Laura Erickson

is creating podcasts, a blog with lots of bird photos, and other cool stuff.

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I will send you a monthly invitation to a live Zoom presentation. My dog Pip may show up now and then. I may talk a bit about what's going on in my neighborhood or answer questions before giving a presentation on a topic that seems timely. You can submit questions ahead of time--I'll answer as many as possible.
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I will thank you publicly on my website for your generous help. 
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I will research and produce a podcast/blog post about the bird of your choice, within reason, of course! One per year.
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About

Laura Erickson's passion, and her mission, is promoting the love, understanding, and protection of birds. In 1986, she started producing "For the Birds," the longest-running radio program about birds in the United States. It airs on several community and public radio stations in the U.S.. and since 2007, has also been available as a podcast. (About 3,700 programs, or at least the transcripts, are archived at that website.) Her blog posts are usually the transcripts of podcasts with photographs and links.   

Laura has always done this work at her own expense, as an unpaid volunteer. Not being beholden to underwriters, she has never had to censor herself for anyone. In 1991 she was the first person ever to stop construction of a communications tower simply because it posed a significant risk to migrating birds. In 2010, she went down to the Gulf to document some of the damage caused by the BP oil spill, and spoke out about it despite pressure from major conservation organizations that themselves had been censored by BP and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She's researched and spoken up about a wide variety of other issues, and guided listeners to best practices for protecting birds in their own homes and yards via her book 101 Ways to Help Birds, "Ways to Help" on her webpage, and her podcasts.   

People are seldom willing to make sacrifices in their own lives unless they love what they're sacrificing for, so most of her podcasts and blog posts are well-researched explorations of birds to foster that love. Some involve stories drawn from Laura's firsthand experiences with birds and the decades that she was a wildlife rehabilitator. Some programs are sad and serious, but many are fun and lighthearted. 

Laura really could use financial support for this labor of love. 

Recent posts by Laura Erickson

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