Nature Now

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.


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.


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.


Nature Now #339 The Impact of Climate Change on Oxygen and Marine Habitats

(first aired December 6, 2017). Host Nan Evans talks on the phone with Curtis Deutsch, Professor of Chemical Oceanography at the University of Washington, to examine what is happening to oxygen levels in the ocean and why it is important. Closing music is “If I Were the Ocean,” performed by Mark Mancina.


Nature Now #338 Citizen Science & Marine Science Center

(first aired November 29, 2017). Host Nan Evans welcomes Betsy Carlson, Citizen Science Coordinator at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, and talks about what citizen science is and the projects at the Center. Closing music is “Volunteers,” performed by L J Booth.


Nature Now #337 Animal Rescue

(first aired November 22, 2017). Host Mary Robson interviews via phone Sara Penhallegon of Center Valley Animal Rescue in Quilcene to discuss the Center’s work in rehabilitating wildlife for a return to their natural habitat. Closing music is “Rescue,” performed by The New Planet Animals.


Nature Now #336 Backyard Hawks (repeat)

(first aired November 15, 2017). Host Debaran Kelso reprises her interview with Christie Lassen of Wild Birds Unlimited in Gardiner, and talks about hawks in the area and some that could be in your backyard. Closing music is “I See Hawks In L.A.,” performed by I See Hawks in L.A.


Nature Now #335 Salmon, Humans and the Salish Sea

(first aired November 8, 2017). Host Nan Evans talks via phone with Jill Rolland, Director of the U.S. Geological Survey Western Fisheries Research Center. The discussion covers salmon and the science surrounding salmon restoration in Puget Sound. Closing music is “It’s Your World,” performed by Leftover Salmon.


Nature Now #334 Invasive Plants

(first aired November 1, 2017). Paul Ruben debuts as a Nature Now host and interviews Jefferson County Noxious Weed Control Assistant Malloree Weinheimer to learn about noxious plant species in our area and how to control them. Closing music is “Weeds,” performed by Victor Wainwright & The WildRoots.


Nature Now #333 Drones and Wildlife Research (repeat)

(first aired October 18, 2017. Repeat of show that aired October, 2016)
Host Debaran Kelso conducts a phone interview with Dr. Fred Sharpe in Alaska, and discusses his work with humpback whales that includes the use of drones to obtain samples for analysis. Closing music is “Whales,” performed by Eric Chappelle.


Nature Now #332 The Ocean

(first aired October 11, 2017). Guest host Ken Wilson welcomes back environmental educator Bob Steelquist to talk about the many facets of the ocean.


Nature Now #331 Interesting Creatures

(first aired October 4, 2017). Guest host Ken Wilson welcomes to the studio environmental educator, writer, photographer and naturalist Bob Steelquist to discuss interesting creatures and other features in our environment.


Nature Now #330 Wetlands

(first aired September 27, 2017). Host Nan Evans welcomes new Nature Now host and wetlands biologist Paul Ruben, who defines wetlands and discusses issues related to them. Closing music is “Wetlands,” performed by Paul Spring.


Nature Now #329 Pine Marten Survey Updates

(first aired September 20, 2017). Host Debaran Kelso interviews U. S. Forest Service wildlife biologist Betsy Howell to get an update on the pine marten survey.


Nature Now #328 Youth Environmental Stewards (YES)

(first aired September 13, 2017). Host Mary Robson interviews Jude Rubin about the Youth Environmental Stewards (YES) program she founded.


Nature Now #327 Sea Stars & Citizen Science

(first aired September 6, 2017). Host Nan Evans talks in studio with Howard Teas and John Conley to update sea star wasting information, and also speaks with her guests about citizen science work. Closing music is “So Many Stars,” performed by Sergio Mendes & Brazil ’66.


Nature Now #326 Writing a Guidebook

(first aired August 30, 2017). Host Mary Robson talks to local resident Craig Weir about planning and creating a field guide for hikers looking for lichen, mosses and ferns. Closing music is “The Dancing Bear,” performed by Natalie Merchant.


Nature Now #325 Impacts of the Solar Eclipse on the Tides

(first aired August 23, 2017). Host Nan Evans hosts a timely interview with frequent guest Jonathan White, author of Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, and discusses the effect of the solar eclipse on the tides in our area.


Nature Now #324 Lichen Looking

(first aired August 16, 2017). Host Mary Robson interviews lichen expert Craig Weir and discusses those odd bits you see everywhere. Closing music is “Eclipse,” performed by Pink Floyd.


Nature Now #323 Bees & Biodiversity – Part 2 (repeat)

(first aired August 9, 2017). Host Debaran Kelso revisits bees and biodiversity with this re-broadcast of a February, 2016 interview with Dr. Jerry Freilich, former Research Coordinator of the Olympic National Park. Closing music is “Hair,” performed by the Cowsills.


Nature Now #322 Greenlings

(first aired August 2, 2017). Host Nan Evan discusses greenlings with retired marine scientist Howard Teas. Closing music is “Green, Green,” performed by Trini Lopez.


Nature Now #321 The Gulls of Protection Island

(first aired July 26, 2017). Host Nan Evans conducts an in-studio interview with husband and wife team Jim Hayward and Shandelle Henson, and discusses combining math and biology in an effort to better understand the Protection Island gull population. Closing music is “The Island,” performed by Richard Crandell on the mbira.


Nature Now #320 Biodiversity – Part 1 (Repeat)

(first aired July 19, 2017) Host Debaran Kelso speaks with Dr. Jerry Freilich, former Research Coordinator of the Olympic National Park, and discusses biodiversity. Rebroadcast of a show that originally aired in January, 2016—Part 2 will be rebroadcast on August 9. Closing music is “Fly Me to The Moon,” sung by Frank Sinatra.


Nature Now #319 Aquatic Reserves

(first aired July 12, 2017).  Host Nan Evans conducts a field interview with Birdie Davenport, Aquatic Reserves Manager with the Washington Department of Natural Resources, and talks about protecting special watery places in the Salish Sea. Closing music is “Sailing the Salish Sea,” performed by Adam Dobres.


Nature Now #318 Fossil Finds

(first aired July 5, 2017). Host Mary Robson interviews geologist Annika Wallendahl about fossil finds in the Olympic Peninsula area. Closing music is “Mister Big Stuff,” performed by Kermit Ruffins and the Rebirth Brass Band.


Nature Now #317 Hidden Lives of Owls – Part 2

(first aired June 28, 2017). Host Nan Evans visits with author Leigh Calvez, who talks about her book that examines the science and spirit of nature’s most elusive birds. Closing music is “Owls,” performed by Leo Kottke.