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Nature Now #365
Effort on Noxious Plants

(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.

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Nature Now #364
Birding by Ear – Part 2 (Encore)

(first aired June 6, 2018). Debaran Kelso hosts an encore broadcast of a June, 2016 show featuring birder extraordinaire Dr. Fred Sharpe explaining several bird sounds heard in our area. Closing music is “Skyline Pigeon,” performed by Elton John.

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Nature Now #363
Learning About the Salish Sea for Kids

(first aired May 30, 2018). Nan Evans interviews Joe Gaydos, author of “Explore the Salish Sea: A Nature Guide for Kids,” to talk about inspiring children to explore and learn about the marine ecosystem that surrounds us. Closing music is “The Salish Sea,” performed by HighRise Lonesome.

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Nature Now #362
Protecting and Conserving River and Forest

(first aired May 23, 2018). Host Mary Robson speaks in the KPTZ studio with Jude Rubin and Peter Bahls of the Northwest Watershed Institute to discuss their mission of Protection, Restoration, Research-Based Assessment and Education and how they implement it. Closing music is “Watershed,” performed by Michael Gettel.

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Nature Now #361
The Gradual Unfolding of Spring
Where Forest and Pond Meet

(first aired May 9, 2018). Mary Robson hosts Fidalgo Island resident Bob Jepperson—walker, writer, sound recorder, photographer—to discuss his visions of the coming of spring in his world. Closing music is “Pond,” performed by Vernon.

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Nature Now #360 Saving Tarboo Creek

(first aired May 2, 2018). Scott and Susan Freeman join host Nan Evans via phone to talk about their book, Saving Tarboo Creek: One Family’s Quest to Heal the Land, and their experiences and philosophy gained from the ongoing project to restore the creek. Closing music is “Knob Creek,” played by the Steep Canyon Rangers.

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Nature Now #359 Spring Migration (Encore)

(first aired April 25, 2018). Nan Evans hosts a rebroadcast of Mary Robson’s interview with Christie Lassen of Wild Birds Unlimited in Gardiner, where they discuss details of spring bird migration in our area. Closing music is “Migrating Bird,” a Greek song performed by Stella Marnelaki.

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Nature Now #358 Birding by Ear – Part 1 (Encore)

(first aired April 18, 2018). Debaran Kelso hosts birder extraordinaire Dr. Fred Sharpe in a reprise of a show originally broadcast two years ago, explaining how to train your ears to identify bird sounds. Closing music is “Songbird,” sung by Eva Cassidy.

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Nature Now #357 Poetry on the Larry Scott Trail

(first aired April 11, 2018). Host Mary Robson talks in studio with Denise Banker—poet, nature observer, and our guide to spring—and discusses her poetry and love of the outdoors. Closing music is “Hummingbird,” by The Weepies.

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Nature Now #356
What’s New at the Marine Science Center Aquarium?

(first aired April 4, 2018). Port Townsend Marine Science Center Aquarist Ali Redman, and Americorps volunteer and educator James Swanson, join host Nan Evans in studio to discuss changes at the Marine Exhibit for the upcoming season, including expanded opportunities to learn more about the intriguing sea life around us and efforts to conserve the ecosystems of the Salish Sea. Closing music is “Marine Science,” performed by Curtis Schwartz.

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Nature Now #355 Bird Song Pleasure

(first aired March 28, 2018). Frequent guest Christie Lassen of Wild Birds Unlimited in Gardiner joins host Mary Robson in the KPTZ studio to discuss the many aspects of bird song. Closing music is “Spring,” sung by Tracy Chapman.

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Nature Now #354 Coexisting with Mountain Lions

(first aired March 21, 2018). Dr. Mark Elbroch, ecologist, storyteller and lead scientist for Panthera talks with host Paul Ruben about coexisting with mountain lions, their behavior, and human encroachment. Closing music is “Mountain Music,” performed by Alabama.

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Nature Now #353 Snow Geese and Swans of Skagit Valley (repeat)

(first aired March 14, 2018). Kate Dwyer’s 2014 interview with Washington DFW wildlife biologist Paul DeBruyn is rebroadcast, with Debaran Kelso hosting the remainder of this show that discusses the snow geese and swans of the Skagit Delta. Closing music is “Swan,” performed by Right Said Fred.

