A ruby-throated hummingbird. Photo: Tibor Nagy, Flickr
Photo: K. McLaughlin

Spring is coming, bringing birds back to Alaska, and perhaps most delightful and amazing of those returning is the hummingbird. These tiny birds with wings that beat faster than the eye can see cover many thousands of miles, migrating from Florida and Mexico to coastal Alaska, and are occasionally seen in Anchorage too. They are hardy and at the same time astonishingly light and delicate. On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’ll be learning about hummingbirds in Alaska.



HOST: Charles Wohlforth


  • Kate McLaughlin– Alaska Hummingbird Project, Inc.
  • Mr. Whitekeys– President of the Anchorage Audubon Society
  • Leslie Swada– Director of the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center


BROADCAST: Thursday, March 30, 2017. 2:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. AKT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Thursday, April 06, 2017. 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. AKT

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Eric Bork, or you can just call him “Bork” because everybody else does, is the FM Operations Manager for KSKA-FM. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the FM broadcast. He produces and edits episodes of Outdoor Explorer, the Alaska-focused outdoors program. He also maintains the web posts for that show. You may have heard him filling in for Morning Edition or hosting All Things Considered and can still find him operating the soundboard for any of the live broadcast programs.

After escaping the Detroit area when he was 18, Bork made it up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he earned a degree in Communications/Radio Broadcasting from Northern Michigan University. He spent time managing the college radio station, working for the local NPR affiliate, and then in top 40 radio in Michigan before coming to Alaska to work his first few summers. After then moving to Chicago, it only took five years to convince him to move back to Alaska in 2010. When not involved in great radio programming he’s probably riding a bicycle, thinking about riding bicycles, dreaming about bikes, reading a book, or planning the next place he’ll travel to. Only two continents left to conquer!

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