Got two minutes? I know on paper there’s really nothing cool about BirdNote (sorry, BirdNote). Someone with an NPR-smooth lilt talks us through a two-minute story of a type of bird or bird habitat.
Yet, I can’t get enough. I think it’s part the weird little opening song, part flashback to second grade when we used to take field trips three blocks away to some woman’s house where she would let us frolic in her plants and trees and listen to the sparrows.
I used to wake up to NPR and leave the radio running as I got ready, and I would usually catch BirdNote just as I got out of the shower. In June I moved, left the radio (and BirdNote) behind and switched to an iPhone alarm.
But the other morning I was driving to work (a rare occurrence as I usually walk) and tuned in just at the right moment to hear about Cacklers and Canadas.
I celebrated. BirdNote! You’ve returned to my life. And, of course (why didn’t I think of it?) they live online. So you, too, can take a little two-minute bird break. Here’s the full archive: http://www.birdnote.org/kplu-archive.cfm