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Wildlife Matters #8 available to download or stream

Posted in Ecology, Humboldt County, Media with tags , , , on October 26, 2015 by Amy Gustin

In Wildlife Matters #8, hosts John Hardin and Amy Gustin talk to Cristina Eisenberg about wolves and wolf ecology. Cristina Eisenberg is lead scientist at the Earthwatch Institute, and author of The Wolf’s Tooth: Keystone Predators Trophic Cascades, and Biodiversity and The Carnivore Way: Coexisting with and Conserving America’s Predators.  Wildlife Matters #8

Wildlife Matters talks to Cristina Eisenberg about Wolves

Posted in Ecology, Humboldt County, Media with tags , , , on October 19, 2015 by Amy Gustin

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Wolves are back in California!  The discovery of the Shasta Pack in Siskiyou County heralds an opportunity for California to experience the ecological benefits of the presence of wolves.  To learn about wolf ecology, tune in to Wildlife Matters on Thursday, October 22, at 5 p.m. on KMUD 99.1 FM.  Hosts Amy Gustin and John Hardin talk to Cristina Eisenberg, lead scientist for the Earthwatch Institute, and author of The Carnivore Way: Coexisting with and Conserving America’s Predators, and The Wolf’s Tooth: Keystone Predators, Trophic Cascades, and Biodiversity.  We will learn how the presence of wolves in an ecosystem increases biodiversity, but only if we allow them to exist in sufficient numbers.  
Cristina Eisenberg witnessed the return of wolves in the northern Rockies, from her home in Montana.  Elk could no longer afford to be complacent browsers, and the forest ecosystem changed, as a result.  This experience inspired her to earn a master’s and doctorate in wolf ecology and recovery.  She is conducting long term research on wolves in the Rocky Mountain ecosystem.  Asked what she would say to someone in California, who wasn’t sure they were happy to see wolves return, she said “Wolves are a lot easier to live with than many people realize.  A lot of the fears about wolves are based on myths that are not true.  Coexisting with wolves is a win-win situation.”  

LEC#15 Available to Stream or Download

Posted in Ecology, Humboldt County, Media with tags , on August 30, 2015 by Amy Gustin

The Living Earth Connection episode #15, presenting selected readings from Beyond Civilization by Daniel Quinn, is available to stream or download.

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Wildlife Matters looks at Pacific Salmon

Posted in Ecology, Humboldt County, Media with tags , , , , on June 22, 2015 by Amy Gustin

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In the next episode of Wildlife Matters we look at Pacific Salmon.  Salmon once spawned by the millions in the coastal rivers and creeks of California, from the Oregon border to Big Sur.  Now they number a small fraction of their former abundance.  Please tune in on Thursday, June 25 at 5 p.m. on KMUD to learn more about these amazing fish. We’ll hear from fish biologist Patrick Higgins and Executive Director of Friends of the Eel River, Scott Greacen.  We’ll learn about the three main species of salmon that still live in the Eel River, learn about the habitat changes that started their downward trend, and get an update on the status of Coho in the Eel River.

Episode #14 of LEC Features The Book of the Damned by Daniel Quinn

Posted in Ecology, Humboldt County, Media with tags , , on May 31, 2015 by Amy Gustin

To stream or download The Living Earth Connection, featuring a reading of The Book of the Damned by Daniel Quinn, click on the links below.

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Wildlife Matters #6 Looks at Wildlife in Canada’s Boreal Forest and Tar Sands Development

Posted in Ecology, Humboldt County, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 20, 2015 by Amy Gustin

AK.community.Woodland_caribou Canada’s boreal forest is home to iconic northern species such as caribou, moose, lynx and wolverines, and is a strong hold for wolves, black bears and grizzlies.  It is also the Summer breeding grounds for at least 300 migratory bird species.  Tune in on Thursday, April 23 at 5 p.m.to kmud.org to learn more about this special ecosystem, the wild animals that depend upon it, and the threats posed by Tar Sands development, as we talk to Jim Murphy, Senior Counsel for the National Wildlife Federation.

To download or stream Wildlife Matters #6, click on the link.

LEC#13 Animals, Habitat and the Extinction Crisis available to download or stream

Posted in Ecology, Humboldt County, Media, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 29, 2015 by Amy Gustin

Episode #13, Animals, Habitat and the Extinction Crisis is available to download or stream.  Click on the links below.

pt.1  Animals, Habitat and the Extinction Crisis

pt.2  Animals, Habitat and the Extinction Crisis

In this show we explore the amazing diversity of the animal kingdom, the role top carnivores play in protecting biological diversity, habitat needs of animals, relationship between habitat size and extinction, and the relationship between agriculture and the extinction crisis.  The adaptations and habitat needs of caribou, wolves and cougars are featured.