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kindred spirit
 Sep 10, 2020
thank you so much for all the wonder you all have brought to us

sparrow
 Dec 30, 2018
Great podcast, very informative.

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Nature Guys connects you to the exciting natural world right in your own neighborhood. These nature connections will help you be cool, calm, collected and ready to make a positive difference in the world. Nature Guys is hosted by Bob a long time nature lover.

Episode Date
Bicycling with Butterflies
23:32

Bob reads an amazing new book Bicycling with Butterflies: My 10,201 Mile Journey Following The Monarch Migration. Tune in to his conversation with Sara Dykman, the first person to follow migrating monarch butterflies on her bicycle. Learn more about Sara and some of the lessons she learned on her nine month adventure from Mexico to Canada and back.

Please check out Sara's website Beyond a Book. Bicycling with Butterflies is published by Timber Press.

Related episodes: Monarchs on the Move, Mighty Milkweed

Apr 20, 2021
Vernal Pools
39:31

Charles and Bob discuss vernal pools. Bob has always been intrigued by vernal pools and with time at home due to the pandemic he decided to build one in his backyard. Learn about his first aquatic visitor the water strider. Also learn about an amazing creature that lives in a vernal pool at Cincinnati Nature Center. If you have not seen fairy shrimp be sure to check them out. Charles explains what they look like and why they are found in vernal pools.

Related episodes: The Nature of Oaks with Doug Tallamy, Dragonflies, Damselflies and Wood Frogs Quack It Up

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Apr 06, 2021
Red Mangroves Walking
33:19

Greg Torres and Bob discuss one of the most important trees in Florida. The Red Mangrove is the protector from storms and provides safe harbor to many living things.

Cheer on Greg who is competing in the 2021 Go Wild for Jeopar-Ding fund raiser that will premiere virtually on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 to support the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Check out related episodes on our Wildlife Refuges page.

Watch Greg's YouTube video on red mangroves.

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Mar 23, 2021
The Nature of Oaks with Doug Tallamy
32:39

Bob chats with Doug Tallamy about his latest book The Nature of Oaks. The book shows you what to look for on and near oak trees every month of the year. Hear a few of the amazing stories of oaks. If you have or want oaks in your yard or just want to appreciate their irreplaceable role in the health of our environment this podcast will inspire you to learn more about this magnificent tree.

Books by Doug Tallamy are published by Timber Press:

  • The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native Trees
  • Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard
  • Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants
  • The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden with Rick Darke

Click here to learn more about Seed Libraries.

Related episodes: Northern Red Oak and Blue Jays are Not Blue

Special thanks to Cincinnati realtors Molly and Sara at Haven Home Group (Coldwell Banker Realty) for sponsoring this episode.

Mar 09, 2021
Acorn Woodpeckers
31:34

Gia and Bob discuss one amazing woodpecker. If you live or travel to the west make sure you check this woodpecker out. This episode is part of our Keystone Species series. Thanks to Christina Zorn for the great research!

Related woodpecker episodes: Wow it’s a Pileated Woodpecker, Downy Woodpeckers Support Their Mates, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers Slurp Sap

Keystone Species series: All About Alligators, Firefighting Beavers

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Feb 23, 2021
Hooded Merganser - Not the Duckiest Duck
45:17

Charles and Bob discuss the Hooded Merganser. It is a duck that has some very un-duck like qualities.

Related episodes: Mallards Mate with Other DucksFirefighting BeaversWhat It’s Like to be a Bird with David SibleyErin Brockovich

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Feb 16, 2021
72 Seasons
28:30

Chris Clements of Imago joins Bob to talk about the Japanese concept of 72 seasons. Chris challenges us to go out and visit nature regularly in our own neck of the woods. See how it changes every few days. Try to come up with your own micro-season and give it an evocative name.

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Feb 09, 2021
Seeds on the Move
44:18

Seeds have many ways to get out into the world. Greg shares fascinating strategies plants use to disburse seeds.

Related episodes: Hedge Apples, Down Yonder in the Paw Paw Patch

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Feb 02, 2021
All About Alligators
31:29

Gia and Bob are in Bob’s backyard on a cold winter afternoon talking all about alligators. Alligators are a great American success story. Thanks to Christina Zorn for the great research! This episode is part of our Keystone Species series.

Keystone Species series episodes: Firefighting Beavers

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Jan 26, 2021
Erin Brockovich
45:26

Recently I ran across a title of a new book that peaked my interest. Curious to know more I did an Internet search and found out that this book is written by someone I think you may recognize. Erin Brockovich has become a household word thanks to a movie by the same name released in the year 2000. I got a hold of a copy of the book and after reading it realized it would be the perfect end to the water series. If you haven't had a chance to listen to the first two parts I encourage you to do so. Charles does a great job giving us a deeper understanding of why water is so important to all life on earth. I hope Erin will inspire you to pick up a copy of her book, Superman's not Coming: Our National Water Crisis What We The People Can Do About It. As Erin so passionately says no one is going to solve our water problems for us. It is up to we the people and Erin’s book shows you how.

Related Episodes: What the Heck is Water, Freshwater Life

Our sources for this episode include:
Superman's not Coming: Our National Water Crisis What We The People Can Do About It by Erin Brockovich

Jan 19, 2021
Freshwater Life
42:45

Charles Van Rees joins Bob to discuss the importance of freshwater and its relationship to biodiversity. This is part two of a three part series.

 
Jan 12, 2021
What the Heck is Water
22:00

Charles Van Rees joins Bob to discuss something we can take for granted. Water is an amazing substance and Charles has some insights as to why it is essential to all life on earth. This is part one of a three part series on water and its importance to all living things on earth.

Related episodes: So You Want to Be a Naturalist, Sycamores Can Be Huge Trees

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Jan 05, 2021
Welcome 2021
10:45

It has been a challenging year for everyone including Nature Guys. Losing Bill Creasey in August was a loss for everyone who values connecting to the natural world. It would take a village of naturalists to replace him. Well we don’t quite have a village but we have been able to assemble an amazing team to carry on the work of Nature Guys. Tune in to find out what Bob discovers at his sit spot. This episode also serves as a preview of the first five episodes in 2021.

Related episodes:

Dec 29, 2020
What It's Like to Be a Bird with David Sibley
44:12

Awhile back my sister Suzanne called me. She was excited because a pair of mourning doves had nested on an upstairs window ledge of her house. As it happens I was reading David Sibley's book What It's Like to be a Bird: From Flying to Nesting, Eating, to Singing What Birds are Doing and Why.

My sister is a great lover of books so I made her an offer I knew she could not refuse. I suggested that I would send her a copy of the book if she would put together some questions that I might use in this interview. Suzanne has never to my knowledge passed up the opportunity to read a book she is interested in so she quickly agreed.

A few weeks later she sent me this email: "I really enjoyed reading What It’s Like to be a Bird. As you know, I am not someone who spends much time thinking about birds and my knowledge of them is very limited, but I like them and found this book to be a great source of information for someone like me. I am very impressed that Sibley did both the text and the illustrations, which are great. So here are some general questions and questions about mourning doves, which may or may not be of use to you."

Hope you enjoy the interview!

Related episode: Mourning Doves 

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Today’s episode is sponsored by Cinfed Credit Union. You have questions, Cinfed has answers! Providing financial services for more than 85 years to a wide area around Cincinnati. Become a member at cinfed.com!

 

Dec 15, 2020
Giving Tuesday 2020
26:09

Listeners often ask me what can you do to help out Nature Guys? This is our annual Giving Tuesday podcast and I have a very specific call to action for this episode. Donate what you can to a great organization that means a lot to Bob. Tune in to find out how you can donate.

Our sources for this episode include:

Today’s episode is sponsored by Cinfed Credit Union. You have questions, Cinfed has answers! Providing financial services for more than 85 years to a wide area around Cincinnati. Become a member at cinfed.com!

Dec 01, 2020
Witch Hazel Magic
31:20

Witch Hazel is an amazing and strange plant. It took naturalists a long time to figure out what might pollinate it. Greg Torres, a very talented horticulturist, joins Bob to discuss a plant that you can find blooming in December.

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Special thanks to Cinfed Credit Union for sponsoring this episode.

Nov 17, 2020
Firefighting Beavers
31:24

Introducing Gia Giammarinaro as my cohost for todays episode. Gia is the lead Naturalist at Cincinnati Parks California Woods Nature Preserve. Her favorite rodent is the beaver. How many people do you know who lunch with beavers? Gia was actually on the Parachuting Beaver episode and returns with an amazing story she found in National Geographic.

Related episode: Parachuting Beavers 

Our sources for this episode include:

Special thanks to Cinfed Credit Union for sponsoring this episode.

Nov 03, 2020
So You Want to be a Naturalist
20:16

I got a wonderful email from Kim who homeschools her children and wanted some advice. Her oldest son is hoping to do something in the field of nature. I also received this email from Charles Van Rees a Conservation Biologist and Naturalist offering to be a guest on the show.

