Evolving ecology - Wisdom from 30 years as a fire lookout
The Wild with Chris Morgan
by Chris Morgan, Matt Martin
7M ago
One recent September I stopped at the side of highway 20 that crosses Washington state’s North Cascade Mountains. At the side of the road was a sign that grabbed my attention. About a storied fire lookout cabin on top of Desolation Peak in the distance, where author Jack Kerouac spent some time in the 50s. The irony was that I couldn’t see the peak because of the forest fire smoke in the air that day. But it fired my imagination….the mountain was calling me. This episode of THE WILD is the result. The American west is a fire landscape. Since 1983, there’s been an average of 70,000 wildfires ev ..read more
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Make it like it was: Clean, cold and flowing
The Wild with Chris Morgan
by Chris Morgan, Matt Martin
8M ago
Join me as I squeeze on a dry suit, don a snorkel, and jump into an icy mountain river. “That's what I'm amazed by, that a little tiny stream, not even knee deep, is a whole world if you get under there with it.,” that’s what CWU professor Paul James told me as we snorkeled our way through the fast moving current. Dr. James is surveying the number of fish in the river after a recent restoration project. Gold Creek is an important tributary to the Yakima River and serves as a breeding ground for many fish that are important to the Yakama Nation. Joe Blodgett learned how to fish from his father ..read more
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Etuaptmumk: Two Eyed Seeing
The Wild with Chris Morgan
by Chris Morgan, Matt Martin
8M ago
I was trained as a traditional scientist, to look at the world through that perspective. Analytical, and clinical. In this “western science” you have to toe the line and keep personal experience and emotions out of it. Science is run as a pretty tight ship. There's a good reason for that, of course. But for indigenous people, there’s something that comes with spending time in nature that helps to understand it in a different way. Often it’s knowledge from generation after generation of experience. Knowledge of creatures and habitats. There’s a way to understand nature through both these perspe ..read more
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Coral reefs: a biological symphony being silenced
The Wild with Chris Morgan
by Chris Morgan, Matt Martin
9M ago
To most of us, coral reefs conjure up magical places full of colorful species and life. They are unknown and otherworldly. Their beauty is perhaps a reason why coral reefs have become one of the more famous victims of climate change, warming oceans. Most people have heard that the future for coral reefs is in total jeopardy.  And this is a problem, because about 25% of the ocean’s fish depend on healthy coral reefs. Scientists are now warning that the Great Barrier Reef could be gone by the year 2050 if nothing is done to help it. And it turns out….. Reefs are noisy places. Fis ..read more
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Hard Knocks: Lessons from the woodpecker
The Wild with Chris Morgan
by Chris Morgan, Jim Gates, Alexandria Brannick
9M ago
I’ve thought about this stuff a lot as I listen to the northern flicker woodpecker tapping noisily away on the rain gutter outside my bedroom window. And not just rain gutters of course.  Woodpeckers will peck at a tree up to 12,000 times a day and just one woodpecker peck produces about 15 times the force needed to give a human a concussion. So, how do woodpeckers bang their heads so much, and so hard and not come away with brain damage?  The WILD is a joint production of myself and KUOW Public Radio. One way to support this vital work and become part of THE WILD community is throug ..read more
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Nuclear sea otters: A wildlife refugee story
The Wild with Chris Morgan
by Chris Morgan, Matt Martin
10M ago
Join me among the crashing waves of the Pacific Northwest coast in Washington State. This unique wildlife story starts, not there, but with a nuclear explosion, literally. During the late 60s and early 70s, three atomic weapons were tested on Amchitka Island in a remote part of Alaska. The blast registered a 7.0 on the Richter scale. over 10,000 fish were killed in the island’s lakes, streams and ponds. But thanks to a little imagination, right before the nuclear test, a last minute program was deployed to capture and save some of the sea otters. Several hundred of the sea otters were quickly ..read more
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Happy 46th Birthday! An Earth Day message from Chris
The Wild with Chris Morgan
by Chris Morgan, Matt Martin
10M ago
Happy Earth Day to you all. For a while now I've wanted to share a short piece like this, and Earth Day seems like the right time! I hope you can kick back and listen to a relaxing 10 minute journey all about our precious home. If you enjoy it, please share it with others. After all, we're all in this together ..read more
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The Cougar Conundrum
The Wild with Chris Morgan
by Chris Morgan, Matt Martin
10M ago
One thing that I love about my work is that I get the opportunity to talk to so many interesting people working with wildlife around the world. For today’s episode I wanted to share with you one of those conversations. Some of you might remember our episodes on “how to catch a cougar” back in season 2. If you do, the name Dr. Mark Elbroch will probably sound familiar. Mark is a good friend of mine and a cougar biologist with Panthera - he took us out into the forests of WA State to radio collar and track a cougar for those episodes. It was an incredible experience. Well, I also had the honor o ..read more
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True grit: the wild wolverine
The Wild with Chris Morgan
by Chris Morgan, Matt Martin
11M ago
In this episode you may notice a lot of heavy breathing - because I’m on the trail of a wolverine high up in the mountains. Here’s the story…. In the summer of 2020, there was some big news for wildlife in the pacific northwest. In the wild spaces of Mount Rainier National Park, a female wolverine was discovered along with two babies. The wolverines were back. It is believed that these tenacious predators haven't been in the park for over a century. Dr. Jocelyn Atkins is a wolverine biologist and founder of the Cascade Carnivore Project. She has slogged and toiled through some of the most ..read more
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The Comeback Cat: Spain’s Iberian lynx
The Wild with Chris Morgan
by Chris Morgan, Matt Martin
11M ago
Like so many carnivores around the world, through history the Iberian lynx was persecuted as a menace or a threat to livestock and lifestyle: they were shot, poisoned, trapped, hunted. And misunderstood. The cats have those really characteristic long tufted ears, black spots dappled across their tawny coat and an old fashioned beard that can stretch down in two long triangles each side of their chin. But despite it’s regal flare, it’s still endangered, and a real focus of attention. But things are turning around, there used to be only around 100 lynx in Spain but now there are nearly 1000. Tha ..read more
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