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Episode 21: The Secret Love Life of Birds
February 11, 2021

Overview: Join John and Brian as they reveal the secret love life of birds, just in time for Valentine’s Day. They’ll share a few tidbits about birds and their lives together. You may start to look at the birds in your yard a little differently after this.

Resources: 

Birds mentioned 
Red-winged Blackbirdhttps://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-winged_Blackbird/ 

Great Horned Owlhttps://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Great_Horned_Owl 

Barred Owlhttps://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/barred_owl 

Terms mentioned
Ornithomancyhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ornithomancy#:~:text=Ornithomancy 

Pair bond: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pair_bond 

Study mentioned
Red-winged Blackbird/ genetic diversity: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0003347296903371 

Courtship displayshttps://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/how-do-birds-fall-in-love-a-look-at-courtship-displays/ 

Eagle mating ritual
Article: https://www.livescience.com/55278-animal-sex-bald-eagles.html 

Video: https://youtu.be/lMl9bD5Ap1o 

Kid’s Activity 
Seed cookie recipe that you can use with the heart-shaped cookie cutter or shape it however you like: https://www.wbu.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/wbu-decorate-a-tree.pdf