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 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.

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photo by Robin Song

Natural Observations-12-2-2012-Those amazing birds

Monday, December 3, 2012


On this week’s Earth and Beyond program, host and producer Robin Song learned about how birds’ eyes and metabolism are uniquely suited to their lives. Audio runs  about 7 minutes. Text follows. Photos by Robin Song.

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This is the time of year when I put up my bird feeders and help the winter birds make it through the tough times ahead. Watching the chickadees, red polls, woodpeckers, gray jays, magpies and ravens coming to the food I put out each day, I ponder the details of these amazing creatures. (more…)

Natural Observations-11-25-2012-Adopting doves

Monday, November 26, 2012


In this week’s Earth and Beyond program, host and producer Robin Song introduces us to a couple new members of her family…ring-necked doves. Audio is about 7 minutes. Text follows. Photos by Robin Song.



In early June this year an albino Ring-Necked Dove joined my family. I hadn’t planned on owning a dove, but when a friend called saying this young bird was in dire need of a home, I decided to say yes. (more…)

Natural Observations-11-18-2012-voles

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

This week’s Earth and Beyond writer and producer, Robin Song, tells about some of the little rodents so important in the food chain of the northern latitudes. Audio runs about 5 minutes. Text follows audio.





Opening the lid on Jody’s grain bin one morning recently, a vole and I startled each other. (more…)

Natural Observations-11-11-2012-Of waxwings and an eagle

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

In this Earth and Beyond program, a flock of Bohemian Waxwings and a Bald Eagle sighting make for a special day. Robin Song is host, producer, and photographer. Text follows audio, which runs about five and a half minutes.



A walk along the Talkeetna River on November 7th with friends, so our dogs could have a play date, turned out to be a day of extraordinary birding for me. (more…)

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.





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…)