(First airdate: December 12, 2018) Part 2 of host Debaran Kelso’s talk with Scott Gremel, wildlife biologist for Olympic National Park, on the importance of non-forest habitats to wildlife on the Olympic Peninsula. Ending song: “The Only Boy Awake” by the Swedish singer-songwriter “Meadows”.
(First airdate: December 5, 2018) Nan Evans talks with cinematographer Florian Graner about the Port Townsend Marine Science Center’s Octopus Learning Project. The project features one of the aquarium’s newest residents, Eleanora, the Giant Pacific Octopus.
(First airdate: November 28, 2018) Nadine Maestas, poet and explorer, introduces us to her love of the bioregion, Cascadia. She reads her poems of gratitude inspired by this place. The closing music is Eddie Rabbitt’s I Love a Rainy Day.
(First airdate: November 21, 2018) Host Debaran Kelso speaks with Scott Gremel, wildlife biologist with the Olympic National Park, about the importance of non-forest habitats to wildlife in Olympic National Park. The ending song is The Woodpecker Song by Kate Smith.
(First airdate: November 14, 2018) Host Paul Ruben is joined by musician Bill Brennan (“Billy B.”) to discuss his career as an Environmental educator and recent work. Topics range from water quality, climate change, and endangered species.
(First airdate: November 7, 2018) Port Townsend’s Renaissance man and naturalist Ken Wilson talks with Olympic Peninsula educator and author Bob Steelquist about his new book The Northwest Coastal Explorer. Their conversation should inspire listeners to go outside, listen and look, and marvel at the wonders of the world around us. Bob Steelquist is also giving the second lecture in the Port Townsend Marine Science Center’s “Future of the Oceans” lecture series on Sunday, November 11.
(First airdate: October 24, 2018) Nature Now host Debaran Kelso interview wildlife biologist Tom Butts, who identifies bats here on the Peninsula and talks about the needs of female bats who feed their milk to young ones. Then Mary Robson meets Eleanora, the Giant Pacific Octopus, newly arrived at the Marine Science Center. Closing Music is by DISTANCE Bats in the Belfry.
(First airdate: October 17, 2018) Nan Evans interviews UW oceanographer Dr. Charlie Eriksen about new ways to observe the movement of ocean currents and what that means for the advancement of our understanding of global phenomena. Charlie has literally restructured how we look at the ocean.
(First airdate: October 10, 2018) Host Debaran Kelso speaks with Olympic National Forest wildlife biologist Karen Holtrop about one of our most important native pollinators, the bumblebee.
(First airdate: October 3, 2018) Host Paul Ruben interviews in studio Richard Tucker and Sarah Spaeth, Directors with Jefferson Land Trust, and talks about identifying critical habitats and conservation. The show highlights recently acquired land on Marrowstone Island, flagship conservation projects, and projects on the horizon. Closing music is Better People performed by the Xavier Rudd.
(First airdate: September 26, 2018) Host Debaran Kelso interviews in studio Tom Butts, recently retired wildlife biologist, and talks about many aspects of bats on the Olympic Peninsula in part one of a far-ranging discussion. Closing music is Die Fledermaus Overture (The Bat) performed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Seiji Ozawa.
(First airdate: September 19, 2018) Hosted by Nan Evans and Megan Selva, this is the second part of “Plastics in the Ocean” with Port Townsend Marine Science Center Executive Director Janine Biore. Included are observations, the mystery sound and events.
(First airdate: September 12, 2018) Debaran Kelso hosts a return visit from Dr. Fred Sharpe, who continues his examination of Olympic Peninsula prairies with details on the history and current status of camas.
(First airdate: September 5, 2018) Mary Robson welcomes back Fidalgo Island author and nature explorer Bob Jepperson to discuss the effect of drought on beaver ponds and the activities of owls.
(First airdate: August 29, 2018) Host is Nan Evans talks with Port Townsend Marine Science Center Executive Director Janine Boire about problems caused by the buildup of plastics in the ocean.
(first aired August 22, 2018). Nan Evans interviews Jonathan White, author of Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, in the encore of a May 24, 2017 broadcast where the author discusses how the tides can tell time, change our concept of time, and affect living creatures. Closing music is “The Moon and the Tide,” performed by Derek Gust.
(first aired August 15, 2018). Host Nan Evans interviews Dr. Ginger Armbrust, Director of the University of Washington School of Oceanography, in the second part of a discussion of the unseen world in the ocean.
(first aired August 8, 2018). Darrell and Lorna Smith of Western Wildlife Outreach handle both the hosting and guest duties to discuss the current status of black bears and cougars on the Olympic Peninsula and western Washington, and provide safety tips for recreating, living and working in areas occupied by these large carnivores. Closing music is “Cougar,” performed by Johnny Whitehorse.
(first aired August 1, 2018). Host Mary Robson talks with Gardiner’s Wild Birds Unlimited co-owner Christie Lassen about bird behavior in mid-summer and some odd bird bits that could be in any season. Closing music is “Full Moon,” performed by Blue Jay.
(first aired July 25, 2018). Nan Evans interviews Americorps volunteer Emilee Carpenter and Port Townsend Marine Science Center camper Anabel Moore to learn about the educational opportunities at this summer’s camps. Closing music is “Life is Grand,” performed by Camper van Beethoven.
(first aired July 18, 2018). An encore broadcast of the October 4, 2017 show features former Nature Now host Ken Wilson hosting environmental educator, writer, photographer and naturalist Bob Steelquist for a discussion of interesting creatures and other features of the environment. Closing music is “Foggy Mountain Breakdown,” performed by Earl Scruggs.
(first aired July 11, 2018). Dr. Fred Sharpe visits host Debaran Kelso in the KPTZ studio to present historical details about local prairies and identify locations in our area where portions of prairies still survive. Closing music is “Little Songbird,” performed by Black Prairie.
(first aired July 4, 2018). Joost Besijn, Coordinator of the Jefferson County Noxious Weed Control Board, returns to the KPTZ studio for a further discussion of noxious weeds in the county and how to deal with them. Closing music is “Weeds,” performed by Michael Penn.
(first aired June 27, 2018). Host Nan Evans recorded an interview near the Point Wilson lighthouse with Betsy Carlson, Citizen Science Coordinator at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, and Mariah Vane, Americorps member and the Marine Mammal Stranding Network Environmental Education Coordinator. They spoke about marine mammal strandings in the Salish Sea and what members of the public should do if they encounter stranded animals along our shore. Closing music is “Stranded,” sung by Van Morrison.
(first aired June 20, 2018). Erin Ryan-Peñeula, Ecosystem Recovery Coordinator of the Hood Canal, Strait and North Olympic Peninsula for the Puget Sound Partnership, joins host Paul Ruben to discuss the Partnership and its role in coordinating the health of the Puget Sound. Closing music is “Puget Sound,” performed by Donato Wharton.
(first aired June 13, 2018). Mary Robson hosts Joost Besijn, Coordinator of the Jefferson County Noxious Weed Control Board, and discusses identification, eradication and other topics related to these pesky growths. Closing music is “Western Bluebird,” performed by Joe Weed.