Summary Today’s guest is Krystle Hickman. Krystle is a TEDx speaker, artist, photographer, and community scientist. However, it is her passion for native bees that has led her to appear on Nature’s Archive today. Krystle has combined her tenacity and photographic talent to make a number of discoveries about native bees. She’s determined to raise … More #66: Krystle Hickman’s Quest to Raise Awareness about Native Bees
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 Today’s guest is Dr. Brian Brown, Curator of Entomology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. A native of Toronto, Canada, Dr. Brown did his undergraduate and masters work at the University of Guelph. During the latter, under the tutelage of well known entomologist Steve Marshall, Dr. Brown took up the study … More #50: Dr. Brian Brown – Phenomenal Phorid Flies, Hyperdiversity, DNA Barcoding, and more
I try not to look at my podcast stats too closely, but do keep an eye on trends and outliers. And in case you missed it, the episode I did with Cricket Raspet and Allen Fish on field guides was an outlier – in a good way! It was a top 3 episode for both … More More Field Guides from Cricket, Allen, and Michael!
Summary Warning – listen to this episode at your own risk! If you aren’t careful, you may find yourself out a few hundred dollars. Why? Today we’re talking field guides, you know, the books and apps that help you identify, find and learn about all kinds of amazing creatures. There are so many amazing field … More #47: Field Guide to Field Guides with Cricket Raspet, Allen Fish, and Michael Hawk
Summary Eric Eaton is an entomologist and the well known author of Wasps: The Astonishing Diversity of a Misunderstood Insect, and co-author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Today, we discuss his most recent work, Insectpedia, due out on May 3. Insectpedia promises to be a fascinating and non-traditional look at … More #44: Eric Eaton – Insectpedia, Insect Ecology, Wasps, and the Future of Entomology
I read a quote today that said (paraphrased) “We need to think about being better ancestors, and not being adherent to legacies, descendants, or social norms.” It was a unique way to implore us to do what is right. What we feel is right. To think long term. And it made me think of this … More Be a Better Ancestor
Summary Today, my guest Dr. Stuart Weiss tells us about an amazing and unexpected series of discoveries that connect cows, cars, and conservation, all triggered by the study of the threatened Bay Checkerspot butterfly. These discoveries have had reverberations across ecological circles and have led to amazing conservation successes, despite a senior US Air Force … More #37: Dr. Stuart Weiss – Of Checkerspots, Cars, and Cows
Since it is the time of the year where people struggle to come up with useful gifts for their naturalist and birder friends, I thought I’d lend a hand. This is a list of every book, documentary, and product recommended or mentioned by my podcast guests. And full disclosure – yes, many of these are … More Every Book and Product Recommended by my Podcast Guests
Summary My guests today are Chloe and Trevor Van Loon. Chloe has a background in ecology and environmental science, and while Trevor’s educational background is in math and computer science, he’s also become a fanatical amateur naturalist. In fact, both Chloe and Trevor are highly skilled naturalists and prolific iNaturalist contributors. No biome or habitat … More #34: Chloe and Trevor Van Loon – Finding More in Nature