The Birds, the Bees, and the Trees with Vikram Baliga of Planthropology

How do plants make more plants? Better yet, how can one plant reproduce with itself?

That was the question Devon’s wife asked when an accidental pumpkin plant sprouted and eventually conquered their backyard. Who better to answer that than Vikram Baliga!

Vikram is a research associate and greenhouse manager at Texas Tech University, a horticulture expert, host of the amazing podcast Planthropology, and an all around fantastic dude. If you don’t listen to his show, you need to.

Our conversation spans the birds and the bees, urban agriculture, water conservation, parking lots, forest cities, rooftop gardens, sustainability, and so much more!

So, go outside, nestle down in some leaves, get in touch with your roots, and do some human photosynthesis while you listen to our conversations with the one and only Vikram Baliga.

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Who’s Laughing Now? Hyenas with Dr Kay Holekamp

Everybody knows their sound. It’s haunting, but it also holds fascinating secrets.

Hyena’s have been painted as villains, demons ridden by witches, grave robbing ghouls, and the embodiment of all things vile by people for thousands of years. Nature documentaries and Disney films alike play no small role.

That’s what we’re exploring today. Much like in our episode on sharks, what is at the root of such a divide in how culture and science view these animals?

Our guide today is none other than the Jane Goodall of Hyena’s, Michigan State University’s Dr. Kay Holekamp!

We talk Lion King, arch nemesis, puzzle boxes, intelligence, teamwork, why it sucks to be a male hyena, how females have overthrown the patriarchy, aggression, laughs, and oddly a lot about something called a pseudopenis.

So, grab a cup of coffee and join your family in violently tearing a part a gazelle carcass as we explore the truth about hyena’s.

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A Better Way to Talk About Sharks with Dr Catherine MacDonald

It’s #SharkWeek2020…and it is easily one of the best examples of a massive divide in how the general public sees an animal compared to how experts see and talk about them. Science Twitter is a buzz with fact checking, jokes, and outright facepalming while Mike Tyson rumbles on the reef with Jaws and entertainment programs portray sharks as serial killers of the deep. That isn’t the only dark side of all of this either. We talk about some of those things throughout this episode, but mostly we dispell some myths and mistruths while learning about what makes sharks so amazing!

We talk shark diversity, finning, bad movies, mermaid purses, why not to chase sharks, and so much more!

Learn more about today’s guest at https://www.drcatherinemacdonald.com/

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Read her Op-Ed in Scientific American at https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-dark-side-of-being-a-female-shark-researcher/

Read the mentioned Forbes article by Melissa Cristina Marquez, based on research by herself, Dr David Shiffman, and Dr Catherine MacDonald at https://www.forbes.com/sites/melissacristinamarquez/2020/08/12/inaccurate-and-biased-global-media-coverage-is-a-threat-to-sustainable-shark-conservation/#7c4a19193fc1

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Phylum: Porifera (SPONGES)

The first installment of our first ever miniseries is here–Phylum: Porifera!

Sponges are often overlooked aside from Spongebob Squarepants and cleaning. It’s time that changed. Dive into the amazing life history of sponges!

Throughout this series, we will be covering 9 of the main phyla in the animal kingdom. Next up on our list? Cnidaria (jellies)!

On our website, https://thewildlife.blog/2020/08/08/phylum-porifera/, you will be able to find educational materials that coincide with the episode as well as a coloring sheet, worksheet, key, and two sponge anatomy posters. This will be the case with every episode in the series, so stay tuned!

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#WormGate2020: An unimaginable can of worms with Ellen Weatherford!

On July 18th, Just the Zoo of Us posted a harmless tweet asking “what is the most overhyped animal?”

It started an all out war: #WormGate2020

This is our attempt, along with Ellen Weatherford’s, at a tracing explanation of what exactly went down.

To see the original tweet and follow the breadcrumbs yourself, go here: https://twitter.com/JusttheZooofUs/status/1284598945377812481?s=20

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A Conversation with Chelsea Connor: Part 2

Hey everyone, a bit of a different approach with this episode. Last week, we left off talking SciComm and just about to talk about @BlackAFinStem and #BlackBirdersWeek. That’s where we pick up this time in a conversation that spans immigration, COVID 19, the problem with SciComm, being a person of color in a scientific field, learning, antiracism, and so much more.

A sizeable portion of what we discuss revolves around the earlier Florida Man administration announcement that international students on M-1 and F-1 Visas wouldn’t be allowed to stay in the country if their fall course load was all online, despite there being a global pandemic. Since the, some of that has changed, but nothing is for certain.

The only edits are the intro and outro. Everything else is the original raw conversation. Why? We didn’t want to diminish the meaning. We didn’t want to chime in and speak for Chelsea’s truth. This is her story to tell, and our story to hear.

Chelsea is not a spokesperson for people of color or international students, but her story and the uncertain reality that she finds herself in are ones shared by so many. We hope you listen, take note to heart, and take the words you hear as a call to action.

“In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be antiracist.” – Angela Davis

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Did You Anole? with Chelsea Connor Part 1

Color changing, mini lassos, islands, superpowers, vivid blues, falling of limbs, and so much more!

This first half is largely focused on the anoles, but part 2, see, Chelsea is one of the cofounders of #BlackBirdersWeek and @BlackAFinSTEM, and so our conversation in the second half largely revolves around that, SciComm, art, and at the time, the news that the nearly 1 million international students in the US would have to return home if they did not have in person classes due to COVID…a decision that might be being walked back in but things are still unclear and the conversation is important important and needed nevertheless. You’ll hear part two next week, but for now, drop and give us 50 to assert your dominance while you listen to our conversation with the wonderful…Chelsea Connor, anole expert, genius behind #DidYouAnole, contributor on anoleannals.com, and artist behind the adorable and creative anole/popsicle stickers that need to be smacked on the back of your laptop immediately!

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Further Reading:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carib_Territory

http://kalinagoterritory.com/

Islands, Snails, & other Tales with Dr Andrew Kraemer

Our guest for the day has one of the coolest jobs on earth, studying in what is perhaps the coolest place on earth. He is full of stories, and knowledge, and passion for little creatures that so many would overlook. He will have you wood by the end of the episode as a lifelong ardent snail enthusiast, nay, lover.

Richard and I spoke to him back in late May, and it was so much more than we bargained for. Now, you might be wondering, what are we talking about today? Well, mostly islands!

Today’s guest is an adjunct assistant professor at Creighton University in Omaha Nebraska, received his B.A. at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN and his PhD at Iowa State University.

We talk islands, upside down tortoises, rafting, Judas goats, a morphological menagerie of snails, cities, clever birds, the Galapagos, and so much more. So, grab some dessert and get isolated for our interview with Dr Andrew Kraemer!

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The Man with the Planarian with Dr. Oné R. Pagán

This episode starts with a major announcement, but then…

Tattoos, superheroes, opportunities, regeneration, Men in Black, phallic fencing, 1st brains, discoveries, cocaine, addiction, belly button mouths, and so much more. So, wherever you are, maybe a floaty in a pool gliding around like a flatworm in a petri dish, get ready for our conversation with Dr. Oné R. Pagán ! His enthusiasm will have you hooked. By the end, you’ll never want to stop talking about flatworms in any and all social settings, no matter how appropriate or inappropriate.

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An Absolutely Major Announcement

This is the start, the real start, of what our mission should have been from the beginning.

Before the end of the summer, we will have initiated all of the necessary filing paperwork establishing ourselves as a Nonprofit Organization!

YOU can help us to reach that goal even faster, and to begin the work on some of our first major initiatives. Our current goal is that $300 per month (just over double our current patronage) through our patrons at Patreon.com/TheWildLife is what we need to get this thing off of the ground.

We’re starting a Binoculars for Young Birders Fund, a Scholarship and Training Scholarship, and a Field Trip Fund, as well as increasing our community outreach efforts and doing more to amplify the voices and work of BIPOC SciCommers, nature enthusiasts, and scientists as we strive to become an anti-racist entity fighting to break down barriers of exclusivity in science and nature.

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Book Recommendations

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Black Faces, White Space by Carolyn Finney

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Snow Leopards with Dr Koustubh Sharma

Dog person? Cat person? No, no, no. We’re all Snow Leopard people.

AI, the difficulty of finding snow leopards, a strange form of social networking, tricky trail cam footage, using their floofness as a conservation tool, what to call a group of snow leopards, how snow leopards are world-class experts at social distancing, and so much more, with Dr Koustubh Sharma, Senior Regional Ecologist and the International Coordinator of the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection program for Snow Leopard Trust!

Learn more about Snow Leopard Trust at http://www.snowleopard.org

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BONUS: Mary Anning, The Greatest Fossil Hunter You Never Knew

Today, May 21, is the 221st anniversary of Mary Anning’s birth. She is not a household name, by any means—though she is believed to be the inspiration behind the well-known tongue-twister “she sells sea shells by the sea shore”.

