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Bernie Wides aka The Naturalist is a walking encyclopedia of history, biology, geography, and a whole host of words ending in "y". The Naturalist is his platform to make you just a little bit smarter every week, covering an enormous breadth of topics from animal life to prehistoric New York. Carol A. Butler, Ph.D. has joined The Naturalist as Bernie's co-host. She is the co-author of 8 books, 7 of them about the natural world.




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The Naturalist - Episode 75 - Fish with Judith S. Weis Part 2

This week on The Naturalist, Bernie Wides continues his discussion on fish with author and Biology professor Judith S. Weis. Tune in as they explore fish as food for humans. Learn more about the many health benefits of eating fish and some of the potential dangers. Also find out more about marine aquaculture, endangered species and fish farming. This episode was sponsored by Cain Vineyard Winery.

Duration: 00:42:22

The Naturalist - Episode 95 - The Zoo Part 2

This week on The Naturalist, Bernie Wides & Carol Butler continue their conversation on zoos and animal conservation. On Part 2 of their zoo special, they explore some of the less than ideal zoos across the world, including roadside operations and Chinese sport zoos. Find out how Sea World both helps breed and entertain and how the Association of Zoos and Aquariums helps ensure that there is no foul play at these establishments. This program was sponsored by White Oak Pastures. Click here...

Duration: 00:40:34

The Naturalist - Episode 94 - The Zoo Part 1

Bernie Wides and Carol Butler take listeners to the zoo this week on The Naturalist. Learn about the history of some of the most popular zoo's in the world including New York City's very own Bronx Zoo and Central Park zoo. Learn more about imprinting, remote feeding and wildlife rehabilitation. Hear about how war generals and others donated animals to the original Central Park zoo years ago and find out what a tiglon is! This program was sponsored by White Oak Pastures. Click here for more...

Duration: 00:37:52

The Naturalist - Episode 93 - The Galapagos Pt. II

The Naturalist continues with its second installment about host Carol Butler's recent trip to the Galapagos islands. This week it's all about the animals that inhabit this amazing environment. Tune in for an episode chock-full of blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, penguins and sea lions, oh my! Learn everything from bird mating rituals, how the frigate bird got its name, and even learn to tell the difference between land and marine iguanas. This episode is sponsored by Hearst Ranch Click...

Duration: 00:39:27

The Naturalist - Episode 92 - The Galapagos Pt. 1

This week The Naturalist's own Carol Butler returns from a trip the Galapagos and brings back for Heritage Radio a wonderful 2-part program. On this first episode learn about the geology, formation, and history of these islands as first made famous by evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin. From mapping of the islands by Darwin on his trusty ship, the Beagle, to how islands and volcanoes are created through tectonic shifts, this episode is sure to enlighten even the most knowledgeable...

The Naturalist - Episode 91 - On Evolution Pt. II

This week on The Naturalist, Bernie continues last weeks discussion on evolution and species formation with friend of the show Saul Scheinbach. Learn about new species being formed, including the Cackling goose and a new American cockroach right here in NYC. Find out about how species can now be identified by bar-codes and how migration patterns can change over time. It all starts and ends with Darwin, and Bernie & Saul explain why his "theory" of evolution is less of a theory and more of...

The Naturalist - Episode 90 - On Evolution - Pt. 1

This week The Naturalist gets real about evolution. Did you know that on an international scale that the U.S. only stands above Turkey with only 40% of our entire population believing in evolution? With the help of friend and director of the Hudson River Audobon Society, Saul Scheinbach, host Bernie Wides shines a scientific light on why Americans and people around the world are still uncomfortable about evolution and yet how Darwin's theory is continuing to be proven true 150 years later....

The Naturalist - Episode 89 - NYC Water

This week The Naturalist takes you on a historical tour of New York City's water supply. From the early days in the 1700s when the city got its water from aqueducts from Croton and the Catskill mountains to today's modern high-tech testing and treatment system. Learn what makes New York water some of the cleanest and best in the nation and how hydrofracking could ruin all of that. This episode is sponsored Roberta's Pizza. More photos here

The Naturalist - Episode 88 - Seneca Village & Central Park

Did you know that Central Park was once Seneca Village? Tune in to a historical episode of The Naturalist to learn about the African American community that existed in New York City from 1825-1857. Find out about the history of this village and how the artifacts have been preserved. Later in the show, Bernie & Carol discuss some of the latest exhibits in the Natural History Museum. This episode was sponsored by S. Wallace Edwards & Sons.

