Nature Just Got Real!

Nature Just Got Real!

Join K.B Carr, author of the Weird and Wacky Planet series, along with a few friends, as they bring you the REAL skinny on what's REALLY going on in the Natural World. Presenting Nature to kids in ways that will empower them!

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April 21, 2021 29 min

Happy Earth Day to you...and here is part 2!


Happy Earth Day 2021, Planeteers! Since I had so much to talk about, I decided to split this episode into 2 parts, and this is part 2.

In this second part, we are going to talk to Tracey Ritchie, who is the Director of Education at EarthDay.org.

She tells us all about WHAT Earth Day is, WHEN it started, WHY it started, and WHO started it. (Hint: it's ALMOST as old as me. But not quite.....

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Happy Earth Day to you...Happy Earth Day to you...

Yes, this week is Earth Day 2021 and I had so much to talk about, I decided to split this episode into 2 parts!
In this first part, we are going to do a project that I love:     make our own straws!

Seriously, it's not as hard as it sounds. I'll guide you through the whole process. This project will also be featured on the Kids Listen Activity app this week, too, so hopefully...

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Why do some animals hibernate in winter? Are they lazy? Do they not like winter sports? What exactly is Hibernation anyway?

In this second show of season 2, we explore hibernation-what it really is, who does it, who doesn’t do it, and other states that look like hibernation but aren’t. Sound complicated? We break it down for you:)

As many animals who do really hibernate ( and also those fake hibernators) are starting to become active...

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January 28, 2021 16 min

In this episode, we talk about the exciting discovery of a new snake species, and the man who discovered it, Jeff Weinell. He gave K.B some cool facts about the snake, even though it hasn't been studied in the wild.

And, even cooler (well, besides the fact that it's a new species) is that he got to NAME it! What name did he decide on and why? If you discovered a new species, what would you name it? K.B. is thinking she migh...

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Did you ever want to write and Illustrate your own book?

This week, I interview Lori Tayor, Artist, Author, and Illustrator of the Holly Wild Series, a fictional series set in various Michigan parks and outdoor adventure areas. Even though it's a fictional series, the places where Holly and her friends have their outdoor adventures are all real places right here in Michigan. I haven't been to some of them, so now I can't...

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Happy 4th of July!
This week, we talk about SALT: what is it, why do we need it, where do we get it, and the history of it. Did you know salt was used as a form of payment?
We also make Firework Art using salt, glue, and glow in the dark paint.

Chuck Darwin gives us a word that's used with salty water, Jack gives some tips about calming your dog if he or she is afraid of Fireworks, and Tito tells us some very cool facts about a ...

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June 26, 2020 31 min

This week, I talk to Darlene Cavalier, the founder of SciStarter, which is a website where ordinary people sign up to help scientists collect data for various research projects. Darlene has recently been named a National Geographic Fellow and Explorer. SciStarter has a wide variety of projects to choose from! The biggest challenge would be deciding which ones to participate in. So many projects, so little time...

Also, Chuck Darwin ...

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June 19, 2020 17 min

This week, we make a fun and easy project just in time for Father's Day by using things we might already have around the house. You can make this out of water and flour if nobody at your house drinks coffee, so don't worry about that!

Chuck Darwin gives is a LOT of new words to learn and they all start with the letter"P", Jack tells us who came up with Father's Day (with her own 2 cents added, of course), and Tit...

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Ever wanted your own personal mini-aquarium?

How about a nightlight with sea creatures swimming in it? In this episode, we make a Nightlight Aquarium with a mason jar and a few toys that looks sooo real, but there are no live animals needed! It would also be a cool gift for Father's Day or for someone who works in an office where they can't have a real pet. I like to use it as a nightlight beside my bed AND in my office. Why...

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Today, we have Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Maryanne Tranter back on with us to talk about ANXIETY and STRESS: what it is, what are the signs, what happens inside our bodies when we are stressed, and what are some ways kids can help themselves deal with it.

This was great information that I was able to use to help reduce my stress level, and ANYONE can do it!
 
Also in this episode, Chuck Darwin also tells us the definition of Hormon...

