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Wildlife for You

Wildlife for You

By Daryl and Stephanne
Discussions about wildlife that are both entertaining and educational.
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Welcome back, Bandit the mouth breather, and who owns wildlife.
We’re back, although a little rusty for 2022. We get things kicked off until Stephanne’s dog decides to take center stage but needless to say... we’re glad to be back!
January 14, 2022
Human Country - “Bears Keep Out!”
Everyone knows that there’s bear country but few people know about “human country.” If you truly love bears it’s best to teach them to keep out of human country.
November 26, 2021
Saving Bear 399
Grizzly 399... she’s popular, she’s beautiful, and she is a handful. Find out what it takes, and doesn’t take, to keep 399 alive and thriving.
November 19, 2021
The Most Destructive Species on Earth - Part 3
Find out how climate change is really messing us up.
November 05, 2021
The Most Destructive Species on Earth - Part 2
In this episode Daryl and Stephanne talk about some human activities that truly are reshaping the world… and not for the better!
October 29, 2021
The Most Destructive Species on Earth - Part 1
Stephanne and Daryl take a deep dive into what is by far the most impactful species on earth and no, it is not coyotes.
October 22, 2021
Wildlife Rehabilitation... an in-depth discussion.
Fresh from her recent trip to Disney World Stephanne grills Daryl on the good and bad of wildlife rehabilitation.
October 15, 2021
Badgers? We don’t need no stinking badgers!
All you need to know about American and Honey... badgers that is!
October 07, 2021
Do Black Bears Hibernate?
There is a lot of misinformation out there about black bear hibernation. Yes, they hibernate they just do it a little bit differently… Yes, even in the Smokies!
October 01, 2021
Do wildlife suffer from PTSD?
Find out if animals react to traumatic events the same way humans do. The science is still emerging but the questions are intriguing
September 24, 2021
Naked and Absurd!
When does educational television become uneducational? When they flat out lie for ratings!
September 17, 2021
Attack Turtle!
What’s the difference between a turtle, a tortoise, and a terrapin? If you don’t know, find out here!
September 10, 2021
The Stinkiest episode yet!
You guessed it… We’re talking about skunks. Anyway, we hope none of our episodes are really that stinky.
September 03, 2021
Possums ‘n Ticks... I don’t think so!
Everyone knows that wild possums eat loads of ticks correct? Think again! This podcast teaches you to be mindful of “laboratory” studies.
August 27, 2021
It’s OWLimentary my dear!
Everything you ever wanted to know about owls and even some things you didn’t want to know.
August 20, 2021
Conservationist or Preservationist... What are you?
We take a deep dive into what these two terms mean and why they sometimes inspire deep-seated reactions.
August 13, 2021
Wolverines... mean, stinky, and antisocial!
Red dawn and the X-Men don’t have anything on real life wolverines. Not only are they one of Stephanne‘s favorite creatures but they’re pretty darn cool to boot.
August 05, 2021
Playing in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Reminiscent of our time spent with some amazing wildlife students in the GYE
August 04, 2021
Wildlife Movement
Animals move around for various reasons. Just because they’re there may not mean they’re really there. Find out what we mean because it can be confusing.
July 16, 2021
Bear Brigades and issues with roadside grizzlies
Take a dive into the science regarding the impact of roads on grizzlies and grizzly behavior. It’s not always what do you think it is or what you heard.
July 09, 2021
Slithery Snakes -Part II
Learn about the slithery heat seeking, air tasting, comedic actors we all know and love as… snakes.
July 02, 2021
Slithery Snakes - Part I
Snakes freak people out but it’s mostly due to fear of the unknown. We try to break down some of those misunderstood concepts.
June 25, 2021
The Moose is Loose
Meet the mighty mighty moose, the largest member of the deer family.
June 18, 2021
Backyard Birds are Awesome... Literally!
There is so much to enjoy about a yard full of birds. Find out what you should do to make your backyard bird paradise.
June 11, 2021
When Wildlife Info Hurts
It’s getting harder and harder to discern good information from bad information. Keep in mind, bad wildlife information can not only hurt wildlife, it can hurt you.
June 05, 2021
A Fat Finger Apology
Don’t listen to Steph it was all her fault!