“I want first and foremost to thank you for bringing your expertise, humor, warmth, and energy to a great podcast on natural history. I recently moved from a crowded city in Europe to rural Montana, and have been looking for good podcasts on natural history to keep my mind occupied during frequent, long drives. Your podcast has brought me a lot of joy, laughs, and learning during a tough transition and helped me get back in touch with North American nature. Thank you so much! On my way into work this morning I heard your 'Welcome 2020' podcast and your mention of wanting to feature more 'humans' on the show. In case you were looking for additional humans, I wanted to offer myself as a potential guest, since I absolutely adore the show and would love to give something in return. I'm a wetland ecologist and conservation biologist with expertise in freshwater biodiversity and ornithology, and currently work as a postdoctoral research scientist at Flathead Lake Biological Station in Polson, Montana. My past work has been on endangered water birds in Hawaii and migratory gulls in Seville, Spain. Aside from that, I'm a passionate student of natural history and have been trying to spend more time integrating nature study into my work as my career advances. I've been featured on a couple podcasts before and think it's tremendous fun. If you'd like to learn more about me I'd be happy to chat anytime, or you can have a look at my website.”

I decided it would be a good idea to have Charles answer Kim’s email. What started as an email exchange evolved into doing a complete episode. If you know people who are interested in the natural world as a career please share this episode with them.

You can contact Charles Van Rees and learn more about his activities on his website
cbvanrees.wordpress.com or on Twitter @Gulothoughts.

Special thanks to Cinfed Credit Union for sponsoring this episode.

Oct 20, 2020
100 Things in the Sky with Dean Regas
25:50

Nature Guys Podcast spends lots of time connecting you to nature on this amazing planet. We are excited to have Dean Regas the astronomer for the Cincinnati Observatory (https://www.cincinnatiobservatory.org/), as a special guest on Nature Guys. After this episode I think you are going to be inspired to step outside and look up.

Special thanks to Cinfed Credit Union (https://www.cinfed.com/) for sponsoring this episode.

Oct 06, 2020
Our Friend Bill
07:56

Cohost and Cofounder of Nature Guys Podcast sadly passed away in August 2020. Bill's dream was for Nature Guys to continue connecting people to the natural world.

Read Bill's obituary at http://www.springgrove.org/obituary.aspx?id=5351

Sep 01, 2020
Chimney Swift the Flying Cigar
36:00

Next time you pass by an old chimney keep your eye out for this amazing bird. They can eat three times their own weight every day. 

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Aug 18, 2020
Purple Martin
27:39

People often put out Purple Martin houses to help control insects. In fact the Martins in the eastern United States could not exist without these houses. 

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Aug 04, 2020
House Finch the Hollywood Bird
26:40

Find out the amazing story of how the House Finch made its way all the way across the United States. 

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Jul 21, 2020
Bluebird Carries the Sky
30:34

It is challenging to be a bluebird. Learn what you can do to help this beautiful bird.

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Jul 07, 2020
Damselflies
22:57

Damselflies are beautiful creatures. Best of all they do not bite or sting. 

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Jun 30, 2020
Dragonflies
32:09

Dragonflies are something you want to have around. They love to eat mosquitoes!

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Jun 23, 2020
Native Bees
35:32

Native bees are incredibly efficient at pollinating plants and they are very docile.

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Jun 16, 2020
Bull Frogs Roar Like Bulls
27:13

Bob learns that you can see this frog in the winter! 

Related episodes: Green Frogs Sing the Blues, Gray Treefrogs Freeze, Wood Frogs Quack It Up, Jeepers Spring Peepers 

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Jun 09, 2020
Salmon are a Gift
33:55

Bob has a conversation with Mark Kurlansky the award winning author of Salmon: A Fish, the Earth, and the History of Their Common Fate.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Mark Kurlansky (visit his web site at http://www.markkurlansky.com/)
  • Salmon: A Fish, the Earth, and the History of Their Common Fate by Mark Kurlansky
  • The World Without Fish: How Kids Can Help Save the Oceans by Mark Kurlansky
  • Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky
Jun 02, 2020
Green Frogs Sing the Blues
27:25

Bill reveals something he learned in school. Green frogs can be blue! 

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May 26, 2020
Gray Tree Frogs Freeze
26:59

Gray treefrogs are hard to see but easy to hear. Special thanks to our friend and naturalist John Howard for the amazing photos.

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May 19, 2020
Nuts about Squirrels
05:12

Bob challenges you to try to find more ‘nuts’ than a squirrel.

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May 15, 2020
Grey Squirrels
27:10

Grey Squirrels are easy to see in certain areas. They are really cute even when they are eating all your birdseed!

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May 12, 2020
Land Art
07:01

Bob invites artist Adrian Hawk to tell us how we can do Land Art right in our own neighborhoods.

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May 08, 2020
Blue Violets are Sometimes Blue
25:04

Bob has his back yard torn up. He is amazed to find Blue Violets returning in pure clay soil.

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May 05, 2020
Fort Building
09:00

Bill and Bob remember a fun outside activity they did as kids.

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May 01, 2020
Zoo Town
25:30

Bill talks with Thane Maynard the Director of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Learn how Thane went from a kid chasing gaters in Florida to the head of one of the best zoos in the world.

Resources mentioned include:

Apr 28, 2020
Hug a Tree
08:32

Bill and Bob explain a simple activity you can do to connect your kids and yourself to trees.

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Apr 24, 2020
Wildflower Pilgrimage
22:55

Bob interviews Nancy Stranahan the Executive Director of the Arc of Appalachia. Nancy is an inspiration and we can all use a large dose of that right now. 

Related episode: Spring Wildflowers (http://natureguys.org/spring-wildflowers/)

The Arc of Appalachia - Saving Ohio's Wildlands
https://arcofappalachia.org/

Apr 21, 2020
56 Pillbugs
06:49

Bill and Bob do a short follow up to the pillbug episode. This has some great ideas to lift your spirits and a special guest.

Related episode: Some Pillbugs are Roly Polies (http://natureguys.org/pillbugs/)

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Apr 17, 2020
Goldfinch is Our Mascot
35:06

Goldfinch is just the bird to cheer you up! This is a great bird to have at your feeders.

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Apr 14, 2020
Holes Hike
09:07

Bob and Bill hope to inspire you to take a Nature Break. This episode has a fun activity that Bob used at nature summer camp.

Related episode: Screech Owl (http://natureguys.org/screech-owl/)

Apr 10, 2020
Some Pillbugs are Roly Polies
36:58

Bob and Bill are inspired by an Imago Ranger program (https://imagoearth.org/imago-rangers/) to do an episode on pillbugs. If you're a little stressed out go outside and find some of these guys.

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Apr 07, 2020
Step Outside During Coronavirus
20:27

Bob has a conversation with Chris from Imago about how nature can help us deal with the coronavirus.

Organizations mentioned in this podcast include:

Mar 31, 2020
Tuliptrees are Straight and Tall
30:28

Bob has two large tuliptrees in his yard. Tune in to find out why these trees are so interesting.

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Mar 24, 2020
Africa
25:56

Bill says Africa is number one on his places to explore. Tune in to find out how a trip to Africa might change your life. 

Related episodes: Through the Eyes of Nature Guys (http://natureguys.org/travel/)

Mar 17, 2020
Beach Wrack
57:03

Every wonder about the stuff that washes up on a beech as the tide comes in and out? Doc Bruce from Sanibel Sea School explains why this is such an important place on a beach.

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Mar 03, 2020
Scoop on White Pelicans
23:49

Ranger Toni tells the amazing story of a white pelican stuck in the ice in Minnesota. Tune in to find out how it got to Ding Darling.

Related episode: Wildlife at Ding (http://natureguys.org/wildlife-ding/)

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Feb 18, 2020
Wildlife at Ding
17:04

Bob meets Ranger Toni at the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. She talks about the amazing system of wildlife refuges that are all over the United States.

Related: Through the Eyes of Nature Guys (http://natureguys.org/travel/)

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Feb 11, 2020
A Long Way to Australia
31:58

Bill explains the many wonders of the land down under.

Related: Through the Eyes of Nature Guys (http://natureguys.org/travel/)

 

Feb 04, 2020
Grizzly Bear Joe
31:09

Bob and Bill have a special guest that has a ton of experience and stories of Grizzly Bears in Alaska. We start out with five fun and informative questions for our live audience at Roads, Rivers and Trails (https://www.roadsriversandtrails.com/).

Related: Through the Eyes of Nature Guys (http://natureguys.org/travel/)

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Jan 21, 2020
Welcome 2020
27:35

Bill and Bob welcome in the new year with a special conversation with Chris Anderson the executive producer and host of Science Around Cincy.

You can find our more about Chris Anderson’s projects at:

Jan 07, 2020
Christmas in October
32:58

Christmas in October

Bob and Bill invite some friends to share stories of Christmas Trees. Hope this episode brings a smile to your face!

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Dec 24, 2019
Millions of Sand Dollars
24:35

Bob takes a walk on the beach and becomes really curious about sand dollars. Luckily he finds a wonderful source of information, “Sanibel Sea School.”

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Dec 10, 2019
Giving Tuesday -Canary in the Coal Mine
29:19

Bill and Bob talk about organizations that support the birds we love.

Organizations Bill and Bob Support

  • Arc of Appalachia | Savings Ohio's Wildlands
    https://arcofappalachia.org
  • Edge of Appalachia - Cincinnati Museum Center
    https://www.cincymuseum.org/nature/
  • The Nature Conservancy
    https://www.nature.org/en-us/
  • The American Bird Conservancy
    https://abcbirds.org/
Nov 26, 2019
Ants are Amazing Part 2
27:00

Ants are so amazing we had to do a follow up to our episode Ants in My Plants. Tune in to learn why these insects are so important.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • 10 Crazy Facts About Ants
    https://futurism.com/10-crazy-facts-about-ants
  • 6 amazing facts about ants
    https://earthsky.org/earth/amazing-facts-ants
  • COOL FACTS ABOUT ANTS!
    https://www.natgeokids.com/za/discover/animals/insects/ant-facts/
Nov 12, 2019
Ants in My Plants
31:37

We got a request to do a podcast at a local garden club. The organizer even provided us with the title. This topic is so vast that it is a two part podcast.

