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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

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

March 8, 2014

Pros and Cons: A young lady in Bethesda, Md., is thinking of adopting a tea cup pig (pictured) and wants to know if it’s a good or bad idea.

Ring Tone Risk Assessment: A Washington, D.C., family has a cat that turns aggressive upon hearing the sound of mobile phone ring tones, and there is concern that their newborn baby could be harmed by the pet's actions.

Preparing For a New Arrival: Dr. Gary Weitzman is joined by Laurie Hess of Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills, N.Y. They offer suggestions to a woman who thinks her parakeet is showing signs of pregnancy.

Music “Purus River” by Uakti; "The Coral Song" by A.J. Jenkins.

Wildman Whistle Blower

Wildman Whistle Blower

March 8, 2014

One of TV’s most popular animal shows is at the center of a of controversy stemming from an investigation that has produced some very serious accusations. We get details from James West, the Mother Jones news producer who first shed light on claims of abuse and neglect by the Animal Planet network, and producers of the program "Call of the Wildman."

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.”

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

March 8, 2014

Gland…Central? A Maryland woman wants to know if her lab mix’s glandular issues are caused by its diet.

Appetite for Destruction: Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society helps a Virginia woman redirect her black lab-mix’s penchant for chewing up the sofa cushions.

It’s a Mystery: Pete, a middle-aged male rescue cat in San Diego, has an unusual respiratory condition, and his caretaker seeks a veterinary solution.

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

High And Dry

High And Dry

March 8, 2014

The recent California drought is the worst the state has experienced in nearly a century. And experts are saying the dry spell could last for at least another year. Reporter Susan Murphy of KPBS in San Diego tells the story of the dry spell’s toll on dozens of the city’s avian species and what scientists are doing to reverse the trend.

Pet Fostering Get “Thumbs Up” From Uncle Sam: Thanks to a successful legal challenge, people who volunteer to foster pets for animal rescue organizations can receive tax deductions for their efforts. Jonathan Lovvern, chief counsel of The Humane Society of the United States sorts out the specifics for us. Music: “Madeira River” and “Cartiano Marra” by Uakti

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