The Madeleine Brand Show for February 17, 2012

Eyes to the sky - It's time for the 'Great Backyard Bird Count'

Cedar Waxwing

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A cedar waxwing bird, one of the many kinds Californians may see this weekend.

Bushtit

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The bushtit is a common and cute bird.

Red-Tailed Hawk

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A red-tailed hawk soars through the air. These birds can be found in parts of Los Angeles.

Cooper's Hawk

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Cooper's hawk perched on a tree.


It's a bird. It's a plane ... No, wait, it actually was a bird. This weekend, bird lovers across the country will be heading outdoors for the "Great Backyard Bird Count,"sponsored by the National Audubon Society.

Garrison Frost of Audubon California joins the show to speak about the variety of birds we may see here in L.A., and yes, there are many more than just pigeons and crows. While the event will seek to document the number and variety of birds in the U.S., it also aims to offer insight into how bird populations are being affected by climate change.

Recently, experts have noticed a trend: Bird populations are shifting around the country due to warming temperatures. Some birds in California are retreating to cooler, northern areas, while birds from Mexico may start appearing in Los Angeles.

Guest:

Garrison Frost is Director of Marketing and Communications at Audubon California.


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