Our sources include:

  • 13 natural solutions for killing and deterring ants
    https://www.mnn.com/your-home/at-home/blogs/13-natural-remedies-for-the-ant-invasion
  • 30 Natural Home Remedies To Get Rid of Ants From Home & Garden
    https://balconygardenweb.com/30-natural-home-remedies-to-get-rid-of-ants-from-home-garden/
  • ANTS IN YOUR HOUSEPLANTS: GETTING RID OF ANTS IN YOUR PLANTS
    https://www.combatbugs.com/en/home/pest-identification/bug-files/ants-in-your-houseplants-getting-rid-of-ants-in-your-plants.cky.html
Oct 29, 2019
Stinky Weasels
28:19

Have you ever seen a weasel? A listener saw what he thought might be a weasel and his email inspired this podcast.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Weasels: Tiny but mighty
    https://www.farmanddairy.com/columns/weasels-tiny-but-mighty/406436.html
  • Nature: Weasels intriguing despite bad rep
    https://www.dispatch.com/article/20101107/lifestyle/311079702
  • Fierce Facts About Weasels
    http://mentalfloss.com/article/64193/7-fierce-facts-about-weasels
Oct 15, 2019
Knowing Robins
35:32

Almost everyone knows what a Robin looks like. Tune in to find out all about this very common bird. 

Related episode: Sit Spot (http://natureguys.org/sit-spot/)

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Book “What the Robin Knows” by Jon Young
    http://birdlanguage.com/
  • American Robin
    https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Robin/overview
  • Fun Facts About American Robins
    https://www.thespruce.com/american-robin-facts-4143588
  • Robin Facts
    https://journeynorth.org/tm/robin/fact_page.html
Oct 01, 2019
Sycamores Can Be Huge Trees
27:52

This is an easy tree to identify even in winter. Bill tells the tales of some amazing sycamores that he has known over the years. If you get lost this tree will lead you to water.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Sycamores, Trees of Wonder
    http://biologicalthinking.blogspot.com/2013/03/sycamores-trees-of-wonder.html
  • American Sycamore
    https://naturewalk.yale.edu/trees/platanaceae/platanus-occidentalis/american-sycamore-29
  • Sycamore Get No Respect
    http://www.eattheweeds.com/sycamores-not-just-another-plane-tree-2/
  • Sycamore Tree Care
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/sycamore/sycamore-tree-care.htm

 

Sep 17, 2019
Mighty Mosquito
33:04

Mosquitoes are the deadliest creatures on earth. Find out how to get along with these challenging insects.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Birds Bats and mosquitoes
    https://www.thoughtco.com/birds-and-bats-no-help-with-mosquitos-3970964
  • Natural Mosquito Repellents
    https://www.thoughtco.com/natural-mosquito-repellents-602178
  • Do Bug Zappers Kill Mosquitoes?
    https://www.thoughtco.com/do-bug-zappers-kill-mosquitoes-1968054
  • Bobʼs Favorite Insect Repellent is Alpenglow
    https://www.alpenglowskincare.com/products/alaskas-best-insect-repellent

 

Sep 03, 2019
Hognose Snakes can Dig
26:23

Bill rarely sees this snake but it is one of his favorites. The hognose snake has some amazing behaviors. S

Related episodes: Black Rat Snake (http://natureguys.org/black-rat-snake/), Red-shouldered or Red-wristed Hawk (http://natureguys.org/red-shouldered-hawk/)

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Eastern Hognose Snake
    http://www.biokids.umich.edu/critters/Heterodon_platirhinos/
  • Eastern Hognose
    https://nhpbs.org/wild/easternhognosesnake.asp
  • Hognose Snakes
    http://www.lihs.org/files/caresheets/Heterodon.htm
Aug 20, 2019
Mallards Mate with Other Ducks
27:21

Mallards are a very common duck that are easy to find. Find out why Bill thinks they may be an invasive species. 

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Unflappable Facts About Mallards
    http://mentalfloss.com/article/78330/15-unflappable-facts-about-mallards
  • Mallard duck facts
    http://www.softschools.com/facts/animals/mallard_duck_facts/587/
  • Mallard
    https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Mallard/lifehistory
Aug 06, 2019
Smoky Mountains
28:13

This is the most visited park in the United States. It is free and is amazing any month of the year.

Related episodes: Through the Eyes of Nature Guys http://natureguys.org/travel/

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Fightmaster Fly Fishing - Rob Fightmaster is a great fly fishing guide. Even Bob and Beth can catch fish with Rob at their side!
    https://fightmasterflyfishing.com
  • A Wondrous Diversity of Life - Great Smokey Mountains
    https://www.nps.gov/grsm/learn/nature/index.htm
  • Do Cougars Roam the Smoky Mountains?
    https://gardenandgun.com/articles/cougars-roam-smoky-mountains/
  • 20 Facts to know about the Great Smoky Mountains
    https://www.cabinsforyou.com/blog/advice/20-facts-about-great-smoky-mountains.htm
Jul 23, 2019
Nuthatch the Upside Down Bird
25:24

If you see a bird on a tree with its head toward the ground chances are good you are looking at a nuthatch. 

Our sources for this episode include:

  • White-breasted Nuthatch (The Cornell Lab of Ornithology)
    https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/White-breasted_Nuthatch/overview
  • What is a Nuthatch?
    http://www.10000birds.com/nuthatches?doing_wp_cron=1550344848.9804060459136962890625
  • 9 fun facts about nuthatches
    https://www.wausaudailyherald.com/story/sports/outdoors/2016/04/27/9-funfacts-nuthatches/83551868/
  • How to Attract Nuthatches
    https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-attract-nuthatches-386249

 

Jul 09, 2019
Clover Come Back
27:11

Bobʼs neighbor Wayne had a simple question. Why do you have clover in your yard? Bob and Bill decided to do a podcast to explain to Wayne why we both keep and even plant clover in our yards.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Clover Lawns
    https://dengarden.com/gardening/Clover-Lawns
  • Establishing White Clover in Lawns
    http://versicolor.ca/lawnsoldsite/docs/clover.html
  • Blades of glory: America's love affair with lawns
    https://theweek.com/articles/483762/blades-glory-americas-love-affair-lawns
Jun 25, 2019
Looking for Lizards
25:52

Bill and Bob explore a lizard that started showing up in Cincinnati in the 1950ʼs. Tune in for the fascinating story of how this lizard got to Cincinnati all the way from Italy.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Revisiting Some Scaly Old Friends
    https://bygl.osu.edu/node/926
  • Bottlenecks and Microhabitat Preference in Invasive Wall Lizard, Podarcis muralis
    https://etd.ohiolink.edu/ap/10?0::NOM10MP10_ETD_SUBIDM89321
  • They came from Italy. Now, they outnumber us all.
    https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2017/08/31/they-came-italy-now-theyoutnumber-us-all/591532001/
  • Lazarus Lizards Rise in Cincinnati
    https://bygl.osu.edu/node/585
  • Ohio Division of Natural Resources (ODNR) Conservation Education Materials
    http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/education-and-outdoor-discovery/conservation-education-project-wild/education-materials
Jun 11, 2019
Run Rabbit Run
30:30

Rabbits are fun and sometimes confusing. Bob and Bill will cover everything from legend to fact about a very cool animal that everyone knows.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • 39 Most Famous Bunnies of All Time
    https://247wallst.com/special-report/2018/03/28/39-most-famous-bunnies-of-all-time/
  • 14 Fascinating Facts About Rabbits
    http://mentalfloss.com/article/557234/facts-about-rabbits
  • 20 Fascinating Facts About Rabbits
    https://www.care2.com/causes/20-fascinating-facts-about-rabbits.html
  • Imago
    https://imagoearth.org/
  • La Soupe Cincinnati
    https://www.lasoupecincinnati.com/
May 28, 2019
Don't Hang Out Under Black Walnut Trees
26:54

Black Walnut trees are valuable for their beautiful wood. Bobʼs dad sold their big Black Walnuts when Bob was a kid. Tune in to find out all about this amazing tree!

Related episode: Fall Webworms in Summer (http://natureguys.org/fall-webworms/)

Our sources for this episode include:

  • A Wild Crop and Backyard Harvest
    https://www.americanforests.org/magazine/article/a-wild-crop-and-backyard-harvest/
  • Eastern Black Walnut
    https://naturewalk.yale.edu/trees/juglandaceae/juglans-nigra/eastern-black-walnut-59
  • Black Walnut Tree
    https://www.wildernesscollege.com/black-walnut-tree.html
  • Mast Tree Network
    http://www.mast-producing-trees.org/2009/11/native-walnuts-of-north-america/
May 14, 2019
Softshell Turtles
25:43

If you like to kayak or canoe you can find these really cool turtles in streams. 

