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-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

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.

NatObs120212-Those Amazing Birds


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…)