CCERP Podcast

CCERP Podcast

CCERP connects people who want to enjoy nature, learn more about nature and ecology and plants and animals, clean up trash and litter in nature areas, remove invasive species, maintain the natural ecology and biodiversity of the area, educate people about the workings of nature and its benefits to us, connect with their neighbors, and exercise, enjoy, have fun, and live well. We can be healthy and happy only when our ecology is healthy and "happy." This podcast will cover the nature, history, natural history, ecology, parks, and beauty of Cypress Creek, and all things ecological and biological.


May 24, 2022 123 min
Roary joins us to discuss
-his background
-his fitness and MovNat journey
-how he spends his mornings
-the value of the outdoors
-why you should get outside
-tracking and foraging
-living, enjoying, and surviving in the outdoors
-human health and wellness
-the upcoming MovNat Survival Retreat in Conifer, CO, August 26-28, 2022, that he will run.
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Today we are joined by Isaac Chilton, Personal Trainer and Structural Integrator, and Nick Burroughs, Physical Therapist, to discuss movement/fitness training and how to be true to human nature and true to nature. We discuss:
-the importance of balance training
-balance training progressions and regressions
-when to be patient and when to just do it
-teaching fitness, and the broader concept of human movement
-ideas about fitness thera...
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Today, movement/fitness expert Danny Clark joins us to talk about the mental side of fitness/movement and being outdoors. This was a fascinating discussion.

Danny discusses:
-why we need this
-what contemplation is and why its important
-what might get in the way
-ancient Greece
-total focus
-meditation, contemplation, awareness, trance
-and more

Danny's Bio (expert from "Thro...
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Today, we talk with folks from the MovNat Level 3 Certification in Glorietta, NM, September 2021, about fitness, the broader idea of human movement, nature, culture, and being a good human animal. Joining us is Nate Smith, Nate Amado, Rock Hancock, Scott Southworth, and Mason Maas. Enjoy!

Nate Smith: "Nate was raised in the mountains of front range CO. With the state land as his backyard his interests were shaped quickly by the...
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Physical Therapist Nick Burroughs, a MovNat Brother of mine, joins us to discuss:
-his professional background
-his fitness background
-how outdoor fitness has helped him personally and has helped him help others
-the benefits of outdoor, natural fitness
-how to be fit at 20 and fit at 80
-his background in the MovNat fitness system
-his experience at the recent (Sept 2021) MovNat Level 3 Certification event in Santa Fe, NM
-what he reco...
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In this episode, Teri MacArthur joins us to discuss invasive species, why the topic is important, why it matters to you, and what we can do about it. A great discussion recorded on 25 June 2021.

About Teri: Teri MacArthur serves The Woodlands Township as an Environmental Education Specialist in the Environmental Services Department. Her specialty is water conservation. She also acts as the department’s Volunteer Coordinator. She i...
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In this episode, Teri MacArthur joins us to discuss water quality, what compromises it, why it is important, why it matters to you, and what we can do about it.

About Teri: Teri MacArthur serves The Woodlands Township as an Environmental Education Specialist in the Environmental Services Department. Her specialty is water conservation. She also acts as the department’s Volunteer Coordinator. She is currently recruiting volunteers ...
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In this episode, Tim discusses:
-his background
-the importance, to a specific profession, of being a generalist
-how he became interested in history
-Native American history
-the Apache and early Europeans
-Native Americans of South Texas and Cypress Creek: the Karankawa, Akokisa, and others

Bio: "Tim Seiter is a Ph.D. student in the Clements Department of History at Southern Methodist University. He is writing a history of the Kara...
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Tom Brown III is back. In this episode, we delve into the importance of nature to our well-being and into how to live and thrive as the human animal that we are.

