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Our Wild World
63 minutes | 2 months ago
The Missing Links with Brian Czech, CASSE
Despite the incredible successes in conservation, overall, something isn’t working. We are losing ground. What are the missing links? Delving deeply into this question, we keep butting up against the fundamental conflicts between economic growth and wildlife conservation. With my guest Brian Czech, we tackle this subject head-on., Brian documented the causes of species endangerment for US Fish and Wildlife Services only to have his findings squelched as a taboo subject in any conversation in government where politicians and officials are committed to growth as a policy goal, but also in NGOs and conservation groups. Brian retired from USFW and founded the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE) and published a candid and open letter, “Farewell to FWS – Goodbye to Gag Orders” In today's full world economy” we must instill the public economic policy makers toward a full tilt transition from unsustainable growth to a steady state economy. Rebroadcast from 2018
55 minutes | 3 months ago
A Wild Idea- A look back at where we started
A Wild Idea: It is easy to think that conservation is something going on in places so far away and exotic that it seems unimaginable that one person could have any significant impact on the greater outcome of a child, a community or even an entire species. This is an encore of our very first episode, the goal to help folks understand and learn about the big picture of what is involved in making conservation happen, and provide a platform to engage listeners to speak up about what is important to you, and how individuals can get involved in making a difference for your life and our future as a whole through a variety of conservation challenges such as climate change, poverty and disease, along with practical tips that you can implement at home in living with and enjoying the wildlife in your back yard. We want you to participate in Our Wild World. Since 2012 this podcast has provided expert outlooks of where we've been, and where we need to be, as we enter into this new year of 2021
57 minutes | 4 months ago
Encore Game Changer with Glen Martin
Are conserving wildlife and protecting animals the same thing? Award winning environmental reporter, Glen Martin, guides us as this question applies to Africa's mega fauna. Conservation planning of large landscapes and species survival includes the cascades of biodiversity that depend upon them. Animal rights, animal activists, and animal welfare consider each individual life as critical, and that none should die because of us. Animal rights restrictions present a challenging paradox for making long-term species survival and large landscape conservation, workable. Through one-on-one conversations with legendary figures throughout Africa’s game management history in wildlife rich range states from E Africa to S.West Africa, Glen's book “Game Changer” originally aired here in 2014 vividly demonstrates, even 6 years on, how our world's last great populations of wildlife are hostages in the battle between those who love them, those who kill them and those who want to save them.
68 minutes | 4 months ago
Encore Bostwana Predator Conservation Trust with John and Leslie McNutt
Botswana Predator Conservation Trust is one of the longest running conservation research projects in Africa, and one of a handful of its caliber worldwide. Founded in 1989 as the Botswana Wild Dog Research Project, today it covers all the large carnivore species in Botswana. The goal of BPCT is to preserve Africa's large predators-African wild dog, cheetah, leopard, lion and spotted hyena-and their habitats by using scientific inquiry to better understand the behaviors and communication systems of these animals. Strengthening the links between conservation and environmental issues to decision-making processes - the Government of Botswana acknowledges that appropriate and necessary resource management must have accurate information about its natural resources, and has entrusted BPCT with the task of leading northern Botswana’s conservation and research initiatives on all large carnivores and their associated habitats.
60 minutes | 5 months ago
Who Owns The Wildlife with John Laundré
With cougar biologist John Laundré, today we discuss the matter of who owns wildlife. More and more we must consider the public costs of wildlife mismanagement in the United States, with increasing conflicts and polarization between hunting and anti-hunting, animal rights and animal welfare groups. From hunting groups invoking the European mindset of colonizers they contend the right to hunt is undeniable and essential to sound management of wildlife. Anti-hunting groups contend the ‘need’ to kill wildlife is unjustified and barbaric. However, the vast majority of citizens- wildlife watchers- are without influence and left completely out of the management decision making processes. As a result, the financial interests in ‘game species’ have disproportionate influence on our bureaucratic decisions, with severe consequences that fail to consider the public good and the intrinsic value of all wildlife, non-game species and the critical role of predators in our landscapes and ecosystems.