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May 27, 2020 23 min

Did you know that scientists need our help tracking Bumblebees? 
In this episode, we talk to Rich Hatfield from the Xerces Society about why tracking Bumblebees is important, why scientists need help doing it, and what WE can do to help them.
And yes, there’s an app for that!

Also, in this episode, Chuck Darwin gives us the definition of the word Pollinator and tells us who they are, Jack answers a listener’s question about whether b...

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This week, we learn how to make our own no-sew face mask. No more excuses for unfashionable face wear!
Chuck Darwin gives us the noun and verb version of the word of the week, and Captain Jack answers a listener question about whether pets should wear masks in public, too. 
Tito tells us about a cool critter who looks like it wears a mask, and calls out Captain Jack for wearing a mask at a photo shoot, of which there may or may not b...

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May 13, 2020 18 min

This week, I talk to Maryanne Tranter, a pediatric Nurse Practitioner, about what a virus actually is. We are hearing all about the Coronavirus right now, but regular colds and cases of flu are caused by viruses, too! 

We talk about what viruses are, how do we get them, and what we can do about it.

Also, Chuck Darwin gives us a virus-related word of the week, Captain Jack finds out if chickens cause the Chicken Pox virus, and Tito te...

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May 6, 2020 18 min

With Mother's Day coming up on Sunday, May 10th, it's the perfect time to build a sprout-growing terrarium for your Mom! You can use a kit like I did, or you can use a mason jar and get the ingredients separately. Add your own decor, some glow in the dark stickers, and you have a useful and reusable gift!

Links for this show:
Glow in the Dark Terrarium kit - https://amzn.to/2xCagth
Light-up Terrarium Kit - https://amzn.to/2YCp...

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April 29, 2020 12 min

Have you ever thought you'd like to do more for birds than just fill up the birdfeeder? Today, we are making a Bird Home Improvement Center. It's a little like a store where birds can come to get some building materials to assist with building their nests. I call it the Bird Home Depot. Or, maybe I should call it the Bird Nest Depot. Build one for your back yard and hang it where you can watch your customers come in and hel...

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Got questions about the Coronavirus? We had some, too! Rear Admiral Dr. James Galloway, former assistant US Surgeon General during the Bush and Obama administrations answers kids' questions about Covid-19.

Links for this show are:
https://jamesgallowaymd.expert/

Website: https://www.weirdandwackyplanet.com/

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Where do scientists think Covid-19 came from? We get an expert's opinion when Dr. Ryan Colburn from the Grand Rapids John Ball Zoo joins us on show. He explains where they think it came from, how they think it became a virus that affects humans, and hey, what about those big cats at the Bronx Zoo?!

Links for this show:
https://www.jbzoo.org/

To support John Ball Zoo:
https://www.jbzoo.org/donate

Website: https://www.weirdandwackypla...

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April 15, 2020 14 min

Do you wonder why the rain forest is on fire and what we can do about it? My guest is Chelsea Raiche from Friends of the Rainforest, and she gives us a unique perspective on this troubling issue, as well as some things we can do about it. This is part 2 of 2 episodes.

Links for this episode are:
https://www.friendsoftherainforest.org/

To order the Rainforest Bracelet:
https://www.weirdandwackyplanet.com/s...

Website: https://www.weirdan...

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April 15, 2020 17 min

Do you wonder why the rain forest is on fire and what we can do about it? My guest is Chelsea Raiche from Friends of the Rainforest, and she gives us a unique perspective on this troubling issue, as well as some things we can do about it. This is part 1 of 2 episodes.

Links for this episode are:
https://www.friendsoftherainforest.org/

To order the Rainforest Bracelet:
https://www.weirdandwackyplanet.com/s...

Website: https://www.weirdan...

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In the first episode of the Nature Just Got Real podcast, K.B. Carr, author of the Weird & Wacky Planet series for kids, talks about why she wanted to start a podcast. She will introduce her co-hosts Captain Jack, Chuck Darwin, and Tito, as well as Skinny Pigs Edgar Winter and Clarice Starling!

Website: https://www.weirdandwackyplanet.com/

FaceBook: https://facebook.com/weirdandwackyplanet

Instagram: https://instagram.com/weirdand...

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