Summary If you’re listening to this, chances are that you have seen a snowflake, or perhaps a few billion covering the streets or ski slopes. Maybe you’ve even caught one on your tongue. But despite being such a common part of nature, until recently, snowflake formation largely remained a mystery. Today, I’m thrilled to be … More #62: Dr. Kenneth Libbrecht – Exploring the Fascinating World of Snowflake Physics
Summary Today’s episode is a special one. A few weeks ago I had the wonderful opportunity to fill in on the Strange By Nature podcast, and I’m cross-posting that episode here. Nature is amazing, and often a bit strange. And Strange By Nature presents curated stories of the weird and unbelievable side of nature. Kirk, … More #61: Strange By Nature Crossover!
Summary No matter who you are or where you live, you depend on water. Often, water access is so reliable and ubiquitous that many of us rarely stop to consider the natural and human-made systems that capture, store, and transport water to where it is needed. But climate change and decades of growing consumption are … More #60: Dr. Sam Sandoval – Hydrology and Water Management
Summary Slime molds (Myxomycetes) are beautiful, weird, and amazing organisms. Often mistaken for fungi, they are actually single celled, yet they grow and efficiently move in search of food, can start and stop their life cycle based on environmental conditions, and even change colors several times during their brief life cycle. They can be beautifully … More #59: Alison Pollack – Finding and Photographing Slime Molds
Summary Today we’re going to discuss an animal that can make wind sails, cast nets, produce its own antifreeze, and is an A-list impersonator. Well, it’s not one animal, but a category of animals – spiders! And my guest today, Dr. Sarah Rose, is here to tell us all about it. Dr. Rose is the … More #58: Sarah Rose – Astounding Spiders!
Summary There are probably few better ways to learn about raptors, raptor behavior and migration, and identification than a hawk count! My guest today, Allen Fish, Director of the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, tells us all about their hawk count and banding operation, as well as some of the fascinating projects and partners that connect … More #57: Allen Fish – Raptor Migration from Hawk Hill
Summary Hi everyone! This week’s episode is not a traditional interview episode, but rather more of an update. But I still tried to pack some great nature content in it. Regular episodes return in two weeks, So what’s on tap today? I have some fascinating updates and topics that I picked up from two nature … More #BONUS: Wildfire Ecology, DNA Barcoding Research, Nitrogen Deposition, Nature Conferences, and more!
Summary My guest today is Deb Kramer, founder and executive director of Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful. I’ve come to know Deb and her organization over the past couple of years, and I can’t believe it has taken me this long to have her on the podcast! Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful, in my opinion, is a … More #56: Deb Kramer – Starting and Leading Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful
Summary My guest today is Denise Lewis, Director of Programs and resident raptor expert at Fontenelle Forest in Bellevue, Nebraska. Today Denise gives me a tour of the Raptor Woodland Refuge, which is an incredible public facility at the forest. Just envision this – a densely wooded hillside with an elevated boardwalk. But every 10 … More #55: Denise Lewis – Raptors of the Raptor Woodland Refuge
Summary I love getting feedback and suggestions for the podcast, and back in May, within a few days of each other, I received some interesting and overlapping suggestions. One listener said “I enjoy the deep dives into different taxa or environments, but I also really enjoyed some of your earlier episodes where you had people … More #54: Parker McMullen Bushman – Reaching New Audiences + The Inclusive Guide