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Posted on January 8th, 2021 in Forestry, How To, Plants, Podcasts, Ponds, Wildlife, Woodlands | No Comments »

Get ready to receive your weekly dose of natural resources information via a new podcast network called Natural Resources University. Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources’ Mitch ZischkeMegan Gunn and Jarred Brooke are hosts of two of the new podcasts, Pond University and Habitat University.

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Zischke, a clinical assistant professor who also contributes to Purdue Extension and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant programming, and Gunn, who is a recruitment and outreach specialist for FNR as well as an aquatic education associate for IISG, are the hosts of Pond University. This podcast, which will cover topics such as pond habitat, fish stocking, vegetation control and pond construction, will feature conversations with aquatic scientists, landowners and pond professionals. The first episode of Pond University is available here: Pond University.

Brooke, a Purdue Extension wildlife specialist, is the co-host of Habitat University along with Adam Janke, an extension wildlife specialist at Iowa State University. The pair will discuss the science behind wildlife habitat management and how landowners and managers can use different habitat management practices to improve their land for wildlife. Brooke and Janke will be joined on the podcast by other wildlife specialists, wildlife biologists, researchers and landowners. The first episode of Habitat University is here: Habitat University. You can also follow Habitat University on twitter at www.twitter.com/Habitat_U.

PondExtensionIn 2019, Zischke and Brooke teamed up to create the Pond and Wildlife Management Website to help Indiana landowners manage their ponds for fishing and their land for hunting and other wildlife opportunities. The website contains publications on various related activities from fish stocking to managing your woods for white-tailed deer as well as a list of county contacts to reach out to for professional help with your property.

In total, Natural Resources University will include four science-based podcasts, covering different aspects of natural resource management. You can subscribe to the entire network, which will bring you a different podcast each week, or you can subscribe to an individual podcast, which will release one episode a month. Subscribe here: Natural Resources University

A full introduction to the Natural Resources University network team and to each podcast are available in this overarching episode: Episode 01 – Introduction to NRU.

The podcasts are categorized in four topics:
Deer University: Topics discussed include deer biology, ecology, and management to help landowners and hunters apply science to practical management objectives. Subscribe to Deer University: Deer University

Pond University: Conversations with aquatic scientists, landowners, and pond professionals will cover topics like pond habitat, fish stocking, vegetation control and pond construction. Subscribe to Pond University: Pond University

HabitatPodcastFire University: Science-based podcast covering the latest research in fire ecology and how it relates to management of wildlife and plant communities. Subscribe to Fire University: Fire University

Habitat University: Discusses the science behind wildlife habitat management and how landowners and managers can use different habitat management practices to improve their land for wildlife. Subscribe to Habitat University: Habitat University.

The Natural Resources University podcast network, which is funded by the Renewable Resources Extension Act, is a partnership between the extension services at several land-grant universities, including Mississippi State University Extension ServiceUniversity of Florida ExtensionIowa State University Extension and Outreach and Purdue Extension.

Resources
Pond and Wildlife Management Website
Managing Your Woods for White-Tailed Deer, The Education Store, Purdue Extension resource center
Best Practices Guide for Charter Fishing and COVID-19, The Education Store
A Pond Management Plan Template, The Education Store
Renovating native warm-season grass stands for wildlife: A Land Manager’s Guide, The Education Store
Wildlife Habitat Hint, Playlist, Purdue Extension – Forestry and Natural Resources YouTube Channel

Mitch Zischke, Clinical Assistant Professor
Purdue Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

Megan Gunn, Recruitment and Outreach Specialist
Purdue Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

Jarred Brooke, Wildlife Extension Specialist
Purdue Department of Forestry and Natural Resources


Posted on November 17th, 2015 in Podcasts, Wildlife | No Comments »

Robert Cordes Got Nature’s podcasts are a great way to learn about wildlife, forestry, and conservation issues from the experts themselves. The information they provide can be a much more valuable and reliable resource than simply searching the internet. Frequent Got Nature podcast contributor Bob Cordes emphasized this as he was featured in a Franklin, Indiana Sun Journal article titled “Wilton biologist discusses wildlife on Purdue University podcasts.”

Bob Cordes is an assistant regional wildlife biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, and collaborates with Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology Rod Williams to provide podcast listeners with answers to common and not-so-common wildlife questions and concerns. Cordes started working with Got Nature podcasts in the episode “Wildlife Pictures Worth a Thousand Words“, where he is interviewed by Dr. Williams about how to use trail cameras to view wildlife. More recently, Cordes has been involved with the weekly “Boiler Up! for Wildlife” series.

