Archive for Wildlife Matters

Wildlife Matters looks at the Humboldt Marten

Posted in Ecology, Humboldt County with tags , on October 24, 2016 by Amy Gustin


This Thursday, October 27, Wildlife Matters looks at the Humboldt Marten.  Once feared extinct, they were recently rediscovered in Six Rivers National Forest and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.  They used to be numerous throughout the “fog belt” of coastal old growth Redwoods, Doug-fir and Sitka forests, from Sonoma to the Oregon border. Now they number less than a hundred.  To find out more about these small carnivores of the Mustelid family, tune in to this Thursday, October 27.

Wildlife Matters #9 available to download or stream

Posted in Ecology with tags , , on December 25, 2015 by Amy Gustin

Wildlife Matters episode #9 is now available to download or stream.  In this episode we interview author and independent wildlife biologist Benjamin Kilham.  Ben has studied black bears in the wild, and has raised orphaned bear cubs to release in the wild, for over two decades.  His experiences have given him significant insights into black bear behavior.

Wildlife Matters #9

Wildlife Matters Looks at Black Bears

Posted in Ecology with tags , , on December 21, 2015 by Amy Gustin


The next episode of Wildlife Matters looks at black bears with Benjamin Kilham, author of Among the Bears: Raising Orphan Cubs in the Wild and In the Company of Bears: What Black Bears Have Taught Me about  Intelligence and Intuition.  Ben is an independent wildlife biologist with over two decades experience raising orphan cubs, and observing black bears in the wild.  Ben’s careful observations and aptitude for mental modeling have given him significant insights into black bear behavior. Please tune in on Thursday, December 24 at 5 p.m. to hear our interview with Benjamin Kilham.

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


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.”  

Sea Otters at last!

Posted in Ecology, Humboldt County, Media, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2015 by Amy Gustin

This Thursday, February 26, at 5 p.m. PST, Wildlife Matters #5 will air on kmud.  In this episode we talk about Sea Otters, the keystone species of the kelp forests of the North Pacific.  We hear from Dr. Jane Watson, of the Vancouver Aquarium, and Dr. James Estes, professor at U.C. Santa Cruz.  If you enjoy breathing, and want to stop climate change, you’ll appreciate learning about the surprisingly large role this carnivore could play in keeping the world hospitable to life as we know it.  Tune in to, or look for it on this blog, or at Wildlife Matters Radio Show on facebook.

Technical set-back postpones WM#5, The Sex Lives of Mushrooms to air Thursday

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

Yesterday, as I worked on the last few minutes of our Sea Otter show, John painstakingly pieced together another 10 minutes of recorded audio, making sure the sound quality sparkled.  Then I heard John gasp “No!” followed by an ominous silence.  “We’re done.” he finally continued, in an eerie, shell-shocked voice.  What was he talking about?  I knew we still had a few more minutes to go.  What had happened?  The hard drive died.  Our radio show…gone.  All our shows, manuscripts, photographs of spiders…bye, bye, bye.  Pfft.  We spent the rest of the night recovering from this bombshell, trying to figure out which materials had back-up.  If any of you have hard copies of any of our shows, please hold on to them.  We just might need them.  In the meantime, WM#5 is postponed til February.  We still have most of the audio stored in our recorder.  As soon as our computer is back up and running, John will start piecing it back together.  Replacing WM this Thursday, will be the pilot episode of a new show produced by John, called The Adventurous Ear.  This first show features local musician and mycologist extraordinaire, Willoughby, performing The Sex Lives of Mushrooms, live at Siren Song in Eureka.  It was a fantastic and fascinating performance, and this Thursday’s show features a nice slice of the performance, with short interviews of the artist interspersed throughout the show.  I highly recommend tuning in to  this Thursday at 5 p.m.

Coda: All was not lost!  Our computer guys were able to save most of the important stuff on our old hard drive, including WM#5.  Yay!