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.
The March 31st show featured a conversation with Jonathan Goff recorded back in September 2012. That summer he had spent working as an intern with the Sitka Conversation Society, primarily focused on plant surveys in wilderness areas. In this conversation, we talked about some of the highlights and interesting stories from his summer.
The March 17th show featured a conversation with Hans Thewissen, who was in town as a SIRF at the Sitka Sound Science Center. We talked about the current understanding whale evolution from their land mammal ancestors millions of years ago as well as about his work on sensory systems in whales.
The March 3rd show featured a conversation with Simon Hook. Simon has spent many summers working on tour boats in Southeast Alaska. We spoke about some of his experiences with this work, and his explorations with cameras and skiff around Sitka during this off-season.