The Naturalist - Episode 87 - Whales, Seabirds & Jellyfish

On part two of Carol Butler's "magazine-style" edition of The Naturalist, she and Bernie Wides discuss everything from Orca Whales to jellyfish. They explore behavior in seabirds and the seeing abilities of jellyfish. Learn more about anti-predator behavior in birds and find out what a parachutte jellyfish is! This episode was sponsored by Fairway Market.

The Naturalist - Episode 86 - Japan, Bats & Ciclids

This week's episode of The Naturalist sees Carol A. Butler returning to the program for a magazine-style 30 minutes jam packed of interesting information. Tune in for an update on the nuclear disaster in Fukushima and hear how contamination has been found in some of the food in cities such as Tokyo. Later on, hear about white nose syndrome, monarch butterflies, bees, cichlids and more! This episode was brought to you by Hearst Ranch.

The Naturalist - Episode 85 - Cod & Tuna

This week's episode of The Naturalist is a continuation on last week's discussion with Paul Greenberg, author of "Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food". This week they explore cod and tuna and have a conversation about the present state and future of sustainable fisheries around the country. This episode was sponsored by Cain Vineyard & Winery.

The Naturalist - Episode 83 - Atlantic Salmon & Striped Bass

The Naturalist returns, and Bernie is joined by Paul Greenberg, author of "Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food". Tune in to learn more about Atlantic salmon and sea bass and how farming has changed the destiny of these two popular types of fish. Find out how companies are trademarking certain genetically modified salmon and hear about everything from taxonomy to feed as it relates to fish. This episode was sponsored by Cain Vineyard & Winery.

The Naturalist - Episode 47 - Bed Bugs

This week on The Naturalist Carol talks about those bane of the New Yorker's existence: the bedbug. Learn what researchers spending years watching bed bugs mate have learned about their fascinating reproductive habits. This episode was sponsored by Fairway: like no other market.

The Naturalist - Episode 80 - Hall of African Mammals

This week on The Naturalist, Carol A. Butler sits down with former guest and friend of the show Ariana Rickard to discuss African mammals and the Hall of African Mammals in the American Museum of Natural History. Tune in to learn how the dioramas were first created in the museum and hear some fun behind the scenes facts about the exhibits in the museum. This episode was sponsored by Hearst Ranch. Click here for more photos

The Naturalist - Episode 82 - Local Oceans

The Naturalist is back and Bernie Wides and Carol Butler teach listeners about a sustainable fishery in New York called Local Oceans. Learn more about aquaculture and what it takes to replicate the natural conditions in which fish normally live. This episode was sponsored by Cain Vineyard & Winery. Click here for more photos

The Naturalist - Episode 37 - Pearls

This week on The Naturalist Bernie delves into the wonderful world of pearls. Tune in for a breakdown of pearls from past to present; a look back at an era of controlled breathing and diving with knives and stones and the transition to pearl farms and artificial cultivation. And remember: pearls come from muscles, not oysters! This episode was sponsored by Acme Smoked Fish: a culinary mainstay in NYC for 55 years. Photo 1: Natural pearls, Photo 2: Mikimoto pearls

The Naturalist - Episode 81 - Peace Corps

This week on the Naturalist Carol goes solo and talks with former Peace Corps volunteer Ariana Rickard about her work in Ecuador. Learn firsthand what it takes to be in Peace Corps and get the inside scoop on all the possibilities for travel and the global health and food initiatives they are creating. This episode was sponsored by Hearst Ranch. Download MP3 Click Here for more photos

The Naturalist - Episode 79 - Gardening Part 2: A Tribute to Sim Ross

This week the Naturalist's Bernie Wides pays a special tribute to his late friend and avid gardener Sim Ross. With the help of Janet David they read from his 2005 essay, "My Garden and Me". On the second half of the program they explore different gardens of the city as well as how you can have your own garden, even in a small space, and how you can funding for your own green initiatives through the Department of Environmental Conservation. This episode is sponsored byS. Wallace Edwards &...

The Naturalist - Episode 78 - Roberta's Garden

This week on the Naturalist welcomes the head garderner of Roberta's Restaurant Melissa Metrick to talk about small-scale gardening and explain more about the gardens in the backyard and on the roof of the radio station that help provide the restaurant with essential ingredients for their delicious food. Later on, Bernie is joined by his partner, Janet, who reveals how she got her own little garden in Central Park. This episode if sponsored by Cain Vineyard & Winery. Click here for more...
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