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Explore the history and present of over 27,000 acres of park land inside Minnesota's Hennepin County and surrounding areas. Hosts Angela (wildlife biologist) and Brandon (interpretive naturalist) guide you through this suburban wilderness managed by the Three Rivers Park District.

Explore the history and present of over 27,000 acres of park land inside Minnesota's Hennepin County and surrounding areas. Hosts Angela (wildlife biologist) and Brandon (interpretive naturalist) guide you through this suburban wilderness managed by the Three Rivers Park District.
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United States

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Explore the history and present of over 27,000 acres of park land inside Minnesota's Hennepin County and surrounding areas. Hosts Angela (wildlife biologist) and Brandon (interpretive naturalist) guide you through this suburban wilderness managed by the Three Rivers Park District.

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English


Episodes

Episode 15 - Flower Medicine and Taking Photos - April Showers, May Wildflowers

5/1/2019
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Wander with us as we talk with Pauline Bold from The Landing. She shares with us some of the ways people used early spring wildflowers, including uses as medicine and food. Disclaimer, do not try to use these as food or medicine yourself. Listen to the podcast to learn why. Laura Jarriel shares her photography expertise to help us take photos of spring wildflowers with our phones.

Duration:00:27:25

Episode 14 - Earthworms, Buckthorn, and Flowers, Oh My - April Showers, May Wildflowers

5/1/2019
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Do earthworms help or hinder flowers in the forest? How are invasive species like buckthorn impacting spring wildflowers? Join us as we talk to Missy Anderson, the Invasive Species Coordinator for Three Rivers Park District, and Alex Roth from Friends of the Mississippi to get the dirt on invasives and flowers, and discuss how you can help native flowers.

Duration:00:24:39

Episode 13 - Growing While It's Snowing - April Showers, May Wildflowers

5/1/2019
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How can plant's grow while there is snow on the ground? Can a plant really produce its own heat? Tune in to this episode to find out as Angela and Brandon discuss the difference between a Spring Ephemeral and a Spring Wildflower, then investigate how tiny plants can grow and flower at a time when other plants dare not even show their leaves.

Duration:00:23:12

Episode 12 - Calls of Spring – Monitoring Frogs in the Dark

4/3/2019
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To determine status, distribution, and long-term population trends of frogs, citizen scientists participate in surveys in which they listen and record calling frogs. In this episode we are joined by a current volunteer, Dianne Rowse, to shed some light on this unique experience.

Duration:00:51:38

Episode 10 - Calls of Spring – The Racket of Frogs

4/3/2019
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The signs of spring are near and you may be hearing the calls of frogs, even with snow still on the ground. Fresh out of hibernation, join Brandon and Angela, as they journey through the biology of frogs and toads to answer what is making all that noise in spring.

Duration:00:27:25

Episode 7 - Wandering the Sugar Bush - A Native Perspective on Maple Syrup

3/6/2019
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Join us as we talk with Ojibwe students about their personal perspective and experience with maple syrup. We discuss how they maple syrup today both on a reservation and in the middle of the cities; how today's techniques differ from their ancestors; and what maple syruping means to them individually as well as culturally.

Duration:00:34:47

Episode 8 - Wandering the Sugar Bush - The Science of Syruping

3/6/2019
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We talk with our Forestry Supervisor Dan Comerford about the unique structure of maple trees that allow us to turn its sap into syrup. Explore with us as we discover the science behind maple syruping and learn how climate change will impact our maple trees.

Duration:00:24:24

Episode 9 - Wandering the Sugar Bush - Cooking with Maple Syrup

3/6/2019
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Discover the secrets to cooking with maple syrup as Andi Anderson from Gale Woods Farm joins us to help us in the kitchen. We discuss how to substitute syrup for sugar in recipes. We also help you uncode the meaning of Grade A and Grade B syrup.

Duration:00:19:26

Episode 6 - Strange Calls in the Night - Owl Ambassadors

2/6/2019
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Join us as Interpretive Naturalist Adam Barnett explains why nature centers’ keep owls as ambassadors for their wild kin. He recounts his time working with the Raptor Center, shares some of the joys and challenges of working with captive owls, and shares with us what to do if an injured owl is found.

Duration:00:27:20

Episode 5 - Strange Calls in the Night - Tracking Owl Nests

2/6/2019
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Do you know where owls nest? Hear how volunteer Paul Schlick coordinates a group of volunteers to track and document owl and other raptor nests in Elm Creek Park Reserve. Paul explains why this project is important, some of the challenges they have faced, and the opportunities for partnership with the Raptor Center that his data has created.

Duration:00:18:16

Episode 4 - Strange Calls in the Night - Super Ears and Keen Eyes

2/6/2019
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Join Brandon and Angela as they explore how owls can not only survive the winter, but raise their young when the rest of us are hunkered inside waiting for spring. Find out if owls have super-hearing like superman, how their eyes help them see at night, and what makes owl feathers special. Discover the adaptations that help these owls thrive in the cold.

Duration:00:28:33

Episode 1 - Snow and its Relationship to Animals

12/19/2018
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In this first episode of The Wandering Naturalist, hosts Brandon and Angela provide some insight on the science of snow and how it impacts the animals who depend on the subnivean layer.

Duration:00:21:37

Episode 3 - Snow and its History with Minnesota

12/19/2018
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How did humans interact with snow before the advent of modern heating and insulation amenities? Learn all about it as hosts Brandon and Angela talk with an expert on this issue from The Landing.

Duration:00:29:03

Episode 2 - Snow and its Relationship with Plants

12/18/2018
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In the second part of this series on snow, Angela and Brandon talk about the advantages and challenges snow brings to plant life.

Duration:00:20:41