Nature Now

NN#666 Plankton Worlds

(Airdate: April 10, 2024) Ancient bacteria, single cells and long strands of strange little plants, plus minute single celled animals and weird fantastical animal larvae – these are the members of the Earth’s massive and hugely important planktonic ecosystems. Come with Nan Evans as she talks with Dr. Gretchen Rollwagen-Bollens about this strange world and its significance to global ecology and human well being. Consider eutrophication, the world’s biggest threat to water quality or cyanobacteria and one of the causes of toxic algal blooms such as the ones in our local Andeson Lake.

#665 Snails of the Pacific Northwest, part 1

(Airdate: April 3, 2024) Curious about the role played by snails in shaping human history? Fashion? Diet? Economics? Class and Politics? Or even, what makes snails such a huge, diverse and successful group of creatures? Join Nan Evans as she talks with snail conservationist, farmer, and all around snail lover, Ric Brewer, to explore these, and other, questions.

#664 The Nature of Anderson Lake

(Airdate: March 27, 2024) Nature Now host Jackie Canterbury talks with Bev McNeil about the nature of Anderson Lake State Park. The park encompasses 496 acres of land with a diversity of plant communities, wetlands, and forests. The name bears the family name of an earlier owner, Amanda Anderson. The land was purchased in 1947. The park now offers trails that pass along the lake and through grassy marches, patches of salmonberries and huckleberries and through forests of young and older western red cedar and Douglas-fir.

#662 The Manis Mastodon, part 1

(Reprise airdate: March 20, 2024) Host Debaran Kelso speaks with special guest Clare Manis Hatler about finding what came to be known as “The Manis Mastodon” on their farm in Sequim in 1977. It is still one of the most significant archaeological finds in North America! Part…

#662 Gray Whales

(Reprise airdate: March 13, 2024) Join Nan Evans and John Calambokidis, whale scientist, as they discuss gray whale migrations from Baja California to the Arctic – how does that epic voyage benefit the whales? Recording the program from Mexico where she was visiting a gray…

#661 The Cougar Conundrum, part 1

(Airdate: March 6, 2024) Please join host Debaran Kelso and puma specialist Dr. Mark Elbroch as we explore both mountain lion ecology, and how we might learn to share our world with this large successful predator. Part 1 of a two part program.

#660 Earth’s Wild Music

(Reprise airdate: February 28, 2024) Nan Evans and Kathleen Dean Moore, a philosopher, writer, and environment activist, explore moral and ethical perspectives on the earth’s climate crisis and the ongoing sixth great extinction of living species. And, what we are called to do…

#659 Water, Wonder and Wellness

(Airdate: February 21, 2024) Many of us who live near and ocean know in our hearts, bones and minds about the wonders of living near the water. Join Nan Evans as she talks with Paola Espitia of Ola-Pi Creative about marine biology and the science behind
these benefits.

#658 Humpback Whales and Bubble Rings

(Airdate: February 14, 2024) Please join Nature Now host Debaran Kelso as we dive once again into the fascinating world of humpback whales with Dr. Fred Sharpe! This week we will focus on the phenomenon of “bubble ring” formation, and what they might mean as a form of communication.

#657 The Sense of Wonder

(Airdate: February 7, 2024) Mary Robson and Gary Bullock share experiences while observing nature, basing their thoughts on Rachel Carson’s essay A Sense of Wonder.