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Creature Comforts

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Check out Creature Comforts on MPB Think Radio! Each week, Libby Hartfield, Retired Director of the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, brings a specialist into the studio to answer your questions about various animals we see in Mississippi. And of course, Dr. Troy Majure, a veterinarian at the Animal Medical Center of Jackson answers your pet questions. Each week, you’ll learn more about the animals that live in our homes and the animals who live in the world around us. You’ll also find out more about family-friendly exhibits and events at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson. Email your pet and animal questions to animals@mpbonline.org and listen to Creature Comforts Thursday mornings at 9 on MPB Think Radio.

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Check out Creature Comforts on MPB Think Radio! Each week, Libby Hartfield, Retired Director of the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, brings a specialist into the studio to answer your questions about various animals we see in Mississippi. And of course, Dr. Troy Majure, a veterinarian at the Animal Medical Center of Jackson answers your pet questions. Each week, you’ll learn more about the animals that live in our homes and the animals who live in the world around us. You’ll also find out more about family-friendly exhibits and events at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson. Email your pet and animal questions to animals@mpbonline.org and listen to Creature Comforts Thursday mornings at 9 on MPB Think Radio.

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Creature Comforts

Latest release on Jan 16, 2020

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Check out Creature Comforts on MPB Think Radio! Each week, Libby Hartfield, Retired Director of the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, brings a specialist into the studio to answer your questions about various animals we see in Mississippi. And of course, Dr. Troy Majure, a veterinarian at the Animal Medical Center of Jackson answers your pet questions. Each week, you’ll learn more about the animals that live in our homes and the animals who live in the world around us. You’ll also find out more about family-friendly exhibits and events at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson. Email your pet and animal questions to animals@mpbonline.org and listen to Creature Comforts Thursday mornings at 9 on MPB Think Radio.

Rank #1: Creature Comforts | Fall Migrating Birds

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Friend of the show, biologist Joe McGee is back to talk about some of the migrating birds that are making their way through Mississippi. Have you seen any Kinglets yet? How about the Yellow-rumped Warbler? Joe talks about some of his recent bird sightings, also during the hour vultures become the topic of discussion. And at the top of the show Dr. Majure talks a huge mastiff that had to be rescued from a hiking trail in Utah.

Oct 24 2019

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Rank #2: Endangered Species

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Dr. Stanley Temple from the Aldo Leopold Foundation talks with us about his work with endangered species and tells the story of the once plenty-full passenger pigeon. EJ Rivers is also here from the Jackson Zoo with news about a new addition at the park.

Mar 17 2017

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Rank #3: Bird Songs

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Chris King from the Jackson Audubon Society stops by to talk bird watching and the upcoming Birding Camp.

May 31 2018

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Rank #4: Hummingbird Festival

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The Strawberry Plains Audubon Center is getting ready for their 19th annual Hummingbird Festival. Mitchell Robinson, the conservation education manager at Strawberry Plains joins the show to talk about the facility, hummingbirds, and how to attract them to your backyard.

Aug 23 2018

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Rank #5: Creature Comforts: Alligator Snapping Turtle

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The alligator snapping turtle looks like something from a time long ago, but if you are around Luke Pearson you see plenty of these freshwater creatures. Luke Pearson is a herpetologist from the University of Southern Mississippi and spends most of his days locating a studying these turtles that have seen a significant decline in their population. On the show today we talk with him about his work, along with Libby Hatfield and Dr. Troy Majure answering your creature questions. (Cover photo by: Norbert Nagel / Wikimedia Commons)

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Oct 17 2019

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Rank #6: Bats

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From the Mississippi Bat Working Group, Chester Martin is here to talk about Mississippi bats and dispel some common myths about the nocturnal creature.

Mar 24 2017

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Rank #7: Spring Fishing

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It's time to get your rod and reel (if you haven't already). We have Larry Bull, Assistant Director of Fisheries at Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks to talk about getting the best out of your next fishing trip. He talks about the latest fishing reports and the upcoming fishing rodeos.

Apr 19 2018

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Rank #8: Bruce Reid and the Bald Eagle

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Outreach specialist for Wildlife Mississippi, Bruce Reid joins the table to talk about the mighty bald eagle. Where can you find this bird of prey? How do you know if you have a nest in your area? These questions and a look at an upcoming winter bird count on this episode of Creature Comforts.

