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47 minutes | 13 hours ago
81: Barnacles w/ Elizabeth Mills!
Join Ellen and special guest Elizabeth Mills for a review of the often-overlooked ride-or-die friends of the sea, barnacles! Topics include (but are not limited to): barnacle reproductive anatomy, whale armor, zombie crab mechs, and whether or not geese are fruit.
68 minutes | 10 days ago
80: Sea Stars w/ Dr. Christopher Mah!
Join Ellen and Dr. Christopher Mah for a review of the mysterious, complicated, many-armed predators of the deep, sea stars! In this episode, we discuss why sea stars are so important in their ecosystems, their secret drama playing out in slow motion, and their captivatingly unfamiliar beauty.
45 minutes | 22 days ago
79: Reindeer (aka Caribou) w/ Olivia deBourcier!
Join Ellen and special guest Olivia deBourcier for a review of a festive icon, the reindeer (also known as caribou)! In this episode, we talk about what makes reindeer so lovable (spoiler alert: so many things), what it's like to work with them, and the challenges they're facing in their native habitats.
51 minutes | a month ago
78: Ants w/ Aaron Fairweather!
Join Ellen and special guest Aaron Fairweather for a review of the industrious, conniving, world-conquering ants! In this episode, we discuss what makes ants so successful, the theatrical levels of drama going on under our feet every day, and as a special treat, a free idea for a D&D character.
53 minutes | a month ago
77: Orb Weavers & Wolf Spiders w/ Madison Bush!
Join Ellen & special guest Madison Bush for a review of a couple of very leggy friends, orb weavers & wolf spiders! In this episode we discuss the World Wide Web, moustaches made out of eyes, and buff Tom Holland.
47 minutes | 2 months ago
76: Olympic Torrent Salamander w/ Travis Kurtz!
Join Ellen and special guest Travis Kurtz for a review of Washington's very own Olympic torrent salamander! In this episode, we go over what makes salamanders so charming, the mysteries that make this little one so special, and what it's like to study them.
39 minutes | 3 months ago
75: Coquerel's Sifaka w/ Keriann McGoogan!
Join Ellen and special guest Keriann McGoogan for a review of Coquerel's sifaka! In this episode, we chat about what makes sifakas so special as well as what it's like to work with and study them in the wild in Madagascar. This episode was made in collaboration with the Lemur Conservation Network for the World Lemur Festival. You can celebrate World Lemur Day on Friday, October 30! https://www.lemurconservationnetwork.org/world-lemur-day/
58 minutes | 3 months ago
74: Scalloped Hammerhead w/ Ryan Hegseth!
Join Ellen and special guest Ryan Hegseth for a review of the scalloped hammerhead! In this episode, we review what makes this hammerhead shark so successful and charming in addition to some slight detours along the way, visiting topics like octopus hickeys, learning to fight fear with education, and Shark Week.
48 minutes | 3 months ago
73: Hagfish & Secretary Bird
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode Ellen untangles the slimebeast of the ocean floor, the hagfish, and Christian kicks it up a notch with the relentlessly stylish secretary bird.
52 minutes | 3 months ago
72: Coyotes w/ Jazmin Murphy!
Join Ellen & special guest Jazmin Murphy (AKA Sunny) for a review of the iconic coyote! In this episode, we discuss how coyotes have adapted to thrive in a wide variety of environments and what makes them so delightfully special.
42 minutes | 4 months ago
71: Dominican Anole w/ Chelsea Connor!
Join Ellen and special guest Chelsea Connor for a review of the Dominican anole! In this episode we talk dewlaps, eyespots, and what it's like to work with these little lizards with big attitudes. Photo: Chelsea Connor
49 minutes | 4 months ago
70: American Bison & Giraffe-Necked Weevil
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Christian charges in with the American bison and Ellen explains the quirky appearance and lifestyle of the giraffe-necked weevil.
49 minutes | 4 months ago
69: Gopher Tortoise w/ Tori Wingerter!
Join Ellen and special guest Tori Wingerter for a review of Florida's very own dinosaur burger, the gopher tortoise! We dig in to what makes these mini tanks so special and delightful, and why they're so important to their ecosystems.
57 minutes | 4 months ago
68: Pigeon & Banded Sea Krait
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen brings it home with the common pigeon & Christian explains what makes the sea krait a real spicy noodle.
47 minutes | 4 months ago
67: Sawfish w/ Jasmin Graham!
Join Ellen and special guest Jasmin Graham for a review of the most dangerous snoot in the water, the sawfish! In this episode we discuss what's up with that wild saw on their face, what makes them such impressive predators, how they're affected by human activity, and what we can do to help.
51 minutes | 5 months ago
66: Pika & North American Giant Millipede
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Christian takes us on a tour of the pika's digestive system & Ellen shows some love to the North American giant millipede and its role as an unsung ecological hero. (Heads up: this episode mentions poop a lot.)
50 minutes | 5 months ago
65: Peregrine Falcon w/ Jason Ward!
Join Ellen and special guest Jason Ward for a review of the Sky Lamborghini, the peregrine falcon! In this episode we cover the original Falcon Punch & the amazing features that allow these birds to dominate the skies.
57 minutes | 5 months ago
64: Emu & Whale Shark
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Ellen explains why emus don't bother flying and Christian dives into the mysterious world of the cryptic whale shark.
54 minutes | 5 months ago
63: Waterfall Climbing Gobies w/ Kelly Diamond!
Join Ellen and special guest Kelly Diamond for a review of Hawaii's peculiar and charming waterfall climbing gobies, o'opu nopili! In this episode we talk about the unique adaptations that these gobies have developed to allow them to overcome some impressive obstacles, as well as the adaptations the scientists had to develop to overcome some unexpected challenges in studying these unique fish!
59 minutes | 6 months ago
62: Golden Mole & Red-Bellied Piranha
Join the Weatherfords for a weekly animal review! In this week's episode, Christian gives us the lowdown on a shimmering jelly bean, the golden mole, and Ellen sets the record straight on piranhas. Photos: Galen Rathbun (golden mole), Gregory Moine (red-bellied piranha)
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