BirdNote began in 2004 when Chris Peterson approached me about putting together a pilot for a 2 minute radio show about birds. She had been listening to "Soundscapes" on KPLU, a short radio series I produced that was devoted to iconic sounds of the Northwest. A few of the radio pieces were about birds, like Great Blue Herons, Winter Wrens and Pied-billed Grebes. At that time Chris was Executive Director of Seattle Audubon, and BirdNote began with their support. Chris gathered a team that included writers, scientists and bird experts. After some trials and experiments we ended up with a combination that met the standards of KPLU Radio (88.5 Tacoma/Seattle) and in February of 2005 KPLU started airing the show every day at 8:58am. In the past 9 years we have created over 1200 episodes, all in my basement studio. Today BirdNote is an independent production and is heard on over 150 Public Radio Stations with over a million daily listeners. Here's a link to the BirdNote website: