The Nagging Naturalist

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In this lengthy episode we wrap up our discussions about the Virginia opossum as we walk through their environmental, social, and economic benefits as well as ways to help reduce our impact on their populations. You can follow Jessica on Instagram (Jessinthewild) & Twitter (@College_FIIT). You can also follow the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center on Facebook, Instagram (BlueRidgeWildlifeCtr), and Twitter (@BRWildlifeCtr).
This month, we're talking about animals that commonly find themselves in wildlife rehabilitation centers, and I chatted with Jessica Andersen about the Virginia opossum, the only marsupial found in the U.S. and Canada. Learn about these quirky critters and their marsupial Space Portal Vaginas™ (A. Hilborn, 2019). This episode is split into 2, so there will be another episode this Friday. You can follow Jessica on Instagram (Jessinthewild) & Twitter (@College_FIIT). You can also follow the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center on Facebook, Instagram (BlueRidgeWildlifeCtr), and Twitter (@BRWildlifeCtr).
Sorry for missing last week's episode. Hopefully this week's longer than usual episode helps make up for it. I'm joined by Benjamin Lancer, who studies dragonflies, in particular a specialized neuron in their brains. We discuss some of the cool and surprising adaptations dragonflies have. This episode includes a bonus segment, the TTRPG Naturalist, where we look at what advantages dragonfly adaptations have for character traits, spells, and blessings.
I want to start off by thanking everyone who wished me well while I was struggling with COVID. I really appreciated it! This week, Barry and I discuss the Splendid fairywren, Malurus splendens, a striking blue bird endemic to Australia. This episode includes a bonus segment, Family Fauna, where we talk about some of the distinguishing features of birds that share the Splendid fairywren's genus. 
This month's episode was a huge departure from the usual in large part due to me having COVID and struggling to record. Barry stepped in this month and helped me with this new episode about the cutest mammal you probably haven't heard of, the Dibbler! February will be highlighting the Esperance mallee region of Australia where these rare marsupials can be found.
Sorry for the belated update. I may or may not be battling COVID right now. If I do develop full blown symptoms, this may affect my February schedule. For now, enjoy the final species of the month, the Pacific sanddab! I am once again joined by my partner Barry to learn about this sandy seafloor flatfish and the adaptations that have helped it thrive in an unwelcoming habitat.
The second part of my discussion about Broadnose sevengill sharks with Meghan Holst is up! We talk about the environmental, social, and economic value of these sharks as well as their conservation. I was surprised to see how often we brought up salmon during these 2 episodes, but to be fair, they are an incredibly beneficial species that have a huge impact on so many habitats. Be sure to check out Meghan on Instagram and Twitter, @megholst and follow her awesome work and see all her wonderful wildlife pictures.
As we continue with our theme of sandy seafloor species along the Monterey Bay continental shelf, we're taking a look at one of the top predators in this habitat: the Broadnose sevengill shark. Join Meghan and I as we talk about this freckled cow shark! How many babies does this 3 meter shark have? What might a recent discovery mean for researchers in understanding of their population dynamics? Tune in and find out! Be sure to check out Meghan on Instagram and Twitter, @megholst and follow her awesome work and see all her wonderful wildlife pictures.
This week, my partner Barry joins me to learn about Pacific sand dollars! What is the currency exchange between a Sand dollar and a Sand euro? We don't know, but if you want to learn about the natural history of Pacific sand dollars and some of their ecological, social, and economic values, then you've come to the right podcast!
I'm back with the first episode of 2021! This month is all about the sandy seafloor of the Monterey Bay continental shelf in central California and the first species I am covering is the Red octopus.