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Eastern Spiny Softshell Turtle (Apalone spinifera spinifera) - Ohio's 12 Species of Turtles at a Glance
    https://trekohio.com/2012/07/19/ohios-12-species-of-turtles-at-a-glance/
  • Facts about Softshell Turtles
    https://animals.mom.me/softshell-turtles-3184.html
  • Spiny Softshell Turtle - Diet
    https://www.nwf.org/Educational-Resources/Wildlife-Guide/Reptiles/Spiny-Softshell-Turtle
Apr 30, 2019
Red-Eared Slider
25:15

When Bill and Bob were kids they had sliders as pets. Tune is to find out where you can find these turtles today.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Red-Eared Slider
    http://naturemappingfoundation.org/natmap/facts/red-eared_slider_712.html
  • Red-Eared Slider, Map and Painted Turtles – Semi-Aquatic Turtle Care
    http://blogs.thatpetplace.com/thatreptileblog/2012/03/06/red-eared-slider-map-and-painted-turtles-semi-aquatic-turtle-care/
  • Global invasive species list - 100 of the World's Worst Invasive Alien Species
    http://www.iucngisd.org/gisd/100_worst.php
Apr 16, 2019
Painted Turtle
23:38

Learn everything you need to know about this very beautiful turtle. 

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Five Facts You Probably Didn't Know about Painted Turtles https://dickinsoncountyconservationboard.com/2018/03/05/five-facts-you-probably-didnt-know-about-painted-turtles/
  • Painted Turtle https://www.warnernaturecenter.org/animals/paintedturtle
Apr 02, 2019
Black Racer is One Fast Snake
24:05

Bob runs into a snake in Florida that exhibits a behavior that he has never seen before. Tune in the hear all about this very fast snake.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Black Racer https://www.acaquarium.com/animals/black-racer/
  • Black Racer – Deceiving Speed http://www.beaufortonline.com/black-racer-deceiving-speed/
  • North American Black Racer (Coluber constrictor) https://kysnakes.ca.uky.edu/snake/coluber-constrictor
Mar 19, 2019
Going to Galapagos
32:30

In this edition of Through the Eyes of Nature Guys, Bill shares stories of trips to one of his top two destinations in the world - the Galapagos Islands.

Related episodes:

Our sources for this episode include:

  • The experiences of Bill on his trips to the Galapagos
Mar 05, 2019
Mourning Doves
21:53

The Mourning Dove is easy to find both by sight and by ear.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Fun Mourning Dove Facts
    http://backyardbirdingblog.com/fun-mourning-dove-facts/
  • Mourning Dove
    https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Mourning_Dove/lifehistory
  • The Secret Life of the Mourning Dove
    http://northernwoodlands.org/outside_story/article/the-secret-life-of-the-mourning-dove
Feb 19, 2019
Chickadee Dee Dee
28:24

This is a bird that is so friendly it will eat out of your hand! Tune in to find out more about this cute little bird that is easy to find.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Black-capped chickadees are amazing little birds - https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/thom-smith-naturewatch-black-capped-chickadees-are-amazing-little-birds,532813
  • 10 Interesting Facts About Chickadees - https://www.backyardchirper.com/blog/10-interesting-facts-about-chickadees/
  • Carolina Chickadees - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Carolina_Chickadee/overview
Feb 05, 2019
Tufted Titmouse
23:25

This is a bird that is easily identified. It will come to your feeder and is a year round resident in Cincinnati. Tune in to learn more about the little bird with the bad haircut.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • What is a Titmouse? - http://www.10000birds.com/titmouse.htm
  • Titmouse - https://www.britannica.com/animal/titmouse
  • Tufted Titmouse - https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/tufted-titmouse
Jan 22, 2019
Cordyceps Can Be Helpful
22:27

Cordyceps is a fungus that can destroy ant colonies. Tune in to find out how cicadas found a way to use cordyceps to survive.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Fungus turns ‘zombie antsʼ into booby traps https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2014/08/19/fungus-turns-zombie-ants-into-booby-traps/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.549321d845b5
  • 6 Benefits of Cordyceps, All Backed by Science https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/cordyceps-benefits#section8
  • Cordyceps: The Most Terrifying Fungus Youʼve Ever Seen https://www.strangerdimensions.com/2013/05/28/cordyceps-the-most-terrifying-fungus-youve-ever-seen/
  • How to Tame a Zombie Fungus - Cicadas have repeatedly turned the infamous cordyceps fungi into indispensable allies. https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/06/how-to-tame-a-zombie-fungus/562544/
Jan 08, 2019
Horsehair Worms
21:53

Horsehair worms are easy to find. They are fascinating and harmless. Keep your eyes open when you are near water. Bill found one crawling out of a grasshopper.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Horsehair Worms (https://entomology.ca.uky.edu/files/efpdf3/ef613.pdf)
  • Iowa State Horsehair Worms (https://hortnews.extension.iastate.edu/horsehair-worm)
  • Wild Fact #752 – Bad Company – Nematomorpha (http://www.wild-facts.com/2010/wild-fact-752-bad-company-nematomorpha/)
  • Zombie Fungus Enslaves Only Its Favorite Ant Brains (https://www.livescience.com/47751-zombie-fungus-picky-about-ant-brains.html)
Dec 25, 2018
Water Striders Walk on Water
27:43

Water Striders are amazing insects that you can find in lakes and streams. Tune in to find out what they eat, how fast they are and much more.

This episode was recorded live at Roads, Rivers and Trails (https://roadsriversandtrails.com/).

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Facts About Water Striders https://someinterestingfacts.net/facts-water-striders
  • This Is Why Water Striders Make Terrible Lifeguards - KQED You Tube video
  • https://www.kqed.org/science/1871155/this-is-why-water-striders-make-terriblelifeguards
  • 7 Water Strider Facts – It Walks On Water! http://jakesnatureblog.com/2018/08/11/7-water-strider-facts-walks-water/
  • Richard Hammond's Invisible Worlds - Water Strider - You Tube video
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RphuMEUY3Og
Dec 11, 2018
Giving Tuesday
20:56

As human beings we have a chance to contribute to organizations that help educate and protect the natural world. Bob and Bill talk about some of their favorite organizations and what they are able to accomplish with a little help from people like you. If you are donating to an organization please consider leaving a comment under this episode.

Organizations that Bob and Bill support:

  • Imago
    https://imagoearth.org
  • Cincinnati Nature Center
    https://www.cincynature.org
  • The Nature Conservancy
    https://www.nature.org/en-us/
  • American Bird Conservancy
    https://abcbirds.org
Nov 27, 2018
Parachuting Beavers
28:21

The beaver is one of the largest rodents in North America. Tune in to find out how and why beavers actually took up parachuting!

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Parachuting beavers featured in 'Fur For the Future,' 1950s-era film
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gNAjBPIyjQ
  • Amazing Facts About the Beaver
    https://onekindplanet.org/animal/beaver/
  • Facts About Beavers
    https://www.livescience.com/52460-beavers.html
  • 11 Fascinating Facts About Beavers
    http://mentalfloss.com/article/62316/11-fascinating-facts-about-beavers
Nov 13, 2018
Zombie Wasps
26:02

Did you know that we have thousands of species of parasitoid wasps? Tune in to find out why these are called Zombie Wasps.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Butterfly Eggs and Caterpillar Survival | Life In The Undergrowth | BBC
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCo2uCLXvhk
  • That little speck there? That's a parasitoid wasp!
    https://u.osu.edu/pinningblock/2015/05/28/that-little-speck-there-thats-a-parasitoid-wasp/
  • Ichneumon Wasps More than 5,000 species in North America
    https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/ichneumon-wasps
  • Intimate relation between blue butterfly, ichneumon wasp and ants
    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/320475303_Intimate_relation_between_blue_butterfly_ichneumon_wasp_and_ant
Oct 30, 2018
Canada Geese Fly By Night
42:37

This is Nature Guys 100th episode and to celebrate Bill and Bob did a live show for volunteers of Cincinnati Nature Center (https://www.cincynature.org/) the place they met many years ago. This episode is on Canada Geese a bird that Bill had many encounters with at Cincinnati Nature Center. Tune in to find out all about the bird many people love to hate.

Related episode: Don’t Grab a Snapping Turtle by the Tail (http://natureguys.org/snapping-turtle/)

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Where Did All Those Canada Geese In Town Come From?
    https://www.allaboutbirds.org/canada-goose-resident-vs-migratory/
  • The Canada Goose
    https://owlcation.com/stem/The-Canada-Goose-Facts-and-Information
  • 6 Honking Facts About Canada Geese
    http://mentalfloss.com/article/80243/6-honking-facts-about-canada-geese
  • Canada geese will attack. Why are the birds so aggressive?
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/04/25/canada-geese-attacks-population-aggressive/550135002/
Oct 16, 2018
Nature Stories from Music in the Woods
37:27

Bill and Bob gathered nature stories at Imagoʼs Music in the Woods (http://www.imagoearth.org). Tune in to hear inspiring stories of nature connection.

Bill mentions a book that he loves, The Overstory, by Richard Powers (http://www.richardpowers.net/the-overstory/).