May 28, 2021
Synanthropes... those human lovin’ critters!
Believe it or not humans are actually good for some species of wildlife. Well let’s just say they have learned to live with us.
May 28, 2021
Anthropause... the big human timeout.
The global pandemic affected nearly all human life, this undoubtedly has had widespread impacts to wildlife. It’s pretty mind-boggling to even think about the potential impacts.
May 21, 2021
What’s Killing Our Bears?!?
When a bear gets killed unintentionally people get mad. If only we could teach people the right thing to get mad at maybe we can make a difference!
May 13, 2021
Animal Emotions... can our furry friends be happy or sad?
Can animals have emotions? It’s fun to think about but boy is it hard to explain!
May 07, 2021
Bear Attack Reminder
Whenever a bear attack occurs it’s best if we take a step back and breathe. It is best to better understand the situation before making knee-jerk reactions.
May 02, 2021
Predator Calls... A Couple Cats Goin’ At It!
We all know that those predators are out there but we may not know what they all sound like. You’d be surprised!
May 01, 2021
Rappin’ with the Raptors
Many of us know our birds of prey by sight but how many of you know what they sound like? Listen and learn the vocalizations of our favorite raptor friends.
April 16, 2021
Frogarific Frogorama!
What better way is there to impress the ladies than to know your frog calls! Heck you can even impress the guys to if you like! They are simple and easy to learn, all you have to do is listen.
April 09, 2021
The Meal - Predator Feeding Strategies
Predators not only have distinct ways of taking down animals, they also have distinct ways of eating it. Find out how biologist use these clues to determine who’s been feeding.
April 02, 2021
Seaspiracy... hook, line, and sinker?
Some nature documentaries are designed for shock value. They are great for identifying an issue but just make sure you strap on your critical thinking skills ahead of time.
March 28, 2021
The Take Down - Predator Attack Strategies
Different predators apprehend their quarry in different ways. Wildlife biologists can then use this information to determine what predator was responsible for the kill when discovering a carcass.
March 26, 2021
The Kinda Big but Not So Bad Wolf
Why do wolves strike fear into the hearts of so many? They’re pretty amazing animals and to learn about them is to love them. Well, at least it should be.
March 19, 2021
Ghost Cat Photos Explained
Why do people see cougars even in photos of... well, NOT cougars? Misinterpretations are actually easy to explain.
March 12, 2021
Winging it!
Often times we try too hard to teach people about Mother Nature, sometimes we need to let her teach us. She’s pretty smart ya’ know.
March 05, 2021
Chronic Wasting Disease
Not everything about wildlife is peaches and cream. Sometimes bad things happen in Nature and we just have to let them run its course.
February 26, 2021
The Masked Bandit Rides Again!
We’ll take a deep dive into the world of raccoons and discover how truly smart they are... much smarter than cats!
February 19, 2021
Animal Intelligence - why dogs are so much smarter than cats!
It is often said some animals are smarter than others, now if only we knew what the heck that even means.
February 12, 2021
What did the Fox Say?
We promise we will not bring that up as we discuss the wonderful world of foxes.
February 05, 2021
It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane... Nope, just a Buzzard
Vultures, often called buzzards in North America, are some pretty cool and interesting birds. Listen and find out why!
January 28, 2021
Student Wildlands Adventure Program
Learn all there is to know about the SWAP program and why it is such an amazing non-profit.
January 26, 2021
Them Pesky Squirrels!
Many people have issues with what they call nuisance wildlife. Animals are often being animals, they probably think humans are the biggest nuisance species of them all.
January 22, 2021
The Nose, the Glorious Nose... bear nose that is.
Bears have an insanely powerful sense of smell. Understanding how strong it truly is, is often the key to understanding what makes them tick.
January 17, 2021
Playing Possum
The good ol’ Virginia opossum... there’s much to them than just roadkill. We need these guys!
January 13, 2021
Don’t be a Bird Brain... Take care of your Backyard Birds
Feeding birds is a commitment and responsibility... a responsibility to the birds. Find out how to keep your feathered friends healthy.
January 10, 2021
Brown Bears - the Danger Factor
Everyone is enamored with brown bears, also known as grizzlies. Though they may seem dangerous and scary, it may not always be their fault.