Jan 11 2018

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Rank #9: Ducks & More

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On this episode of Creature Comforts, we have Rob Ballinger from Wildlife Mississippi. He has been working with Mississippi bottomland hardwood/wetlands for many years and talks with us about these habitats and the upcoming duck hunting season.

Nov 17 2017

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Rank #10: Bird Language

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Do you know the difference between a bird song and a bird call? Birds have a language all their own and Dr. Sarah Hammond (Clinton Community Nature Center) is here to help decipher their conversation. Also, Dr. Majure wraps up Pet Dental Health Month with some oral tips for your pet.

Feb 28 2019

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Rank #11: Army of Armadillos

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Cathy Shropshire joins the program to talk about the armadillos found around the state. She also gives an update on her one women portrayal of Mississippi conservation pioneer, Fannye Cook.

Jun 28 2018

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Rank #12: The Long Leaf Pine

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Randy Browning, a wildlife biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, joins the program to talk about the longleaf pine area of Mississippi. The longleaf pine has been the subject of conservation efforts due to the threatened and endangered species that call it home.

Jun 15 2017

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Rank #13: Cat Day & Fossils

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Pet Day turned into Cat Day on this episode of Creature Comforts. Also, paleontologist, George Phillips joins the show.

Apr 28 2017

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Rank #14: Pet Day

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Dr. Majure is ready for your pet questions on this "Pet Day" edition of Creature Comforts.

Aug 16 2018

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Rank #15: Creature Comforts | Winter Backyard Birds

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Winter migratory birds are being seen around the state and with the proper feeding station your backyard could become a bird watching destination. Today on the show from Wild Birds Unlimited is Nathan Weissinger. He along with Dr. Troy Majure and Kevin Farrel talk about birds that you will see this winter in Mississippi, what seeds they enjoy, and how to keep fresh water available for our feathery friends. Also Dr. Majure comments on the cat that made a recent splash at Monday Night Football.

Nov 07 2019

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Rank #16: Creature Comforts: Nesting Birds

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With the change of every season nature brings us new sights and sounds. This summer do you know what birds are nesting in your neighborhood? Are you doing the right thing to attract these birds to your yard? Today our friend Joe Magee is back on the program to talk about nesting birds and answer some of your birding questions. Also, we discuss how you should deal with finding an animal that is far from home.

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The kitten that Java found in the middle of the street on his way to work.

Jun 20 2019

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Rank #17: Critter Catcher

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Mike McDowell has been catching critters for many years. It started out as keeping his family farm intact then eventually he turned into a career. Known as the Critter Catcher, Mike joins the show to share tips about keeping your home critter free and what to do when a nuisance animal invades your space.

Oct 18 2018

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Rank #18: Aquatic Insects

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Entomologist Audrey Harrison is back on the program to talk about the aquatic insects that play a vital role in our ecosystem. She also gives us an update about the recent butterfly population reports. And Dr. Majure gives more tips about keeping the mouth of your pet healthy during this Pet Dental Health Month.

Feb 21 2019

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Rank #19: Bats of Mississippi

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Dr. Nicole Hodges joins Creature Comforts to talk about the bats that call Mississippi home. Often misunderstood, these winged mammals play an important part in our environment.

May 10 2018

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Rank #20: Creature Comforts: Urban Forest

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Donna Yowell has been an advocate for trees and green spaces for almost all her life. Now as the Executive Director of the Mississippi Urban Forest Council she educates communities throughout the state about proper tree planning and the benefits of having trees in urban areas. On this episode of Creature Comforts we dive into the work of the council and talk about the trees that attract certain wildlife. Also we get an update on the stray kitten found by our producer Java.

Jun 27 2019

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Creature Comforts: Here Fishy Fishy

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January may not seem like the ideal time to go fishing, but there is no rule saying you can not. Today on Creature Comforts we have Larry Pugh, Chief of Fisheries for MS Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks. Larry joins Libby Hartfield and Dr. Majure to talk about the public waters that are ready to be fished and answers your questions about being legal when on the water. Also Dr. Majure answers some tough questions about lost pets and having to put an animal to sleep.

Jan 16 2020

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Creature Comforts: Leaping Leapers

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After a holiday break Creature Comforts is back with one of our favorite guest, naturalist Joe Magee. We have had plenty of warm days this winter and the frogs are sounding off. Joe brings in some recordings of several frogs he observed and talks about what to expect if you see these amphibians in your area. Also, Dr. Troy Majure answers your pet questions and Libby Hatfield encourages everyone to enjoy nature during these warm days of winter.