Related episodes: Sit Spot (http://natureguys.org/sit-spot/) and Screech Owl (http://natureguys.org/screech-owl/)

Oct 02, 2018
The Sound of Insects on a Late Summer Night
28:12

Step outside on a night in late summer and listen to the sounds of the insects. Bill and Bob have some tips on how to listen to these amazing sounds.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Bill suggests the book "The Songs of Insects" by Lang Elliott and Wil Hershberger
    https://www.amazon.com/Songs-Insects-Wil-Hershberger/dp/0618663975
  • The Music of Nature by Lang Elliot
    http://www.musicofnature.com
  • Understanding Insect Sounds: Nature's Orchestra Video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEHbY-ZkzVo
  • What are you hearing
    http://www.entnemdept.ufl.edu/walker/buzz/i00dis.htm
  • The Singing Insects of Summer
    https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2008/aug/060801.htm
Sep 18, 2018
Fall Web Worms in Summer
21:10

Bill finds fall webworms in the middle of summer. These may look nasty in trees but they are native.

Related episode: Tent Caterpillars Camp Out Together http://natureguys.org/tent-caterpillars/

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Answer Man Revisited: Are there more webworms this fall? Sept 2016
    https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/local/ozarks/2016/09/30/answer-man-revisited-there-more-webworms-fall/91172160/
  • Fall Webworm
    https://texasinsects.tamu.edu/fall-webworm/
  • The rise and fall of the fall webworm
    http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/the_rise_and_fall_of_the_fall_webworm
  • Bagworms or Fall Webworms?
    https://wayne.ces.ncsu.edu/2015/10/bagworms-or-fall-webworms/
Sep 04, 2018
Chipmunks are So Cute
28:22

It is hard to stay mad at a chipmunk because they are so darn cute. Tune in to learn all about this adorable creature.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • 5 Ways Chipmunks Win at Winter
    http://www.ohioanimalcompanion.org/5-ways-chipmunks-win-at-winter/
  • 10 things you don't know about chipmunks
    https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/10-things-you-dont-know-about-chipmunks
  • Chipmunk Facts
    http://www.havahart.com/chipmunk-facts
  • NOT Alvin and the Chipmunks: 10 Facts You May Not Know about the Real Rodents
    https://blog.nwf.org/2011/12/not-alvin-and-the-chipmunks-10-facts-about-the-real-rodents/ 
Aug 28, 2018
Northern Water Snakes are Not Friendly
24:02

The Northern Water Snake is a common snake that you will see around water. Billʼs advice is to look at these and not pick them up.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Northern Water Snake
    http://www.untamedscience.com/biodiversity/northern-water-snake/
  • Facts About Water Snakes
    https://www.livescience.com/52768-water-snake-facts.html
  • Northern Water Snake
    https://snake-facts.weebly.com/northern-water-snake.html

 

Aug 21, 2018
Basswood the Bee Tree
22:45

Did you know that Basswood was the favorite tree of Henry David Thoreau? Tune in to find out all about this amazing tree.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Linden Tree (Tilia species): The Bee Tree by Gary Carlin
    http://hpsbg.weebly.com/uploads/2/3/6/6/2366012/linden_tree.pdf
  • Basswood Tree Facts
    https://www.gardenguides.com/116300-basswood-tree.html
  • Uses for Basswood
    http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us/news/webnews/May%202013/plant.pdf
  • Basswood or Linden Tree Interesting Facts and Uses
    http://snaplant.com/trees/basswood-or-linden-tree-interesting-facts-and-uses/
Aug 14, 2018
Mulberry Mania
30:05

The Nature Guys recorded this show in front of a live audience at Fibanacci Brewing Company (http://fibbrew.com/). Fibonacci makes a beer called Mulberry Grove. Tune in to find out how mulberry trees ended up growing near the the brewery.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Hamilton Avenue Road to Freedom by Charles Cheney
    http://hamiltonavenueroadtofreedom.org/?page_id=563
  • Silk
    https://tennesseeencyclopedia.net/entries/silk/
  • Mt. Healthy neighbors gather mulberries for Fibonaci beer
    https://www.cincinnati.com/story/entertainment/dining/2018/06/29/fibonaccismulberry-grove-made-wild-neighborhood-berries/742644002/
  • 7 Reasons You Should Plant a Mulberry Tree
    http://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/reasons-you-should-plant-a-mulberry-tree/
Aug 07, 2018
Japanese Beetles
27:55

We were at Cincinnati Nature Center for their Hoots and Hops event. Much to our surprise we found out that Lois has Japanese Beetles on her ferns. If you have a garden you probably have seen a Japanese Beetle. These insects can be a challenge to control. Tune in to find out how to identify and deal with the Japanese Beetle.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Best and Worst Plants
    https://www.almanac.com/content/japanese-beetles-best-and-worst-plants
  • Jaw-dropping Facts About Japanese Beetles
    https://animalsake.com/japanese-beetle-facts
  • Ten Interesting Facts About Japanese Beetles as an Aid to Control
    http://www.karensgardentips.com/growing-garden-plants/garden-pests-diseases/ten-interesting-facts-about-japanese-beetles-to-help-you-control-them/
  • 5 Need to Know Facts about Japanese Beetles
    https://lancaster.unl.edu/hort/articles/5FactsaboutJapaneseBeetle_JLarson.pdf
Jul 31, 2018
Hummingbird Moths
23:49

If you happen to see a baby hummingbird take a closer look. You probably are looking at a Hummingbird Moth. Tune in to find out all about a moth that looks and acts like a hummingbird.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Summer Hummer
    http://bugoftheweek.com/blog/2015/7/13/summer-hummer-hummingbird-moth-ihemaris-thysbei
  • National Moth Week
    http://nationalmothweek.org
  • Convergent Evolution
    https://www.sciencedaily.com/terms/convergent_evolution.htm
  • Is it rare to see a hummingbird moth?
    http://animals.mom.me/rare-see-hummingbird-moth-4660.html
Jul 24, 2018
Belize
26:40

Once in awhile we are going to take advantage of Billʼs vast travel experience. In this episode Bill and Bob share nature stories from Belize.

Related episode: Bill's Travel Tips (http://natureguys.org/bills-travel-tips/)

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Mayan Culture and History
    http://www.tulum.com/information/mayan-culture-history/
  • Howler Monkey Facts
    http://interesting-animal-facts.com/Facts-South-American-Animals/Howler-Monkey-Facts.shtml
  • Belize Barrier Reef Snorkeling
    http://www.tropicalsnorkeling.com/belize-snorkeling.html
Jul 17, 2018
Bill's Travel Tips
24:42

Bill has traveled the world in his long career. In this episode he shares some tips and tricks to help make sure you can enjoy the natural world no matter how close or far you travel from home. Visit our website at http://www.natureguys.org/ for a list of Bill's tips and tricks!

Jul 10, 2018
Don't Grab a Snapping Turtle By the Tail
39:46

Learn how and how not to pick up a snapping turtle. These turtles live a really long time. Find out the pros and cons of this strategy. This episode was recorded live at Roads, Rivers and Trails (http://roadsriversandtrails.com/).

Our sources for this episode include:

  • To Help Snapping Turtles
    https://www.tortoisetrust.org/articles/snappers.htm
  • 10 Awesome Snapping Turtle Facts
    https://www.buzzfeed.com/turtlefeed/10-awesome-snapping-turtle-facts-ruc?utm_term=.ajANjXPeV#.bepj18Nem
  • How would you help a snapping turtle cross the road
    https://outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/14121/how-would-you-help-a-snapping-turtle-cross-the-road
  • Common Snapping Turtle Facts for Kids
    https://kidsanimalsfacts.com/common-snapping-turtle-facts-for-kids/
Jul 03, 2018
Deer Will Not Eat Ferns
29:20

Tune in to find out why deer will not eat ferns. Bill will explain the life cycle of this amazing plant. Bob takes you way back to the time when ferns were eaten by dinosaurs. Find out why the Victorians in Britain had fern fever.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Fern-mania: After the Victorians said they cured madness and boosted your love life - and explorers risked death to find them, the humble fern is sexy all over again
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2111859/Fern-mania-After-Victorians-said-cured-madness-boosted-love-life--explorers-risked-death-humble-fern-sexy-again.html#ixzz5ELu2eZ46
  • Seeds and Spores - What Are the Differences
    http://jakesnatureblog.com/2017/10/30/seeds-and-spores-differences/
  • What is a fern?
    https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1103-what-is-a-fern
  • A mouse that eats ferns like a dinosaur
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_8523000/8523825.stm
Jun 26, 2018
Sick of Ticks
26:28

Ticks can make you sick. However, if you take a few precautions they will not prevent you from being outside. Join us to find all about these challenging creatures.

