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Consider the Chickadee: Be a Better Human by Thinking like a Bird | Laura Erickson | TEDxBemidji

vor 2 Tagen

Some people strive to be like the wolf, a deadly and often-romanticized predator. But have you ever thought of asking yourself, “How would a chickadee handle this?” Looking to the adorable chickadee reminds us that, sometimes, curiosity and open-mindedness are more valuable than brute force. Bird enthusiast Laura Erickson shares the lessons people should learn from this tiny but complex (and sometimes ferocious) omnivore. Laura Erickson, the first female recipient of the American Birding Association’s prestigious Roger Tory Peterson Award, is the author of 13 books about birds, including titles for National Geographic, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and the American Birding Association. She’s produced “For the Birds,” since 1986, making it the longest running radio program about birds in the United States; it’s also on the podcast. Laura is the former science editor for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and was a wildlife rehabilitator in Minnesota for many years; currently, she’s a columnist for Birdwatching magazine. She has been married to her husband Russ, a scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency, since 1972; they have three grown children, a dog, and two indoor cats. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at