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Off Trail with Erie MetroParks

Off Trail with Erie MetroParks

By Erie MetroParks
Erie MetroParks is excited to bring you our new podcast "Off Trail." Enjoy some educational topics and catch a few laughs along the way.
Hang out with park naturalists and the marketing guy as we talk about wildlife, experiences, and much more.
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Episode #40: Day of the Duce
Today is 2/22/22 and our newest Off Trail episode is all about poo. Animal poop has a large role to play in our ecosystems. Learn what animals contribute to our everyday lives with their waste.
February 22, 2022
Episode #39: Animal Courtship
Happy Valentine's Day! In this week's episode of Off Trail we are celebrating some weird animal courtships and ways that animals around the world find a suitable mate during the season of love.
February 14, 2022
Episode #38: Owls of Ohio
This week's episode is all about the eight species of owl that take up residence in Ohio. Naturalists will chat about these feathered beauties and rank them to see which emerges victorious.
February 11, 2022
Episode #37: Bald Eagles
This weeks episode is all about Bald Eagles. Learn some interesting facts about our national bird and a few program opportunities we have coming up this spring.
January 28, 2022
Episode #36: Ugly Animals
This week's episode is all about ugly animals. Tune in and see what our naturalists think are some of our ugliest creatures to roam the earth.
January 21, 2022
Episode #35: Vulture Culture
This week on Off Trail, we chat with Dr. Morgan Drabik-Hamshare about her recently published research on turkey vultures conducted right here in Erie County. Link to Dr. Drabik Hamshares research paper can be found below:  Responses of turkey vultures to unmanned aircraft systems vary by platform | Scientific Reports (
January 13, 2022
Episode #34: Christmas at EMP
Listen is as we chat about our favorite Christmas animals and have some holiday fun!
December 23, 2021
Episode #33: Xmas Bird Count
Join Erie MetroParks as we chat about the upcoming Audubon Christmas Bird Count and how you can get involved.
December 03, 2021
Episode #32: Thanksgiving 2.0
This week on Off Trail, naturalists chat about some wildlife they are thankful for. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, what are some animals or plants that you're thankful for?
November 19, 2021
Episode #31: Color Variance
Listen in to this week's Off Trail episode as we chat about color variance and some of the unusual species our naturalists have encountered.
November 12, 2021
Episode #30: Renaming Animals
Listen in as Erie MetroParks staff rename some of the animals that really drive them crazy.
November 05, 2021
Episode #29: Halloween 2.0
Halloween is here! Listen in as we talk about the zombies of the wild!
October 29, 2021
Episode #28: Naming Animals
In this episode, we chat all about how animals are named, and we quiz some of our naturalists to see who the species naming champion is.
October 20, 2021
Episode #27: Things That Sting
This week we will talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly of the not-so-humble wasp. We will also meet one of our newest Erie MetroPark team member.
October 20, 2021
Episode #26: Moths
Listen in to this week's episode. It's all about moths that call the MetroParks home and why they are so important to the ecosystem.
June 02, 2021
Episode #25: What's your Nature
This week we talk with local Ph.D. candidate Cari Ritzenthaler about environmental education and how she uses it in her research.⁠ ⁠
May 19, 2021
Episode 24: Bird Migration
Bird migration has begun around Erie County! Listen in to hear what birds are around, and hear some funny stories!
May 05, 2021
Episode #23: Ticked Off
Have you ever been fed on by a tick? Join special guest and former Erie MetroParks employee, Beki Hineline, as we chat about how weird and creepy ticks can be.
April 28, 2021
Episode #22: Wildflowers
This week, we introduce the newest member of the MetroParks team, and Cheryl and Mike, and Kippie Loughlin, and give you the low-down on good wildflower spots throughout the MetroParks. 
April 21, 2021
Episode #21: Controlled Hunts
In part three of our Natural Resources series, we cover controlled hunts, and how Erie MetroParks prepares and holds its controlled deer hunts.
