April 10, 2022
In this episode, I chat with bestselling author and naturalist Doug Peacock, about his most recent book Was It Worth It? We talk about a range of things, from his storied career in grizzly conservation, to grizzly population trends and their issues with genetic isolation, problems with states managing their bear populations (Montana in particular), as well as his work as the founder of the non-profit Save the Yellowstone Grizzly, not to mention that he also has some incredible Edward Abbey stories!
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January 28, 2022
In this episode of the podcast, I chat with Kim Wheeler, the Executive Director of The Red Wolf Coalition. We speak about the last of the Red Wolves in existence, the struggle of getting people to not fear Red Wolves, and the dangers of her job as a wolf defender (she has been run off the road by another car, no kidding).
Quick note, I asked Kim a few very specific questions about Red Wolf population trends, releases, and mortality, and she directed me to U.S Fish and Wildlife's great new website on Red Wolves. To see releases over time, scroll halfway down to the Summary of releases section.
December 2, 2021
Rick Ridgeway could be one of the most incredible people I have spoken with.
He's the man The Rolling Stones called "the real Indiana Jones. He's the 2008 recipient of National Geographic’s “Lifetime Achievement in Adventure”. He's a lifelong adventurer, filmmaker of over 30 documentaries, has climbed virtually all of the world's highest peaks on all continents—including Everest. He had the third summit of K2, a climb more dangerous than Everest. He's the former VP of Public Engagement at Patagonia and author of six mountaineering classics, including most recently, his recent incredibly emotional, evocative, and incredibly inspiring memoir Life Lived Wild.
September 20, 2021
In this interview, I chat with Douglas Chadwick, renowned biologist and author of Four Fifths a Grizzly. We spoke about how all species are connected, incredible environmental success stories, and the simple way we can protect 40% of endangered animals.
To read the fascinating stories and see the incredible photos, Four Fifths a Grizzly: A New Perspective on Nature that Just Might Save Us All by Douglas Chadwick today.
June 15, 2021
Dr. Paul O'Donoghue returns in this episode to update me on the status of the Scottish wildcat, their population updates, and a new threat that has emerged.
March 22, 2021
In this episode of the podcast, I speak with Rachel Nuwer author of the incredible book Poached: Inside the Dark World of Wildlife Trafficking. We talk about the nuances behind elephant tusks, trophy hunting, and how well-intentioned people can negatively—and unwittingly—impact conservation efforts.
February 21, 2021
In this episode of the podcast, I speak with Sam Sutaria of The WaterBear Network, the first interactive streaming platform dedicated to the future of our planet. Sam is great, and really does a great job talking about WaterBear's mission and values, and how users can both watch amazing content and support related initiatives.
Some of my favorite videos on WaterBear:
November 16, 2020
"Part Indiana Jones, part Emily Dickinson", Sy has traveled around the world researching and writing stories on conservation and the natural world, including the tree kangaroos of Papua New Guinea, tigers in India, and orangutans in Indonesia.
We talk much about her book "The Soul of An Octopus", as well as her other books and her writing process, as well as the current state of the environment.
I would put Sy in the category of someone I never thought I'd interview, a staple in conservation writing for decades, and an inspiration to many aspiring conservationists, but she couldn't have been more gracious during the course of our conversation and was an incredible source of information, inspiration, and passion.
October 26, 2020
In this episode of the podcast, I speak with Leif Cocks of The Orangutan Project, and we talk about why more often than not highlands are protected for conservation areas and lowlands aren't, how orangutans are driven to extinction and we only have 10 years to protect them, and how people need to have both the heart and compassion as well as the knowledge and intelligence to create real meaningful change.
As always, please like, rate, and subscribe to the podcast, and to help Leif, head on over to Orangutan.org and see how you can become involved in Leif's incredible work.