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


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.








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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…)

Susitna Writer’s Voice–Psycho squirrel, by Ellie Henke

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The story of a squirrel who was…nuts, written and voiced by Talkeetna resident Ellie Henke. Text follows the ten minute audio piece.







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An outburst of chattering and scolding erupts from a nearby spruce tree. “Yeah, yeah, yeah. . . . tell somebody who cares!” I shout back. Obviously the squirrel doesn’t care what I think and continues to read me the riot act.   Ah, squirrels!  Ya gotta love ‘em.   Or do you?  Attitudes toward squirrels are definitely a mixed bag.  People in my own neighborhood are a perfect example. (more…)

Susitna Writer’s Voice–Summer is Here, by Robin Song

Sunday, June 22, 2014




Robin Song observes which birds are about, and which species seem to be scarce this spring and early summer, and encourages everyone to slow down and take in the fleeting season. Audio is about 6 minutes. Text follows photos.








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May, as we all remember, was exceptionally hot and dry. It felt like we had skipped spring and had gone straight into summer. Then, thankfully, June brought rain and cooler temps. Leaves unfurled and the grass grew. Soon everything took on the lushness of summer, and began to look normal. But the unusual spring meant an unusual bird migration. Some of the birds which come to the ranch to raise their families didn’t arrive. (more…)

Susitna Writer’s Voice–Birdathon 2014, by Robin Song

Sunday, May 18, 2014


Robin Song tells about her experiences during this year’s area birdathon.

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photos by Robin Song


As the May 2nd morning dawned clear and sunny, I knew we were in for another warm day. It had been an exceptionally warm, dry break-up, and I wondered what effect this would have on the annual spring migration. (more…)

Susitna Writer’s Voice–In the woods in Talkeetna, by Maureen Chambrone

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The author as a witch

 Maureen tells about a morning at her cabin that she’s not likely to ever forget.

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Living in the woods in Talkeetna is generally uneventful. The weather is fairly tame, there are no bodies of water that could suddenly turn tempestuous, there are no blizzards or avalanches, and not many wildlife sightings. (more…)

2014 Talkeetna-Trapper Creek Birdathon results

Monday, May 5, 2014


What was remarkable to birders during this year’s Talkeetna-Trapper Creek Birdathon was the contrast between the summer-like temperatures around seventy degrees, and lack of birdsong variety, even though the trees were beginning to leaf out.  Participants also theorized about the cause of the hazy skies, and slapped at large numbers of snow mosquitoes. The twenty-four hour event, in its twenty-second year, is an informal competition, as well as a group effort, to find all the resident and migrating bird species within the count circle.


Thirty-three birders turned in a group total of 61 species. “Green” birders Bill FitzGerald and Robert Ambrose biked and hiked their way to the crowns, with 40 species, one more than their closest competitors.


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.


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?


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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