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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


All Things Natural with Ed Kanze

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You don't have to be crazy to believe in the existence of Little People. They exist. We call them penguins. Join me in reminiscing about wild penguins I have known. 2015-02-27 06:55

LISTEN: Penguins Of The Southern Oceans

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If you have the privilege of getting close to a mink, it'll stink. But don't let the smell scare you off. These fierce, wide-ranging members of the weasel tribe offer fine entertainment to those who watch them.

LISTEN: Mink May Stink, But They're Fun To Watch

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If the history of medical science can teach us one thing, it's this. Don't underestimate dirt. From ordinary backyard soil and composted compost have some of the world's most useful wonder-drugs.

LISTEN: SPECIAL EDITION 'ALL THINGS NATURAL' - FROM DIRT COMES HEALING

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On a cold winter day, I go out, then come in. Between the start and finish lie ninety brisk minutes of exercise and illumination. Join me!

LISTEN: A Winter Walk, And Home Again

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Meet Corinne Parnapy, a real live phycologist. She studies that slimy stuff, green or brown or red, that we call algae. Is it interesting? Listen and judge for yourself.

LISTEN: What's It All About, Algae?

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I've raised baby possums, raccoons, skunks, robins, starlings, and great-horned owls. Which are the most cuddly and fun to be around? The answer may surprise you.

LISTEN: Bringing Up Babies

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Do you hear what I hear? It's late on a cold winter night. Snow lies softly over the ground, and the red stuff in the thermometer is plunging.

LISTEN: The Little Drummer Boy

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They rock and roll them. We're talking about those boulders we all see in the woods. Geologists call them "erratics."

LISTEN: Ladies And Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones!

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The gelatin that goes into Jello and similar products comes from sanitized, pulverized, boiled animal hooves. Animal hooves are largely made of keratin.

LISTEN: Making Cannibal Jello

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I've been singing that Rodgers and Hammerstein lyric on bright, cheery mornings ever since I performed the song on stage in the second grade. But I ask myself: what makes a beautiful morning beautiful?

Meet the two newest members of my household: Silky and Bandit, and pair of guinea pigs.

LISTEN: The Incredible, Edible Guinea Pig

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We measure babies by length, not height. The blue whale is the world's longest animal, or at least the longest one with a backbone. What's the longest tree?

LISTEN: The Trees Of Our Forests

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Of all the unique, curious creature in the world, none is curiouser than the reptile known as the tuatara. It lives only in New Zealand. It is neither crocodile nor turtle nor snake nor lizard.

LISTEN: The One, The Tuatara

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We all have our passions and compulsions. One of mine is hunting for salamanders. When I catch them, I let them go. The fun isn't in the possessing, it's in the chase. Will you join me?

LISTEN: Perpetually Seeking Salamanders

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While I watch nature videos with pleasure, especially if they're narrated by David Attenborough, and while I enjoy a stroll through a zoo now and again, it's always been clear to me that there's nothing more satisfying and fun

LISTEN: The Thrill of Being There

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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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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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