By Tim Johnson
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The Vermont Center for Ecostudies and VPR unite the sounds and science of nature in this monthly feature. The program is hosted by biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra, who share their knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm for wildlife education and conservation.
||CleanOutdoor Radio: The Irruption Migration Of Pine Grosbeak Finches||In Spring, Vermont is awash with migrant birds; sadly, we don't see many species in the Winter. However, there are occasional irruption migrations as birds come from the north in search of shriveled fruit and seeds. Many of these winter arrivals are||12/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOutdoor Radio: Snow Geese||The Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area is a destination spot for bird watchers who come to see the thousands of snow geese that flock there.||11/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOutdoor Radio: How Taking Pictures Of Roadkill Can Help Protect Wildlife||There is a story behind roadkill. Millions of accidents every year are caused by collisions with wildlife. How can we manage roadways so that they are safer for everyone, vehicles and animals?||10/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOutdoor Radio: A Migrating Species Of Dragonflies, The Wandering Glider||Many people don't think about insects, like dragonflies, as migratory. Most of Vermont's 101 dragonfly species stay through the winter but the Wandering Glider leaves with the changing of the season. This species can be found on every continent, except||9/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOutdoor Radio: One Of The Most Endangered Animals In Vermont, Freshwater Mussels||You can call them clams or mussels, the names are interchangable, but they should also be called endangered. Here in Vermont there are eighteen separate species of freshwater mussels and of those, ten are listed as threatened or endangered while several||8/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOutdoor Radio: Nesting In The High Grass, The Bobolinks Return||Which bird's song is a burst of tweets and twitters that sound like R2D2 from "Star Wars" movie fame? It is the bobolink and after wintering in Argentina, these small, songful birds have returned to nest in Vermont's high grasses.||7/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOutdoor Radio: The Distinct Song Of The Threatened Whip-Poor-Will||Biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra head out to West Haven, Vermont at dusk to brave a cloud of mosquitoes in search of the song of the threatened whip-poor-will.||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOutdoor Radio: Hanging Out With Vultures In Vermont's Capital||Outdoor Radio usually takes us to a mountain top, pond or forest to get close to wildlife. But this month, biologists Sara Zahendra and Kent McFarland are on top of an office building in Montpelier. For the past several years, National Life employees ha||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOutdoor Radio: The 'Rank Coward'||We are awed by the size, beauty and power of the bald eagle but Ben Franklin described it as a bird of "bad moral character. He doesn't get his living honestly and besides, he is a rank coward."||4/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOutdoor Radio: Tracking Moose Population In The Region||Sarah Zahendra and Kent McFarland from the Vermont Center for Ecostudies recently trekked through deep snow near Maidstone Lake in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom to find out more about Alces americanus , or moose, in our region. Joining them on the journey||3/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOutdoor Radio: Searching For Snowy Owls||As cold as it might get in Vermont, it's warm here to the snowy owl. They spend their summers in the Arctic Tundra. These are large owls, with a wingspan of five feet and striking yellow eyes. Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra, of the Vermont Center For||2/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOutdoor Radio: Don't Call Them Sea Gulls!||Gulls are found on every continent on the planet. They're smart, resourceful, and graceful - but don't call them sea gulls! There are inland species, even some that live in the desert. Biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra of the Vermont Center Fo||1/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOutdoor Radio: The Elusive Lynx||Biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra traveled by snowmobile into the wilderness of the Northeast Kingdom in hopes of spotting a Canada lynx or lynx tracks.||12/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOutdoor Radio: Tracking The Fisher||This month on Outdoor Radio , biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies head out into the woods to track the Fisher. Sometimes called the Fisher Cat, it's not a cat at all. Biologist Steve Faccio, who specializes i||12/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOutdoor Radio: The Unique Crossbill Beak||In this episode of Outdoor Radio, biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra are way up in the Northeast Kingdom at Moose Bog in Ferdinand.||11/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOutdoor Radio: Tiny Turtles||With a pointed snout, knobby protrusions, and a flat, leathery shell, the Spiny Softshell Turtle is certainly one of Vermont's odder-looking reptiles. It is also listed as threatened in our state. Steve Parren of the Vermont Fish And Wildlife Department||10/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOutdoor Radio: Loon Watch On Lake Fairlee||The Vermont Center For Ecostudies reported a record year for Vermont's loons in 2017, and part of the success story happened on Lake Fairlee, where a pair of loons nested for the second consecutive year. Biologists Kent McFarland, Sara Zahendra and Eric||9/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOutdoor Radio: Buzzzzzzzz!||This month on Outdoor Radio , we’ll venture out into a meadow of wild flowers that is literally singing with bumble bees. Biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra talk about the species we find in Vermont, the different ways they pollinate our flow||8/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOutdoor Radio: Counting Endangered Terns On Champlain's Papasquash Island||Hard hats in hand, Biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra head to the docks at Lake Champlain. They are taking a boat to Papasquash Island, owned by Audubon Vermont, to help count the new breeding population of common terns.||5/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOutdoor Radio: The American Woodcock||The arrival of the American Woodcock is one of the exciting signs of spring in Vermont.||4/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Informative, entertaining and sometimes funny
This is an engaging podcast presented in small digestible bites. Listen to it with your kids; they’ll love it and you’ll be raising responsible citizens.
I love the beaver episode! What a cool perspective to report from inside a beaver dam!
I did not know anything about animals now I know everything
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