Walkin' on the Wild Side

Walkin' on the Wild Side

A podcast dedicated to exploring nature all around us and hopefully instilling in our listeners a curiosity and appreciation for the wildlife around us. Join us as we share some amazing observations, interesting and educational facts, and stories about the incredible diversity of flora and fauna found here in the Southeastern United States. Your hosts are Marvin and Gabrielle Bouknight, and Marvin has been a professional naturalist and wildlife biologist for over 30 years and he and his wife, Gabrielle have shared many adventures exploring habitats and observing the amazing flora and fauna of the southeastern United States. To contact us, you can follow us on Facebook at Nature Nook Wildlife Photography (https://www.facebook.com/NatureNookWildlifePhotography), or email us at walkingonthewildside21@gmail.com. To SIGN UP/SUBSCRIBE to our podcasts, simply download your favorite podcast app on your mobile device (we can be found on all the Apple iOS and Android OS apps) and look up "WALKIN'ON THE WILD SIDE" or you can visit our website at https://walkinonthewildside.buzzsprout.com and click on your favorite app (see below, if you're viewing this from our web site). It will take you to the site and our podcast. Click "subscribe" and you're ready to go WALKIN' ON THE WILD SIDE!

Episodes

January 15, 2022 39 min

Would you believe you can see snowy owls, our largest owl, in the continental United States?   Join Marvin and Gabrielle as they talk about their "quest" to find snowy owls in Ohio, and learn a little about this beautiful, awe-inspiring, and impressive snowy white arctic owl!

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Snowy_Owl/id
https://www.owlpages.com/owls/species.php?s=1210
https://www.projectsnowstorm.org/what-is-an-irrupti...

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Black bears are some of the most charismatic, recognizable, and popular critters of the Southeast.  Join Marvin and Gabrielle for a fun look at the life of black bears, their stories and interactions with bears, and some info on how to be safe around these amazing mammals!

Here are some great websites:
https://www.dnr.sc.gov/wildlife/species/bear
https://bear.org/quick-black-bear-facts/
https://www.nps.gov/grsm/learn/nature/black-bears...

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December 15, 2021 30 min

Caribou or reindeer?  Reindeer or caribou?  These animals are amazing critters that are adapted to the most unforgiving, inhospitable, and frigid environments.  Marvin and Gabrielle talk about these adaptations, unique and fascinating facts, as well as the relationship between reindeer and Santa, of course!

Reindeer and Caribou Websites to Visit:
https://blog.nwf.org/2010/12/reindeer-twelve-fascinating-facts-about-these-amazing-creat...

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November 30, 2021 34 min

If it's cold outside, we can throw on a jacket, turn up the heat, or stay inside, but how do animals and plants handle the cold?  Join Marvin and Gabrielle as they talk about the different strategies, adaptations, and abilities different animals and plants have to cope with the cold!

Here are a few websites for more information:
- Surviving cold weather:
http://thescienceexplorer.com/nature/fat-fur-and-feathers-how-animals-survive...

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November 15, 2021 39 min

Many birds have amazing adaptations to compete and survive in the world, and the woodpecker is no exception.  Even though early naturalists didn't use much imagination naming the bird (I mean seriously...a bird that pecks wood so they call him a wood pecker...c'mon y'all!) , they certainly were amazed at the coloration, adaptations, and behavior of woodpeckers.  Join Marvin and Gabrielle as they talk about the amazing a...

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October 31, 2021 39 min

Beasts, Bigfoot, and Boohags make up this special Halloween podcast!  Join Marvin and Gabrielle as they share stories and tales of the beasts, monsters, ghouls, and ghosts of the U.S. Southeast.  

Here's some links to our stories and more!

  • Story of Boohags
  • Bigfoot Expedition, Cherry Log, GA
  • The Legend of the Lizardman of Scape Ore Swamp
  • The Gray Man
  • Third Eye Man
  • Chupacabra
  • You can follow us on Facebook at Nature Nook Photography
    Email ...

