#18: Kerry Knudsen – The Magic of Lichen

Summary My guest in this episode is Kerry Knudsen. Kerry is a lichenologist currently based at the University of Life Sciences in Prague. He founded the lichen collection at the University of California Riverside, has 161 peer-reviewed publications on ResearchGate (and more elsewhere), and is currently documenting the lichen of the Chihuahuan Desert. Kerry has … More #18: Kerry Knudsen – The Magic of Lichen

#17: Alvaro Jaramillo – Birding Your Best Life

Summary My guest today is Alvaro Jaramillo. Alvaro is a highly regarded ornithologist and birder with a long list of authored books and published papers. Born in Chile, raised in Canada, he’s lived in California for the last several years where he operates “Alvaro’s Adventures”, a birding-centric tour company that specializes in combining birding with … More #17: Alvaro Jaramillo – Birding Your Best Life

#16: Tora Rocha and Terry Smith – The Pollinator Posse Part 2 – What Landowners Can Do to Create Habitat

Summary Today’s guests are Tora Rocha and Terry Smith, founders of the Oakland, California based Pollinator Posse. The Pollinator Posse creates pollinator-friendly landscaping and fosters appreciation of local ecosystems through outreach, education and direct action. They engage with municipalities, land owners, golf courses, garden groups, and the general public to help people become better stewards … More #16: Tora Rocha and Terry Smith – The Pollinator Posse Part 2 – What Landowners Can Do to Create Habitat

#15: Tora Rocha and Terry Smith – The Pollinator Posse on Monarchs, Their Amazing Lifecycle, and Their Frightening Decline in the West – Part 1

Summary Today’s guests are Tora Rocha and Terry Smith, founders of the Oakland, California based Pollinator Posse. The Pollinator Posse creates pollinator-friendly landscaping and fosters appreciation of local ecosystems through outreach, education and direct action. They engage with municipalities, land owners, golf courses, garden groups, and the general public to help people become better stewards … More #15: Tora Rocha and Terry Smith – The Pollinator Posse on Monarchs, Their Amazing Lifecycle, and Their Frightening Decline in the West – Part 1

#14: Brian Sullivan – eBird, Birds of the World, and the intersection of Technology, Birding and Ornithological Media

Summary My guest in this episode is Brian Sullivan. Brian is a long-time leader at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, where he currently serves as Digital Publications Lead, managing the Birds of the World project, and he has previously served as project leader for eBird from 2005 to 2017.  Brian has conducted fieldwork on birds … More #14: Brian Sullivan – eBird, Birds of the World, and the intersection of Technology, Birding and Ornithological Media

#13: Ashley Ahearn – Creator of the Podcast Series “Grouse” on the Art of Storytelling and Science Communication

Summary My guest in this episode is Ashley Ahearn. Ashley is an award winning public radio and podcast journalist. She recently created and published the critically acclaimed podcast series called “Grouse”. Grouse explores life in rural America through the lens of the controversial Greater Sage-Grouse. The series also delves into Ashley’s own unique journey to … More #13: Ashley Ahearn – Creator of the Podcast Series “Grouse” on the Art of Storytelling and Science Communication

#12: Tony Iwane – Outreach and Community at iNaturalist

Summary My guest in this episode is Tony Iwane. Tony is Outreach and Community Coordinator for iNaturalist, an environmental educator, contributor to Bay Nature Magazine, photographer, and just an all around interesting and knowledgeable naturalist. As a key staff member for iNaturalist and one of its earliest members, Tony gives us an insider’s view of … More #12: Tony Iwane – Outreach and Community at iNaturalist

#11: Charley Eiseman – Naturalist, Author, Innovator, and Leaf Mining Insect Specialist

Summary My guest today is Charley Eiseman. Charley is the lead author of the innovative and fascinating “Tracks and Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates”, which digs deep into the details of insect identification through the clues they leave, such as egg masses, cocoons, galls, burrows, leaf mines and more. This initial treatment of leaf … More #11: Charley Eiseman – Naturalist, Author, Innovator, and Leaf Mining Insect Specialist

#10: Mike Bergin – 10,000 Birds – Lessons from Pioneering an Online Nature Community

Summary My guest today is Mike Bergin. Mike is the creator of 10,000 Birds, one of the oldest, and one of the most popular birding websites on the planet. Mike was an early pioneer of nature blogging, carving a playbook for others to follow, and creating a community of birding bloggers. This carries on today, … More #10: Mike Bergin – 10,000 Birds – Lessons from Pioneering an Online Nature Community

#9: Rick Halsey – Wildfire Ecology in the Chaparral and the American West

Summary My guest today is noted wildfire and chaparral ecologist Rick Halsey.  Rick authored the book “Fire, Chaparral, and Survival in Southern California”, and has given countless talks on the subject.  Rick has a background in Environmental Studies, Anthropology, and Education, with degrees from University of California Santa Barbara, Cal State San Diego and UC … More #9: Rick Halsey – Wildfire Ecology in the Chaparral and the American West