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Golden State Naturalist


Sept. 13, 2022

Mid-Break Updates AND Conversation with Michael Hawk on Nature's Arch…

If you've been wondering what I've been up to or when I'll be back, this episode has your answers! PLUS, just as a bonus because …

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Aug. 4, 2022

Beavers (Drought and Wildfire Superheroes!) with Emily Fairfax

Scale a beaver dam with me and Dr. Emily Fairfax, beaver researcher, ecohydrologist, assistant professor at CSU Channel Islands, …

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July 21, 2022

Conglomerate Mesa (Joshua Trees! Desert Ecosystems! Gold Mining!) wit…

When I first heard about Conglomerate Mesa, located on BLM land right outside of Death Valley, I had no idea how much ground a si…

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July 7, 2022

Giant Sequoias (World's Largest Trees!) with Wendy Harrison

Have you ever looked up at something much larger than yourself and felt teeny tiny, but in a good way? That's the feeling I get w…

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June 23, 2022

Entomology (Bugs!) with Ralph Washington Jr.

If you're here and you're like "ehhhhh, maybe I'll skip this one," don't! It's seriously so good even if bugs aren't usually your…

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June 9, 2022

Coyotes with Sara Tabatabai

Have you ever been out hiking and heard an eerie chorus of barks, yips, and howls somewhere off in the distance? Or seen some sca…

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May 26, 2022

Guerrilla (Not Gorilla) Conservation with Shalaco from SF in Bloom

Have you ever wanted to do something for the environment but gotten discouraged because the problems just seem too big and insurm…

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May 12, 2022

The Sutter Buttes (World's Smallest Mountain Range!) with Steve Roddy

Did you know that Northern California is home to the smallest mountain range in the world? It lies smack in the middle of the Sac…

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April 28, 2022

Oak Trees with Zarah Wyly

We need every single species of native tree here in California, but our 20+ varieties of native oaks are the most crucial of all.…

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April 14, 2022

Vernal Pools (Ephemeral Wetlands) with David Rosen

Did you ever catch tadpoles in a pond when you were a kid? Or watch insects glide just under the surface of a creek? Recording th…

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March 31, 2022

Part Two: Salmon with Jason Fareira (Full Interview)

Why are salmon important enough to merit two whole episodes? What are they up to when they're out in the ocean? What exactly is a…

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March 17, 2022

Part One: Salmon with Jason Fareira

Ok, what's the deal with salmon? Why are they so vital to almost all of the organisms that live near their nesting grounds? What …

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March 3, 2022

Geology with Nate Manley

Ever wondered how California was formed? Or why there's a mountain range on each side of the state with a big, flat valley in the…

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Feb. 4, 2022

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An overview of what The Golden State Naturalist Podcast is all about--nature, curiosity, wonder, and adventure. Includes a discus…

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