However, it wasn’t shells she was selling, but fossils of long extinct creatures of a bygone era. She was ‘the greatest fossilist the world ever knew’. Though, the sad truth is much of the world never knew, and still does not.

221 years after Mary Anning’s birth, a young girl from the very town where Mary lived her entire life is fighting to rectify a historical injustice in recognizing Anning in bronze—a fitting honor for a woman who spent her life uncovering creatures lost to time.

Towards the end, I butcher the pronunciation of Saiorse Ronan. We’re all human, right? Don’t make my mistake and learn how to say her name the right way in this video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kbv6_rpC7jw

If you would like to support Mary Anning Rocks, you can do so by visiting http://www.maryanningrocks.co.uk. I strongly encourage you to pledge your support and purchase one of their stellar t-shirts. Friends, family, and strangers alike will want to know just who this Mary Anning is, and now you can tell them.

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Read this at https://thewildlife.blog/2019/05/22/women-in-science-meet-mary-anning-fossil-hunter-and-the-11-year-old-fighting-for-her-recognition/

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Elaphrosaur paper: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1342937X20301234

NEWS: A Rare Blue Bee and the So-Called Murder Hornet

A rare blue bee has been spotted in Florida for the first time in 4 years according to a news release from the Florida Museum of Natural History!

This isn’t the only winged critter there has been a lot of buzz about. By now, you’ve all hear of the ‘Murder’ Hornet. We’ll tell you why you need to chill out.

We have one more bonus episode coming this week to celebrate the birthday of fossil hunter Mary Anning, and then a new full-length episode on Friday! It’s a busy week.

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Orangutan Conservation with Leif Cocks

Everybody loves Orangutans, but how much do we really know about them? We are currently living in a world where we may lose all wild orangutans within the next decade as a result of human activity, but many of us are live our day to day lives unaware of that tragic fact. In this episode, we sit down with Leif Cocks, World-Renowned Orangutan Expert, whose worked in the field for nearly 30 years.

He’s the author of “Orangutans and their Battle for Survival”, “Orangutans: My Cousins, My Friends” and “Finding our Humanity: An Inner Journey Towards Understanding Ourselves and Our Way Forward”. Leif has leadership roles in 10 organizations, including The Orangutan Project which he founded in 1998, and was responsible for the first ever reintroduction of a zoo born orangutan!

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Big Life with Just The Zoo Of US

Life is a lot of things, but one thing it can be is unexpectedly big. Like, really, really big. What started as a random question from a high schooler (“what’s the biggest living thing?”) with a seemingly straight forward answer, evolved into a search that lead to some very unexpected places. Such a big journey called for the crossover of the century! We joined forces with Ellen Weatherford of Just the Zoo of Us (an animal review podcast) to explore the world’s oceans, the African Savanna, a plateau in Utah, and the forest of eastern Oregon in our search for the Biggest of the BIG.

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https://www.opb.org/television/programs/ofg/segment/oregon-humongous-fungus/

https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/animals-a-to-z/blue-whale/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pando_%28tree%29

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_elephant

True Nature #1: Conversation with Maria Hancox

When we started The Wild Life, the original idea was to answer listener submitted questions and have every day people on the show to interview guests with us or talk about their interests and passion. Well, when you first start a podcast, you have no listeners, so we had to re-evaluate. In the last year, we’ve grown quite a bit and now have that listener base which enables us to do that which we originally set out to do, so today, we’re bringing you the first of many to come: a conversation with artist and outdoors/nature enthusiast, Maria Hancox.

She has amazing artwork, and an amazing eye for the little things in nature, and you should absolutely be following her on any of her 3 instagram accounts, @muhreeugh, @mhancoxart, and @mariaoutside

In this episode, we talk about butterflies, ant symbiosis, Ologies, chasing curiosity, iNaturalist, and following your passion. We also have a lot of callbacks to past episode topics like The Metamorphosis Metaphor, #CitSciFri with Carrie Seltzer of iNaturalist, Ant Farm, and The Dirty Truth About Butterflies

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Revisit: Frogcicles

If you live in the north, you almost definitely know we have frogs, but how do they survive the winter? That’s what we explore today as we revisit one of our SHORT series episodes from July 2019!

