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Overwintering Birds

In this episode, we learn from John Loegering, University of Minnesota Extension Wildlife Specialist, about how birds survive and thrive in cold Minnesota winters.

Teaching & Talking about Controversial Issues

Environmental issues can be complex and controversial. In this episode, Extension Educator, Andrea Lorek Strauss, shares her experience and suggestions for teaching and talking with others about such controversial issues.

Leave your Leaves for Pollinators

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.

Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships

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.

Hybrid Poplar and the New Bioeconomy

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.

Camera Trap Photography

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.

Extension Ecological Restoration Training

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.

Metro Blooms

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.

Get Involved in Starry Trek!

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.

Savanna Institute

In this episode, we learn from Erik Hagen of the Savanna Institute about using agroforestry to restore oak savanna habitat.

A New Addition to the Minnesota Master Naturalist Program

In this episode, we learn from a new team member about her exciting new role with the Minnesota Master Naturalist Program.

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Reserve

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.

Spring Tree, Yard, & Garden Care

In this episode, we learn from University of Minnesota Extension Forestry and Horticulture faculty about spring care for your trees, yards, and gardens.

Bugs Below Zero

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.

Exploring Winter

Learn about exploring nature in winter from Joe Walewski at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center.

12 Weeks of Winter

Catch up on the Extension Master Naturalist volunteer program and 12 Weeks of Winter Activities while the weather is still wintery.

An Extension Forester's Perspective

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.

Historian's Perspective on Outdoor Science Learning

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.

CREATE Initiative

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.

Winter Tree Care Tips

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.

Mapping Prejudice

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.

Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Program Update

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.

Bell Museum Behind the Scenes

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.

Supporting Outdoor Investigations

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.

Untangling Relationships between Climate, Lakes, and Aquatic Animal Populations

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.

Finding & Describing Native Sponges in MN

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.

Migratory Bird Monitoring

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.

Native Pollinator Research

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.

Phenology, Wild Edibles, and Ecological Farming

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.

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