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Daily interviews with a local focus airing at 8 a.m. Monday through Friday on Northland Morning.

Birds in the News with Laura Erickson

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"A huge congratulations to the pekapeka long-tailed bat for winning #BirdoftheYear 2021!" tweeted Forest & Bird. "Despite being our only endemic land mammal, most people don't even know they exist, which makes their win even more outstanding."

Things that are not as they seem: John James Audubon, condor "virgin births," and New Zealand's Bird of the Year

If the Audubon Naturalist Society is dropping the "Audubon" from it's name, could the National Audubon Society be far behind?

The two female condors who produced chicks with no contributions from a male did so by a process scientists call "facultative parthenogenesis" - no virginity required and no birth, either. (Click the photo below to see the video from the San Diego Zoo)

And New Zealand's Bird of the Year is a long-tailed bat. And yes, they did realized that before conferring the award.

Lisa Johnson has been a broadcast journalist for 41 years ... and a radio announcer for a teensy bit longer.
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