All posts in Birds, Fish & Reptiles

Dr. Matt Johnson, professor at Humboldt State University, overseeing study involving using owls versus rodenticides

Dr. Matt Johnson—a professor at Humboldt State University, in the school’s Department of Wildlife, who’s overseeing an extended research study gauging the effectiveness of using owls, versus rodenticides, to remove rodents from nearby Napa Valley vineyards—provides an overview of Humboldt State, the focus of work undertaken in the campus’s Department of Wildlife, and some of the other research he’s conducted in his nearly 20 years at the college. Read more…

Mary Keith, an organizer of the Florida Birding and Nature Festival

Mary Keith—the field trip coordinator for the Florida Birding and Nature Festival, taking place Oct 15-17, based at the Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach, Florida—recalls first becoming enchanted with birding decades ago, as the daughter of botanists, growing up in rural Pennsylvania. Read more…

David Crawford, co-founder and executive director of Animal Help Now

David Crawford—co-founder and executive director of Animal Help Now, a Boulder, Colorado-based national organization considered the 911 of wildlife emergencies, a somewhat glib, though not inaccurate, description—observes that he didn’t have a particularly profound bond with animals as a kid, but developed that connection as a young man. Read more…

Kris Porter, founder of Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife

Kris Porter–founder of Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife, an Odessa, FL-based rescue and rehabilitation organization that tends to sick, injured, or orphaned wild birds, wild mammals, reptiles, and more, across some 11 Florida counties—describes how caring for animals is a running theme of her life, dating back to being 8 years old, even though her Mom wasn’t at all pro-animal. Read more…

Callers As Guests

Periodically, I table the chief component of the “Talking Animals” format—a long form interview with a single guest—to offer a debate or some other multi-guest panel discussion. Read more…