Episodes: 5 Columns

Birds’ Nests, Part 1

Beginning Chapter 4 of Wake-Robin, by naturalist John Burroughs. A detailed look at the nesting habits of Red-headed Woodpeckers,...

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Birds’ Nests, Part 1
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The Lower and Upper Ironworks and the Abandoned Town, Tahawus

The second half of the third Chapter, the Adirondacks. Continuing with a timeless bit of bird therapy, Burroughs wakes...

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The Lower and Upper Ironworks and the Abandoned Town, Tahawus
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The Adirondacks

The start of chapter three of Wake-Robin by naturalist, John Burroughs. Burroughs and a group of fishing companions depart...

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The Adirondacks
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The Forenoon Chorus of Finches, Thrushes and Warblers

This episode concludes the second chapter of Wake-Robin, by John Burroughs. Lounging on a couch of moss in the...

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The Forenoon Chorus of Finches, Thrushes and Warblers
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Reverence for the Hermit Thrush, Disdain for the Kingbird and Pewee, and Banter with the Ovenbird

Nineteenth-century naturalist and essayist, John Burroughs gives a detailed account of the Hermit Thrush’s song. For him, it is...

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Reverence for the Hermit Thrush, Disdain for the Kingbird and Pewee, and Banter with the Ovenbird
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In the Hemlocks, a Guided Tour of a Primitive, Undisturbed Forest and the Avifauna Living There

The start of Wake-Robin, chapter 2, In the Hemlocks. Author and gentleman rambler, John Burroughs, begins a guided tour...

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In the Hemlocks, a Guided Tour of a Primitive, Undisturbed Forest and the Avifauna Living There
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The Scarlet Tanager and the Dog Days of August, and, Finally, the Silent End of the Season

Reaching the end of Chapter 1 in John Burroughs classic nature study, Wake Robin, the gentleman rambler describes the...

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The Scarlet Tanager and the Dog Days of August, and, Finally, the Silent End of the Season
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John Burroughs Shares His Admiration for the Aristocratic Wood Thrush, Praise for the Soulful Veery, Some Criticism for the Catbird, and an Encounter with a Black Snake

Naturalist and gentleman rambler John Burroughs was born 183 years ago on April 3, 1837. We’re grateful to carry...

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John Burroughs Shares His Admiration for the Aristocratic Wood Thrush, Praise for the Soulful Veery, Some Criticism for the Catbird, and an Encounter with a Black Snake
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Yellow-billed and Black-billed Cuckoos, White-eyed Vireos, and a Side-by-Side Comparison of the Hermit Thrush and Wood Thrush Bird Songs

Naturalist John Burroughs quotes ‘To the Cuckoo’ by William Wordsworth. He considers in detail the White-eyed Vireo’s skilled mimicry...

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Yellow-billed and Black-billed Cuckoos, White-eyed Vireos, and a Side-by-Side Comparison of the Hermit Thrush and Wood Thrush Bird Songs
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Welcoming the Birds of March, April and May

Credits & Links: Click the links below for details about the bird vocalizations used in this episode from the...

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Welcoming the Birds of March, April and May
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Introduction: Presenting Live Birds and not just Stuffed and Labeled Specimens

Click the links below for details about the bird vocalizations used in this episode from the Macaulay Library at...

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Introduction: Presenting Live Birds and not just Stuffed and Labeled Specimens
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Second Edition Trailer

It’s the best time of the year. The parade begins. As Winter retreats Spring leans in. The birds are...

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Second Edition Trailer
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Episode 18: Epilogue – 149 Years Later

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Episode 18: Epilogue – 149 Years Later
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Episode 17: In praise of John Audubon, with a couple backhanded compliments and a correction

John Burroughs praises Audubon’s life’s work, yet questions some of Audubon’s assertions about comparisons between the Louisiana Waterthrush’s song...

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Episode 17: In praise of John Audubon, with a couple backhanded compliments and a correction
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Episode 16: An Invitation

Burroughs invites you to become a birder, describing the thrill of seeing the natural world around you through a new...

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Episode 16: An Invitation
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