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    October 15, 2021 35 min

    Like 'em or loathe 'em, skunks are instantly recognizable, whether you see them or smell them.  Join Marvin and Gabrielle as they share a few skunk stories, as well as facts and observations about the these "scent-sational" little mammals, including the scoop on just how to get the smell out of anything or anyone who bears the brunt of these marvelous "mephitids"! 

    Here's some resources for further info:

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    September 30, 2021 33 min

    Foxes are some of the most mysterious and magnificent little canine predators in the Southeast.  These sly little creatures are amazingly agile, smart, and crafty, and sometimes get a bad rap.  Join Marvin Bouknight, wildlife biologist and naturalist as he "flies solo" on this podcast to learn more about these fascinating foxes, including fun and interesting facts and biology about some of our faunal favorites, red and gray...

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    September 15, 2021 43 min

    It's time for another podcast about the amazing diversity of wildlife found here in the southeastern U.S.  This episode features the much maligned but absolutely amazing argiope spider.  This incredible spider may cause some of you a little or a lot of anxiety, but one thing is for sure, this time of year they are  easy to notice and identify due to their large size and impressively beautiful orb web!  Hopefully,  y'all wil...

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    Flying squirrels are incredible little rodents that have mastered aerodynamics and can glide over 100 yards.  Join Marvin and Gabrielle to find out more about these mysterious nocturnal squirrels that are more common than you realize, but have been hiding a secret for years and has only recently been discovered!

    A special shout out to Timbre  and FreeSound for the Game Show music for this podcast.  Find out more about FreeSound and ...

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    August 15, 2021 33 min

    Nothing is more southern than the call of the whippoorwill and chuck will's widow.  Join Marvin and Gabrielle to learn about this amazing family of strange birds often called goatsuckers, but commonly known as whippoorwills, chuck will's widow, and common nighthawks.  They discuss the calls, behaviors and odd appearances of these nocturnal nightjars, and even discuss why they were once "harbingers of death"!

    Here are...

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    Honeybees are amazing eusocial insects that are known for their hive behaviors, pollinating, and of course, making honey!  Join Marvin and Gabrielle to learn more about not only that delicious "nectar of the Gods" everyone loves , but also fascinating facts about pollinators, including learning what a BOB is, and why bumblebees buzz...
    To learn more:
    https://honeybeehealthcoalition.org
    https://honey.com
    https://entomology.ces.n...

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    Hummingbirds are amazing little powerhouses that are an incredible example of evolution, adaptive radiation, and metabolic efficiency, can fly hundreds of miles, and they weigh less than an ounce!  Join naturalist and wildlife biologist Marvin Bouknight and his co-host and wife, Gabrielle and learn all about these amazing little birds.  Learn about their evolution, incredible adaptations, biology, breeding, attracting them to your ...

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    June 30, 2021 24 min

    The eastern box turtle is an amazing little turtle and is found all over the eastern United States.  Join Marvin and Gabrielle as they talk about the life history, biology, and other fun facts about this shelled wonder.  They will also discuss the challenges they face as their numbers decline in a changing world...
    Here are a few websites for more information:
    Savannah River Ecology Lab - https://srelherp.uga.edu/turtles
    Chattanooga N...

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    June 18, 2021 27 min

    Join Marvin and Gabrielle Bouknight to learn more about fabulous fireflies.  We'll share some memories of fireflies, favorite stories, talk about the biology of fireflies and share much more about these amazing insects.

    Listeners will hear:     

    Firefly memories of childhood  

    Biology and classification of fireflies  

    Discuss different species   

    Science of the flash and how it is inspiring new advances in technology  

    The mysterious...

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    June 17, 2021 26 min

    The inaugural episode will feature the Barred Owl (Strix varia).
    Podcast listeners will learn about:

  • Barred Owl Biology, Range, and Habits
  • Adaptations and Interesting Facts about these Amazing Birds
  • Calls and Vocalizations of Barred Owls
  • Links and Websites related to Barred Owls and Discussed in this Episode:

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_FEaFgJyfA (BBC episode 
  • https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Barred_Owl/id
  • You can follow us on...

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