#24: Justin Angle – On The Fireline -Wildfires in the Western USA

Summary “Just because it’s a view you’ve seen your whole life doesn’t mean it’s a normal, healthy forest.” Fire is inextricably linked to nature and to biodiversity. My guest today is Dr. Justin Angle, creator of the podcast series “Fireline”, which is a deep dive into the realities of wildfire in the western United States. … More #24: Justin Angle – On The Fireline -Wildfires in the Western USA

#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

#4: 365 Backyard Species in 365 Days!?!

Summary In this episode I discuss a project I started when the COVID-19 shelter-in-place began. In order to stay in-touch with nature, I decided I’d be more deliberate with investigating my own yard. The timing was perfect – Allen’s and Rufous Hummingbirds were migrating through. This simple decision to spend more backyard time quickly grew … More #4: 365 Backyard Species in 365 Days!?!

#3: Jan Hintermeister – Volunteering to Grow Your Impact – Show Notes

Summary Jan Hintermeister is a prolific volunteer in many environmental causes and organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jan has been a long time field volunteer and served multiple terms as the Board Chair for the non-profit San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory. He’s been a County Parks Commissioner, a member of the Santa Clara … More #3: Jan Hintermeister – Volunteering to Grow Your Impact – Show Notes

#2: Matthew Dodder – From Silicon Valley to Audubon Chapter Director – Show Notes

Summary Matthew Dodder is the Executive Director of the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society – but that is just the tip of the iceberg. Matthew’s journey into the world of nature conservation and education began with a blizzard in Massachusetts. Matthew’s journey took him through seminary school and into a career in graphic design and … More #2: Matthew Dodder – From Silicon Valley to Audubon Chapter Director – Show Notes