Jan 09 2020

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Creature Comforts: Red Hot Truck Stop

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Our favorite paleontologist George Phillips joins us for our last live show of 2019. As the Paleontology Curator at the Mississippi Museum of Science he is hands on with many of the fossils that come through the museum. And today he even brings in one of the people that inspired him and others to search under the Earth, Gerard Case. He is credited for bringing the fossil hotbed, the Red Hot Truck Stop, to the attention of the masses.

Dec 19 2019

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Creature Comforts: Mighty Mississippi River

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On this episode of Creature Comforts Dr. Troy Majure is out so no pet talk but Libby is back in the studio from her travels. She also brought one of her favorite people to the show, Paul Hartfield, her husband. Paul is an Endangered Species Biologist with the US Fish & Wildlife Service and has been working on the Mississippi River for almost 20 years. We talk about its importance, the lower Mississippi region, and also the least tern who are now increasing in numbers but where once an endangered species.

Dec 05 2019

49mins

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Creature Comforts Classic | Wild Turkey Talk

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There was not a live airing of Creature Comforts today, but here is a classic episode of that originally aired on June 6, 2019. Just in time for Thanksgiving we hear about the wild turkey population in Mississippi and how to handle an encounter with these birds.

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Adam Butler from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks joins this edition of Creature Comforts to chat about the wild turkeys of the state. As the turkey program coordinator, Adam works closely with conservation efforts for wild turkey habitats and the management of wild turkey hunting season. We talk about the health of the Mississippi turkey population and answer listener questions about their recent turkey experiences. Also Dr. Majure answers a few pet questions about keeping pets cool and excessive scratching.

Nov 21 2019

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Creature Comforts | November Pet Day

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On Creature Comforts we cover just about all the animals found in Mississippi and beyond. From bats to bears, salamanders, and even the ones that share our homes. Today is an all pet day and Dr. Troy Majure is helps out with a new round of pet questions. Also Kevin ask if dog owners should continue flea control measures during the winter months.

Nov 14 2019

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Creature Comforts | Winter Backyard Birds

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Winter migratory birds are being seen around the state and with the proper feeding station your backyard could become a bird watching destination. Today on the show from Wild Birds Unlimited is Nathan Weissinger. He along with Dr. Troy Majure and Kevin Farrel talk about birds that you will see this winter in Mississippi, what seeds they enjoy, and how to keep fresh water available for our feathery friends. Also Dr. Majure comments on the cat that made a recent splash at Monday Night Football.

Nov 07 2019

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Creature Comforts | Fall Migrating Birds

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Friend of the show, biologist Joe McGee is back to talk about some of the migrating birds that are making their way through Mississippi. Have you seen any Kinglets yet? How about the Yellow-rumped Warbler? Joe talks about some of his recent bird sightings, also during the hour vultures become the topic of discussion. And at the top of the show Dr. Majure talks a huge mastiff that had to be rescued from a hiking trail in Utah.

Oct 24 2019

48mins

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Creature Comforts: Alligator Snapping Turtle

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The alligator snapping turtle looks like something from a time long ago, but if you are around Luke Pearson you see plenty of these freshwater creatures. Luke Pearson is a herpetologist from the University of Southern Mississippi and spends most of his days locating a studying these turtles that have seen a significant decline in their population. On the show today we talk with him about his work, along with Libby Hatfield and Dr. Troy Majure answering your creature questions. (Cover photo by: Norbert Nagel / Wikimedia Commons)

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Green tree frog picture sent by email:

Oct 17 2019

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Creature Comforts: Autumn Ornithology & Frogs

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During this early fall season the weather has been a hold over from summer, but now cooler temperatures have arrived. How has the fluctuation affected some of the creatures that call Mississippi home. Friend of the show, biologist Joe McGee is back to talk about the frogs and birds during this fall season. What is the activity level of frogs in October? What birds are we seeing this time of year? Also during this show Dr. Majure talks about choosing proper pet food and answers your pet questions.

Oct 10 2019

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Creature Comforts: Catching Big Blue

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Bob Crosby is a US Coast Guard licensed Captain and has been fishing for trophy blue catfish in the Mississippi River for over ten years. Today he is back on Creature Comforts to talk about what is necessary when wanting to go after the big fish and how he preaches staying safe when on the Mighty Mississippi. Also, Dr. Majure answers your pet questions and talks about the importance of keeping bat boxes not so close to your home.

