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Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

March 29, 2014

Happy Together? A Virginia woman is having trouble integrating two new dogs into a household that already has two. She asks Dr. Gary Weitzman of the San Diego Humane Society for advice.

Hawk Intervention:What is the best thing to do when a Hawk attacks birds while they’re eating from bird feeders? Gwen Brewer, Science Program Manager for Maryland Department of Natural Resources offers a few suggestions.

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker

Serious Abuse Accusations Target Prominent Horse Trainer

Serious Abuse Accusations Target Prominent Horse Trainer

March 29, 2014

Last week the organization People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) released details of an undercover investigation that suggests a pattern of widespread animal abuse in the horse racing industry, including specific allegations against celebrated trainer Steve Asmussen. PETA’s Senior Vice President of Laboratory Investigations Kathy Guillermo describes the nature of the accusations and what happens next.

What Happens to Animals When They Hear Music? New research adds more noise to the discussion of whether animals have a complex appreciation of notes and tones. Tufts University professor Ani Patel, author of the study, joins us with details.

Music: “Madeira River” and “The Turning Point” by Uakti

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

March 22, 2014

Conflicting Behavior: A San Diego man seeks help decoding the actions of his dog, who growls when people pet him but displays a sudden reversal, as if to suggest he was enjoying the attention.

Therapy Dog Needs Therapy: A Washington, D.C. Westie that works in a library has developed an increasingly short temper. Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “The Swan” by Claude Debussy

Wild, but Not Free

Wild, but Not Free

March 22, 2014

The plight of wild horses in the American West has generated such an outpouring of public response that there are some who suggest the reaction rivals what happened during the Vietnam War. Filmmaker Sylvia Johnson set out to document the complex mix of conservation and controversy and the end result is her new documentary Roaming Wild. We spoke to Sylvia about the process of making the film and why she chose the subject.

The Last Lap? Greyhound racing is a 100 year old tradition that should be a thing of the past, says Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States.

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

March 22, 2014

Road Weary: Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society offers advice to the caretaker of a cocker spaniel that used to love car rides but after several accidents is now very fearful of highway travel.

Cockatiel Loneliness? A Washington, D.C. family wants to know how to tell if its bird needs companionship.

Up Close With Sandhill Cranes

Up Close With Sandhill Cranes

March 22, 2014

Every year as winter turns to spring, a small patch of land in central Nebraska becomes the most important migration rest stop for millions of birds, including 500,000 Sandhill Cranes. For decades, scientists around the world have focused on the movement and the activities of this distinctive species. Ariana Brocious of Nebraska’s N-E-T News reports on a new project to capture crane behavior.

Bird Collisions: Hundreds of millions of birds die in American cities every year and many of the deaths occur in a way that might surprise you. Producer Natalie Yuravlivker has a story that explains.

Music: “Madeira River” and “Bachianas Brasileiras” by Uakti

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

March 15, 2014

A Parrot’s Strange Affection: A woman in Maryland is concerned by her bird’s unusual relationship with a child’s stuffed animals. Sally Blanchard, parrot consultant and editor of the Companion Parrot Online Magazine, offers some perspective.

My Cat Only Drinks Water From the Faucet: A Washington, D.C., woman wants to break her feline’s stubborn habit. Music “Purus River” by Uakti; “Stray Cat Strut”

Project Parakeet Watch

Project Parakeet Watch

March 15, 2014

Dr. Emma Greig of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology tells us how average citizens can participate in a new study that seeks to explain the behavior of the Monk Parakeet, a South American species that is making its presence known in several of North America’s big cities. The bird has flown into the center a wildlife controversy because of the peculiar places it chooses for nests.

The Consequences of Keeping Parrots As Pets: They are among the world’s most popular companion animals, but there is discouraging evidence of serious problems resulting from keeping parrots as pets. And those who choose to do so may be contributing to a global wildlife crisis. Elizabeth Weinstein’s report examines this polarizing issue. Music:: “Maculele Marimba” by Uakti

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

March 15, 2014

High Anxiety: Dr. Gary Weitzman (pictured, left) of The San Diego Humane Society offers advice to a Maryland man with a stressed-out canine that is unresponsive to training classes.

Language Barrier? A Virginia woman is wondering why her newly-adopted, former Kosovo street dog isn’t responding to verbal commands.

Down to the Wire: A California feline has taken a fancy to chewing electrical wire, and her caretaker is at wit's end.

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker.

A Shark Swims Into The History Books

A Shark Swims Into the History Books

March 15, 2014

A Great White named Lydia is doing something no human has ever verified. But thanks to a unique satellite-tracking device, scientists are following the shark’s every move as she makes a transatlantic crossing, hopefully arriving in the waters of the U.K. within the next few weeks. Dr. Greg Skomal of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries is the leader of this extraordinary science project and he joins us with details.

An Endangered Fish Story With a Happy Ending: Recently the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made a big announcement that marks a significant milestone in wildlife conservation. Cassandra Profita of Oregon Public Radio’s EarthFix project tells the story of how an Oregon Minnow became the first fish to be removed from the Endangered Species List. Music: “Madeira River” and “The Turning Point” by Uakti