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Natural Observations-11-04-2012 Winter Begins

Friday, November 2, 2012

 

On this week’s Earth and Beyond program, host and producer Robin Song thinks about how wildlife might all follow the Number One Rule of Squirrels in getting ready for the coming season. Audio runs about 5 and a half minutes.  Photo by Robin Song. Text follows.

 

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The change of seasons is certainly happening in dynamic fashion this year. The autumnal flooding in our area gave way to an early snow and early cold temperatures. The rains finally stopped and we experienced two full weeks of continual sunshine. With the early dusting of snow, the world turned into a fairy- land of frost crystals coating every twig and branch. The snow shimmered with rainbows and walks along Montana Creek to view the flood damage revealed amazing geometric patterns of ice and snow around the rocks along the shoreline. (more…)

StarDate Susitna 10-28-2012

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Earth and Beyond host Kathleen Fleming looks ahead to the astronomic activities for the month of November. StarDate returns December 9th. Audio runs about ten and a half minutes.

 

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Natural Observations-10-21-2012-Canid encounters

Monday, October 22, 2012

Red fox vixen, photo by Robin Song

 

Host and producer Robin Song has coyotes and foxes in her neighborhood, and she tells about what “medicine” they bring. Text follows audio.

 

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While heading out to the barn on the morning of October 12th, I was stopped in my tracks by the sound of a coyote yapping. (more…)

Natural Observations-a fascination with insects

Monday, October 8, 2012

 

In this archived show from 2010, host and producer Robin Song tells about her long fascination with “bugs” of all kinds, and how it all started out with her father’s regular additions to a childhood “bug jar”.

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Natural Observations-The confrontation

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

photo by Robin Song

 

Earth and Beyond host and producer Robin Song describes an unusual drama between a bald eagle and a raven, and other observations of autumn. Audio is  7 min 15 sec.  Text and photos follow audio.

 

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It had been a rainy autumn, so far, and when the weather report predicted a few days of sunshine, I planned to do some hiking before the rains settled in again. (more…)

Natural Observations-8-26-2012-Hummingbird!

Monday, August 27, 2012

 

On this week’s Earth and Beyond program, host and producer Robin Song tells of a very infrequent sighting in the northern Susitna Valley. Text follows photos of some of the flowers at Birch Creek Ranch.

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It’s not everyday you get to check your number one item off your Bucket List, but it happened for me on August 17th. For those who know me, it will come as no surprise that that item was a bird. A very special bird, for Alaska. (more…)

Natural Observations-A good look at a least weasel

Monday, July 16, 2012

 

Host and producer Robin Song had the good fortune to cross paths with a least weasel, and it held still long enough for a couple photos! Audio for this Earth and Beyond program runs about six minutes thirty seconds. Text follows.

 

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Folks who’ve lived in Alaska awhile know about weasels. Encounters and stories abound. Fearless little animals, they can be seen at any time of the year, just about anywhere. In winter they turn snow-white. (more…)

Natural Observations-Of lilacs and spiders-7-8-2012

Monday, July 9, 2012

Earth and Beyond host and producer Robin Song describes some of her observations of spiders, insects, birds, and a bat this season,  and the ways the web of nature is all connected. Audio runs  7 min 12 sec. Photos by Robin Song. Text follows photos.

 

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With another Alaska summer in full swing, life is burgeoning. From flowers to bears, everything is busy cramming what they need to do into a few short months. (more…)

Natural Observations 7-1-2012- Ospreys among us

Monday, July 2, 2012

 

In this Earth and Beyond program, host and producer Robin Song tells about a less familiar but easily recognized  fish-eating bird of prey, the osprey, which find unusual places to nest. Audio is 6 min 42 sec, text follows photos.

 

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Ospreys are magnificent raptors. The adults are distinctively brownish-black above and pure white below, with a wing span of 4 ½ to 6 feet and a body length averaging 23”. They have a white head with a dark eye stripe. (more…)

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