59 minutes | 5 months ago
Path of the Puma with Jim Williams
During a time when most wild animals are experiencing decline in the face of development and climate change, the intrepid mountain lion—also known as a puma, a cougar, “ghost cat,” and by many other names—has experienced reinvigoration as well as expansion of territory. In Path of the Puma: The Remarkable Resilience of the Mountain Lion (Patagonia Books, October 9, 2018), wildlife biologist Jim Williams celebrates wildlife research and conservation of ghost cats from Canada’s southern Yukon Territory to Tierra del Fuego in Argentina and Chile, exploring what makes this cat, the fourth carnivore in the food chain—just ahead of humans—so resilient and resourceful. Williams writes, “They are beating the odds, and their success provides a remarkable opportunity for wild nature to regain a toehold and to shape possibilities for the persistence of natural systems. They are hope for those of us who believe our future will depend, in large part, on finding the wild.”
55 minutes | 5 months ago
Wolves and the West with Mike Phillips
As Coloradans face this 2020 election, we must consider the role of wolves in our western states. My guest Mike Phillips is one of the world?s foremost experts on why wolf restoration is critical to balancing western ecosystems and the reality of co-existing with wolves is far from the perpetuated livestock industry?s fear-based myths. At issue is diffusing the grossly misunderstood myths of people, livestock and wolves co-existing, that this challenge can and has been mitigated with a variety of reasonable measures. The Rocky Mountain Wolf Project seeks to re-establish wolves in Western Colorado, creating a connectivity corridor for North American wolf population all the way from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan through Canada and Alaska, and down the Rocky Mountains into Mexico. It would be difficult to overestimate the biological and conservation value of this achievement and benefits in habitat restoration.
57 minutes | 6 months ago
Wolfer with Carter Niemeyer
Both reviled and loved, our history with the wolf is complex and emotional and the stuff of legends. Today, we have an opportunity to learn from one of the most knowledgeable wolf biologists around, Carter Niemeyer, author of “Wolfer” which should be prerequisite reading for everyone involved in the back and forth of the wolf debate! We’ll get into the politics and policies that surround wolf management to human interaction and conflict, to public perceptions vs. those of ranchers and the vested interests of those who want to see all wolves dead. From our earliest history to now we continue to wage war against the wolf, and it ‘s taken more than 100 years for science to catch up to understand the ecological cascade of consequences in the wake of their absence and what their presence means for our future- the wolf issue a parable and a symbol of the very soul of wildness. Rebroadcast from 2014.
60 minutes | 6 months ago
The Revelator with John R. Platt
Wild, Incisive, Fearless, the Revelator. With John Platt, editor of the independent online environmental news and ideas initiative of the Center for Biological Diversity, we delve into and question some of the top conservation headlines: From the Extinction Countdown, to ways to ward off despair, to the state of our world and the positive trends in science conservation communication. The Revelator is an incredibly rich online resource for the public turn to learn what the critical issues are today, from the ongoing challenges of the pandemic to meaningful actions we can take every day, from wherever we are, to do something whenever we can, and that social networking allows for meaningful conversations and activism vs. clickavism. This encore is relevant for today's challenges in staving off despair while we remain safer at home and headlines are hijacked by so much we cannot control. Today we provide a wide base of other news to remind us there is a whole wild wide world out there.
57 minutes | 6 months ago
Wild DaZe the Movie, with Phyllis Stuart and Andrea Crosta
It Doesn’t Challenge You, It Can’t Change You. This fast-paced and richly stitched documentary, employing mesmerizing visuals driven by Keith David’s commanding narration, and fueled by dozens of engaging experts. Five years in the making and filmed across 9 countries, the feature-length documentary depicts the dire threats facing African wildlife. Survival hangs in the balance. This powerful cinematic call to action demonstrates the dire challenges facing species who depend on biodiversity, including our own. Through interviews with dozens of conservation experts ranging from Dr. Jane Goodall, to wildlife trophy hunters, filmmaker and director Phyllis Stuart, Co-Produced by Eli Weiss, Wild DaZe explores the relationship between international crime cartels, colluding government officials, animal poaching, the illegal ivory trade, cattle barons and human beings, as she examines how rampant corruption complicates the fight to save species nearing extinction. Tickets on sale Now!
57 minutes | 7 months ago
Encore WHO LIVES, WHO DIES, AND WHY: COMPASSIONATE CONSERVATION TO THE RESCUE
With special guest Professor Emeritus Marc Bekoff, we will discuss that increasing our compassionate footprint will improve our overall relationship to animals and our earth, thus also improve conservation outcomes. As our species causes deep and enduring pain all over our amazing planet, there is growing evidence that we need to ask ourselves how other animals feel about the loss of their homes. Solid science now tells us they suffer as we do without a safe and peaceful place to live, thrive, and survive. Compassionate conservation is concerned with the humane treatment and welfare of animals within the framework of traditional conservation biology, finding a way through polarization between those interested in animal protection and those interested in conservation. Compassion for animals should be fundamental for conservation as poor conservation outcomes are often consistent with the mistreatment of animals.
56 minutes | 7 months ago
Encore Let's Get Science Out of the Lab Into The Communities with Dr. Kathy Alexander
Transferring data and knowledge gained through research into a journal that sits on a shelf won’t carry us through to creating the interdisciplinary and collaborative results we in the real world- from research and science in the field and the lab into the hands and households of the communities where it is needed to best take advantage of all dimensions and perspectives for an inclusive understanding and creative solutions of the challenges that real people and real communities face on a daily basis, at the crossroads of human, wildlife and environmental needs of tomorrow. This is the goal of Dr. Kathy Alexander PhD, Professor at Virginia Tech, Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation at the College of Natural Resources and co-founder of the CARACAL Biodiversity Center of the Chobe Research Institute in Botswana: amplifying partnerships and integrated systems benefits that will provide tomorrow’s solutions today.
53 minutes | 8 months ago
In the eons of time immemorial, life has eked out an existence from the fundamental ingredients of Planet Earth and its unique essences, our nature, our wildlife and .. us. In the few short centuries of Modern Man, earth processes have shifted in orders of magnitude, and so have ours. Whether you agree or not as to humanity’s role in these shifts is almost moot, for the point is that things have changed. That’s life, right? Life is a series of societal, cultural and personal shifts, a constant state of transition with big mile marker posts along the way. In this rebroadcast from 2015 the medley of thoughts and questions about our role on earth, who we are vs. who we can be, resonate with the world we are facing today. as well as some of the ridiculousness that we sell ourselves as solutions as we navigate these challenges. Have we, and are we, positioning ourselves in the best possible pathways for survival of earth and humankind?
56 minutes | 9 months ago
The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same
Over the many episodes of Our Wild World, we’ve shared the wonder of wildlife and wilderness through a variety of perspectives from scientific, to solutions based, to a naturalist view, from that which brings about collapse to that which reimagines ourselves and thus our world, and all the myriad beings and life-forms with whom we share multitudinous relationships and the natural laws that sustain our vitally. In today’s rebroadcast from 2016, we find ourselves eerily facing many of the same issues and challenges that we could not have imagined just four years ago. In this episode I provided selected readings from favorite authors illustrative of the every-day spectacular happenings that surround, envelope and knit together the magnificence that is life, and the transformative role and influence we humans have had, and in that, how we can transform our future out of these desperate times.
58 minutes | 9 months ago
Why Wildlife Laws Matter with Dr. Peter Li
The dangers of global wildlife trafficking have made global headlines. From an obscure wildlife wet market in Wuhan China, a frightening message jumped from the wild and right into a global pandemic crisis: COVID-19, a new zoonotic virus highly contagious to humans.My guest Dr. Peter Li specializes in Northeast Asian security, U.S.-China relations; China’s environmental governance and animal welfare politics of the People’s Republic of China. Dr Li’s decades of work highlight the direct relationship between income, social status and the importance of meat consumption to the Chinese consumer. China has become the world’s largest animal farming nation- from captive bred wildlife farms to large scale breeding of pork, beef and chicken. The message is clear: burgeoning human populations intersecting with wildlife in novel ways requires globally enforced environmental and wildlife protection laws. Nature has secrets, and we are not prepared to lift the lid on her zoonotic pandora’s box.
59 minutes | 9 months ago
The Changing Paradigm of Human to Non-Human Relationships
With Special Guest Philip Tedeschi , Clinical Professor, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver. We’ll explore the changing paradigm of recognizing incorporating the bond and relationships between people and non-human beings and and the implications for animal abuse to public health and human security. Our relationships with animals has become an enduring feature in so many families, homes, and communities. For centuries, the importance of animals in people’s lives has been recognized beneficial effect that animals have on human health, well being, and motivation- across age, race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and life condition. Images of animals appear in literature of all kinds art, celebrations, dreams, fables, folklore, language, medicine, music, religion, work, and recreation. Animals are found in nearly every aspect of life.
57 minutes | 9 months ago
Trading What's Left of Life- Nick Lynch and Tim Gorski
Current data tells us our world has slid past far tipping points of no return. Viable populations of wildlife across the board are disappearing. Our human response for sustainable development and environmental goals are not compatible nor conducive to the continuance of ecosystem earth. We need intensive multilayered actions for creative solutions, options and alternatives. Today’s rebroadcast provides necessary background to remind us of critical changes that have happened in just 6 years, and the disastrous effects we see now. My guests Nick Lynch and Tim Gorski, two of WildiZe Observers to CITES reporting direct from Johannesburg in 2016. Here we are in 2020, in the midst of catastrophic climate changes, a pandemic of a virus transferred to humans from wildlife, and political machinations that remove underpinnings of environmental protections. New CITES CoP18 regulations were supposedly responses to these crises, however, we now see whole system failures.
56 minutes | 10 months ago
What’s That Thing Sitting on Your Shoulders?
COVID-19 has shifted our world and our consciousness. We are on the razors edge leading wave of a new paradigm. The shift is uncomfortable, frightening and exhausting while wondering what the future holds. This program has continuously focused on the tools at our disposal to work through crises, and find new models of how we live. This episode from 2013 could have been today. As we face COVID, climate change and economic crises, we need our great big brains to think us out of these crises. It is imperative that we shift how we relate to each other, and get down to the business of cleaning up our act, our oceans, our air and our policies and economic systems, and begin the processes of healing, for each other and earth’s natural and wild systems. We must rise above our differences and celebrate our common desires-life and respect, and get busy accepting magnificent opportunities of creating a whole new normal.
63 minutes | 10 months ago
Encore Science vs Policy- Future of the Mexican Wolf with David Parsons
The saga of the Mexican Grey Wolf is a story of how politics interferes in the efforts of independent scientists to recover an endangered species. With my guest David Parsons, who formerly led the USFWS efforts to reintroduce the Mexican Grey Wolf to the American Southwest from 1990-99, we learn how difficult it is to reintroduce a species and save it from extinction when powerful vested interests who control legislators hijack the policy process down to even the scientific modeling results for how many wolves are needed to recover the species. As we see our political agenda rolling back more and more of the protections previously implemented, the politically entrenched and vested interests in government is not reflective of the general public. As David explains, we have a huge political fight ahead to save this iconic species, and by extrapolating across this concept, these challenges affect security for the environment that provides for the health of all living beings.
58 minutes | 10 months ago
Encore Act Locally Think Globally with Philip Tedeschi
With this rebroadcast from 2015, we see so many parallels, as so many is global crises converge. My guest, clinical social worker, Philip Tedeschi, Denver University, Institute for Human Animal Connection (IHAC) provides real-world situations for graduate students and continuing programs and presentations to the public, which offer solutions that provide for healthy avenues to recognize challenges, and grow the social skills for youth and adults to clearly understand the relationships and benefits between humans and non-human animals. and the significance of living systems and animals in human health and wellness, specific animal welfare and conservation activity, research, education.
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