Helping a Rescue Dog Recover: Dr. Gary Weitzman of the San Diego Humane Society speaks to a Maryland woman who wants advice on how to increase her canine’s chances for a speedy recovery from a series of injuries.
Fledgling Frogs: David Blackburn, curator of herpetology at the California Academy of Sciences offers suggestions to a Oklahoma woman who wants to know how to protect local tree and leopard frog tadpoles.
Music: “Purus River” by Uakti. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker
Twenty years ago, a team of conservationists launched an ambitious conservation initiative in an effort to connect and protect a wide variety of species living in a 2,000 mile area stretching from Yellowstone National Park to the Canadian Yukon region. We speak to the leader of the massive undertaking, wildlife biologist Karsten Heuer.
Hearing Aids for Bats? Sandra Tsing Loh of The Loh Down on Science has the story of a recent discovery which suggests bats have developed a novel approach to “social calling.”
150 years ago the passenger pigeon was abundant in the U.S. but by 1914 its numbers had decreased to just one. Today, you can find that bird on display in a Washington D.C. museum. We learn more about the route to extinction for this famous specimen from WAMU 88-5 news reporter Lauren Ober.
Radioactive Wolves: Filmmaker Klaus Feichtenberger takes us behind the scenes of his PBS documentary that chronicles the unlikely story of wolves and other wildlife that are thriving in the area surrounding Ukraine’s Chernobyl power plant, the site of a catastrophic nuclear accident in 1986.
It’s been called the largest mortality event related to marine diseases ever seen. But now scientists are close to solving the mystery behind the massive die off of starfish in the Pacific Ocean. Ashley Ahearn of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s EarthFix project tells us more.
Science historian Laurel Braitman describes herself as someone who “spends a lot of time thinking about humans thinking about other animals thinking about us.” Dr. Braitman’s extensive study of and personal experiences with pets and wildlife has revealed a singular perspective on the subject of animals and mental illness. And her new book, "Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves" is a best seller. Braitman tells us how to identify psychological disorders in non-human species and she suggests several therapeutic options.
We know less about what’s in our oceans than we do about outer space; only about 5 percent of the ocean floor—and about a half a percent of the ocean itself—has been explored. Much of the knowledge we have about the pelagic universe can be found with oceanographer Sylvia Earle, affectionately known as “Her Deepness." Earle shares more than 60 years of unlocking the mysteries of the sea in a new documentary, Mission Blue. We have a preview of the film with a little help from Ms. Earle and celebrated director Robert Nixon.
Saving Chesapeake Oysters From Impending DOOM:The Chesapeake Bay is the largest oyster-producing body of water in the United States but the future for the bay’s ancient mollusks is dim; one estimate puts their population at less than 1 percent of historical levels. One of the suspected causes is a rapid depletion of oxygen, referred to as Dissolved Oxygen Oyster Mortality. The laboratory where researchers are working to understand the problem is known as The Room of DOOM. We sent WAMU reporter Jonathan Wilson to have a look at the groundbreaking science that takes place there.