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

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 … Continue reading Who’s Laughing Now? Hyenas with Dr Kay Holekamp

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 … Continue reading Phylum: Porifera (SPONGES)

#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: #WormGate2020This 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=20Support The Wild … Continue reading #WormGate2020: An unimaginable can of worms with Ellen Weatherford!

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. … Continue reading The Man with the Planarian with Dr. Oné R. Pagán

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. … Continue reading BONUS: Mary Anning, The Greatest Fossil Hunter You Never Knew

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!Read the associated blog post and check out some pictures!Rate and review us wherever you listen, or on Podchaser … Continue reading Revisit: Frogcicles

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

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

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

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

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

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 … Continue reading How to Make a Snowflake

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 … Continue reading When the Tables are Turned (a Thanksgiving Special!)