Category: The Wild Life Blog

Japan’s Solar Surge + How Solar Works

30% of Japan’s energy comes from nuclear reactors, at least it did until March 11th, 2011 when an earthquake lead to a nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. 11 others shut down that day. Within a year, the countries remaining nuclear power… Continue Reading “Japan’s Solar Surge + How Solar Works”

To Keep Living a Wild Life

Hey readers! Lots of exciting things are happening, some I am able to discuss and others not so much…yet. In fact, I’ve redesigned the website to better feature new content, and just put out another new episode with another coming this week. I am… Continue Reading “To Keep Living a Wild Life”

Behind the SCiENcES with Dr Gilad Bino

Dr Gilad Bino cover art

Before you sit down with us to learn all about platypuses, join us for a glimpse Behind the SCiENcES with Dr Gilad Bino. Dr Bino is passionate about conservation and science. He seeks to address the ongoing biodiversity crisis by understanding the underlying processes… Continue Reading “Behind the SCiENcES with Dr Gilad Bino”

Series Preview: Why Us?

First, an ask: please excuse the audio quality, and focus on the content 🙂 Devon Bowker here, I wasn’t originally going to post this. This was a recorded conversation that we had when talking about the reasons behind our upcoming series ‘Us’, an ongoing… Continue Reading “Series Preview: Why Us?”

To Keep Things Going

Hey readers, If you’re a regular follower you may know that I have just been admitted into a biology graduate program beginning this August. I am incredibly excited about this opportunity, admittedly nervous at how my work-life balance will look as I continue to… Continue Reading “To Keep Things Going”

Dispatches from Somewhere #5| American Alligator

This is one of my favorite shots I’ve ever managed to capture. I snapped this in 2015 at one of my all-time favorite parks, @brazosbendstatepark near Houston, TX. It sorta looks like she’s lunging forward, but in reality, she was sitting in a quickly flowing stream… Continue Reading “Dispatches from Somewhere #5| American Alligator”

Dispatches from Somewhere #4| Antheraea polyphemus

Admittedly, this photo isn’t from any time recently. I took this during the summer of 2014 at Springbrook Nature Center in Fridley, MN. It was while I was working for a nonprofit organization called Tree Trust building a 180-foot swamp foot boardwalk with local… Continue Reading “Dispatches from Somewhere #4| Antheraea polyphemus”

TWL NEWS| Wildlife Weekend Update: August 3, 2021

Vermont’s 25th annual rabies bait drop to begin Thursday On a similar note, Michael Scott’s Dunder Mifflin Scranton Meredith Palmer Memorial Celebrity Rabies Awareness Fun Run Pro Am Race for the Cure will be taking place this Friday Beginning on Thursday, technicians will begin… Continue Reading “TWL NEWS| Wildlife Weekend Update: August 3, 2021”

Time to Meet our New Cohost, Courtney Downing!

It’s time to meet our new cohost, Courtney Downing! This has been one we’ve wanted to share for quite some time, so it feels great to finally share it with you all. Next week? Platypuses with Dr Gilad Bino!

Bears! with Brogan Holcombe

Get to know Brogan Brogan is a Master’s Student working in the Wildlife Habitat & Population Analysis Lab at Virginia Tech She’s also the one behind #SundayScientistShoutout on Twitter which she does every week for scientists or STEM activists from underrepresented groups. Follow Brogan… Continue Reading “Bears! with Brogan Holcombe”

A Significant Announcement

4 years ago, I started a blog and eventual podcast called The Wild Life. Last June, I started a nonprofit organization with the hope and intent of using the existing platform of The Wild Life to accelerate the work towards fulfilling the mission of… Continue Reading “A Significant Announcement”

Carnivore Ecology with Dr Mariela Gantchoff

In this episode, Devon sits down with Carnivore Ecologist Dr Mariela Gantchoff to talk about What defines carnivores How their population sizes compare with those of their prey How carnivores impact their ecosystem and what would their ecosystems look like without their presence, specifically… Continue Reading “Carnivore Ecology with Dr Mariela Gantchoff”

Behind the 𝗦𝗖i𝗘𝗡c𝗘𝗦 with Dr Mariela Gantchoff

Meet this week’s guest before the episode airs! She is an ecologist at the intersection of theoretical and applied ecology, currently working on landscape and quantitative ecology in relation to the conservation and management of terrestrial wildlife. A lot of her current research involves… Continue Reading “Behind the 𝗦𝗖i𝗘𝗡c𝗘𝗦 with Dr Mariela Gantchoff”

