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
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
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
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
Who's in charge, my daughter wanted to know? She'd been given a tee-shirt that proclaims
LISTEN: Who Rules The World
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
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
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
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?
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
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.
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.
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.