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In this episode, Jill Utrup with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service talks about why it’s worthwhile to “leave your leaves” on yards and gardens this autumn to support the endangered rusty patched bumble bee and other overwintering pollinators.
Do you have an idea for improving the natural environment in your community? In this episode, we learn about how the University of Minnesota Extension's Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) may be able to help you make it happen.
In this episode, we talk with Extension Educator, Jeff Jackson, about Hybrid poplar, a fast-growing tree that might help us tackle climate change, pollution, and provide a feedstock for a variety of bioproducts.
In this episode, we talk with naturalist and photographer, Ryan Pennesi, about using camera traps to learn about and see the beauty of your natural surroundings.
In this episode, we speak with Julia Bohnen about Extension training to help you learn to lead and help in restoring habitat on degraded lands.
In this episode, we talk with James Wolfin from Metro Blooms about how we can design our yards, boulevards, and other home landscapes as pollinator habitats.
In this episode, Megan Weber and Pat Mulcahy from Extension talk about the upcoming Starry Trek event where you can help search for aquatic invasive species.
In this episode, we learn from Erik Hagen of the Savanna Institute about using agroforestry to restore oak savanna habitat.
In this episode, we learn from a new team member about her exciting new role with the Minnesota Master Naturalist Program.
In this episode, we learn from Dr. Caitlin Potter about the University of Minnesota's Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve.
In this episode, Dr. Lucy Fortson from the University of Minnesota talks about Zooniverse, a website where people can participate in citizen science.
In this episode, we learn from University of Minnesota Extension Forestry and Horticulture faculty about spring care for your trees, yards, and gardens.
In this episode, we learn about the University of Minnesota’s Bugs Below Zero research project to understand the lifecycle of tiny flies that are vital to the winter diet of trout in our Minnesota streams.
Learn about exploring nature in winter from Joe Walewski at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center.
Catch up on the Extension Master Naturalist volunteer program and 12 Weeks of Winter Activities while the weather is still wintery.
How has Extension programming impacted Minnesota's northern forest? In this episode, Mike Reichenbach from the University of Minnesota Extension reflects on his career in the region.
How did nature study influence our early public school systems, community spaces, and youth programs? In this episode, we learn from Sally Kohlstedt, University of Minnesota science historian, about her research on the early 20th-century nature study movement.
How can we see and act on relationships between systemic racism and our urban environments? In this episode, part two in our series, we learn from Kate Derickson about the University of Minnesota's CREATE Initiative.
How can you prepare your trees and yards for the coming winter (and a productive spring)? In this episode, we learn from the University of Minnesota Extension forestry educator, Gary Wyatt, about winter tree and perennial care.
How can we see and act on relationships between systemic racism and our urban environments? In part one of a two-episode series, we learn from Kevin Ehrman-Solberg about the University of Minnesota's Mapping Prejudice Project.
What's happening in the Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer program? And what's the big surprise? In this episode, we talk with Amy Rager about how the program is adapting during the pandemic.
What's happening at the state's museum of natural history? In this episode, we talk with Holly Menninger about working behind the scenes to create wonderful opportunities at the University of Minnesota's Bell Museum.
Are you interested in getting young people outdoors to learn about and practice science? In this episode, a team from the U of MN Extension and Raptor Lab talk about their efforts to help teachers and others use online learning tools to support outdoor investigations.
How is climate change likely to impact populations of fish, like walleye, or other aquatic organisms in our northern lakes? It turns out that answering this question is complex. In this episode, we learn from Dr. Gretchen Hansen from the U of MN about her fieldwork and mathematical modeling to untangle the complex relationships between climate, lake systems, and fish populations.
There are sponges in Minnesota waterways? They have lived in Minnesota for millennia? In this episode, we learn from Dr. Anthony Schroeder of the U of MN Crookston about his work with a team of researchers to find and describe these simplest of animals across Minnesota.
Which birds have a wolverine temperament? Which have beaks that can slice your finger if not careful? In this episode, we learn from John Loegering of the U of MN Crookston and Extension about his migratory bird monitoring efforts.
How does researching native pollinators involve bee rearing? Just in time for Pollinator Week, we learn from Elaine Evans of the U of MN Bee Lab and Extension about her research on Minnesota's native pollinators.
What is ecological farming and how does it involve naturalist skills? In this episode, we learn from Cindy Hale of Clover Valley Farms about her practice of natural history on a northern MN farm, as well as her education about phenology and wild edibles.
How much carbon can a tree capture in one summer? In this episode, we learn from Matt Russell, U of MN researcher and Extension Specialist, about the Carbon Capture Challenge that is working to answer these questions and others.
What happens to deer gut piles left in the field every year by Minnesota deer hunters? In this episode, we learn from Ellen Candler, U of MN researcher, about the Offal Wildlife Watching Project that is working to answer these questions and others.
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