Tom's bio: Tom, otherwise known as “T3”, has been a practitioner and teacher of primitive living skills, wilderness survival, tracking, and nature observation from an early age. Growing up in New Jersey at the Tracker School, he was raised with deep reverence and resp...
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In this episode, Dr. Mark Elbroch joins us to discuss:
-his background
-how he became interested in nature
-the professional work he has done
-what he has learned in studying Mountain Lions
-the nature of Mountain Lions (aka Cougar, Puma, Panther)
-what you can do do protect yourself from predators -- in the extremely rare even you encounter one
-Kyle Burgess, "The Cougar Guy," and his Mountain Lion encounter that went viral
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"Griff" Griffith joins us to discuss:
-his background and how he became interested in nature
-the flora, fauna, land, and First Peoples of Northern California
-how First Peoples influenced their local ecologies
-the importance of fire to some ecosystems
-Kyle Burgess, "The Cougar Guy," and his Mountain Lion encounter that went viral
-books Griff recommends
-the importance of predators to keep ecosystems healthy for humans
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In this episode, local Naturalist Rose Holmes joins us to discuss:
-her background and her interest in nature
-the Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve (KMP)
-what she and the other Naturalists do there
-what programs the KMP has
-what plants and animals are there

About Rose: "Rose Belzung Holmes developed a love and appreciation of nature through an upbringing in the Texas Hill Country, in the Twin Sisters area just south of Blanco, Texas. ...
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Biologist Fred Collins joins us to discuss:
-his background and his interest in nature
-Kleb Nature Preserve
-what he does at the Preserve
-Cypress Top Historic Park
-surprising local Houston-Galveston history
-programs that Kleb offers like a history book club, birding, and festivals
-ancient history of our area
-Native American history of our area
-early European history of our area
-and more.

Fred's bio: "Fred Collins is a life m...
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Dan joins us to discuss
-our nature as fission-fusion rational, social animals
-how that nature informs how we react to COVID
-how that nature has allowed us to survive through history
-what "fission-fusion" means
-human history in North America
-some history of human-animal interactions in North America
-human culture
-what science is
-the importance of "interdisciplinary" thinking
-the content of his forthcoming book “Wild...
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Level 3 CyberTracker certified tracker and author Janet Pesaturo joins us to discuss:
-her background
-her start in tracking
-why she loves tracking and using game cams
-what is involved in tracking and using game cams
-her book Camera Trapping Guide: Tracks, Sign, and Behavior of Eastern Wildlife
-Bobcat behavior and lifestyle
-Fisher behavior and lifestyle
-Bear tracking and making behavior
-animal nature, animal consciousness, human p...
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Today, Beau Harger, Level 3 CyberTracker Certified, joins us to discuss his background, tracking, what it is, what we get out of it, and why we love it.

About Beau: "Beau is a compounding pharmacist by day and an avid outdoorsman in his spare time. He learned the art of tracking from one of the few tracking specialists in the country. He has earned a Level 3 certification in “Track and Sign” thru the Cybertracker Evaluation sy...
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Mary Anne Piacentini, President, Katy Prairie Conservancy, joins us to discuss:
-her background
-the Katy Prairie Conservancy: what it does and what it has accomplished
-Houston flooding: what and why
-the Army Corps of Engineers Interim Report: what it says; what has been accepted and what has been rejected by it
-effective, cost-efficient, proven manageable ways to mitigate flooding
-what to consider other than “get rid of the water!...
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We discuss:
-Steven's background
-Interesting stories from Steven's archeology studies
-Wunderlich Farms and the Klein Historical Foundation: their history, what they are, and what they do
-Early history of our area: Native Americans and early European settlers

About Steven: Graduated from Texas Tech University in 1997 with a BA in Anthropology. After working as an archaeologist for a few years, I went back and got my Masters in...
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Today we are joined by Susan Chadwick, environmental advocate and Executive Director of Save Buffalo Bayou, and Bob Freitag, expert on hazard mitigation and floodplain management, to discuss
-Houston flooding
-the USACE Interim Report (2020) on trying to manage flooding by altering Buffalo Bayou and Cypress Creek
-floodplain management
-modern science vs. old thinking about streams and floodplains
-the nature of streams
-how streams int...
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Naturalist, educator, eco-therapist, and nature mentor Kimberly Beck joins us to discuss the value of nature and the outdoors to our health and well-being.

She can be reached at or email

About Kimberly:
"Kimberly's passion is facilitating relationship between people and nature, people and animals, and people and people. As a naturalist, humane educator, eco-therapi...
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