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May 5, 2023

Urban Ecology Part 2 with Miguel Ordeñana (Bats, Inclusive Urban Natu…

Do bats live close to my house? Why are they important? Do they have rabies? How can people help take care of urban wildlife? How can we involve more people in conservation and community science, particularly people from hist...

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April 20, 2023

Urban Ecology with Miguel Ordeñana (Part 1: P-22 Mountain Lion, Walli…

Have you ever wondered what kinds of wildlife live right in the middle of your city? Or why some animals thrive in cities while others don't? And how did a mountain lion end up in Los Angeles, anyway? Join me …

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March 23, 2023

Growing Native Plants from Seed with Julia Michaels

Have you ever wanted to grow your own native plants? Where can you get California native seeds? Should you sow them directly in the ground or start them in pots? Is there anything you should do to the seeds before …

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March 9, 2023

Amphibians with Gary Bucciarelli

What is an amphibian, anyway? Are they leading double lives? What's the difference between a newt and a salamander? A frog and a toad? What kinds of amphibians live in California? Why are California newts so toxic? How do the...

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Feb. 23, 2023

Central Valley Water and Wetlands with Ellen Wehr

Did you know that California's Central Valley once contained a vast inland sea and was home to camels, 400 lb. saber-toothed salmon, and tiny four-tusked mastodons? Or that, just a couple of hundred years ago, it was a netwo...

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Feb. 9, 2023

Ecological Restoration with Billy Sale

What's the problem with yellow hills? How do you trick a seed? What are the neighbors angry about? Where do restorationists get all those seeds? What's the difference between ecological restoration and restoration ecology? Wh...

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Jan. 26, 2023

Dark Skies with Kayla Browne and Dan Duriscoe

Most of us live in places where we can only see a few of the brightest stars in the sky at night, but what if that didn't have to be the case? Come with me and guests Kayla Browne and …

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Jan. 19, 2023

Growth Mindset with John Muir Laws (BONUS Minisode!)

How useful is IQ? What exactly is a growth mindset, and how is it different from a fixed mindset? What shifts can we make in our thinking that will allow us to learn and grow in new ways? Should you …

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Jan. 12, 2023

Nature Journaling with John Muir Laws

Jack finishes up his journal page on the mineral flat at Bedwell Bayfront Park. Did you know that no pretty pictures or artistic talent are required to create a highly effective nature journal? Rather, as John Muir Laws expla...

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Jan. 1, 2023

7 Ways to Connect with Nature This Year

Artist Kate Rutter created the beautiful sketchnote above. Please check out more of her work on her website, ! Happy New Year! Are you hoping to spend more time outdoors in 2023? This episode is for you! In it, …

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Dec. 15, 2022

California Native Plants with Naomi Fraga

California is home to 6,500 native plant species, including some that are truly iconic, like coast redwoods, giant sequoias, bristlecone pines, and California poppies. If you're like me, you have a lot of questions about this...

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Dec. 1, 2022

2022 California Naturalist Conference Highlights with José González, …

Art by Obi Kaufmann, author of the California Field Atlas. See below for his website! Do you want to know what some of the most experienced, most insightful naturalists in California have on their minds? You’ve come to the ri...

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Nov. 17, 2022

La Brea Tar Pits (Ice Age California!) with Sean Campbell

Have you ever wondered what was going on in California, oh, ten or fifty thousand years ago? About, perhaps, the social lives of saber-toothed cats, just how big giant ground sloths actually were, or the difference between a ...

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Nov. 3, 2022

Monarch Butterflies with Natalie Johnston

What makes butterflies so magical? They are a wonder and a delight, and I’m so excited to be diving into a full episode about what is possibly the most iconic species of butterfly in the world: Monarchs. Have you ever …

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Oct. 20, 2022

Fire Ecology with Robin Lee Carlson

Hi there! It's season two now! Have you ever wondered what makes a "good fire" different from a "bad fire"? ME TOO. How about these: Which ecosystem needs fire more frequently--oak woodland or chaparral? What happens to anim...

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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 I love you, here's an intro to an amazing podcaster named Michael Hawk, who is …

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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, and science communicator extraordinaire who has been featured on NPR's Science Friday and All Th...

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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 single episode could cover. This one's got everything, including what makes a place a desert, a …

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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 when I walk among giant sequoias. It is pure wonderment. Join me as I learn …

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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 thing. Ralph Washington Jr. is not only a bug genius with a Master's in Entomology from UC …

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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 scat that looked more like a bunch of smooshed up seeds and fur? You might have …

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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 insurmountable? This happens to me ALL. THE. TIME. Shalaco from SF in Bloom, though? Undaunted. When h...

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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 Sacramento Valley, and it is a hotbed for unexpected creatures and unexpected stories alike. Join m...

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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. In this episode, join me and my guest, Zarah Wyly, on a walk through a relatively …

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