#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

#8: Christian Shaw – Adventurer and Founder of Plastic Tides

Summary My guest in this episode is Christian Shaw, adventurer and co-founder of Plastic Tides. Plastic Tides is a non-profit with a mission “to inspire and catalyze action toward a plastic-free future through adventure, education, and youth empowerment”. As you’ll hear today, Christian has a multi-faceted program to accomplish this. A graduate of Cornell University, … More #8: Christian Shaw – Adventurer and Founder of Plastic Tides

#7: Merav Vonshak – Outreach and Education with BioBlitzes

Summary My guest in this episode is Merav Vonshak. Merav is an ecologist, naturalist, and citizen science organizer located in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Merav is the founder of BioBlitz Club, a group that organizes BioBlitzes to raise awareness for environmental causes, often partnering with specific organizations, or simply to raise community awareness of … More #7: Merav Vonshak – Outreach and Education with BioBlitzes

#6: Cool Tools – Nature Identification Edition

Summary Welcome to my second in-between episode. These are short episodes in between my interview episodes.  I’m calling this one Cool Tools – Nature Identification Edition! I’ll cover what I think are great tools to aid you in identifying, and thus, learning about the nature all around us. I cover phone apps and websites, hand … More #6: Cool Tools – Nature Identification Edition

#5: Eddie Dunbar on Getting People Excited about Insects, and Building an Online Community

Summary Eddie Dunbar, MBA, is an entomologist, the Founder and President of the Insect Sciences Museum of California, and Adjunct Professor at Merritt College. With 38,000 species of insects in California alone, we need people like Eddie to help make sense of it all. Eddie’s passion is to engage the public with insects so they … More #5: Eddie Dunbar on Getting People Excited about Insects, and Building an Online Community