#243 Sea Wolves

Nature Now founder Kate Dwyer returns to host wildlife biologist Darrell Smith, who discusses sea wolves. Closing music is “The Cold, the Dark and the Silence,” performed by Sea Wolf.


#242 A Winter Walk with Lichen

Host Mary Robson continues a December conversation with lichenologist Dr. Katherine Glew of the University of Washington and discusses lichens in winter. Closing music is “Authority Song” performed by John Cougar Mellencamp.


#241 Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count 2015

Host Nan Evans speaks in studio with Monica Fletcher, and discusses the whats and wherefores of the Christmas Audubon Bird Count of 2015. Closing music is “Counting is Wonderful,” performed by the Count from Sesame Street.


#240 Parasitic Plants of the Olympic Peninsula

Dec. 23, 2015 – Host Debaran Kelso talks in studio with botanist Dr. Fred Weinmann and delves into everything to do with mistletoe and other parasitic plants. Closing music is “Under the Mistletoe,” performed by The Bashling Friends.


#239 Orca Baby Boom of 2015

Dec. 16, 2015 – Host Nan Evans speaks with Ken Balcomb, Executive Director and Principal Investigator for the Center of Whale Research in Friday Harbor, in an interview recorded in Seattle in October. They discuss the unusual number of births during 2015. Closing music is “Orca,” performed by Mythos.


#238 Learning Lichen

Dec. 9, 2015 – Host Mary Robson interviews via phone Dr. Katherine Glew, lichenologist and researcher at the University of Washington. Closing music is “The Strangely Popular Lichen Song,” performed by Alan AtKissson.


#237 Historical Whaling and Humpback Whales

Dec. 2, 2015 – Host Debaran Kelso interviews Dr. Fred Sharpe via phone and discusses all things relevant to humpback whales in our area. Closing music is “The Little Baby Humpback Whale,” performed by Brent Holmes.


#236 Music and Nature – Songs of the Sea

Nov. 25, 2015 – Host Nan Evans welcomes Skip and Rebekah Cadorette to the KPTZ studio to perform three songs and talk about their original lyrics that entertain and educate.


#235 Tree Planting Builds Community

Nov. 18, 2015 – Host Mary Robson interviews Jude Rubin about her Plant-A-Thon project and her persona as a “Bag Monster.”


#234 Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel

Nov. 11, 2015 – Ecologist, writer and philosopher Dr. Carl Safina, author of Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel, is interviewed by Nan Evans, and discusses various aspects of animal behavior. Closing music is “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” performed by Peter, Paul and Mary.


#233 Amphibians of the Olympic Peninsula (Part 2)

Nov. 4, 2015 – Host Debaran Kelso continues her phone conversation with wildlife biologist Patrick Loafman in Part 2 of this interview, and looks further into our local amphibians and their habitat. Closing music is “The Double Life of Amphibians,” performed by Two of a Kind.


#232 Amphibians of the Olympic Peninsula (Part 1)

Oct. 21, 2015 – Host Debaran Kelso talks with wildlife biologist Patrick Loafman via phone and discusses local amphibians in the first part of this interview. Closing music is “Amphibians,” performed by Kristin Shout and Smoking Kitten.


#231 Water Quality Studies in Winter

Oct. 14, 2015 – Host Mary Robson talks with Mike Dawson, Water Quality Manager with Jefferson County Environmental Health, and discusses issues regarding all aspects of water quality in our area. Closing music is “Water, Water,” performed by Coco Kallin.


#230 The Return of Summer Chum to Chimacum Creek and the Illahee Preserve

Host Nan Evans ventures out of the studio to field record with Suzie Learned of Friends of Chimacum Creek, and Carrie Clendaniel of Jefferson Land Trust, and learns more about the returning Hood Canal chum salmon. Closing music is “Out in the Woods” performed by Leftover Salmon.


#229 The Dirt on Soil

Sept. 30, 2015 – Host Nan Evans interviews Soil Scientist Craig Schrader of the Jefferson County Conservation District. Closing music is “Back to the Earth,” performed by Jason Mraz.


#228 Wildlife Rehab – Part 1 (Repeat)

Host Debaran Kelso interviews Cindy Daily of Discovery Bay Wild Bird Rescue in a repeat broadcast of a show first aired in February, 2014. Closing music is “Equinox,” performed by Eric Hansen.

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#227 Effect of Summer Weather on Native Plants

Host Mary Robson interviews Fred Weinmann of the Olympic Peninsula Native Plant Society, who discusses the effect of extreme weather conditions on plants in this area. Closing music is “Plants,” performed by CoCo and the Butterfields.

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#226 Invasive European Green Crabs

Host Nan Evans interviews Jeff Adams, the Marine Water Quality Specialist with Washington Sea Grant, on the phone, and Emily Grason, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biology at the University of Washington, in studio. They discuss all aspects of the invasive European Green Crab, which could cause a problem in our area if they become established. Closing music is “The Tinker and The Crab,” performed by Donovan.

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#225 Spiders (rebroadcast)

Host Kate Dwyer interviews Mary Robson (then a guest and now a Nature Now producer) and discusses spiders in this show originally broadcast in September, 2014.


#224 Giant Squid Dissection at Summer Camp

Host Nan Evans interviews Port Townsend Marine Science Center Americorps staff person Allison Kellum, and discusses a squid dissection performed by young people at the Center’s summer camp.


#223 Plants & Drought

Host Debaran Kelso welcomes Jeanmarie Morelli to discuss dealing with drought in a native plant garden. Closing music is “Drought Tolerant Plants,” performed by ZunZun.


#222 Chimacum Ridge Project

Host Nan Evans interviews new Jefferson Land Trust Executive Director Richard Tucker, and discusses the Chimacum Ridge Project and how it’s being implemented. Closing music is “This Land Is Your Land,” performed by My Morning Jacket.


#221 Marbled Murrelet

Host Mary Robson interviews Kevin Schmelzlen of the Murrelet Survival Project about the threatened bird and how various groups are working together to help it survive. Closing music is “Blue Moon Revisited (song for Elvis)”, performed by Cowboy Junkies.


#213 Digging For Dinner

Mary Robson presents the Observations and Upcoming Events portions, and Nan Evans ventures out to go clamming and “digging for dinner” with Camille Speck and Doug Rogers of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Closing music is “Intelligent Clam,” performed by Keith Munslow.

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#212 Finding Water Problems

Host Mary Robson interviews Michael Dawson, Water Quality Manager for Jefferson County Environmental Health, and discusses his work in identifying water problems in the county. Closing music is “We Are Water,” performed by Hayden Panettiere and the cast of the TV series “Nashville.”

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#211 Marine Environment Pre and Post Elwha Dam Removal

Host Kate Dwyer welcomes Nancy Elder, a fisheries biologist, who discusses the impact of the Elwha Dam removal on the near shore habitats off the mouth of the Elwha. Closing music is “Scuba Scuba,” performed by Tangerine Dream.

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