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Golden State Naturalist

Season 2

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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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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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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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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