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Type: Nonprofit organization, radio program
Broadcast on: KNKX
Located in: Seattle, Washington

BirdNote is a nonprofit radio program dedicated to the conservation of birds and their habitats. BirdNote shows are two-minute vignettes that incorporate the sounds of birds with stories that illustrate their way of life. Shows can be heard on radio, online, and via podcast.

The BirdNote broadcast originated in the Pacific Northwest under the umbrella of the Seattle Audubon Society, a chapter of the National Audubon Society and now operates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Tune In to Nature.[1] The show airs seven days a week on KNKX, an affiliate of National Public Radio, and also on KTOO-FM, KJJF, KWMR, WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio, WRVO, KPBX, KCAW, KYRS, KPFZ, KHSU, KRTS, KUNM, and nearly 150 other public radio stations across the country, as well as in Canada, and the Philippines. The podcast reaches many more countries. Stories range from natural history to conservation to the language and music of birds.

BirdNote's goal is "to help people connect to the natural world and, for a couple minutes, have respite from the daily grind."[2] Story subjects have included Rachel Carson, Roger Tory Peterson, Aldo Leopold, Frank Chapman, Barry Lopez, Terry Tempest Williams, Ivan Doig, Tony Angell, whooping crane migration, the extinction of the dodo, birds in myth, music, and pop culture, and the natural history of hundreds of species of birds.


Most bird sounds for BirdNote are provided by the Macaulay Library of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. Writers include Dennis Paulson,[3] Curator Emeritus of The Slater Museum of Natural History at the University of Puget Sound,[4] Robert Sundstrom, birding-by-ear expert with the Seattle Audubon Society, and other writers and naturalists. All shows are reviewed for scientific accuracy by a panel of advisors. Narrators include Mary McCann, Michael Stein, and Frank Corrado, a professional actor well known to Seattle theater-goers.[5] John Kessler, of NPR’s Mountain Stage fame, is the producer. All shows have a companion photo, many of which were taken by photographer-naturalist, Paul Bannick.[6] BirdNote's theme music was composed and played by John Kessler and Nancy Rumbel of Tingstad and Rumbel.


  1. ^ Patricia Duff (May 6, 2009). "Birds Need People, Too". South Whidbey Record. 
  2. ^ Joel Connelly (May 4, 2005). "In The Northwest: The birds have such songs to sing and stories to tell". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 
  3. ^ Nicole Tsong (February 10, 2007). "Lure birds to your backyard like a "BirdNote" pro". Seattle Times. 
  4. ^ "Slater Museum". 
  5. ^ Nicole Tsong (February 10, 2007). "Frank Corrado, the voice of "BirdNote"". Seattle Times. 
  6. ^ William Dietrich (August 7, 2006). "On The Fly". Seattle Times. 

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