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Nature Now #352 The Drama of Beaver Ponds

(first aired March 7, 2018). Host Mary Robson speaks via phone with Fidalgo Island resident Bob Jepperson, author of “Wild Love Story: Vignettes From Forest and Pond,” and discusses beavers, owls, and frogs he observes. Closing music is “The Captain Always Goes Down With The Ship,” recorded by Red Leg.

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Nature Now #351 Coastal Geology and Climate Change (Part 2)

(first aired February 28, 2018). Host Nan Evans concludes an interview covering the effects of climate change on coastal geology with Dr. Eric Grossman, Research Geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. Closing music is “Down by the Seaside,” performed by Led Zeppelin.

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Nature Now #350 Navigating With Nature

(first aired February 21, 2018). Host Paul Ruben welcomes Nahja Chimenti to the KPTZ studio to discuss ways to navigate using nature, plus her involvement with local sailing programs. Closing music is “Stars,” performed by the Weepies.

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Nature Now #349 History of Birds on the Olympic Peninsula

(first aired February 14, 2018). Dr. Fred Sharpe visits host Debaran Kelso to provide historical information about the birds of our area. Closing music is “Fly Like a Bird,” sung by Boz Scaggs.

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Nature Now #348 The World of the Unseen Life in the Oceans

(first aired Febrary 7, 2018). Dr. Virginia Armbrust, Director of the University of Washington School of Oceonography, joins host Nan Evans to talk about the weird world of microscopic organisms that populate the world’s oceans, and why we should know about them and even care. Closing music is “Under The Ocean,” performed by The Boat People.

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Nature Now #347 The History of the Pacific Oyster

(first aired January 31, 2018). Paul Ruben hosts environmental filmmaker Shelly Solomon in the KPTZ studio, and discusses the history of the pacific oyster and related topics. Closing music is “Oysters and Pearls,” sung by Jimmy Buffett.

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Nature Now #346 Corvids and Avian Intelligence

(first aired January 24, 2018). Paul Ruben talks via phone with John Marzluff, Professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington and author of several books on birds, to discuss corvids and the intelligence they possess. Closing music is “Magpie,” sung by Ian Tyson.

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Nature Now #345 COUNTS 2017—Results for Birds

(first aired January 17, 2018). Mary Robson hosts bird expert Gary Bullock for a return visit, discussing the 2017 Christmas Bird Count and what was found. Closing music is “Hazy Days of Winter,” sung by Simon & Garfunkel.

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Nature Now #344 Coastal Geology and Climate Change

(first aired January 10, 2018). Host Nan Evans talks via phone with Eric Grossman, Research Geologist with the USGS, and discusses the impact of sea level rise in the Salish Sea. Closing music is “Long River,” sung by Gordon Lightfoot.

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Nature Now #343 Pigeon Guillemot Research (Part 2)

(first aired January 3, 2018). Debaran Kelso hosts Frances Wood and Govinda Rosling of the Pigeon Guillemot Research Group on Whidbey Island to continue a discussion of the group’s work studying the island’s guillemot population for the past decade. Closing music is “Whidbey Island Blues,” performed by Seattle group The Maldives.

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Nature Now #342 Hiking the Olympics

(first aired December 27, 2017). Host Paul Ruben brings veteran hikers Lee Jacobson and Doug Scott to the KPTZ studio to share their knowledge and expertise on hiking the Olympics. Closing music is “Hiking,” performed by Paddy Mills.

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Nature Now #341 Bringing Birds Closer

(first aired December 20, 2017). Host Mary Robson talks in studio with experienced birder Gary Bullock to examine how to explore for birds and how to get started in birding. Closing music is “Bluebird,” performed by Doug Paisley.

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Nature Now #340 Pigeon Guillemot Research

(first aired December 13, 2017). Debaran Kelso hosts Frances Wood and Govinda Rosling of the Pigeon Guillemot Research Group on Whidbey Island to discuss the group’s work studying the island’s guillemot population for the past decade. Closing music is “Fleet,” by Guillemot.

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