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Golden State Naturalist

Season 1

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 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 this episode brought me back to the magic of those childhood moments, AND I got …

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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 middle? Or what makes the San Andreas fault so unique and so infamous? This episode …

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Feb. 4, 2022

Episode 0

An overview of what The Golden State Naturalist Podcast is all about--nature, curiosity, wonder, and adventure. Includes a discussion of possible future episodes, including geology, salmon, vernal pools, native plants, tradit...

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