Chats with Shana: Did we save the baby birds?

If you come across a hurt animal in the U.S., the FIRST thing you should do is call Animal Protection Services. If you can’t find their number dial 9-1-1 and they’ll direct your call.

Last weekend, my family had an encounter with two baby birds that had fallen out of their nest. We called Animal Protection Services and then spent the whole day trying to save them. Listen to the story in this episode.


Hi, everyone. How are you doing? It’s very nice here today in the San Fernando Valley. What’s the weather like where you’re from? Is it hot and sunny? Is it overcast with a chance of showers?

Overcast is just a fancy way to say cloudy. You can see a lot of clouds overhead, it’s dark, usually because of it. It’s overcast. It’s not at all overcast where I am. It’s sunny out. There’s not a cloud in sight. And I wanted to mention this first, because talking about weather is a very common way to start a conversation with an American.

Obviously, in the United States, we use Fahrenheit to talk about weather, not Celsius, and so it can get a little bit tricky when discussing temperature. If you listen to episode number 18, you’ll get a great overview of how to talk about whether in standard American English. In that episode, I mentioned that there is a nice poem on a government website called NIST – N-I-S-T, and it’s to help Americans understand Celsius.

30 degrees Celsius is hot.

20 degrees Celsius is nice.

10 degrees Celsius is cold.

0 degrees Celsius is ice.

Now, if I translate that poem into Fahrenheit using the equivalent of 30, 20, 10 and zero, this poem sounds like this:

86 is hot.

68 is nice.

50 is cold.

32 is ice.

I know, it doesn’t sound as great as the Celsius version, but I think it’s great to have those reference points, especially since converting Celsius to Fahrenheit requires that you multiply the Celsius amount by 1.8 and add 32. That’s pretty awkward, right?

In the San Fernando Valley, it’s about 100 degrees Fahrenheit. So, very hot. We’ve been spending quite a bit of time outside. And in today’s episode, I’m going to talk about the bird drama that we’ve had this week.

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