The Good Earth

April 25, 2004

There are about 675 species of native birds in North America.  To win the most demanding and prestigious birdwatching competition in the country you have to see ALL of them.  And then some.  In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, die-hard birders compete in “The Big Year.”  Also, we’ll get the dirt on the gardener’s best friend: the worm, from the nightcrawler in your backyard to the Australian worm that shakes the ground you stand on.

  1. Mark Obmascik on Competitive Bird Watching

    Mark Obmascik tells Anne Strainchamps about the biggest competition in North American bird-watching and how he got drawn into the quest.

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  2. Veronica Rueckert on "Remembrance of Birds Past"

    TTBOOK’s Veronica Rueckert performs her essay called “Remembrance of Birds Past.”

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  3. David George Gordon on Cooking with Bugs

    David George Gordon tells Jim Fleming cicadas outnumber human beings two hundred thousand to one, so we have to do something to even the odds. Why not eat them?

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  4. Amy Stewart on Earthworms

    Amy Stewart tells Steve Paulson why she adores earthworms.  She lives with upwards of forty thousand of them in her worm bins and they take very good care of her garden.

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  5. Judith Farr on "The Gardens of Emily Dickinson"

    Judith Farr tells Jim Fleming that Emily Dickinson had several gardens and a conservatory and wrote about flowers in her poems and in her letters.

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