The Wild Life

The Wild Life

The Wild Life is a show by two brothers: one, a Minnesota science teacher with a background in wildlife biology; the other, a space science student in Texas. The Wild Life blends science, nature, and the human experience through storytelling and interviews with earths experts---with a few detours!... Show More

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February 19, 2021 51 min
Have you ever seen an injured animal and wished you knew what to do or who to call? Have you ever seen an animal acting strangely but were unsure of whether or not that thing you saw was normal? Have you ever thought about getting into wildlife rehab? Then this is the episode for you. We talk baby birds, fledglings, bats, baby deer, squirrels, and so much more. Our guest is Tami Vogel, the Communications Director of WRCMN. https://...
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This episode has it all: Quokkas, trivia, selfies, Australia, the La Brea Tar Pits, Conservation Paleobiology, and somehow manages to tie it all together. Dr Larisa DeSantis, Conservation Paleobiologist and professor at Vanderbilt University, is our guest and she tells us how she is using relics of the past to inform the conservation of species now and into the future. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08VWRM4ZB/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=...
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January 15, 2021 3 min
A fascinating journey that sounds the stuff of an animated movie or a children’s book is about to come to a rather different sort of end. On December 26th, a man by the name of Kevin Celli-Bird discovered an understandably exhausted pigeon resting in the backyard of his home in Melbourne, Australia. The bird was from America. https://thewildlife.blog/2021/01/14/joe-the-pigeon-on-death-row/ (Read the Story Here) Support The Wild Lif...
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Have you ever been outside during the spring and you see what looks like spit clinging to the sides of plant stems? Well, it's not spit, but it is a body fluid, and it hides a fascinating little creature that grows up to be something even more fantastical. Learn all about these snorkeling, high jumping, super-powered true-bugs with Dr Jason Cryan as your guide. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PW-0r4Fj4Y (Watch a Froghopper...
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It's kind of hard to believe at first glance, but yes, they're actually pigeons. https://thewildlife.blog/2020/05/12/the-wild-life-of-the-nicobar-pigeon/ Support this podcast
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Shrew are many things. Sometimes venomous, sometimes able to walk on water, sometimes snake-killers, but always adoreable. https://thewildlife.blog/2019/02/26/twl-hiking-clubthe-always-adorable-sometimes-vicious-shrew/ Support this podcast
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Hey Wildlings! First off, Happy New Year. This episode is about 15 minutes of something a little different from what we normally do + a revisit to an old classic, The Metamorphosis Metaphor. We'd love to hear from you too. What do you want from us in the New Year? What would you like to hear, see, do? How do you want to interact with us? Also, we'd love to start off the new year in the top charts. Leave us a quick rati...
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Follow all of the podcasts featured in this episode! The Root of the Science Twitter: https://twitter.com/RootofSciPod (https://twitter.com/RootofSciPod) Website/Podcast: https://rootofthesciencepodcast.buzzsprout.com/ (https://rootofthesciencepodcast.buzzsprout.com/) Earth Ideas Twitter: https://twitter.com/ideas_earth (https://twitter.com/ideas_earth) Website/Podcast: https://lnk.bio/SnYr (https://lnk.bio/SnYr) Curiosity Cake Twi...
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December 23, 2020 5 min
My 4 year old brought me my mic and asked if we could make a podcast episode. This is that episode! Support this podcast
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December 22, 2020 4 min
Also know as the cigar shark for that one time a sailor mistook it for a cigar and only realized their mistake after trying to light it up—kidding of course— Isistius brasiliensis is shark of the family Dalatiidae. The genus name, Isistius, is based on Isis. No, not the terrorist group, but after Isis, the Egyptian goddess of light. https://thewildlife.blog/2019/08/05/sunday-fish-sketch-the-cookiecutter-shark/ Support at patreon....
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December 12, 2020 4 min
https://thewildlife.blog/2018/05/16/not-a-lemur-nor-a-cat-a-ringtail-is-a-raccoon-like-clever-fox/ (NOT A LEMUR, NOR A CAT. THIS RACCOON-LIKE CRITTER IS A “CLEVER FOX”.) Support this podcast
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December 11, 2020 4 min
https://thewildlife.blog/2018/05/14/this-toxic-nectarless-flower-is-spread-by-ants/ (THIS TOXIC, NECTARLESS FLOWER IS SPREAD BY ANTS)Support our work at patreon.com/thewildlife Support this podcast
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This past August as I sat below an old oak tree while drinking my morning cup of coffee and looking out on a glassy Lake Darling in Alexandria, Minnesota, something fell from the sky and landed at my feet. Small and curled up like a slightly puff green and yellow sour gummy worm. It’s face made it look like a Pokémon, or like one of those smiley face antenna toppers. Two hours later, another fell in the same exact spot. If I didn’t...
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December 9, 2020 3 min
In the skies across Minnesota (and much of the eastern US and southeastern Canada, for that matter), roams a fierce and agile predator, capable of taking down prey you would never imagine—and some many wouldn’t dare to try at themselves. Support us at patreon.com/thewildlife Read the transcript of this episode, see some art, and awesome videos at https://thewildlife.blog/2019/07/11/the-dragonhunter/ Support this podcast
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December 8, 2020 3 min
This is circle of life—or at least an ugly, albeit necessary, curve of it. This is the life of the American Carrion Beetle. Support our show at patreon.com/thewildlife Follow us on Twitter @thewildlifepod Read the transcript of this episode at https://thewildlife.blog/2018/08/03/carrion-my-wayward-beetle/ Support this podcast
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December 8, 2020 4 min
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December 4, 2020 46 min
In this episode, Devon and Richard talk snow, Frozen 2, whether or not water has memory (and if it's good or bad), the Big Bang, the formation of planets, the secret role of bacteria, why snowflakes are intricately symmetrical, and more! Become a patron (and our best friend), and get tons of cool perks at https://my.captivate.fm/www.patreon.com/TheWildLife (www.patreon.com/TheWildLife) and help us to keep doing what we are doin...
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December 3, 2020 3 min
We’ve all heard of snakes on a plane, but this time of year, snakes are slipping their way into all sorts of unexpected places—like basements of the unsuspecting. Read the blog version and find the links mentioned in the episode here: https://thewildlife.blog/2019/11/30/snakes-in-the-basement/ Support this podcast
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November 29, 2020 5 min
Don’t let their cute little face fool you. The carnivorous Least Weasel is fierce, eating up to 60% of its body weight in food per day. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3k319DbHU80&w=560&h=315 (Weasel vs Seagull) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODEUK5sB5vE (Weasel War Dance) Check out this and other shorts over on our other listing, too| The Wild Life: SHORTS! Support the show on patreon.com/thewildlife https...
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November 6, 2020 14 min
In our first episode back in over a month, we are revamping our Phylum series by focusing in on another tier of classification: Class. Welcome to our new miniseries. Chitons belong to the Phylum Mollusca, along with bivalves, gastropods, and cephalopods. They may seem simple, but there is a beautiful complexity in their story and existence if you know where to look. Welcome to Class. Support this podcast
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