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-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”.





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.


Natural Observations audio



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.




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.




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.






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.




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…)

Natural Observations-Solstice hike 2012

Monday, June 25, 2012

Photos by Robin Song

Host and producer Robin Song hikes and does some birding in the Anchorage bowl on summer solstice. Audio is 6 min 36 seconds. Text follows.

 The plan for my annual Solstice hike was to make a trek up Campbell Creek Valley on the north side of Flat Top Mt in the Anchorage Bowl. I headed for Anchorage on the 20th of June, Lyra riding beside me in the car. (more…)

Natural Observations–6-17-2012

Monday, June 18, 2012


Photos by Robin Song: Wilson’s warbler in May Day tree, crab spider, Lincoln’s sparrow, Lyra, gray jay with bumblebee, trumpeter swans


Earth and Beyond host and producer Robin Song finds some sunshine in the first half of June, and, as always, some interesting observations of the natural world in the northern Susitna Valley. Audio runs 8 min 40 sec. Text follows.


Waking up and discovering yet another day of rain starting is a bit daunting to my spirit. Moisture can be disastrous to sensitive digital cameras, so my photo ops have been very limited so far this summer.

On June 5th and 6th we had what has become rare sunny weather. The May Day tree was in bloom in front of the cabin and full of insects and birds. (more…)

Natural Observations-6-3-2012-Waiting for kingfishers

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

photo by Robin Song


Earth and Beyond host and producer Robin Song talks about some of the feathered migrants who have returned to the area, and some she’s still waiting for. She singles out the belted kingfisher as a bird of particular interest. Text follows audio.


As spring progresses and more birds return to our area, there are a few of note. For the third spring in a row, a light morph Harlan Hawk has come to Birch Creek Ranch. (more…)