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Twelve Sandhill Cranes in a field.

Bird Migration: The Case of the Missing Spectacles

In spite of our advanced technology, places like the Arctic Circle pose challenges to researchers that can be impossible to overcome. The fact that any creature survives in such menacing conditions is a miracle of nature, and no animal is so miraculous as the Spectacled Eider.

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Twelve Sandhill Cranes in a field.

Bird Sounds:
Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Cranes' bugling calls, rattling calls, and other vocalizations form a complex language used by the cranes to communicate with each other and navigate their world.

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Archaeopteryx fossil

Bird Facts: What Was
the Earliest-known Bird?

This Archaeopteryx fossil is considered to be a transition between birds and dinosaurs, and it provides important evidence for the evolution of birds from small, feathered theropod dinosaurs.

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Adult Barn Swallow feeding five young with their beaks wide open.

Bird Song Identification:
Introduction

Scott Whittle guides you through the basics of listening to birds, using magic words to unlock their secret meanings, and using the power of pictures to lock them into your memory forever.

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Bird Migration:
The History of Tracking Birds

Until the twentieth century, no one knew why birds disappeared for part of the year, and to where. Technologies such as bird banding, radio tracking and bioacoustics help us solve the many mysteries of bird migration.

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A Chaffinch on a branch singing.

Bird Facts: Why Sing?
The Origins of Bird Song

In the animal kingdom, birds are the champions of song. But why do so many birds sing, and in so many amazing ways?

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I Don’t Know About That

In this episode, the team discusses birds with professional photographer and bird identification expert, Scott Whittle. 

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Bird Migration:
The Case of the Stuck Stork

In 1822, a White Stork arrived in Germany with an African arrow lodged in its throat. It was the first evidence of bird migration between the continents. 

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Bird Sounds:
Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret is generally a quiet bird with simple sounds, but for a short time each year they make some of the funkiest sounds around! 

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