Sorry for the rough audio quality. They are literally doing construction on the house across from mine and the ambient noise is the worst. In this final episode for the year, Symone Barkley comes on to discuss her experiences growing up, her time studying sharks in school, how she's working towards becoming more sustainable, and sharing her message with the next generation. Despite everything that is going on in the U.S. right now, she manages to focus on the positive side of educating future environmental stewards in Baltimore and I think it is an important takeaway during such uncertain times. Also, enjoy the two of us hyping up Baltimore, a city with a strong community that is working towards a better future despite the challenges it faces. Symone is on Twitter and Instagram as @ScientistSymone, and you can check out a lot of the awesome interviews she has done elsewhere, like MISS's ElasmoWeek, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9r3AVZ_QRY8
In this 3rd and final installment of my discussion with Tea about Dungeons and Dragons spiders, we talk about giant wolf spiders, how having giant spiders can impact human culture and economies, and Tea crushes my dreams for a princess spider. You can find Tea Francis on Twitter under the handle @tea_francis and on Instagram at @scienTEAficc. There you will see many of her spider pictures, including species that were discussed during the episode.
In part 2 of 3, Tea and I discuss the Giant spider of Dungeons and Dragons, and I learn about an aesthetic I didn't know I needed: giant spider molts strewn throughout forests, overgrown with mosses and lichen. Also, learn why the "spider lair festooned with corpses" trope isn't a thing. You can find Tea Francis on Twitter under the handle @tea_francis and on  Instagram at @scienTEAficc. There you will see many of her spider  pictures, including species that were discussed during the episode.
In this part 1 of 3 episode, I talk with Tea Francis about the generic spider profile provided by Dungeons and Dragons. We go over the stats and discuss what spiders might match these stats and look at ways that the stats could be changed to better reflect a broader range of spiders. It is a long episode, possibly my longest one yet, but the next 2 parts will be much shorter. You can find Tea Francis on Twitter under the handle @tea_francis and on Instagram at @scienTEAficc. There you will see many of her spider pictures, including species that were discussed during the episode.
In this week's Arachtober episode, I talk with Dr. Catherine Scott about her years of experience with spiders and many of the misconceptions surrounding these animals. We talk Black widow races, the misidentification of Brown recluses, and how modern media often misrepresents spiders. I think people may be surprised by what they learn. What happened to the family that lived with thousands of Brown recluses in their home? What happened to the two research assistants who were bit by Wandering spiders? Why was a young Honduran boy unphased by the spider bite he received? Listen and find out! You can find Dr. Scott on Twitter, @Cataranea, and the account she helps run with other entomologists, @RecluseOrNot. She also has a wonderful blog that is all about educating people about spiders, SpiderBytes.org.
For this week's Arachtober episode, I spoke with the delightful Dr. Sebastian Alejandro Echeverri, who if you don't know, is incredibly passionate about spiders and other arachnids. He discusses his professional and personal experiences with spiders, his artistic activism that was inspired by spiders, and even a Spiderverse OC he created based off of a group of spiders whose adaptations resemble a more ancient spider lineage. You can find Dr. Echeverri on Twitter (@spiderdayNight), Instagram (@spiderdaynightlive), Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG3xj7RS3_rKUOhF43mVMUA), and his website, spiderdaynightlive.com
In this week's Arachtober episode, I spoke with the wonderful Dr. Symone Alexander about the work she did studying a uniquely adapted group of spiders who have taken the term "web-slinger" to a whole new level. Spiderman should take notes. She discusses her background, how she came to study these spiders, her time in the Peruvian rainforest, and some takeaways for people who might be interested in the work she was doing.
Sorry this went up a bit late. Those of you who follow me on Twitter may have seen that I am dealing with the recent passing of a family member from COVID-19. Please wear a mask, social distance, and wash your hands. Anyway, it is Arachtober, so this month is all about arachnids, which in this episode, you'll learn isn't just spiders! All month long, I will be celebrating arachnid diversity and talking with experts about these amazing animals. In this episode, we start with the basics, what makes an arachnid--well, an arachnid?
Here is the second part of the takeover with more laughs and discussions of Chelsea and Karl's experiences with racism. While the episode looks super long (and it kind of is), part of that is the last 17 minutes is some bonus content of us discussing cats. The take away from this episode is people should check their biases, privileges, and attitude before engaging in order to avoid the pitfalls of reinforcing racist behaviors or gatekeeping science from others. There may or may not be a follow-up episode in the future with Chelsea and Karl where they listen to me watching Snakes on a Plane for the first time because I've never watched it. We'll see what the future holds. You can follow Chelsea on Twitter, @ChelseaHerps as well as on Instagram as @outtochelsea, and she has a Redbubble under Chelsea Herps where you can buy her cute anole stickers as well as a Patreon under Chelsea Arts to support her work. Karl is also on Twitter and Instagram as @Afrosuchia, just look for the crocodilian profile picture.
