nature http://kuow.org en What Listening To Nature Teaches Us About Changing Habitats http://kuow.org/post/how-does-listening-nature-teach-us-about-changing-habitats <em>Part 3 in the</em> TED Radio Hour <em>episode</em> "<a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/08/27/216098121/everything-is-connected">Everything Is Connected</a>."<p><strong>About Bernie Krause's TEDTalk </strong><p>Bernie Krause has been recording the wild — the wind in the trees, the chirping of birds — for 45 years. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 16:40:26 +0000 editor 21116 at http://kuow.org What Listening To Nature Teaches Us About Changing Habitats Wise Old Whooping Cranes Keep Captive-Bred Fledglings On Track http://kuow.org/post/wise-old-whooping-cranes-keep-captive-bred-fledglings-track Being a wildlife biologist in the 21st century increasingly means rescuing rare animals from extinction. Among the success stories is the whooping crane. Seventy years ago there were only about 16 birds left on the planet. Now there are about 600.<p>But breeding more birds isn't enough. Scientists want to restore the crane's way of life, too. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 07:03:00 +0000 Christopher Joyce 19435 at http://kuow.org Wise Old Whooping Cranes Keep Captive-Bred Fledglings On Track Federal Protection For Bladderpod Plant Pushed Back http://kuow.org/post/federal-protection-bladderpod-plant-pushed-back The federal government has pushed back the possible threatened listing of two rare plants that could affect farmers in southeast Washington. Umtanum desert buckwheat and the White Bluffs bladderpod have become very controversial, because part of the plants’ habitat spans valuable crop ground.<p>It’s a big topic of conversation at the Country Mercantile restaurant where many Franklin County farmers lunch. Ami MacHugh is an area cherry and horse farmer whose land could be affected by the possible federal protections.<p>She says even with the delayed decision she’s still upset. Thu, 23 May 2013 17:26:20 +0000 Anna King 13605 at http://kuow.org Federal Protection For Bladderpod Plant Pushed Back Found A Dead Bird? Science Could Use It http://kuow.org/post/found-dead-bird-science-could-use-it <p></p><p>THUD. It’s the sickening sound of a bird hitting your window. You hope it’s just stunned; that it will fly off. But there it is: A motionless lump of feathers on the ground. Before you bury it or toss it in the trash, consider an alternative. Some Seattle residents are donating these avian casualties to science.&nbsp; Wed, 24 Apr 2013 01:57:47 +0000 Sarah Waller 11892 at http://kuow.org Found A Dead Bird? Science Could Use It Bird Talk: Not Always As Pretty As It Sounds http://kuow.org/post/bird-talk-not-always-pretty-it-sounds <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Just as humans aren’t born knowing how to talk, birds aren’t born knowing what songs to sing. Take the song sparrow: Their songs are combinations of buzzing, trilling and music notes. Each song sends a message: “This is my territory,” or “Don’t mess with me.” </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An aggressive sparrow mimics another bird's song, like a sort of playground argument. “Stop copying me.” “Stop copying me.” “Stop it!” “Stop it!” – until it comes to blows. Michael Beecher has been studying sparrow communication for nearly 30 years. Katy </span>Sewall<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> joins him in the field to start a sparrow fight.</span></p><p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 17:00:00 +0000 producer 8617 at http://kuow.org Bird Talk: Not Always As Pretty As It Sounds Writer Craig Childs On Nature's Cataclysms, Large And Small http://kuow.org/post/writer-craig-childs-natures-cataclysms-large-and-small <p>Earth is an always-changing planet. Earthquakes thrust new mountains upward, sea ice melts, oceans rise, deserts spread, species die, civilizations collapse. Award-winning writer and commentator <a href="http://www.houseofrain.com/">Craig Childs</a> traveled to the desolate places on Earth where forces of nature are forever remaking the planet. He joins us to discuss his newest book, “Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth.”</p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Steve Scher 2153 at http://kuow.org Writer Craig Childs On Nature's Cataclysms, Large And Small