Goodbye Windows XP, National Equal Pay Day, How To Birdwatch

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Today is National Equal Pay day, created to draw attention to the pay inequality between men and women. Veronica Rueckert and Rob Ferrett look at efforts to close the gap and make workplaces more equitable. They’ll also learn about birdwatching in today’s Teach Me What You Know segment. And Microsoft officially ends support for Windows XP today – they’ll find out what that means for users of that operating system, and what other options are out there.

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  • Wildlife Biologist Explains Birdwatching Basics

    It’s spring in Wisconsin, which means a wealth of opportunities for birdwatchers in the state. Making their return to Wisconsin are sandhill cranes, red-wing blackbirds, meadowlarks — and soon, one of the most prized migratory bird classes, warblers.

    So what does a novice need to do in order to get in on the birdwatching fun?

    Andy Paulios, a wildlife biologist for the state Department of Natural Resources, said to get started, the novice birdwatcher needs decent optics. That means binoculars for bringing the bird up close for enjoyment and identification.

    These days, said Paulios, people can get a strap to wear binoculars around their chest, instead of going with the traditional method of having them dangle off one’s neck. The chest strap isn’t the most stylish, but, according to Paulios, it can prevent a “bad case of warbler neck.”

    Actually focusing on the bird in question can be problematic for beginner birdwatchers. Paulios advises keeping one’s eyes focused on the bird, and raising the binoculars to the eyes.

    Besides binoculars, newbie birders will want a good field guide. Old hands might have 15 different books stashed away, said Paulios, but picking one is a good place to start.

    The next question is, where do you go?

    “You can always watch birds anywhere,” said Paulios. He said that the backyard, the city park or the good old bird feeder are places to start. But Wisconsin is full of birding hot-spots.

    Paulios said he favors Crex Meadows near Grantsburg, and said other highlights include Wyalusing State Park, Devil’s Lake State Park and spots along the Wisconsin River. Paulios also recommends the guide “Wisconsin’s Favorite Bird Haunts” as a good reference point for getting started.

    Paulios said to look out for bluebirds and warblers, calling the latter “little feathered jewels that land in the woods just next to you.”

    His final piece of advice: “Get out there. Enjoy the natural world.”

  • Microsoft Ends Official Support For Windows XP Today: What Now?

    After 12 years, Microsoft has officially ended support of their operating system, Windows XP. WPR’s in-house tech expert explains what this means for XP users, and the upgrade options available to them.

  • National Equal Pay Day

    April 8th is National Equal Pay Day, designated as this day because it’s how far women had to work into 2013 to earn what men made in 2012. An expert looks at the state of pay inequality and what needs to be done to make the workplace more equitable.

  • Teach Me What You Know: How To Birdwatch

    On this week’s Teach Me What You Know, a bird expert teaches us the basics of bird-watching.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Veronica Rueckert Host
  • Andy Paulios Guest
  • Kevin Trueblood Guest
  • Laura Dresser Guest
  • Chris Malina Producer
  • Amanda Magnus Producer

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