In this episode, Devon and Richard find out how to resolve conflicts peacefully, answer the age old question “Do dogs really see in black and white?”, explore vision in the animal kingdom, and tell you all about the most amazing animal ever: the mantis shrimp.
A second question we received that we didn’t have time to answer was “Are cephalopods colorblind?” The answer, put simply, is yes. Most cephalopods have a single photoreceptor making them pretty much completely colorblind. If this doesn’t make much sense to you, then you haven’t listened to the episode yet. (Do it.)
Below is a pretty cool video of a mantis shrimp that goes over some of the same information, but gives you a chance to see just how stunning (pun-intended) they are.
As 2018 gets going, so are we, and we need your help! Part of our show is answering questions from our listeners— anything from “what’s up with worms?” to “how are snakes so fast?”, or “how come penguins can’t fly but Porgs can?!” — usually with the help of an expert. In order to do that, we need your questions.
You can submit your questions by sending us a message on Facebook. Score bonus points and have the chance to have your voice heard on an episode by sending us a voice message via Facebook Messenger or attaching a recorded voice memo from your phone.
The Wild Life is a show that embraces curiosity, answers your questions, and reveals exciting discoveries through humor, story-telling, and interviews with leading experts.
The Wild Life is hosted by brothers Devon and Richard Bowker. Here’s what to expect: we’ll start off each episode with the latest wildlife related news and discoveries, answer a question from our listeners, and blow your minds as we explore an entire planets worth of wildlife, natural history, and stories behind amazing discoveries and the fascinating people who make them. We’ll end each episode with a new “Animal Sound of the Week”. Send us your guesses on Facebook for a chance to win a prize, maybe not a great prize, but a prize nonetheless.
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Meet Devon Bowker. Devon founded The Wild Life in January of 2017 with a mountain of a goal: to build a community that reconnects people and the natural world in meaningful ways. He’s an ardent naturalist with a degree in wildlife biology, a sci-fi fanatic, science writer, and curator of all things geekery. Devon is currently working towards achieving licensure to teach Life Science for grades 9-12. Devon lives with his wife and son in the central Minnesota.
Meet Richard Bowker. Richard is a film student, video game connoisseur, and a technological guru. He has been making films since he was 10 years old and has several years of broadcast and production experience under his utility belt. He is a lifelong outdoors enthusiast with a casual interest in geology that continues to grow with his increasingly impressive collection of rocks. Like Devon, Richard is a proud geek. Richard lives in Southeast Texas.
The first season is currently in production. While you wait, here is Devon’s first ever podcast in which he interviews Dr. Tim Caro of UC Davis, revealing the truth behind the mystery of Zebra stripes. The podcast is available on SoundCloud and iTunes.
They came in droves but no one knows where from. You find them in your homes and cars, scuttling across your windows. They line the sidewalks and entryways of every building.
They’re Asian Lady Beetles, and they’re back.
But it hasn’t always been this way. The Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle, Harmonia axyridis, was first introduced to California in 1916 by the USDA to help control pecan aphid populations and have since popped up across the country, first sighted in Minnesota in 1994. Though they are often confused with our native ladybug, these beetles are most commonly orange, instead of red, a little bit larger, and have a characteristic “M” shaped marking behind their head.
If you live in Minnesota, odds are that you are well in the midst of a full autumn invasion of the festively colored Asian Lady Beetles, but why?
The truth is, the concept of a plant or animals purpose isn’t as cut and dry as many would like. This makes sense. People are always trying to determine their purpose, their deeper meaning, and trying to answer age old questions like “What’s the meaning of life?”. When we start looking outward, we start trying to apply that same thought logic, but that’s just not how life really works. This is a topic I will be sure to explore more in-depth in a future podcast episode devoted to this idea of purpose.
That being said, everything plays a role in its ecosystem. Yes, even ticks. So what are those roles? I’ll explain!