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Conversation with Corina Newsome, aka The Hood Naturalist

In this time of self-isolation and social-distancing, this time where we are inundated with numbers and figures every waking hour of the day, we wanted to take a break from our status-quo and do something a bit different. What we all need is a little connection, so this week we have a conversation. Just two people, me and the one and only Corina Newsome (aka the Hood Naturalist) chatting about conservation, #SciComm, breaking down barriers of exclusivity, birds, and being ones self (among other things!).

Corina Newsome is a graduate student studying biology with a focus on avian conservation. She has worked in the field of wildlife conservation for 8 years, first as a zookeeper specializing in animal training and environmental education, and currently as a field biologist working to conserve the MacGillivray’s seaside sparrow. Having experienced the hurdles faced by people of color interested in wildlife careers, Corina has founded several programs to encourage high school students from underrepresented demographics to consider careers in wildlife sciences. Corina grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has always had a desire to participate in, and advocate for, the conservation of wildlife and natural spaces, and encourage people of color in the U.S. to explore the great outdoors.

After this week, we will be taking a short break. In part, this break is to allow for Richard to focus on his move to MN, but also because my wife and I are incredibly busy at home with the kids and teaching our high school students in the virtual realm. Rather than add to the chaos and distraction, I’ve made the rare-for-me decision to take something off of my plate. I want to focus on my family, as we all should in these times. Stay safe, stay healthy, and STAY HOME.

Remember, I have also started an initiative to connect science teachers like myself with families and students in need of additional support. Find more information at https://thewildlife.blog/skype-a-science-teacher/

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@Sternarchella Kory Evans PhD

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Book Recommendations|

A Season on the Wind: Inside the World of Spring Migration, by Kenn Kaufman

Superior: The Return of Race Science, by Angela Saini

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They Made Me Call This “Hooters” with special hosts, Chelsea and Chrissy Bowker

Hey! Devon, here. March, as you may know, is International Women’s Month, and in honor of that (and the most important women in our lives), my wife and our mother are taking over—and they insisted this episode be called “Hooters”. Why? Well, you can ask them…but mainly because it’s about owls! The two of them owl-bsolutely love them. So, they sat down to talk about owls, poke fun at Richard and I, and tell bold-faced lies about my love for Duran Duran.

This is their first time ever making a podcast. There are some sound issues on account of me not explaining how to set levels properly—that’s on me! But, if you like what you here, they’ve promised that they’ll team up to do more episodes of The Wild Life in the future!

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The Waddle Life with The Penguin Lady, Dyan deNapoli

Everyone loves penguins, but how much do we really know about them as living beings?

This week, The Wild Life is taking a waddle on the wild side, and our guide on our clumsy, yet hopefully charming journey is the one, the only, the…penguin lady, Dyan deNapoli. Dyan deNapoli is a penguin expert, TED speaker, and author of the award-winning book, The Great Penguin Rescue, which chronicles her experiences helping to manage the rescue of 40,000 penguins from the Treasure oil spill in South Africa—also April’s book club pick (check the episode notes for a link to join!). Dyan is frequent guest on radio, podcasts, and TV in the US and abroad, Dyan has spoken at four TEDx conferences, has created a TED-Ed video for the classroom, and has lectured worldwide about penguins, including as a guest speaker for Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic on their ships traveling to Antarctica. Today, we explore the penguins popularity, their little known plite, and well, their poop as we travel from Antarctica to the equator.

This episode is also dedicated entirely to our dear friend, and long-time supporter, Chris Trankel!

Bonus Fact: Adelie penguins fire their poop away from their nest like a mortar shell, and scientist are using satellites IN SPACE to monitor penguin populations by scanning for, you guessed it, their POOP!

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And then, read a bit more on the not-so-nice private lives of penguins: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/06/penguin-prostitutes/559133/

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#CitSciFri with Katie-Lyn Bunney of the Monarch Joint Venture

It’s #CitizenScienceFriday! This week, we sit down to chat with Katie-Lyn Bunney, Education Coordinator at the Monarch Joint Venture, a partnership of federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academic programs that are working together to support and coordinate efforts to protect the monarch butterfly migration across the lower 48 United States.

YOU can be involved in Monarch conservation at every single stage of their lives. YOU can play a role in saving this species!

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Learn more about the Venture at http://www.monarchjointventure.org!

Revisiting the Metamorphosis Metaphor with Dr Martha Weiss

Ahead of next weeks #CitizenScienceFriday where we talk to Katie-Lyn Bunney of the Monarch Joint Venture, we wanted to revisit an old favorite as a context filler for some of what you will hear…and because we love the topic!

