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Wildlife for You

Wildlife for You

By Daryl Ratajczak
Discussions about wildlife that are both entertaining and educational.
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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 8, 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 3, 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 7, 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 2, 2020
Good -vs- Bad Wildlife
What makes some wildlife good and others bad? It’s not on them, it’s on us.
December 2, 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 9, 2020
Keystone Capers
Keystone species and the intricate role they play in ecosystems. We were in rare form tonight!
November 4, 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 6, 2020
Hibernation, hyperphagia, and other geeky bio terms.
Do black bears really hibernate? Of course they do!
October 2, 2020
“Grizzly Man” Consequences
A deep dive into the consequences of Treadwell-like behaviors.
October 2, 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