April 14, 2021
Episode #20: Controlled Burns
In part two of our three-part series with Natural Resources Manager, Tara Kauffman, we talk about controlled burning and how Erie MetroParks uses it as an effective management tool.⁠
April 07, 2021
Episode #19: Invasive Species
This week's episode is the first of a three-part series with our Natural Resource Manager, Tara Kauffman. It's all about how Erie MetroParks manages invasive species in and around the MetroParks.
March 31, 2021
Episode #18: The Woodcock Wiggle
One of the early signs of spring is the wonderful song of the American woodcock, heard around Erie MetroParks. Listen in, as naturalists talk about this exciting bird and where you can catch a glimpse of these wonderful birds.⁠
March 24, 2021
Episode #17: Warblers
Warbler season is right around the corner. Erie MetroParks staff is ready, but will you be ready? Listen in, as naturalists talk about the warblers that pass through your parks.
March 17, 2021
Episode #16: The Thaw
Spring is near, and it feels like everything in the MetroParks is coming to life. Listen in as Erie MetroPark naturalists talk about their favorite parks to visit in the spring and what you can find there.
March 10, 2021
Episode #15: Citizen Science and You
Citizen science plays a vital role in conservation. Listen in and see what Erie MetroParks does to contribute and how you can too!
March 03, 2021
Episode #14: Maple Sugaring Part #2
Maple sugaring has a rich history with loads of interesting facts. Listen in with Erie MetroParks staff as we chat about how maple sugaring became so lucrative in the New World.
February 24, 2021
Episode #13: Maple Sugaring Part 1
Maple sugaring season is right around the corner. Listen in and see how Erie MetroParks taps their maple trees to get a nice sweet treat from Mother Nature!
February 17, 2021
Episode #12: Children in Nature
Exposing our children to nature early and often is important. Listen to this episode with Erie MetroParks and hear how they get kids outside!
February 10, 2021
Episode 11: Favorite Parks
Listen in as the naturalists from Erie MetroParks talk about their favorite parks. "Naturalists Favorite Parks" is our first listener requested episode!
February 03, 2021
Episode 10: 2020 Nature Recap
The year 2020 had its downs, but Erie MetroParks found it wasn't all bad. Listen in to hear some good news about nature in 2020.
January 27, 2021
Episode 9: Winter Blues
We all struggle with the winter blues. Listen in and see how we try to fight off the gloomy days of winter here at the Erie MetroParks.
January 20, 2021
Episode 8: Bird Nerds
Do you have a passion for birds? Well, you're not alone, here at Erie MetroParks our naturalists are obsessed with birds. Listen in and see how they got into "birding" and how you can too.
January 13, 2021
Episode #7: Animal Intelligence
Who is the smartest animal in the animal kingdom? Join Erie MetroParks naturalists as we try to figure out who holds the crown as the "smartest" being.
January 06, 2021
Episode #6 Mythbusters
Nature is loaded with myths that many of us have heard our entire lives. Let park naturalists enlighten you as we have a friendly competition to squash some myths you may know.
December 30, 2020
Episode #5 Christmas
Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. Hang out with Erie MetroParks and have fun ranking the best Christmas movies, cookies, and other holiday festivities according to our naturalists.
December 23, 2020
Episode #4: Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is full of family, friends, and great food. Hang out with Erie MetroParks and learn about how Thanksgiving has been hijacked by the infamous turkey.
December 16, 2020
Episode #3: Halloween
Halloween can be a spooky time of year! Let’s investigate how some animals became associated with this eerie holiday.
December 09, 2020
Episode #2: The Scoop on Poop
This week's episode is all about poop. Yes we said it, poop! Learn all about what animal poop can tell us in the environment and some interesting facts you may not have known!
November 24, 2020
Episode #1: Animal Phobias
In this week's episode, we will dive into animal phobias and learn about some strange phobias you might not have known existed.
October 26, 2020