Rank #1: Courage, Conservation, and Dr. Caroline Ng’weno
In this episode, we take you to Kenya’s Maasai Mara where Earthwatch scientist Dr. Caroline Ng’weno is studying the interactions between predators, their prey, and livestock. In pursuit of her scientific endeavors, Caroline faced many hurdles, both professional and personal. But despite this, she persevered. She shares her experience as a female in a male-dominated field, and how she was able to get to where she is today, thanks in part to support from Earthwatch. To learn more about Caroline’s research, visit our website: Lions and Their Prey in Kenya’s Maasai Mara. (The music in this trailer is by Blue Dot Sessions, provided under the creative commons Attribution-Noncommercial License.)
Dec 18 2018
Rank #2: Living Deliberately with Dr. Bill Moomaw
Dr. Bill Moomaw is quite the accomplished individual. He has lived a life dedicated to environmental policy and action through his time spent as lead author for several reports from the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to the head of the science advisory committee on Earthwatch's Board of Directors to chairing the board of the Woods Hole Research Center. He sat down with us to guide us through the ins and outs of how humans have responded to climate change over the years – from the view of society and politics – and how individuals can take action today to slow global warming. (The music in this episode is “Partly Sage” by Blue Dot Sessions, provided under the Attribution-Noncommercial License.)
Apr 18 2018
Rank #3: Winter is coming...
In episode 1, host Dianna Bell introduced the iconic Whooping Crane—the tallest bird in North America that spends its winter months in the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. In late August, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in coastal Texas, ravaging the cranes’ delicate habitat. What will await these birds as they begin to arrive in Aransas in the coming weeks? In episode 2, you’ll hear from the Earthwatch scientists and volunteers who are conducting critical research within this ecosystem—research that could help Whooping Cranes to weather the impacts of the storm.
Oct 30 2017
Rank #4: The Wild Whoopers: A Species on the Brink
Whooping Cranes used to be widespread throughout North America, with estimates of their populations reaching as high as 10,000. But by 1941, just 15 individuals remained. What happened to these cranes? From habitat loss to hunting, Dr. Elizabeth Smith from the International Crane Foundation explains why they fell to such low numbers and what has been done to save them since. (The music in this episode is “Partly Sage” by Blue Dot Sessions, provided under the Attribution-Noncommercial License.)
Sep 25 2017
Rank #5: pOTTERcast part 2
While many view sea otters as adorable, charismatic creatures, the local residents of Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska have a much different opinion. For them, sea otters have destroyed their fisheries and destroyed their livelihoods. Learn more about this complex relationship and how the ecosystem has shifted with the growing presence of this top-level predator. (The music in this episode is “Partly Sage” by Blue Dot Sessions, provided under the Attribution-Noncommercial License.)
Feb 22 2018