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Nature Now #604 Invasive Dune Grasses

(Airdate: February 1, 2023) Beach grasses, once widely planted to keep sand dunes from human plans for such things as roads and residences, have become invaders, pushing out native species. Listen as Nan Evans explores dune ecosystems and the role of dune grasses with Dr. Rebecca Mostow. What’s more, learn about Dr. Mostow’s work characterizing a strange new hybrid species of dune grass that raises unanswered questions about ecological beach and dune systems.

Nature Now #603
Woodpeckers of Winter

(Airdate: January 25, 2023) Mary Robson and Gary Bullock discuss the most common woodpeckers seen locally,  using results from the Christmas bird count of 2022.

Nature Now #602
Latest News on the Pinto Abalone

(Airdate: January 19, 2023) Get the latest on efforts to restore the endangered Pinto Abalone populations in the Salish Sea with Nan Evans and Josh Bouma of the Puget Sound Restoation Fund. Plus, think about how conservation scientists design species recovery plans.

Nature Now #601
Prairie/Oak Habitats – Part 1

(Airdate: January 11, 2023) Host Debaran Kelso speaks with guest Dr. Fred Sharpe about the recent Cascade Prairie-Oak Partnership (CPOP) conference, and reviews various efforts at prairie and oak savanna habitat conservation in the PNW.

Nature Now #600
Coastal Habitat Restoration

(Reprise Airdate: January 4, 2023) In this show from early 2021, Nan Evans talks with Dr. Ron Thom, Staff Scientist Emeritus with the Pacific Northwest National Lab in Sequim, about coastal and estuarine ecosystem restoration and the concept and science of net habitat improvement.

Nature Now #596
Think Like a Geologist

(Airdate: December 7, 2022) What is our relationship with time? If we were to “think like a geologist”, would that relationship change and how might that change how humans impact the Earth on which we all live? Explore geological evidence and understanding of the passage of time with Nan Evans and Marcia Bjournerud, Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies at Lawrence University in Wisconsin.

Nature Now #595
Economic Benefits of Conservation

(Reprise Airdate: November 30, 2022) In addition to the value of being good stewards of the Earth for the health and well-being of all life and ecosystems, Nan Evans and Richard Tucker, Director of the Jefferson Land Trust, explore the documentable economic benefits of conserved and working lands on the North Olympic Peninsula.

Nature Now #594
2022 Christmas Bird Count

(Airdate: November 23, 2022) Host Nan Evans and super-birder guest Monica Fletcher explore sightings and stories from the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Get inspired by this opportunity to be part of a hemisphere-wide citizen science effort that will occur in the Port Townsend area on Saturday, December 17.

Nature Now #593
Dungeness Levee Setback

(Airdate: November 16, 2022) The Dungeness River has a northwest 2-mile levee, altering the water flow and flood management. Hansi Hals from the Jamestown S’Klallam tribe describes it with Mary Robson.

Nature Now #592
Insects and Galls of Fall, Part 2

(Airdate: November 9, 2022) Host Debaran Kelso is joined by entomologist Richard Lewis as they continue exploring the world of insects and plant galls at HJ Carroll Park. This is Part 2 of a two-part program.

Nature Now #591
Peregrine Rock

(Airdate: November 2, 2022) Part 2 of Nan Evans’ conversation with geologists Michael Machetter and Jeff Tepper explores significant rocky outcropings and geology in Eastern Jefferson County. Part 1 focused on Tamanowas Rock, just west of Chimacum, and the volcanic history of our region. This second part will consider the impacts of glaciation and Peregrine Rock, a glacial erratic, a short hike from Tamanowas Rock. And, yes, East Jefferson County was covered by glaciers thousands of feet deep.

Nature Now #589 Feathers

(Airdate: October 19, 2022) Mary Robson and Christie Lassen, owner of Birds Unlimited in Gardiner, review the biological structure of feathers and their effect on individual bird survival and behavior.

Nature Now #588 Insects and Galls of Fall, Part 1

(Airdate: October 12, 2022) Fall is a great time to look for insect galls! Join entomologist Richard Lewis and host Debaran Kelso on a field trip to search for galls and learn about the insects that cause them to develop. This is part one of a two-part show.

Nature Now #587
Hard Rock Geology in East Jefferson County, Part 1

(Airdate: October 4, 2022) Tamanowas Rock-What is it? Nan Evans explores significant rocky out-croppings in Eastern Jefferson County – Tamanowas Rock and Peregrine Rock just west of Chimacum – with geologists Michael Machette and Jeff Tepper. In Part 1, we learn how Tamanowas Rock was formed, what it can tell about the ancient landscape of our region, why it is important to indigenous peoples, and what is being done to protect it.

Nature Now #584
On Explores at Anderson Lake, part 2

(Airdate: September 14, 2022) Please join Nature Now this week as we take a field trip to Anderson Lake State Park! Host Debaran Kelso is joined by one of our favorite local naturalists, Dr. Geoff Hammerson, on a late summer wander looking for amphibians and other natural wonders. This is part 2 of a two-part show.

#583 State of the Stars

(Airdate: September 7, 2020) Joe Gaydos of the SeaDoc Society returns to Nature Now to give Nan Evans an update on the sea star wasting disease that decimated the sea star population of the Salish Sea and much of the Pacific Coast in 2013.

Nature Now #582
On Explores at Anderson Lake, part 1

(Airdate: August 31, 2022) Please join Nature Now this week as we take a field trip to Anderson Lake State Park! Host Debaran Kelso is joined by one of our favorite local naturalists, Dr. Geoff Hammerson, on a late summer wander looking for amphibians and other natural wonders.

Nature Now #581
Why Birds Molt

(Airdate: August 24, 2022) Birds molt – when and why? Join Mary Robson and guest Christie Lassen to explore the feathery mysteries of molting.

Nature Now #578
Salish Sea Wild!, part 2

(Airdate: August 3, 2022) Nan Evans and Bob Friel, film maker, writer, naturalist, and adventurer, explore the wild and wonderful world of the Salish Sea. In this second part of a two-part program, Nan asks Bob to tell her stories of adventures he has had filming the wildlife of the Salish Sea.

Nature Now #577
Bird Rehabilitation

(Reprise airdate: July 27, 2022) Christie Lassen, with Mary Robson, discusses bird rehabilitation: where and how are injured birds helped locally?

Nature Now #576
Marine Mammal Stranding, part 2

(Reprise airdate: July 20, 2022) Host Debaran Kelso is joined by guests Betsy Carlson of the Port Townsend Marine Science Center and Fred Sharpe of the Alaska Whale Foundation for a discussion on marine mammal stranding (Part 2 of a two part program).

Nature Now #575
Dune Restoration, part 2

(Airdate: July 13, 2022) This week host, Debaran Kelso continues her conversation with Dr. Fred Sharpe about dune restoration and ecology on a field trip to Fort Worden State Park (part 2 of a two-part program).

Nature Now #574
Salish Sea Wild!, part 1

(Airdate: July 6, 2022) Nan Evans and Bob Friel, film maker, writer, naturalist, and adventurer, explore the wild and wonderful world of the Salish Sea. This is part 1 of a 2-part program.