Check out the Got Nature podcasts featuring Bob Cordes below to learn more from his expertise in wildlife biology.

The Got Nature podcast page has these and more informative podcasts available to listen to for free, and they are also available through iTunes.
Robert Cordes, Assistant Regional Biologist
Main Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Rod Williams​, Associate Professor of Wildlife Science
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University

Posted on October 9th, 2015 in Podcasts, Wildlife | No Comments »
Geese

Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Digital Library

For this podcast we discuss the fall migration of our feathered reptiles, also known as birds. Just about anywhere you are this time of year, you might notice flocks of birds forming in the sky or new visitors on your bird feeders. My guest this week is Dr. Barny Dunning, an avid birder and an ornithologist at Purdue University. He is without question our resident expert on anything related to birds.

Our host, Dr. Rod Williams, will discuss the patterns of bird migration, how weather affects the timing and during of migration, and ask Dr. Dunning about some of the most spectacular migrations in the region.

Listen here:
Boiler Up for Wildlife: Flying South for the Winter, Got Nature? Podcasts
iTunes – Got Nature? Podcasts

Resources:
Indiana Audubon Society
Birds of Benton County, Indiana, Purdue Extension-The Education Store
Breeding Birds and Forest Management: the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment and the Central Hardwoods Region, The Education Store

Dr. John “Barny” Dunning, Professor of Wildlife Ecology
Department of Forestry & Natural Resources, Purdue University

Dr. Rod Williams, Associate Professor of Wildlife Science
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University


Posted on September 25th, 2015 in How To, Podcasts, Wildlife | No Comments »

Skunk, Boiler Up! For Wildlife: What dug up my yard podcast

Photo by: Zoe Glas

​This is our weekly segment where I talk with wildlife biologists about current wildlife issues. For this week’s Boiler Up! For Wildlife podcast we will discuss a common summer and fall phenomenon that happens to a lot of homeowner’s yard. You walk outside and something has completely dug up your beautifully landscaped yard. My guest this week is Bob Cordes, a wildlife biologist from Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

In this episode, Bob will discuss why animals, like skunks, are attracted to your yard, how to remove the source of food wildlife are seeking from your soil, and things to consider when treating your lawn.

Listen here:
Boiler Up For Wildlife: What is digging up my yard?, Got Nature? Podcasts
iTunes – Got Nature? Podcasts

Resources:
Trapping Nuisance Wildlife, Got Nature?, Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources
Preventing Wildlife Damage – Do You Need a Permit?, Purdue Extension-The Education Store
Indiana Wildlife Conflicts Information​, Purdue Univeristy, IDNR, USDA
Indiana DNR Nuisance Wildlife​, IDNR

Robert Cordes, Assistant Regional Biologist
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Rod Williams, Associate Professor of Wildlife Science
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University


Posted on August 24th, 2015 in Forestry, Gardening, Plants, Podcasts, Urban Forestry | No Comments »

What's a GMO? Making Trees Stronger, Got Nature podcastThe first topic in the series on the genetics behind trees focused on tree improvement. In this podcast, we are going to focus on the genetic modification of trees. Please join us as our host Rod Williams discusses this topic with Dr. Shaneka Lawson.  Dr. Lawson is a research plant physiologist with the USDA Forest Service-Northern Research Station.​

Listen here:
What is a GMO? Making Trees Stronger, Got Nature? Podcasts
iTunes – Got Nature? Podcasts

Resources:
Transgenic Papaya in Hawaii and Beyond, genetic modification to papaya, The Journal of Agrobiotechnology Management & Economics

Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center (HTIRC)

Shaneka Lawson, USDA Forest Service-Research Plant Physiologist & FNR Adjunct Assistant Professor
USDA Forest Service-Northern Research Station

Rod Williams, Associate Professor of Wildlife Science
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University


Posted on July 14th, 2015 in Forestry, Podcasts | No Comments »

Walnut trees. Forests are more than just trees. Our forests represent a complex ecosystem that is constantly changing over time. This complex system and the associated research involved to understand it is the focus of the next series of podcasts.

Our topic in this series focuses on The Genetics of Growing Trees, specifically on tree improvement. Join us as our host Dr. Rod Williams interviews Dr. Keith Woeste to discuss Hardwood Tree Improvement. Dr. Woeste is a research geneticist in the Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center housed at Purdue University. HTIRC is a research unit in the Northern Research Station of the USDA Forest Service.

