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Nature Now #470
Biology of Sea Otters, part 2

(Airdate: July 8, 2020) Nan Evans encores an interview from 2016 when she talked with retired biologist Jim Bodkin about the challenges faced by sea otters as a result of human actions from the historic fur trading industry to massive modern oil spills…and on the hopeful side, about the success of sea otter reintroductions along the west coast of North America in recent decades.

Nature Now #468
Conifer Trees of the Olympic Peninsula

(Airdate: June 24, 2020) We all know that in Washington we live in “The Evergreen State”. In this episode of Nature Now, Nan Evans talks with Erik Kingfisher of the Jefferson Land Trust about the major native conifers we see every day as we walk in our neighborhoods and gaze out our windows.

Nature Now #467
The Pacific Marten

(Airdate: June 17, 2020) Debaran Kelso speaks with Olympic National Forest’s wildlife biologist Betsy Howell about recent surveys searching for the elusive Pacific marten.

Nature Now #465
What is a Naturalist?

(Airdate: June 4, 2020) Nan Evans talks with local naturalist Ken Wilson about observing the world around us as a naturalist and Ken’s belief that we as humans, are innately, naturally, neurologically, and genetically wired to be naturalists. We can be fascinated and often excited by observing behaviors, attributes and traits in the natural world – using our sensory experiences in the noticing of patterns and variety in the world around us.

Nature Now #463
Birding by Ear, Part 2

(Airdate: May 20, 2020) Birder extraordinaire Fred Sharpe continues his series on Birding By Ear with host Debaran Kelso, helping us to recognize our local bird calls. (Part 2 of a two-part show, first broadcast in June 2016).

Nature Now #461
Nature in Your Neighborhood

(First airdate: May 6, 2020) Join Nan Evans when she talks with Heather Harding and Rebekah Korenowsky about a new virtual learning opportunity via the Jefferson Land Trust’s “Nature in Your Neighborhood” program – complete with virtual nature walks, study groups, special talks and inviting things to do in your very own neighborhood.

Nature Now #460
Great Horned Owls Fledge

(First airdate: April 29, 2020) Guest Bob Jepperson from Fidalgo Island relates to Mary Robson the spring progress of fledgling Great Horned Owls as they leave the nest and fly.  Listen here for his sound recordings used on the show.

Nature Now #459
Birding by Ear, Part 1

(Reprise airdate: April 22, 2020) Host Debaran Kelso is joined by birder extraordinaire Fred Sharpe, helping us to learn some of our more common local bird calls. This is Part 1 of a two-part show, which first aired in the spring of 2016.

Nature Now #458
Songs of the Sea

(Reprise airdate: April 15, 2020) Nan Evans encores one of her favorite programs from 2015 – Port Townsend residents, Skip and Rebecca Cadorette, playing and singing their original songs of the sea and the critters that live in the ocean.

Nature Now #457
European Green Crabs, Part 2

(First airdate: April 8, 2020) Host Nan Evans talks with Emily Grason about the threats from the invasive European Green Crab, one of the world’s worst invasive species, and the efforts in the Salish Sea to document sightings of green crab and track the species’ impacts on Salish Sea ecosystems. This is part 2 of a March 2020 show.

Nature Now #456
Bird Migration, part 2

(Reprise airdate: April 1, 2020 ) Debaran Kelso hosts an encore presentation on the topic of bird migration with guest Dr. Geoff Hammerson, with the help of Fred Sharpe.  This is the concluding segment of a two-part show first re-broadcast earlier in March.

Nature Now #455
Hummingbirds

(First airdate: March 25, 2020) A close look at the behavior of Hummingbirds, with Christie Lassen of Wild Birds Unlimited and host Mary Robson.

Nature Now #454
European Green Crabs

(First airdate: March 18, 2020) Host Nan Evans talks with Emily Grason about the threats from the invasive European Green Crab, one of the world’s worst invasive species, and the efforts in the Salish Sea to document sightings of green crab and track the species’ impacts on Salish Sea ecosystems. This is part 1 of a 2-part show.

Nature Now #453
Bird Migration (part 1)

(Reprise airdate: March 11, 2020) Host Debaran Kelso speaks with Dr. Geoff Hammerson. They discuss the definition and explanation of bird migration, including what it means to be part of the Pacific Flyway (this is part 1 of a 2-part show).

Nature Now #452
Carnivorous Plants

(First airdate: March 4, 2020) Host Debaran Kelso speaks with wetland ecologist Dr. Fred Weinmann about the fascinating world of carnivorous plants.

Nature Now #449
E-Bird: Hi-Tech Bird Watching

(First airdate: February 12, 2020) Host Nan Evans explores the popular E-Bird tool with Monica Fletcher, a local master of birdwatching. Discover a new world of birding. Learn how to get and use this phone app and learn how to participate in important citizen science projects.

Nature Now #448
Toxic Phytoplankon

(First airdate: February 5, 2020) Nature Now Host Nan Evans and Jamestown S’Klallam environmental biologist Neil Harrington talk about harmful phytoplankton in the Salish Sea, recent research findings, and the public health efforts to protect us all.

Nature Now #447
Predatory Coyotes

(First airdate: January 29, 2020) Host Mary Robson talks with Darrell Smith of Western Wildlife Outreach about coyotes and their predatory place in our society.

Nature Now #445
Dungeness Valley Water Use

(First airdate: January 15, 2020) Hydrologist Ann Soule discusses with host Mary Robson the relationships of water use history and water sources in the Dungeness Valley.

Nature Now #444
Large Whales of the Salish Sea

(First airdate: January 8, 2020) Many of us are familiar with the story of dwindling Orca populations in the Salish Sea. But what about the larger whales? Nan Evans talks with John Calambokidis of Cascadia Research about long-term trends in populations, movements, and underwater behavior of blue, humpback, and gray whales in the Salish Sea and the North Pacific Ocean.