Buckle up because this week's NSFW takeover features Chelsea Connor, the Anole Queen, and she invited fellow herpetologist Karl Guyton to join her on this takeover. This takeover is a mix of casual conversations about wildlife, personal lives, and some serious conversations about issues surrounding race. There is also a special guest appearance by Roti, Chelsea's wonderful black cat. Pt.2 will be published this Friday. You can follow Chelsea on Twitter, @ChelseaHerps as well as on Instagram as @outtochelsea, and she has a Redbubble where you can buy her cute anole stickers as well as on Patreon to support her work. Karl is also on Twitter and Instagram as @Afrosuchia, just look for the crocodilian profile picture.
This week's September takeover comes from Jasmin Graham who, despite constant obstacles and neigh-sayers, spent her whole life working towards a career in marine sciences (as well as a few other passions). She discusses growing up and her discovery of her love for ocean life, her time in school juggling multiple extracurriculars while coping with societal pressure to just pick one, and her trials in college of people telling her not to pigeonhole herself and trying to find paid opportunities. Eventually, her determination and ambition pay off with a dream job and research opportunity that help her feel fulfilled after years of hard work. She also talks about MISS (which I kept calling MIZZ for some odd reason), which she co-founded with three other shark scientists to help promote minorities in shark sciences and give those studying to become shark scientists opportunities to gain valuable experience. You can learn more about them on their website, https://www.misselasmo.org/ and you can find MISS on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. You can find Jasmin on Twitter, @Elasmo_Gal, as well as the other ladies of MISS: Carlee @CarleeMJ_, Amani @Curly_Biologist, and Jaida @soFISHtication
In part two of her takeover, Rhiannon Kirton continues her discussion of the neglected history of Black people in outdoor spaces. Learn more about the Yeehaw agenda and how absolutely done Rhiannon is with the monolithic stereotypes of Black people. Check Rhiannon out on Twitter under  @Rhiannon_Kirton and Instagram under @rhi_kirton, and also check out  Black Mammalogist Week on Twitter and Instagram. You can also learn about her work as a cervidologist (deer scientist) on the Ologies podcast.
As the September Takeovers continue, Rhiannon Kirton discusses the neglected history of Black cowboys, ranchers, hunters, and trappers in North America, and discusses her own experiences with the erasures of Black people in outdoor spaces and how we can break the narrative to be more inclusive. This episode is technically not safe for work due to a swear word being dropped, but most of the episode is clean. Part 2 will be published this Friday! Check Rhiannon out on Twitter under @Rhiannon_Kirton and Instagram under @rhi_kirton, and also check out Black Mammalogist Week on Twitter and Instagram. You can also learn about her work as a cervidologist (deer scientist) on the Ologies podcast.
The September Takeover begins! Danielle Belleny, the eco goth cemetery birder, teaches me about the history of cemeteries as natural spaces, explains the benefits of respectfully birding in cemeteries (especially during the pandemic), and discusses the amazing work being done to lift up and promote Black scientists on social media. Check her out on Twitter and Instagram under @bellzisbirding P.S. I apologize for the audio quality. There were sirens going off outside my home, so I tried moving to a different space to record and it was a mistake. I hope ya'll still enjoy Danielle's wonderful stories and expertise! I learned so much from her and I'm itching to visit a cemetery.
Warning: I was extremely tired during this episode (Thank you, schoolwork) and completely mispronounce the hoatzin's name (pronounced watt-zin) throughout the entire episode. Apologies. In this week's episode, I look at how the Gallus birdfolk archetype from Humblewood can be altered to create a playable hoatzin character for people who want to play as one.
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Podcast Details

Created by
The Nagging Naturalist
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Mar 27th, 2020
Latest Episode
Mar 5th, 2021
Release Period
Weekly
Episodes
49
Avg. Episode Length
42 minutes
Explicit
No
Order
Episodic
Language
English
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