Listen here:
The Genetics Behind Growing Trees, Got Nature? Podcasts
iTunes – Got Nature? Podcasts

Resources
Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center (HTIRC)

Keith Woeste, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Forestry
Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center (HTIRC)
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University

Rod Williams, Associate Professor of Wildlife Science
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University


Rainscaping Our newest podcast titled Rainscaping is focused on ways to manage excess water in your yard or neighborhood and thus, minimizing polluted runoff from reaching our waterways. Putting water to work for us in a sustainable way is the focus on Purdue’s new Rainscaping program. Join us as our host Dr. Rod Williams learns from Kara Salazar about this new initiative. Kara is a Sustainable Communities Extension Specialist within the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources and is co-chair of the Purdue Rainscaping Education Program.

Listen here:
Rainscaping, Got Nature? Podcast, MP3 file.
iTunes – Got Nature?

Resources
Purdue Rainscaping Education Program, Purdue Agriculture
Rain Barrels, Purdue Rainscaping Education Program, Purdue Agriculture
Sustainable Communities, Purdue University Extension
Climate Change: How Will You Manage Stormwater Runoff?, The Education Store

Kara Salazar, Sustainable Communities Extension Specialist
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources & Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant

John Orick, Purdue Master Gardener State Coordinator
Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture


Posted on March 27th, 2015 in Aquaculture/Fish, Podcasts, Wildlife | No Comments »
Dr. Shem Unger holds a giant salamander.

Dr. Shem Unger holds a giant salamander.

​Giant salamanders are sensitive to changes in their aquatic environment. Perhaps one of the most significant factors influencing their livelihoods is the quality of their habitat. In previous podcasts, we heard how water temperatures can influence hellbender immune system and foraging ecology. In this podcast, our guest host, Dr. Steve Kimble, will be interviewing Dr. Shem Unger regarding his work on the effects of sedimentation on the physiology of juvenile eastern hellbenders.

Listen here:
Giant Salamanders Part 3: Studying Young Giants, Got Nature? Podcast

To contact Dr. Unger:
Marian University, Shem Unger, Microbiology

Other resources:
HelptheHellbender.org
The Nature of Teaching: Adaptations for Aquatic Amphibians, The Education Store, Purdue Extension resource center
How Our Zoos Help Hellbenders, The Education Store
Hellbenders Rock!, The Education Store
Help the Hellbender, North America’s Giant Salamander, The Education Store
How Anglers and Paddlers Can Help the Hellbender, Purdue Extension-FNR YouTube Video
Subscribe to Purdue Extension-FNR YouTube Channel

Rod Williams, Associate Professor of Wildlife Science
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University


Posted on March 11th, 2015 in Aquaculture/Fish, Podcasts, Wildlife | No Comments »
Scientists placing hellbender concrete nest box in water.

Kaitlynn Samborsky and Joe Greathouse putting concrete nest boxes, created by our partners in the Sustainable Prison Program, in a stream in West Virginia. Photo by Grace Winzeler.

Eastern hellbenders have been in decline across many regions of the eastern United States. The Midwest has shown some of the most significant declines in hellbender populations. Current conservation efforts in West Virginia and Ohio include eDNA surveys, establishing habitat corridors and captive rearing and release programs.

Hellbender in concrete nest box.

Hellbender in concrete nest box.

In this podcast, our guest host, Dr. Steve Kimble, will be interviewing Joe Greathouse about how variability in water temperatures may influence the foraging ecology in these giant salamanders. Joe is the director of conservation science at The Wilds in Ohio.

Listen here:
Giant Salamanders Part 2: Climate Change and Foraging Ecology, Got Nature? Podcast

To contact Joe Greathouse:
Email: jgreathouse@thewilds.org
The Wilds

Other resources:
HelptheHellbender.org

Rod Williams, Associate Professor of Wildlife Science
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University


Posted on March 2nd, 2015 in Aquaculture/Fish, Podcasts, Wildlife | No Comments »
Dr. Kimberly Terrell with hellbender

Dr. Kimberly Terrell holds an eastern hellbender caught during a stream survey in southwest Virginia. Photo by JD Kleopfer.

​Eastern hellbenders are one of the largest amphibians on the planet. They require cool, fast flowing streams and rivers with high levels of oxygen to breathe. Changes in temperature can affect not only levels of dissolved oxygen in the water, but may invoke changes to the hellbender’s immune system as well. In this podcast, our guest host, Emily McCallen, with the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, will be interviewing Dr. Kimberly Terrell about how variability in water temperatures may increase immune function in these giant salamanders.

Listen here:
Giant Salamanders Part 1: Climate Change and Immune Function, Got Nature? Podcast

To contact Dr. Kimberly Terrell:
Email: terrellk@si.edu
Twitter: @snototters
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Other resources:
HelptheHellbender.org

Rod Williams, Associate Professor of Wildlife Science
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University


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