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Laura Erickson on Evening Grosbeaks & Christmas Bird Counts around the Region

Laura Erickson
Evening Grosbeak

Last week we had a question about dwindling numbers of evening grosbeaks.  A listener wondered if it had to do with bird flu.  Harry and John weren't sure of the answer, so we got our friend Laura Erickson to tell us more about evening grosbeaks for A Talk on the Wildside. 

Also today on the Tuesday morning show we talked about Christmas bird counts around northern MN.  The MN Ornithologist's Union has a map of planned Christmas bird counts with contact information.  Here's a few in our region:

December 17th                              Bemidji - meet at MN Nice Cafe 7am

                          Crosby - meet at North Country Cafe 7am

                           Walker - meet at Outdoorsman Cafe 8am

December 18th                              Grand Rapids - meet at Casey's gas in Cohasset, 8am

                         Itasca State Park - meet at Visitor's Center 7:30am

                         Aurora - see map for contact info

December 23rd                            Ely - see map for contact info

December 28th                            Virginia - see map for contact info

December 31                                 Pequot Lakes - meet at A-Pine Restaurant, 7am

                         Cook - see map for contact info

January 1                                        Hibbing - see map for contact info

                         Isabella - see map for contact info

Let us know how they go - especially if it's your first time on a Christmas Bird Count. 

Heidi Holtan has worked at KAXE/KBXE for over 20 years. She currently helms the Morning Show as News and Public Affairs Director. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North. In 2018 Heidi received the “Building Bridges in Media” award from the Islamic Resource Group for her work on KAXE/KBXE hosting conversations about anti-Muslim movements in rural Minnesota.