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Mary Keleher

Every morning from April to August, Mary Keleher puts her hair up in a ponytail and heads out to a Mashpee golf course, where she uses a rope-and-pulley system to lower white plastic gourds from trees. Inside each gourd is a nesting pair of birds.

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This month's Bird News is broadcast live from the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary with wildlife biologist  Mark Faherty and host Mindy Todd. Cold weather is here, and birds are coping thanks to their many special adaptations. 

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On The Point's monthly birds show, we discuss the seasons's news from the avian world. Who's nesting already, who's arriving from afar, and how to protect their habitats. We get tips on how to design our landscapes to maximize the attractions for birds: a diversity of forage is the key. Mike Tucker, naturalist, is our guest.  

 

 

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Normally, this is when we would be settling in for the coldest, darkest depths of winter, and going into our post-holiday cocoons. January and February are the months of snowstorms and of binge-watching Netflix. But having just survived the equivalent of five winters worth of cold over two weeks, temps in the 30s and 40s now feel like shorts weather, and you may be looking to get outside. 

January Bird News

Jan 9, 2018

On our monthly Bird News program, we check in with ornithologist Mark Faherty of  the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, about the bird highlights of the season. We hear about how the birds have been coping with the extreme cold. Callers from around the region also join the conversation and report bird and other wildlife sightings. Mindy Todd hosts.

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This month is a busy month for birds in our region. Many birds are sitting on eggs and some babies are hatching. Mark Faherty, ornithologist and science coordinator at Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary joins Mindy Todd on The Point. We also talk to Stephanie Ellis from Cape Cod Wild Care and get advice about what to do if you find a baby bird on the ground, and other wildlife protection tips.

Lots of migrant birds are back, including osprey. They're busy with courtship and nesting and can be found by the observant birder listening for their calls. On The Point, Mark Faherty, ornithologist and science coordinator at Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary joins Mindy Todd to share the latest Bird News as spring arrives finally on the Cape, Coast and Islands. 

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On The Point,  it's the October Bird News program.

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The antics and puzzling behavior of crows prompted many calls in our November edition of Bird News. Also this month, water fowl are returning to our area, and preparations are underway for the Christmas Bird Count. Vern Laux and Mindy Todd talk birding, answer questions, and have a new Bird Brain Quiz.

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Ornithologist Vern Laux joins Mindy Todd for the monthly Bird News hour, with stories, questions and our monthly quiz & bird song. Brian Morris takes us on a visit to Cape Cod Wild Care, where a great horned owl and some loons are recovering from injuries. We hear from Veterinarian Dr.

Bird News April 2013

Apr 2, 2013
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Spring is really here! Vern and Mindy discuss the season's highlights from the world of birds. Bald eagles, more woodcocks, the birdsong that may have inspired Beethoven, and lots of nesting and breeding behavior... On the importance of bird calls: Vern says he does 90% of his birding by listening. And did you know that birds have local accents?

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Despite the recent cold and wintry weather, spring is imminent. On the Weekly Bird Report, Vern Laux notes that the days are getting longer - and the natural world is highly attuned to the photoperiod. Among the birds we can soon expect to become more prominent are woodcocks and migrating red-winged blackbirds.

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Blizzard Brings Puffins in Spectacular Numbers

Feb 13, 2013
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The Blizzard of 2013 left in its wake plenty of damage, but it also brought to our coast an impressive variety and number of birds. In the Weekly Bird Report, Vern Laux tallies the sightings, which include a count of 52 Atlantic Puffins - what he calls, "far and away the most ever seen from anywhere on the Cape and Islands." Also noteworthy were hundreds of other Alcids, including over a thousand Razorbills, a single Dovekie, and a Thick-billed Murre. Other interesting seabirds included 4 tubenoses in the form of Northern Fulmars, 65 Northern Gannets, and 105 pelagic gulls called Black-legged Kittiwakes.

Taking Pleasure in Gulls

Feb 6, 2013
Vern Laux

Enjoy them - they're everywhere. On the Weekly Bird Report, Vern Laux says gulls are an excellent bird group for learning observational skills that can be useful in identifying all birds. There are 22 species of gulls that breed in North America.  The Cape and Islands are one of the premiere gull-watching locations on the eastern seaboard, as more than half the species found on the continent may be seen by an active field observer in a year.

Bird News: The Hour-long Premiere

Feb 2, 2013
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Bird News debuts as a monthly, one-hour show with Mindy Todd and Vern Laux. A discussion of alcids, lots of listener calls, and special guest Sandy Komito, who holds the Big Year record with 745 species seen.

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Goatsuckers of the Cape and Islands

Feb 1, 2013
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Some early settlers believed these night-flying birds stole milk by suckling on goats and sheep, giving them their common name, goatsuckers. On the Weekly Bird Report, Vern Laux considers these increasingly rare summer residents of our region. They're also known as Whip-poor-wills and Chuck-wills-widows.

Dovekies a More Common Sighting This Winter

Jan 23, 2013
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Dovekies are usually scarce around the Cape and Islands, but this winter large numbers have been sighted. On the Weekly Bird Report, Vern Laux details sightings in the near-shore waters of Nantucket, and in Wellfleet and Provincetown harbors. Dovekies are a variety of auk, and Vern says the birds resemble a cute, wind-up bathtub toy.

A Winter Bird Wonderland

Jan 16, 2013
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A staggering number of birds winter on Cape Cod and the Islands.  On Bird News, ornithologist Vern Laux tells us of the many eiders, razorbills, alcids, and other birds attracted to the cold seasonal life in this part of the world.

For Birders, New Year a Time for New Lists

Jan 1, 2013
Vern Laux

Birders like to keep lists of all kinds. They keep lists of birds they see in their yard, the town they live in, the state, the country, the continent, the world and more. Many keep a year list so the start of each New Year is time again to start a whole bunch of new lists.


Vern Laux has more, including further updates on this year's Christmas Bird Count, in this week's Bird News.

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First Year-end Bird Count Results Are In

Dec 26, 2012

Birders on the Cape and Islands have been counting every bird and species.  On Bird News, Vern Laux relays the first round of results.

Christmas Bird Count a Year-end Highlight

Dec 20, 2012
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Count every bird and every species - that's the goal of the annual tradition known as the Christmas Bird Count. Bird News's Vern Laux admits it's not humanly possible - but it is an endeavor, he says, that produces meaningful statistics, as well as much joy.

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Going Owling a Different Approach to Birding

Dec 17, 2012
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On this week's Bird News, Vern Laux offers pointers for going owling. For birders, owling poses a unique set of challenges - and memorable rewards. Tune up your ears! 

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The Audubon's 113th annual Christmas Bird Count officially gets underway tomorrow, December 14th, and runs through January 5th. For ornithologist Vern Laux, it's a whirlwind few weeks, but also an anticipated holiday tradition and a chance to catch up with friends. Of course, it's also an invaluable source of data that scientists use to study everything from evolution to climate change. There are counts all over Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket. Find a Christmas Bird Count near you ... then tell us what you saw!

Bird News: Not What You Expected

Nov 27, 2012
Vern Laux

There's more wildlife awing than you might expect this time of year. And in this week's Bird News, Vern recommends a surprising vantage for birdwatching (hint: don't pay extra for the fast one...!).

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Northern Lapwings Continue on Nantucket

Nov 14, 2012
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Northern Lapwings, Eurasian Plovers that are fairly common in parts of Europe, have exploded onto the North American scene after the passage of Mega Storm Sandy. It began with the discovery of two Lapwings in a field on Nantucket on the morning of October 30th.

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