Related episode: Opossums Like To Eat Ticks (http://natureguys.org/opossums/)

Our sources for this episode include:

  • What Purpose Do Ticks Serve in the Ecosystem?
    https://www.hunker.com/12192945/what-purpose-do-ticks-serve-in-theecosystem
  • Create a Tick-Safe Zone Through Landscaping
    https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/prev/in_the_yard.html
  • Deer Ticks: 7 Facts You Need to Know Now
    https://blog.vermontcountrystore.com/deer-ticks/
  • Ticks are getting worse
    https://gizmodo.com/ticks-and-insects-are-making-us-sicker-and-theproblem-1825698896

 

Jun 19, 2018
Voles Villains of the Garden
30:45

Bobʼs garden is invaded by voles. Tune in to find out why this little rodent is being studied by researchers.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management
    http://icwdm.com
  • What Can Rodents Tell Us About Why Humans Love?
    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/scienceanature/what-can-rodents-tell-us-about-why-humans-love-180949441/
  • Voles: These Little Rodents Can do a Lot of Damage
    https://www.gardensalive.com/product/voles-these-little-rodents-can-do-a-lot-of-damage
  • Facts on Voles
    http://animals.mom.me/voles-5139.html
  • Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat
    Book: https://penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/118183/never-cry-wolf#9780735252905
    Movie: https://movies.disney.com/never-cry-wolf
Jun 12, 2018
Praying Mantis Preys
24:24

Seems like everyone knows something about the Praying Mantis. Tune in to find out some interesting facts that you might not know.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Praying mantises released for pest control are hunting hummingbirds
    https://www.treehugger.com/animals/praying-mantises-released-pest-control-are-hunting-hummingbirds.html
  • 11 wondrous facts about praying mantises
    https://www.treehugger.com/animals/11-wondrous-facts-about-praying-mantises.html
  • 10 Fascinating Praying Mantis Facts
    https://www.thoughtco.com/praying-mantid-facts-1968525
Jun 05, 2018
Zebra and Tiger Swallowtails
26:32

Who isnʼt happy to see butterflies? Bill loves to look for zebra and tiger butterflies in April and May. Join us to find out how these butterflies get out so early.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Tiger Swallowtail Facts and Info
    https://animalsake.com/tiger-swallowtail-butterfly
  • Common Swallowtail Butterflies
    http://www.birdsandblooms.com/blog/common-swallowtail-butterflies/
  • A Garden for Zebras and Tigers
    http://blog.nwf.org/2016/02/a-garden-for-zebras-and-tigers/
  • Top 10 Plants for Swallowtails
    http://www.birdsandblooms.com/gardening/top-10-lists-for-gardeners/top-10-plants-swallowtails/?11
May 29, 2018
Tent Caterpillars Camp Out Together
26:34

Bob is amazed to learn that tent caterpillars are native. He also learns that pregnant horses can be harmed by tent caterpillars. As usual Bill tells us when are where to find these gregarious creatures.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Interesting Behaviors and Traits of Tent Caterpillars - https://www.thoughtco.com/tent-caterpillar-facts-4148139
  • 7 facts about tent caterpillars and why they're all over N.J. this spring - http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2016/05/6_facts_about_tent_caterpillars.html
  • Eastern Tent Caterpillar - https://entomology.ca.uky.edu/ef423
May 22, 2018
Starlings, Shakespeare and Mozart
28:03

Bill has a very hard time dealing with the common starling. Bob does his best to bring up some interesting facts about the starling. Join us to see if Bill changes his mind about a bird that many people love to hate.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • The Invasive Species We Can Blame On Shakespeare - https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-invasive-species-we-can-blame-on-shakespeare-95506437/
  • Even if we don’t love starlings, we should learn to live with them - https://ideas.ted.com/even-if-we-dont-love-starlings-we-should-learn-to-live-with-them/
  • Fun Facts about European Starlings - http://lansingwbu.blogspot.com/2011/03/fun-facts-about-european-starlings.html
  • Why We Should all Love and Help the Humble Starling - https://www.birdfood.co.uk/help-starling
May 15, 2018
Bamboozled by Bamboo
26:13

Bob, Bill and Beth take a field trip out to Burtonʼs Bamboo Garden. Did you know that some bamboo is native to the US? Tune in to find out all the pros and cons of this very interesting plant.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Zak Burton at Burtonʼs Bamboo Garden - http://www.burtonsbamboogarden.com/
  • Bamboo - https://www.mydaytondailynews.com/news/local/bamboo-invasions-promptbans-crackdowns/eqYmvqyOTtkEmv7JkPUz5J/
  • Americaʼs Native Bamboo
    https://showmeoz.wordpress.com/2015/07/08/americas-native-bamboo-part-i-history-and-ecology/
  • Invasive bamboo frustrates Worthington coupleʼs neighbors
    http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/06/18/bamboozled.html
  • Switch Cane, Giant Cane
    http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/plant-directory/arundinaria-gigantea/
May 08, 2018
Time for Toads
34:57

Toads are so cool! If you cannot find one make sure you take some kids hiking with you. They are great at finding toads. Join us as we explore many interesting things about the toad. Do you know how they drink water?

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Book “The Hidden Life of a Toad” by Doug Wechsler - http://dougwechsler.com/pages/hidden-life-of-a-toad.php
  • American Toads - http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Anaxyrus_americanus/
  • American Toad: The Animal Files - http://www.theanimalfiles.com/amphibians/toads/american_toad.html
  • What are these tiny toads? - http://askanaturalist.com/what-are-these-tiny-toads/
  • Do Toads Really Give You Warts? - https://wonderopolis.org/wonder/do-toads-really-give-you-warts
May 01, 2018
Nature Camp for Everyone
39:43

Nature Guys is the podcast that connects you to the exciting natural world right in your own neighborhood. These nature connections will help you be cool, calm, collected and ready to make a positive difference in the world. Nature Guys is co-hosted by Bob a long time nature lover and Bill a professional naturalist for over 40 years.

We are excited to have Chris Clements, Executive Director of Imago (http://imagoearth.org), join us on this show recorded in front of a live audience at Roads, Rivers, and Trails (http://roadsriversandtrails.com/). Imago is an ecological education organization rooted In the concept that living in harmony with the natural world is not only good for the planet, but good for ourselves, our families and our communities. Bill, Bob and Chris talk about the importance of summer camps in connecting children to nature. But why let kids have all the fun? Imago will for the first time be offering an adventure camp for adults. Tune in to learn all about it.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Imago Adventure Camp for Adults - https://imagoearth.org/event/adventure-camp-for-adults-canoeing-and-camping/
  • Chris refers to an article in the New York Times "Cure Yourself of Tree Blindness" - https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/26/opinion/sunday/cure-yourself-of-tree-blindness.html

 

Apr 24, 2018
Bladdernut
22:00

The bladdernut is a great native under story shrub. If you see something that looks like chinese lanterns you may have found bladdernut. Bill says it is a wonderful plant for a yard.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • American Bladdernut (Staphylea trifoliaa) - http://www.carolinanature.com/trees/sttr.html
  • Staphylea trifolia Fact Sheet - http://dendro.cnre.vt.edu/dendrology/syllabus/factsheet.cfm?ID=87
  • Bladdernut - https://www.uaex.edu/yard-garden/resource-library/plant-week/
    bladdernut-10-21-11.aspx
  • There are No Insect-Free Plants, but There are Good Insects - https://www.possibilityplace.com/education/staff-articles/butterfly-list
Apr 17, 2018
Spicy Spicebush
28:59

This is a great native under story plant. Bill explains the difference between a tree and a bush. Spicebush is a wonderful plant to look for on a hike.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) - http://mowildflowers.net/Spice-Bush-Lindera-benzoin_p_163.html
  • Edible Wild Plants - http://connsoil-totallysustainable.blogspot.com/2012/08/edible-wild-plants-spicebush-tea.html
  • Common Spicebush Facts - http://www.softschools.com/facts/plants/common_spicebush_facts/1308/
Apr 10, 2018
Bob Was a Turkey Part 3
26:01

Our trilogy on turkeys is complete. This episode includes the real story of Ben Franklin and turkeys. We also cover some problem wild turkeys in Rocky River.

Note: Bill and Bob attempted to do this podcast in front of a live audience at the Amish Bird Symposium. Bob was a Turkey and forgot to press record! We have so much great information on the wild turkey that we decided to break it into three podcasts.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Mail delivery halted in portion of Rocky River - https://localtvwjw.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/city-of-rocky-river.jpg?quality=85&strip=all&strip=all
  • No, Ben Franklin Didnʼt Want a Turkey on the Great Seal - http://mentalfloss.com/article/53729/no-ben-franklin-didnt-want-turkey-greatseal
  • Rocky River Wild Turkeys Captured - http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2018/02/aggressive_rocky_river_wild_tu.html
Apr 03, 2018
Bob Was a Turkey Part 2
27:23

In this podcast we cover the history of the turkey. This bird was transported from Mexico to Europe and then to North America. Join to find out how the wild turkey made it back from the brink of extinction.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Why Are Wild Turkeys So Aggressive - https://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/2016/01/11/why-are-wild-turkeys-so-aggressive/
  • 9 Fun Facts about Turkeys - http://www.audubon.org/news/9-fun-facts-about-turkeys
  • Have You Been Attacked by a Turkey - https://news.wgbh.org/post/have-you-been-attacked-turkey-heres-why
  • Why Wild Turkeys Hate the Wild - https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2015/11/return-of-the-turkey/417648/
Mar 27, 2018
Bob Was a Turkey Part 1
25:55

Bill and Bob attempted to do this podcast in front of a live audience at the Amish Bird Symposium. Bob was a Turkey and forgot to press record! We recorded this in our outdoor studio at Bobʼs house a few days later. We have so much great information on the wild turkey that we decided to break it into three podcasts.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • The Word Detective - http://www.word-detective.com/2012/06/turkey-2/

    14 Fun Facts about Turkeys - https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/14-fun-facts-about-turkeys-665520/

    What is a bird's snood? - https://www.thespruce.com/what-is-a-birds-snood-385372

    Eight Wild Facts About Wild Turkeys - https://www.fws.gov/refuges/about/FunOnWildlifeRefuges/EightWildFactsAboutWildTurkeys.html
Mar 20, 2018
Jeepers Spring Peepers
20:19

