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


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.


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.


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.


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.




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.


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.


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.


Occasional or frequent contributors to KTNA’s Earth and Beyond program are still welcome!

Natural Observations-Red-necked phalaropes

Monday, July 22, 2013

Robin Song introduces us to a charming little bird in the sandpiper family, with unusual mating and chick rearing roles.  It’s an uncommon nester in this area…the red-necked phalarope. Text follows audio.


An email caught my eye in early July from a local birder. Laurie Evans reported that she had Red-necked Phalarope chicks on her pond and was inviting anyone by who wanted to see them. She believed they might have hatched on July third, and that there were possibly five chicks.


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–Return of the Ptarmigan

Monday, February 4, 2013

Earth and Beyond host Robin Song is happy to see more of those white-as-snow feathered friends these days.

NatObs20120115 Ptarmigan return


photo by Robin Song