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Natural Observations – 01.16.2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

Ptarmigan

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Natural Observations-the marten

Monday, November 28, 2011

The pine marten, also known as the American marten…this weasel, not often seen, is an attractive animal by any name. Host and producer Robin Song tells us about her sighting, and more about its lifestyle.

 

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Natural Observations-river otters

Monday, September 12, 2011

photo by Robin Song

On this locally produced segment of KTNA’s Earth and Beyond program, host Robin Song describes her encounter with river otters on a nearby lake. Audio is 6:20.  Text is below.

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By Robin Song–On August 25th, my puppy Lyra’s first birthday, I was in a canoe on Fish Lake, in a light rainfall. The dark water was like silky glass. (more…)

Natural Observations-autumn shorebirds

Monday, August 15, 2011

Host and photographer Robin Song describes a couple visitors to the puddles, and makes other observations on the summer season, as it winds down into fall. Audio runs 6 min 16 sec.

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Natural Observations-About birds’ eggs

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Earth and Beyond host Robin Song had some questions about birds’ eggs, and shares what she learned.  Audio runs 7 min 18 sec. Text is below.

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Eggs, by Robin Song                   Aug.4, 2011

In mid-July I paddled Lyra across one of the Number Lakes to hike through the forest on the north side and go have a look at the other lakes. (more…)

Natural Observations-Surf scoters

Monday, August 1, 2011

Host and nature writer Robin Song spots a surf scoter on Fish Lake, and tells us more about this tundra nesting sea duck, locally seen occasionally in the spring and fall. This locally produced Earth and Beyond program originally aired August 8, 2010.  Audio runs 5 min 20 sec

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Surf scoter, photo by Robin Song

Natural Observations-Talkeetna summer 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011

The nesting swallows leave, and other species become quiet as they tend their fledged young, the fireweed blooms move up the stalk, and other signs and stories of mid-summer in the Susitna Valley. The writer and host of this Earth and Beyond program is Robin Song. Text follows.

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July is a busy, interesting month, in the Talkeetna area. Fledgling birds are following their parents, learning how to obtain food and avoid predators. The wildflowers which bloomed last month are going to seed and new varieties of wildflowers are replacing them. (more…)

Natural Observations-Solstice hike

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A solstice hike into the alpine setting in the Reed Lakes area off the Hatcher Pass road was rewarding for its wildflowers, scenery, birds and wildlife not seen at lower elevations. Host and writer of this week’s Earth and Beyond program is Robin Song. Audio is 7 min 45 sec. The text follows.

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Last year I spent the Summer Solstice hiking up a mountainside on the west side of Hatcher Pass. I had lost my Australian Shepherd, SnowAngel, in late March, and this was the first time I had gone camping and hiking without a dog by my side. It was splendid country, but a bittersweet hike, for me.

This Solstice I had almost ten-month-old Lyra along with me. This was her first camping and hiking trip and I had decided to explore the east side of Hatcher Pass. A friend had recommended the trail to Reed Lakes, a place I hadn’t been, before.

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Natural Observations-Fledgling time

Monday, June 27, 2011

Those goofy-looking and acting wanna-bes are noisily making their presence known…baby birds just out of the nest are all over. Earth and Beyond host, writer and photographer Robin Song introduces us to fledglings she has found lately. Audio runs 7 min 22 sec, text is below.

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June is fledgling time, in our area of Alaska. A walk in the hay fields with my Aussie pup, Lyra, revealed a fledgling robin standing in the tall grass, still as a statue. Dad robin called to his youngster, watching Lyra and I, while holding a beakful of food. (more…)

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