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All Things Natural with Ed Kanze

Into the brew of "All Things Natural" naturalist and writer Ed Kanze throws in a kitchen sink's worth of topical matter. One week he might write about how your beloved pet dog is really a wolf (the DNA doesn't lie), and the next contemplate the sex lives of trees or the lonely life of the bobcat. More at: www.mountainlake.org/bn

Weird living things you may never have heard of live deep in the oceans and in hot pools at Yellowstone. They live in your intestines and toilet tank, too. You gotta love them, for without them, we'd be nowhere.

LISTEN: Iron Eaters Near And Far

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When nights yields to day and day succumbs to darkness, wild beasts come out to fly and prowl. Scientists call them crepuscular. Listen and meet dusk specialists here.

LISTEN: Great Things Happen at Dusk

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According to the calendar, one day it's summer and the next it's fall. Nature marks the change of the season a little differently.

LISTEN: The Poignant End of Summer

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I'd forgive anyone for thinking I was pulling a leg when telling them that some ants round up aphids on plant stems and tend them like dairy farmers care for cows.

LISTEN: Home On The Range With Ants And Aphids

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Who's in charge, my daughter wanted to know? She'd been given a tee-shirt that proclaims

LISTEN: Who Rules The World

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It doesn't make any sense. Most wild animals big enough for us to pay attention to have skeletons.

LISTEN: A Walk in a Boneyard

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Frankly, they suck. And while they suck, they inadvertently introduce fungi into the inner bark. Listen here and meet the Bonny and Clyde of the beech tree decline: a hyperfeminine aphid and a lethal fungus.

LISTEN: On The Beech

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Defeated by a little bird! It's humbling, I confess, to have chased wild birds over much of North America for 35 years and still not have seen a common sedge wren.

LISTEN: Matters of Perspective

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Like it or not, they're waiting for you. Legs reach out, legs with highly receptive sensory organs on them, and they know you're coming.

LISTEN: Ticks Looking For Good Hosts

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Spring and summer bring us colorful birds, and their colors seem to be reflected in the wildflowers that pop up and open for business at the same time of year.

LISTEN: Wildflower Parade

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Now you see it, now you don't: something brown in or near the water, hopping, swimming, or doing something else that catches your eye.

LISTEN: Brown, Furry, And Wet: Who Goes There?

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The day began with a mosquito attacking me before I got out of bed, and it went downhill from there.

LISTEN: The Bloodletting

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I can assure you there is nothing boring about the Aurora Borealis. At best, the so-called northern lights reach from the horizon high into the sky, staging a light show without rival elsewhere.

LISTEN: Tripping The Lights Fantastic

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I can assure you there is nothing boring about the Aurora Borealis. At best, the so-called northern lights reach from the horizon high into the sky, staging a light show without rival elsewhere.

LISTEN: Tripping The Lights Fantastic

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The pine warbler is often heard but rarely seen. To identify one of these birds, even at close range, you've got to inventory its features, hear it sing if possible, and ponder.

LISTEN: The Unsung, Well Sung, Pine Warbler

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Migratory songbirds rack up enormous numbers of frequent flier miles as they wing north and south and north again, all without tickets or boarding passes.

LISTEN: Birds Come, Birds Go, Birds Come Again

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Snort it and sneeze, but don't hate it. Pollen, each grain essentially a plant sperm and some other odds and ends wrapped up in a sturdy waterproof container, makes the world go 'round.

Our 52nd podcast! Off come the snow and ice that clothe the Adirondack Mountains all winter, and out comes the bare, naked landscape. It's spring's annual burlesque: an off-again, on-again process that eventually leads toward summer.

A small country crowded with attractions, New Zealand offers the visitor an almost endless succession of great things to do. One of them is trout fishing.

What's big and red and rises 1,100 feet above the flat, hot plain of central Australia? Uluru, or Ayers Rock, of course, the most famous piece of sandstone in the world.

A creature that hops, wobbles, leaps, and then disappears entirely? I found tracks that told a strange story. Listen to a tale of mystery in the snow and the surprising, humbling conclusion.

Is it possible to survive time spent in a room so hot that it could fry a steak and eggs? Listen to my tale of a famous series of experiments conducted in England in 1775.

Before there was a cigarette and a compact car known as the lark, there was a bird. In fact, there was a group of birds. One of them, the horned lark, is native to our part of the world.

LISTEN: Out For A Lark

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While I wish I could boast instant recognition when the animal popped up in front of me the fact was for a few seconds I was stumped. What was this strange beast in the driveway?

The most glamorous of our winter birds, the evening grosbeak, isn't extinct or even close. But it's in a steep decline in many places.