Oct 03 2019

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Creature Comforts: Pearl Riverkeeper

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The Pearl Riverkeeper is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving the Pearl River watershed ​through restoration, advocacy and education. Today on the program we welcome board member Billy Mitchell to talk about how he became a "Water Ranger" and the big Pearl River trash pickup, Clean Sweep 2019. Also Dr. Majure talks about the pets that are power chewers and constantly cycling through chew toys.

Sep 19 2019

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Creature Comforts: The Pet Hospital Is Open

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Dr. Troy Majure, veterinarian at the Animal Medical Center in Jackson, is here ready to answer your pet questions. The doors to the pet hospital are wide open. The outside temperature is still high and heat stroke is a real problem for pets. Dr. Majure talks about keeping pets cool but still having them be active. Also one caller tells the story of his furry friend that only wants to be spoon feed.

Sep 12 2019

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Creature Comforts: Benefiting the Butterfly

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Our favorite entomologist Audrey Harrison joins the show to highlight the beauty of the butterfly. Milkweed plants are critical for the life cycle of the monarch butterfly and can be a great addition to any garden. The miracle that is the butterflies migration is aided by the habitats created and maintained by butterfly lovers around the state, but there are also reasons butterflies may be missing from your area. Throughout the hour Dr. Mjaure also answers a few pet questions, while we get deep into the butterfly effect with Dr. Audrey Harrison.

Aug 22 2019

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Creature Comforts: Hunter Education

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All persons born after January 1, 1972 are required to complete a hunter education course before purchasing a Mississippi hunting license. And today on the show Director of Hunter Education for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Megan Fedrick is here to make sure everyone knows this. Either in person or online completing a hunter education course does not have to be a chore. They are designed to be informative and help keep hunters legal. Also on today's show we talk about caring for animals that are not your pets. From stray dogs to raccoons there are certain rules to adhere when dealing with animals that you are not familiar with.

Aug 08 2019

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Creature Comforts: eDNA and the Alligator Snapping Turtle

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Biologists in Mississippi are using environmental DNA (eDNA) to document the occurrence of alligator snapping turtles throughout the state. Sheena Feist, Conservation Resources Biologist with the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, joins the show today ahead of her lecture next Tuesday on the subject. She gives us a preview into her findings and joins in the conversation with callers about their brushes with nature. Also, Dr. Majure discusses things to consider when adopting (or purchasing) at pet.

Aug 01 2019

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Creature Comforts: Legal Boating

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Enjoying the Mississippi outdoors is encouraged here on Creature Comforts with being safe and legal a top priority. Today on the show we bring in Central Mississippi Boating Coordinator for the Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks, Marc McCleskey. We talk about the regulations for boats on the water, who need to be a registered, and how to share the water with fellow boaters. Also Dr. Majure talks about aging dogs and the dangers of interacting with raccoons.

Jul 25 2019

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Creature Comforts: Fishing Fishing

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Fishing in Mississippi is one of its most popular recreational activities and there are plenty of places to catch great game fish. Jerry Brown, State Lake Coordinator with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks joins the show to take about these great natural waters and how to stay safe and legal while fishing. We even discuss some of the record breaking fish caught in the state. Also Libby is back from her trip and Dr. Majure answers your pet questions.

Jul 18 2019

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Creature Comforts: Urban Forest

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Donna Yowell has been an advocate for trees and green spaces for almost all her life. Now as the Executive Director of the Mississippi Urban Forest Council she educates communities throughout the state about proper tree planning and the benefits of having trees in urban areas. On this episode of Creature Comforts we dive into the work of the council and talk about the trees that attract certain wildlife. Also we get an update on the stray kitten found by our producer Java.

Jun 27 2019

48mins

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Creature Comforts: Nesting Birds

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With the change of every season nature brings us new sights and sounds. This summer do you know what birds are nesting in your neighborhood? Are you doing the right thing to attract these birds to your yard? Today our friend Joe Magee is back on the program to talk about nesting birds and answer some of your birding questions. Also, we discuss how you should deal with finding an animal that is far from home.

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The kitten that Java found in the middle of the street on his way to work.

Jun 20 2019

48mins

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