson interview

Friday, August 16, 2013

KTNA is celebrating 20 years of broadcasting to the Upper Susitna Valley with audio that we aired during the past two decades. This week’s audio pick is from the summer of 2010. It’s part of an interview with Sitka resident Richard Nelson; writer, naturalist, sound recorder, and host of Encounters, a regular program on KTNA. Mr. Nelson spoke at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar, and local resident and naturalist Doug Gualtieri also spoke with him in the KTNA studio.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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