Monday, July 30, 2012

Episode 121 (July 30, 2012): "Best Friends" by Bob Gramann

Jan. 14, 2017, note: This episode has been replaced by Episode 351, 1-16-17.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Episode 120 (July 23, 2012): Estuary Rap and Rhyme


This episode has been replaced by Episode 326, 7-25-16, available online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2016/07/episode-326-7-25-16-estuary-rap-and.html.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Episode 119 (July 16, 2012): Dragonflies and Damselflies

This episode was re-done for the week of August 3, 2015, available at this link:

http://www.virginiawaterradio.org/2015/07/episode-119-revisted-8-3-15-update-of-7.html.


Please visit there for a 3 min./17 sec. introduction to the group of insects with such unusual names as Halloween Pennant, Stream Cruiser, and Black Saddlebags. 

Halloween Pennant dragonfly, from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Digital Library, online at http://digitalmedia.fws.gov.







Monday, July 9, 2012

Episode 118 (July 9, 2012): A Summertime Virginia Sampler of Birds Around Water


Please see below (after the transcript and show notes) for links to news and upcoming events.

TRANSCRIPT

From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of July 9, 2012.

This week, we feature a series of mystery sounds.  Have a listen for about 40 seconds, and see if you recognize these sounds from birds found very commonly around Virginia’s waters in summer.  And here’s a hint: the first two birds are commonly seen and heard, the next two are often heard but not as obviously seen, and the last two are frequently seen but not so frequently heard.  Ready?

SOUND. 

See if you guessed right!  The birds were the Mallard duck, Canada Goose, Red-winged Blackbird, Belted Kingfisher, Great Blue Heron, Tree Swallow.  At least 350 bird species are found in Virginia, and many of these prefer habitats on or near water.  Some are year-round Virginia residents, others normally are seen in Virginia only in warmer weather, and still others winter here.  So on your next visit to any Virginia stream, pond, river, or beach, enrich your experience by taking time to see and hear some of the Commonwealth’s treasure of bird life.  Thanks to Lang Elliott of NatureSound Studio for permission to use this week’s sounds.

For other water sounds and music, and for more Virginia water information, visit our Web site at virginiawaterradio.org, or call us at (540) 231-5463.  From the Virginia Water Resources Research Center in Blacksburg, I’m Alan Raflo, thanking you for listening, and wishing you health, wisdom, and good water.

SHOW NOTES 
Photos of the birds mentioned, from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Digital Library, online at http://digitalmedia.fws.gov, are shown below. 

Mallard

 
Canada Geese









Red-winged Blackbird

Belted Kingfisher












Great Blue Heron




Tree Swallow












Acknowledgments and Sources: 
Except for the Red-winged Blackbird, the sounds used in this episode were taken from the Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs-Eastern Region CD set, by Lang Elliott with Donald and Lillian Stokes (Time Warner Audio Books, copyright 1997), used with permission of Lang Elliott and NatureSound Studio (online at http://www.naturesound.com/corepage/core.html).

The number of bird species found in Virginia is from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ March 2010 “Official List of Native and Naturalized Fauna of Virginia,” available online at http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/ (as of 7/9/12).  Information on the species mentioned was taken from A Guide to Field Identification of Birds of North America, by Chandler S. Robbins et al., St. Martin’s Press, 2001 edition; Cornell’s “Birds of North America Online” Web site at http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna (subscription required); and the Wildlife Information Database maintained by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, online at http://vafwis.org/fwis/?Title=VaFWIS+Species+Information (as of 7/9/12).

For more information: For photos, distribution maps, recordings of calls, and ecological information on birds in Virginia and throughout the Western Hemisphere, visit the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s “Bird Guide” Web site at http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/search.  For more information about birds or bird-watching in Virginia, visit the Web site of the Virginia Society of Ornithology at www.virginiabirds.net.


Recent Virginia Water News
            For news relevant to Virginia's water resources, please visit the Virginia Water Central News Grouper, available online at http://vawatercentralnewsgrouper.wordpress.com/.

Water Meetings and Other Events
            For events related to Virginia's water resources, please visit the Quick Guide to Virginia Water–related Conferences, Workshops, and Other Events, online at http://virginiawaterevents.wordpress.com/.  The site includes a list of Virginia government policy and regulatory meetings occurring in the coming week.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Episode 117 (July 2, 2012): Bald Eagle


Please see below (after the transcript and show notes) for links to news and upcoming events.

TRANSCRIPT

From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of July 2, 2012.

This week we feature a Fourth of July mystery sound.  Have a listen for about 20 seconds, and see if you can guess what’s making the chirping, squawking, and wailing sounds.  And here’s a hint: If Benjamin Franklin had gotten his way, your wallet might contain a picture of a Wild Turkey instead of a likeness of this creature.

SOUND.

If you guessed a Bald Eagle, you’re right!  Despite disapproval by Dr. Franklin, the image of an eagle was included in the Great Seal of the United States that was adopted in 1782.  Real Bald Eagles, having recovered dramatically from endangered status in the lower 48 states, are found near large water bodies in all of the United States except Hawaii.  They can be seen in much of Virginia, but most Virginia breeding pairs are found along Coastal Plain region waterways.  In these areas the birds nest in tall trees, using interwoven sticks, grass, and other materials to build structures that may be quite large, weigh hundreds of pounds, and be re-used for many years.  Thanks to Lang Elliott of NatureSound Studio for permission to use this week’s sound.

For other water sounds and music, and for more Virginia water information, visit our Web site at virginiawaterradio.org, or call us at (540) 231-5463.  From the Virginia Water Resources Research Center in Blacksburg, I’m Alan Raflo, thanking you for listening, and wishing you health, wisdom, and good water.

SHOW NOTES 
Acknowledgments: The sounds of the Bald Eagle were taken from the Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs-Eastern Region CD set, by Lang Elliott with Donald and Lillian Stokes (Time Warner Audio Books, copyright 1997), used with permission of Lang Elliott and NatureSound Studio (online at http://www.naturesound.com/corepage/core.html).  Sounds of Bald Eagles were used previously as part of Virginia Water Radio Episode 57 (week of March 14, 2011; now archived).

Sources: Information on Bald Eagles was taken from the “American Bald Eagle Information” Web site at http://www.baldeagleinfo.com/; the Center for Conservation Biology’s “Virginia Bald Eagle Information” Web site at http://www.ccb-wm.org/virginiaeagles/index.htm (the Center for Conservation Biology is a joint program between the College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University); and the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology’s “Birds of North America Online” at http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna (a subscription is needed).

Other useful sources are A Guide to Field Identification of Birds of North America, by Chandler S. Robbins et al. (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2001); Life in the Chesapeake Bay, by Alice Jane Lippson and Robert L. Lippson (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006); the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology’s “Bird Guide” Web site at http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/search; and the Chesapeake Bay Program Web site at http://www.chesapeakebay.net/fieldguide/critter/bald_eagle.

Additional Sources of Information (with date added to these notes)


7/1/15:
Eagles continue their advance along James River; William & Mary's Center for Conservation Biology studies bald eagle recovery in a joint program with Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Gazette, 6/30/15.


Recent Virginia Water News
            For news relevant to Virginia's water resources, please visit the Virginia Water Central News Grouper, available online at http://vawatercentralnewsgrouper.wordpress.com/.

Water Meetings and Other Events
            For events related to Virginia's water resources, please visit the Quick Guide to Virginia Water–related Conferences, Workshops, and Other Events, online at http://virginiawaterevents.wordpress.com/.  The site includes a list of Virginia government policy and regulatory meetings occurring in the coming week.