January 08, 2021
Urban Legends from Old Man Johnson
We take an in depth look at some of the most famous wildlife-related urban legends. Sorry grandpa but you may not like this one.
January 03, 2021
Cryptozoology - the Big Three: Nessie, Yetis, and Bigfoot.
We dive into the world of cryptozoology. We discuss the science of the science.
December 30, 2020
Eagles - the Golden and Bald monarchs of the sky.
This episode takes a deep dive into North America’s two well-known eagles species, the Golden and the Bald. It is everything you wanted to know, and even some things you didn’t want to know about these majestic birds.
December 27, 2020
Loving Wildlife to Death
It’s great to love wildlife, in fact we encourage it. Just make sure you know the right way to do it and that you don’t “love wildlife to death.”
December 24, 2020
Who’s battier now? The basics about bats!
Bats in North America are an extremely important species. We need to do all we can to educate ourselves on and to help maintain these precious insect eaters.
December 21, 2020
Why did that bear have to be put down?
The “why” questions are often the toughest to answer but we do our best to explain those trickier situations. They are not always easy decisions.
December 17, 2020
Oh Dear... the deer of North America.
In this episode we discuss the two primary deer species in North America, whitetails and blacktails, otherwise known as mule deer. We save elk, moose, and Caribou for another time.
December 12, 2020
Bergmann’s Rule and other sciencey things.
This episode helps explain why some animals are big and some animals are lanky.
December 11, 2020
Winter Wonderland... Surviving the snow and bitter cold.
Animals have developed some fascinating survival techniques that help carry them through the winter. Find out with some critters do to survive the snow.
December 07, 2020
Woodchucks and other rats…Yes I lost!
We take an in-depth look at woodchucks and other members of the rodent family. Yes, some can be classified as cute!
December 02, 2020
Good -vs- Bad Wildlife
What makes some wildlife good and others bad? It’s not on them, it’s on us.
December 02, 2020
Wiley Coyote... Super Genius
Coyotes love-hate relationship with people is often misunderstood so we take a somewhat in-depth look at the biology and behavior of these wonderful predators.
November 22, 2020
Zoonoses: Be careful around those cute critters!
We take a quick peek into those wildlife diseases that can sometimes be transmitted to humans. It’s rare but you do have to be careful.
November 20, 2020
The Outlaw Series: Wildlife Profiteering
Watch out! There are a lot of unscrupulous folks out there, or as Stephanne puts it ass-clowns, who care more about the money than the wildlife. Do your homework before supporting them!
November 16, 2020
The Outlaw Series: Poaching
Wildlife poaching is a huge issue, not just in those far away places but right here in North America.
November 09, 2020
Keystone Capers
Keystone species and the intricate role they play in ecosystems. We were in rare form tonight!
November 04, 2020
It’s not the SIZE that matters... it’s the WORDS!!!
Wildlife biologists need to choose their words wisely when talking to the public. It’s one of the only tools we have to influence people.
October 27, 2020
Even those weird looking offspring can be cool!
Genetic adaptations may be weird at first but they may give some animals a leg up. That could be a good thing!
October 21, 2020
The crazy cougar from Utah... explained.
The viral video of the cougar defending her cubs is broken down to explain what was really going on.
October 15, 2020
Ecological Vigilance - why ass-whoopin’s are good for ecosystems
Predators on the landscape can help strengthen ecosystems by simply changing the behavior of their prey.
October 12, 2020
Black panthers and eastern cougars... the truth!
There’s a simple reason why there are so many panther and cougars sightings in the east but you ain’t gonna like it!
October 06, 2020
Hibernation, hyperphagia, and other geeky bio terms.
Do black bears really hibernate? Of course they do!
October 02, 2020
“Grizzly Man” Consequences
A deep dive into the consequences of Treadwell-like behaviors.
October 02, 2020
Daryl and Stephanne Introductions
It’s always good to let people know who you are!
September 29, 2020
Bruno the Wandering Bear
Bruno the bruin (bear) has captured the hearts and minds of thousands.  In this episode we discuss Bruno's history, behavior, and future outlook. 
September 21, 2020
Season teaser
Quick reminder of what to expect for this year.
September 21, 2020