Carnivore Fact #1

Help us make a difference

We’ve just made some significant updates to our Patreon!The Wild Life & the work we do is entirely member & donor-supported.Please consider joining us in our mission to inspire hope of a green & just future through open access to the natural world Preview… Continue Reading “Help us make a difference”

NEW EPISODE| The Birds of Paradise with Dr Bruce Beehler

Make a donation to our 501(c)3 organization Sign up for our Newsletter! Become a Member-Supporter Follow us on all of our platforms If you’ve ever seen a documentary series narrated by David Attenborough, you’ve almost surely seen the Birds of Paradise. They are a… Continue Reading “NEW EPISODE| The Birds of Paradise with Dr Bruce Beehler”

Book Club| Dr Jessica L Ware’s Picks!

Each episode, we ask our guests for their personal book recommendations. Our latest guest was Dr Jessica L Ware! She is the assistant curator in invertebrate zoology at the American Museum of Natural History. Dr. Ware’s research focuses on the evolution of behavioral and… Continue Reading “Book Club| Dr Jessica L Ware’s Picks!”

Nature’s Pooper Scooper (Dung Beetles!) with Professor Marcus Byrne

Professor Marcus Byrne teaches us about the fantastical and unexpected world of dung beetles, their ecological importance, their connections to human culture and history, and how this lowly creature finds its way home by looking to the stars.

Book Club| Professor Marcus Byrne’s Picks!

Each episode, we ask our guests for their personal book recommendations. Our latest guest was not only able to suggest one of his own (which you should totally read), but also two other absolute must-reads. Want to join our book club to find other… Continue Reading “Book Club| Professor Marcus Byrne’s Picks!”

Can the Market Save the World?

Welcome to part two in an ongoing series examining our connections and impact on the environment, sustainability, and our changing climate. Part 1 through roughly 9 will focus on laying the groundwork for understanding these complicated issues from a variety of perspectives, while parts… Continue Reading “Can the Market Save the World?”

The Wild Life’s Binoculars for Young Birders (and naturalist kits) Fundraiser

With this program, we hope to provide every attendee to our events that’s under the age of 18 with a free pair of binoculars, and a birding/naturalist kit. We also will have a web form available for individuals to apply for a pair! We have an event coming up on May 8th, a Big Day birding event, which would be perfect for our first distribution!

NEW| Immerse Yourself in the Ambience of a Campfire

Back in January, we started a new podcast listing called The Wild Life 8D: Soundscapes, a series of immersive nature themed audio experiences. Yesterday, we posted our first video using audio from the podcast. We highly recommend headphones to get the full experience. Enjoy!

The Problem with Overpopulation & Scarcity

Overpopulation is a dangerous myth

Dispatches from Somewhere #3: Needlepoint

A winter morning find

Dispatches from Somewhere #2: Pretzel Top

The pretzel top is not to be trusted

Dispatches from Somewhere #1: What a Wasp

I’ve had this picture on my camera roll for almost a year now and I figured I should finally get to posting it. If you’re wondering what this scorpion looking flying insect is, it’s the Pelecinus polyturator, a type of wasp. The adults drink… Continue Reading “Dispatches from Somewhere #1: What a Wasp”

Field Notes: The Nursery Web Spider

Share the Love this Valentine’s Day| Snakes and Spiders!

Last year, we decided to celebrate Valentine’s by sharing the love with some of nature’s most unloved: snakes and spiders! We had some of our all-time favorite guests and amazing sci-commers on as a part of the series, and it’d be an absolute shame… Continue Reading “Share the Love this Valentine’s Day| Snakes and Spiders!”

The Danger Zone

This was originally written as an essay in 2015 based on a New Yorker article by Elizabeth Kolbert entitled “A New Climate-Change Danger Zone?” and reflects my opinions at the time. Much has changed in the world and the climate crisis has only gotten… Continue Reading “The Danger Zone”

The Nutrient Hunter

This was originally written in 2015 and is based on an interview originally published in Nature Investigative food journalist, Jo Robinson, is a “Nutrient Hunter” and her demonstration garden  in Washington as well as her new book, ‘Eating on the Wild Side’, is showcasing… Continue Reading “The Nutrient Hunter”