The June 23rd show featured a conversation with Kathy Hocker, originally recorded in 2016. Kathy is a naturalist and artist in Southeast Alaska, if you would like to see some of her art and reflections featuring the natural world she encounters, check out her weblog.
The June 9th show featured a conversation with Chris Rurik, a visiting naturalist and writer who has been splitting his time between Washington and Alaska. We talked about how we developed and pursue our passion for natural history, and some of the things that have caught our attention along the way.
The May 26th show featured a conversation with Josh Roering, a geomorphologist based out of University of Oregon. He was in town as part of a project to investigate the feasibility of monitoring slopes and issuing warnings about potential landslides. We spoke about this project, and some of the other work he’s done.
The May 12th show featured some of the common bird songs to listen for in the Sitka area. I played recordings and offered tips for learning to distinguish some of the different songs you are likely to hear around Sitka.
We spoke about how specimens in the collection he curates are preserved, and some of the challenges associated with preserving some of the larger organisms. We also discussed distribution of fish in the north, some of the factors that influence that distribution, and how modern genetic tools are beginning to help us answer questions in this area.