Dick Schoenberger photographed this loon family at St. John's in Collegeville, Minn., on June 3, 2014. He submitted the photo to Classical MPR's Music in Bloom photo call. (Dick Schoenberger for MPR) View full slideshow (2 total images)
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St. Paul, Minn. —
Minnesota has diverse topography, allowing a corresponding diversity in the birds that either visit or live here.
There are several different biomes in Minnesota, including deciduous forest, coniferous forest and prairie grassland.
Sharon Stiteler is my guest on Learning to Listen. Stiteler gets paid to go birding by working part-time for the National Park Service, writing books, articles, and running her own website, Birdchick.com.
I've been into birds for several years now. I'm much better at picking out a song than identifying a bird by sight in many cases. Hearing birds helps me survive Minnesota winters.
My personal favorites here in the Twin Cities? Black-capped chickadees, white-throated sparrows and goldfinches, to name only a few. Outstate, I never tire of hearing loons and the veery.
Stiteler and I talk about several species that call Minnesota home. Be sure to watch Stiteler's webseries on Birdchick; Stiteler is actually running a contest on her site right now, wherein if you can guess the secret theme to her videos, you'll be entered in a drawing to win a Swarovski spotting scope (note: Stiteler's contest is not affiliated with Minnesota Public Radio).
Joshua Bell brings music to Union Station once again
In 2007, violinist Joshua Bell played incognito in Washington, D.C.'s Union Station, and hardly anyone noticed. On Tuesday, Bell got a do-over of sorts, playing to several thousand people in Union Station's main hall.