Episode 105: The Love Lives of Birds with Laura Erickson

This week’s guest is Laura Erickson, talking about her brilliant book the Love Lives of Birds. Find out why some birds mate for life whilst others play the field, why some value age and experience, which birds lay their eggs in other bird’s nests and which stash their young in riverbanks and why there’s so much dancing involved!

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What we talk about:

Why bird courtships so varied and whether there’s any correlation between courtship patterns and life span/size/habitat

Why there’s so much dancing involved

The issue of age and its relevance when finding a partner

Nest parasites and why they steal other birds’ nests

Kingfishers and where they nest

The need for privacy when mating

Why some birds mate for life whilst others can have multiple mates in a breeding season

About Laura Erickson

“Laura Erickson, 2014 recipient of the American Birding Association’s prestigious Roger Tory Peterson Award and the 2020 Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union’s Thomas Sadler Roberts Memorial Award, has been a scientist, teacher, writer, wildlife rehabilitator, professional blogger, public speaker, photographer, American Robin and Whooping Crane Expert for the popular Journey North educational website, and Science Editor at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She’s written twelve books about birds including, in 2020, The Love Lives of Birds. (also the ABA Field Guide to the Birds of Minnesota, National Geographic Pocket Guide to Birds of North America, the best-selling Into the Nest: Intimate Views of the Courting, Parenting, and Family Lives of Familiar Birds (co-authored by photographer Marie Read); the National Outdoor Book Award-winning Sharing the Wonder of Birds with Kids; 101 Ways to Help Birds; and The Bird Watching Answer Book for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She’s currently a columnist and contributing editor for BirdWatching magazine. Since 1986 she has been producing the long-running “For the Birds” radio program for many public radio stations; the program is podcast on iTunes. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota.” – https://www.lauraerickson.com/about-laura/



The Love Lives of Birds: Courtship and Mating Rituals by Laura Erickson – Storey Publishing, 2020

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