You might not see this little frog but you will have no trouble hearing them. Find out all about the frog that is the size of a small paper clip.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Fall Peepers - https://northernwoodlands.org/outside_story/article/fall-peepers
  • Pinkeltinks - http://www.theanimalfiles.com/amphibians/frogs/spring_peeper.html
  • Spring Peepers - http://www.wild-facts.com/2011/wild-fact-640-peep-peep-spring-peeper/
  • 10 Things You Didnʼt Know about Spring Peepers - http://natureformysoul.com/2014/03/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-spring-peepers/
Mar 13, 2018
Wood Frogs Quack It Up
20:56

If you hear what sounds like ducks in the early spring take the time to check it out. You may end up at a vernal pool that has wood frogs.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • In Alaska Wood Frogs freeze for seven months - http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-alaskan-frozen-frogs-20140723-story.html
  • Wood Frogs are Explosive Breeders - http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-frogs
  • Wood Frog - https://www.nwf.org/Educational-Resources/Wildlife-Guide/Amphibians/Wood-Frog
  • Ten Facts About Wood Frogs - http://tenrandomfacts.com/wood-frog/
Mar 06, 2018
Mole Salamanders on the Move
24:36

You may need to go out of your way to see mole salamanders but it is totally worth it. We hope this podcast will inspire you to go out some warm and rainy early spring night to look for mole salamanders.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • The Secret Lives of Salamanders - http://www.kenyon.edu/directories/offices-services/brown-family-environmental-center/news-information/newsletter-archive/newsletter-articles/the-secret-lives-of-salamanders/
  • Ohioʼs Salamanders: 24 Good Things to Know - https://cfaes.osu.edu/news/articles/ohio%E2%80%99s-salamanders-24-good-things-know-and-what-they-can-tell-you
  • Spotted Salamanders - https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/spotted-salamander/#spottedsalamander-closeup.jpg
  • Ambystomatidae - Mole Salamanders - http://www.nhptv.org/wild/ambystomatidae.asp
  • Jefferson Salamanders - http://ohioamphibians.com/salamanders/Jefferson_Salamander.html
Feb 27, 2018
Junco Journeys
25:04

This is one of Bob's favorite birds. In the Cincinnati area it arrives in late fall and it leaves in early spring. Tune in to find out why this bird is often used in research projects and where to look for it in your neighborhood.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Ordinary Extraordinary Junco (videos) - http://science360.gov/series/ordinary-extraordinary-junco/eb10b2e6-e126-42ab-b053-d94bb4099397
  • Dark-eyed juncos - a sure sign of winter -http://www.farmanddairy.com/columns/dark-eyed-juncos-sure-sign-winter/
    161998.html
  • 10 Fun Facts - http://www.birdorable.com/blog/dark-eyed-juncos-10-fun-facts/
  • Dark-eyed Junco the Snow Bird - http://www.wild-bird-watching.com/junco.html
Feb 20, 2018
Make Way For Skunks
28:34

Bill says you should not have a skunk as a pet! You probably figured this out on your own but what if run into a skunk outside? Nature Guys will share what to do if you or a pet get sprayed. Spoiler alert do not use tomato juice!

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Pet Skunks - http://www.skunkhaven.net/StatesForm.htm
  • Snuggling Skunks: Is It Better To Brave Winter Alone Or In A Group? - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/12/061219170615.htm
  • For the Love of Skunks - http://wildohioeducation.blogspot.com/2013/02/for-love-of-skunks.html
  • Striped Skunk Foraging - http://emammal.wordpress.com/201a/05/a1/striped-skunk-foraging/
Feb 13, 2018
Let It Snow
23:06

Bob finds out that not all snowflakes are unique. Bill remembers cutting out snowflakes in class after he walked though the snow to get to school. Bob hopes to take his grandson Drew to the hill he sledded down as a kid. Bill and Bob are excited to go out side and try to find different kinds of snowflakes.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • 15 Incredibly Cool Facts About Snow - http://mentalfloss.com/article/61089/15-incredibly-cool-facts-about-snow
  • 9 Interesting Facts About Snow - http://snowbrains.com/10-interesting-facts-about-snow/
  • 10 Facts About Snow That Might Surprise You - http://weather.com/science/weather-explainers/news/ten-facts-about-snow
  • Book that Bill Loves: The Snowflake: Winter's Frozen Artistry by Kenneth Libbrecht and Rachel Wing, 2015 -http://www.snowcrystals.com/
  • How to make a 6 pointed snowflake from paper - http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-6-Pointed-Paper-Snowflakes/
Feb 06, 2018
Groundhogs Wake Up Looking for Love
25:24

Bobʼs brother-in-law Al sends an email detailing his encounter with a groundhog in his garden. As Al found out groundhogs will put up a fight for garden vegetables.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • 9 Things You Didnʼt Know About Groundhogs - http://voices.nationalgeographic.org/2014/01/31/9-things-you-didnt-know-about-groundhogs
  • Groundhogs in Your Garden - https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/01/groundhogs-in-your-garden_n_2593390.html
  • Groundhogs by National Geographic - http://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/g/groundhog/
  • Groundhog Fun Facts - http://www.groundhog.org/about/fun-facts-faq/
Jan 30, 2018
A Nursery Web Spider Named Fred
27:26

Bob has a spider friend named Fred that does not survive a visit from relatives. These spiders can be really scary but they are pretty much harmless. They are also called fishing spiders and have interesting ways that they ‘fish' for food.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Big Spiders Are a Little Scary - http://bugoftheweek.com/blog/2012/8/16/big-spiders-are-a-little-scary-fishing-spiders-and-wolf-spiders
  • Fishing Spider - http://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/fishing-spider
  • Facts about the Fishing Spider - http://www.second-opinion-doc.com/facts-about-the-fishing-spider.html
  • Common Fishing Spider - http://roadsendnaturalist.com/tag/wolf-spider/
Jan 23, 2018
Trying to Love House Spiders
25:51

We all live with house spiders! Find out why this is not such a bad thing. These little spiders have been living with humans for quite a long time.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Bethany Barton's book "I'm Trying to Love Spiders" - http://www.bethanybarton.com/books
  • Myth: Spiders bite sleeping persons - http://www.burkemuseum.org/blog/myth-spiders-bite-sleeping-persons
  • 8 Facts about the misunderstood house spider - http://www.mnn.com/your-home/at-home/blogs/8-facts-about-misunderstood-house-spider
  • 10 Fascinating Facts About House Spiders - http://www.care2.com/causes/10-fascinating-facts-about-house-spiders.html
Jan 16, 2018
Feeding the Birds
36:37

Bill and Bob do their first podcast in front of a live audience at the amazing Roads Rivers and Trails store in Milford, Ohio (http://roadsriversandtrails.com/). Bill brought a bunch of bird feeders from Cincinnati Nature Center (http://www.cincynature.org/) and explains how to use them. Bob has a very special low cost bird ‘feederʼ! Listen in to find out what Bill thinks about Bobʼs feeder. Also donʼt miss the last part when our audience asks some great questions!

Jan 09, 2018
Climbing Evergreens are Easy to Find
25:03

Bob has two plants growing in his backyard that Bill is not excited about. Bob decides it is finally time to do something about Winter Creeper and English Ivy. Join us to find out how and why these invasive plants are taking over.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • English Ivy: The Hazards and Removal Strategies - http://walamarestoration.org/resources/english-ivy-the-hazards-and-removal-strategies
  • 5 Fast Facts About English Ivy - http://www.healthline.com/health/5-fast-facts-english-ivy
  • Winter creeper isnʼt a keeper - http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/real-estate/2015/01/11/winter-creeper-isn-keeper/0wGoqJx6EMTGeJxuzOb8SJ/story.html
  • Journey with Nature Wintercreeper -https://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/indiana/journeywithnature/wintercreeper.xml
Jan 02, 2018
Sassafras is Fun to Say
18:45

Sassafras is a tree that produces a small blue fruit in the early fall. The fruit comes at the perfect time to help birds get ready for winter. This is a beautiful tree that has four different leaf shapes. Bill of course has a special word for trees that have different shape leaves.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Sassafras Facts - http://www.softschools.com/facts/plants/sassafras_facts/1283/
  • Sassafras in America - http://appvoices.org/2003/11/01/2780/
  • Sassafras - http://www.psu.edu/dept/nkbiology/naturetrail/speciespages/sassafras.html
  • Sassafras Tea Safety - http://www.drweil.com/diet-nutrition/food-safety/sassafras-tea-safety/
Dec 26, 2017
Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers Slurp Sap
26:45

If you are not a birder you might think the yellow-bellied sapsucker is a crazy made up name from some movie. Join us a we explore the world of this wonderful woodpecker.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • All About Birds - http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Yellow-bellied_Sapsucker/lifehistory#at_habitat
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Natures 7-11 - http://infinitespider.com/yellow-bellied-sapsuckers-natures-7-11/
  • Audubon Guide To North American Birds - http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/yellow-bellied-sapsucker
Dec 19, 2017
Opossums Like To Eat Ticks
26:23

Opossums are really cute or really ugly. It all depends on your point of view. They are great at killing ticks. So they might be a good thing to see in your neighborhood.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • 10 things you didnʼt know about opossums - http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-opossums
  • All About Opossums - http://www.wildliferescuerehab.com/all-about-opossums.html
  • Opossums - killers of ticks - http://www.caryinstitute.org/newsroom/opossums-killers-ticks
  • The ‘Possum Pages: FAQs - http://opossum.craton.net/faqs.htm
  • Facts on Opossums Playing Dead - http://animals.mom.me/opossums-playing-dead-5274.html
Dec 12, 2017
Why We Don't Hug Eastern Redcedar Trees
24:47

This is a tree that may show up in your neighborhood as a volunteer. It is a great food source for birds. You might even have an old pencil made from this tree.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Eastern Redcedar - http://www.gpnc.org/eastern.htm
  • Juniperus virginiana - http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=juvi
  • Eastern Redcedar in the Landscape - http://vnps.org/eastern-red-cedar-in-the-landscape/
  • Go Botany Juniperus Virginiana - http://gobotany.newenglandwild.org/species/juniperus/virginiana/
Dec 05, 2017
Fox Are Smaller Than You Think
29:36

Carol emails Nature Guys about a problem with fox. Bill and Bob struggle to come up with an answer but are inspired to do a show on foxes. This is an animal that you can occasionally see in the daytime. You might even see a gray fox in a tree!

