BirdNote Special: Alex Chadwick in Big Bend

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Alex Chadwick heads to Southwest Texas to find out just what it is that draws people to Big Bend, one of the most remote national parks in the entire United States.

In this new four-part series of features, Alex Chadwick heads to Southwest Texas to find out just what it is that draws people to Big Bend, one of the most remote national parks in the entire United States. It's not just people either. 450 species of birds have been recorded in the park at one time or another, including roadrunners, Baird's Sparrows, and hummingbirds -- all of which play a role in Alex Chadwick's four features. We hear the story of a roadrunner that didn't get the memo about the Baird's Sparrow being a rare, almost protected species; about the attractions of collecting data on hummingbirds and how for one naturalist, that practice connects all the way back to John James Audubon. And we hear about one woman's relationship with water in a place of challenging habitats.


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Caption: Big Bend National Park, Credit: Bala Sivakumar
Alex Chadwick has been traveling in West Texas for BirdNote. The region is far from cities, but dotted with small towns. He spent time with some pe...

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  • Added: Nov 12, 2014
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Caption: Black Vulture, Credit: Paul Williams
Alex Chadwick has been in Southwest Texas for BirdNote. He found nighthawks, roadrunners, and hummingbirds. Great to learn about and see. But there...

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28 second promo for the BirdNote series: Alex Chadwick Goes to Big Bend National Park

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  • Added: Sep 15, 2014
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15 second promo for the BirdNote series, Alex Chadwick in Big Bend National Park

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Caption: Cowbird flock, predawn, Credit: Hunter Desportes
Big Bend National Park, in Southwest Texas, is an enormous and happy blend of habitat – in the middle of many migratory bird flyways. Here is BirdN...

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  • Added: Sep 11, 2014
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Caption: Greater Roadrunner, Credit: Andy Morffe
Among our national parks, Big Bend, in Southwest Texas, is one of the least visited. It is enormous, a vast blend of desert, mountain, river, and t...

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  • Added: Sep 11, 2014
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Caption: Banding a Lucifer Hummingbird, Credit: Alex Chadwick
A hummingbird -- a tiny jewel of a bird -- hovers over a flower and lowers its long bill in for nectar. BirdNote contributor Alex Chadwick visited ...

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  • Added: Sep 11, 2014
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Caption: A Scaled Quail takes up residence in the oasis, Credit: Carolyn Ohl-Johnson
A birder knows the lure of water. And Carolyn Ohl* dug and dammed Southwest Texas desert to make an oasis, especially for hummingbirds. She lives n...

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  • Added: Sep 11, 2014
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