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
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
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.
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.
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
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”
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
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