Starting at a young age, we are all introduced to this idea, an idea that we carry with us and adapt, and reapply as a metaphor for our own lives—this idea of becoming something new, beginning again as something better. But behind this idea is a process, and despite our lifelong exposure, most don’t really know what exactly is going on In the Season 1 Finale of The Wild Life, Devon and Richard expose the mystery of metamorphosis, what happens inside the chrysalis, whether or not a butterfly remembers or a caterpillar knows, destroy the metamorphosis metaphor, and build it anew, all with the help of Dr. Martha Weiss of Georgetown University.

Read the write-up on this episode and view some of the videos and research mentioned here: https://thewildlife.blog/2018/07/27/the-wild-life-season-1-finale-the-metamorphosis-metaphor/

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Tainted Love Part 3: Garter Snakes with Dr Robert T Mason

In part 3, we talk to Dr Robert T Mason about the absolute chaos that is the sex life of a garter snake. We talk snake pits, mating balls, cloacal fluids, copulatory plugs, cryptic female choice, Snakes on a Plane, pheremones, and so much more!

Special thanks to Dr Robert T Mason (https://masonlab.science.oregonstate.edu/), Sebastian Echeverri (Twitter: @spiderdaynight, Instagram: @spiderdaynightlive) and Shakira Quiñones (Twitter and Instagram: @shakiguani)

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Tainted Love Part 2: Spider Sex and Freaky Facts with Shakira Quiñones and Sebastian Echeverri

We’re flipping the script this Valentine’s Day with a three part series where we show some love to nature’s unloved: spiders and snakes!

In part 2, we talk to Shakira Quiñones about Nephilid Spiders (like North America’s Golden Silk), weird spider sex, and have her and Sebastian Echeverri answer your listener submitted questions! We talk spider oral sex, copulatory plugs, Spider-Frog Buddy Comedies, flying spiders, superheroes, and more!

Special thanks to Sebastian Echeverri (Twitter: @spiderdaynight, Instagram: @spiderdaynightlive) and Shakira Quiñones (Twitter and Instagram: @shakiguani)

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Tainted Love Part 1: Spider Speed Dating with Sebastian Echeverri and Shakira Quiñones

We’re flipping the script this Valentine’s Day with a three part series where we show some love to nature’s unloved: spiders and snakes! In part 1, we talk to Sebastian Echeverri about everything from fear of spiders, spider VR, spider dancing, spider sex, tiny spiders on tiny treadmills, and everything in-between! Part 2 will air on February 18th!

Special thanks to Sebastian Echeverri (Twitter: @spiderdaynight, Instagram: @spiderdaynightlive) and Shakira Quiñones (Twitter: @shakiguani)

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How to Make a Snowflake

In this episode, Devon and Richard talk snow, Frozen 2, whether or not water has memory (and if it’s good or bad), the Big Bang, the formation of planets, the secret role of bacteria, why snowflakes are intricately symmetrical, and more!

**Stay tuned for an updated episode description containing a link to 2 video demonstrations for our Try This at Home segments!

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Music heard on this episode:

Deliberate Thought by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

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We Always Thought the Future Would Be Kind of Fun by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

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When the Tables are Turned (a Thanksgiving Special!)

My how the turntables!

In today’s special holiday episode, Devon and Richard summarize some recent news of tenacious turkey turmoil, and explain how it is that the wild turkey became our Thanksgiving centerpiece.

Prepare for a hearty helping of puns, unnecessarily long historical interviews, and straight facts!

Check out thewildlife.blog later this week for our favorite turkey attack footage and recent news stories!

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Fireflies with Lynn Frierson Faust

Discover why we are seeing less fireflies, the secrets behind their natural glow, how to find yourself a lady firefly, and so much more in this jam-packed episode.

Our guest is Lynn Frierson Faust, the lightning bug lady of Knoxville, TN. She’s the author of Fireflies, Glow-worms, and Lightning Bugs,which details flash patterns of the 75+ species found in the eastern and central United States and Canada. She has over 20 years of experience as an independent researcher working with university teams, and as an advisory consultant on firefly studies with state and national parks in Tennessee, South Carolina, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and New York and an on-site scientific consultant with BBC Nature, the Discovery Channel, and National Geographic, she’s published plenty of her own papers, and knows more about fireflies than fireflies know about themselves. So, hold onto your glowing butts. This is gonna be…LIT!

Fireflies, Glow-worms, and Lighting Bugs by our guest, Lynn Frierson Faust is available NOW

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