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Are Red Fox Native? http://www.dfwwildlife.org/foxes_th.pdf
  • What Kind of Foxes Live in Ohio? http://animals.mom.me/kind-foxes-live-ohio-11057.html
  • Fox and Surplus Prey - http://www.thefoxwebsite.net/faq/ruralfoxproblems
  • Fox - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox
  • Sarcoptic Mange In Red Foxes - http://www.foxwoodwildliferescue.org/2017/01/05/treating-sarcoptic-mange-in-red-
    foxes/
  • You Tube Video on Mange - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHe5ycjt-UI
Nov 28, 2017
Red-tailed Hawks Often Do Voiceovers
25:13

Red tailed Hawks often do voiceovers in movies. Tune in to find out why hollywood loves this hawk. Bill shares some amazing hawk stories. Donʼt miss his last one about the hawk and the owl as Bill finds out it is not nice to fool Mother Nature. Visit our website
http://www.natureguys.org for great photos thanks to John Howard.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • My Favorite Facts about the Red Tailed Hawk - http://centerofthewest.org/2013/09/30/my-favorite-facts-about-the-red-tailed-hawk/
  • Red Tailed Hawks Fun Facts - http://lansingwbu.blogspot.com/2011/12/red-tailed-hawk-fun-facts.html
  • Red Tailed Hawk Facts - http://facts.net/red-tailed-hawk/
Nov 21, 2017
Red-shouldered or Red-wristed Hawk
21:39

This is a bird that Bill thinks should have a new name. When Bob moved into his neighborhood hawks were a big topic of conversation. Tune in to learn more about the red-shouldered hawk.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Protective Hawks go on Attack http://www.ohio.com/akron/news/protective-hawks-go-on-attack-near-nest-in-akron
  • Red-shouldered vs Red tailed Hawk http://ecobirder.blogspot.com/2008/02/red-shouldered-vs-red-tailed-hawk.html
  • Red-shouldered Hawk from BioKIDS http://www.biokids.umich.edu/critters/Buteo_lineatus/
  • Red-shouldered Hawk from National Geographic http://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/r/red-shouldered-hawk/

 

Nov 14, 2017
Watch for the Cooper's Hawk at Your Bird Feeder
26:14

Bob looks outside and notices that all the birds are suddenly gone from his bird feeders. He soon discovers the reason. A Cooper's Hawk is on the ground right next to the feeders. Learn all about this amazing bird in this episode.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Kids' Inquiry of Diverse Species http://www.biokids.umich.edu/critters/Accipiter_cooperii/
  • 8 Interesting Facts about the Cooper's Hawk http://www.withmephotographyblog.com/8-interesting-facts-about-the-coopers-hawk
  • The Raptor Trust Accipiters http://theraptortrust.org/the-birds/hawk-facts/accipiters/
  • Cooper's Hawk Life History http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Coopers_Hawk/lifehistory
  • Predator Management http://articles.extension.org/pages/71204/predator-management-for-small-andbackyard-poultry-flocks
  • Hawk Mountain http://www.hawkmountain.org/raptorpedia/hawks-at-hawk-mountain/hawk-species-at-hawk-mountain/cooper-s-hawk/page.aspx?id=663
Nov 07, 2017
The Blue Footed Eagle Only Seen on Halloween
26:47

Bobʼs grandson, Drew is excited to be dressed up as an eagle for Halloween. If you check out our website http://www.natureguys.org you will find a picture of Drew as an eagle. He did not want to paint his shoes yellow so we have the very special Blue Footed Bald Eagle. Tune in to find out all about this unique bird.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • How did the bald eagle become Americaʼs national bird? http://www.history.com/news/ask-history/how-did-the-bald-eagle-become-americas-national-bird
  • How a young birder started http://cincinnatiaudubon.org/calevent/notes-of-a-young-birder/
  • Cincinnati Zooʼs Bald Eagle (including video of Sam flying at the Red's game) http://cincinnatizoo.org/blog/animals/bald-eagle/
  • Bald Eagle at the National Zoo http://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/bald-eagle
  • Bald Eagle ODNR http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/species-and-habitats/species-guide-index/birds/bald-eagle
  • Lewis and Clark Trail http://www.lewisandclarktrail.com/eventdate/nationalbaldeaglewatch.htm
Oct 31, 2017
Centipedes Can be Scary
17:33

Even a naturalist can be a bit afraid of centipedes. There are plenty of reasons to welcome centipedes in your house. Bill can deal with them as long as they stay in the basement. Find out what bothers Bill about house centipedes and what these creatures are doing both inside and outside.

Our sources for this episode include:

House Centipedes http://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/house-centipedes

How to Tell the Difference Between a Centipede and a Millipede http://www.thoughtco.com/difference-between-a-centipede-and-amillipede-1968358

Sowbugs, millipedes, and centipedes in the home http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/insects/find/sowbugs-millipedes-centipedes/

What Eats Centipedes and Millipedes? http://www.orkin.com/other/centipedes/what-eats-centipedes-and-millipedes/

 

Oct 24, 2017
Down Yonder in the Paw Paw Patch
29:19

The paw paw has the largest fruit of any native tree in the United States. Learn how to identify this tree and when you should go looking for the paw paw fruit. For most people paw paw is the best food that they have never eaten. Find out what parts of the paw paw you want to eat and those to leave alone. Spoiler alert! Do not eat the seeds they will make you throw up.

Our sources for this episode include:

Paw Paw In Search of America's Forgotten Fruit by Andrew Moore http://www.chelseagreen.com/pawpaw

Picking up Paw Paws http://unionoutside.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/picking-up-pawpaws/

What is Paw Paw? http://dish.allrecipes.com/what-in-the-world-is-pawpaw/

America's Forgotten Fruit Tree: The Appalachian Banana | Appalachian Magazine http://appalachianmagazine.com/2017/01/18/americas-forgotten-fruit-tree-the-appalachian-banana/

Paw Paws, A Uniquely American Fruit by Earthy Delights http://www.earthy.com/Pawpaws-A-Uniquely-American-Fruit.aspx

Paw Paws: America's Best Secret Fruit by Serious Eats http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/09/what-are-pawpaws-wild-fruit-midwest-how-to-prep-and-eat-pawpaws.html

Oct 17, 2017
Oh Deer
28:40

Bill and Bob never saw deer when they were growing up in the 50s and 60s. This is an animal that many people now see on a regular basis. You may even see them in your neighborhood. Learn how to deal with them if you see them while driving. Find out what can happen if they lock antlers.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • Avoiding Deer Collisions http://www.geico.com/more/driving/auto/car-safety-insurance/seven-ways-to-avoid-hitting-a-deer/
  • The First Months Of A Whitetail Fawn http://www.tinks.com/publisher/whitetail-research/2010/11/5/the-first-months/
  • Tarsal Glands: What We Know | QDMA http://www.qdma.com/tarsal-glands-know/
  • Interesting facts about white-tailed deer http://justfunfacts.com/interesting-facts-about-white-tailed-deer/
Oct 10, 2017
Millipedes are Not Thousand Leggers
21:47

Bill loves to smell millipedes! They have all kinds of interesting smells and they are easy to find. Join us to find out how many legs millipedes really have. This arthropod loves moisture and will sometimes find its way into your home. Turns out that monkeys have found some very interesting uses for these creatures.

Our sources for this episode include:

  • How to tell the Difference Between a Centipede and Millipede http://www.thoughtco.com/difference-between-a-centipede-and-a-millipede-1968358
  • Yellow-banded millipede invades Broward and Palm Beech http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2014-01-10/news/fl-yellow-banded-millipede-20140110_1_mulch-munchers-critters-south-florida
  • Sowbugs, millipedes, and centipedes in the home http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/insects/find/sowbugs-millipedes-centipedes/
  • 10 Fascinating Facts about Millipedes http://www.thoughtco.com/fascinating-facts-about-millipedes-1968229
  • The Ecological Importance of Arthropods http://www.brighthub.com/environment/science-environmental/articles/85197.aspx
Oct 03, 2017
Cicadas are Kinda Cute
31:06

Join us as we explore the mysterious world of periodical cicadas. Our research for this episode was easy because we are lucky to have in Cincinnati a cicada expert. Gene Kritsky is a Professor of Biology at Mount St. Joseph University. We has written a book called “Periodical Cicadas The Plague and the Puzzle. He also has a website called MSJ Cicada Web Site (http://faculty.msj.edu/kritskg/cicada/site/Home.html)

Sep 26, 2017
A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss
27:14

Bill is on fire about moss! He even compares moss to his childhood haircut. Bob wonders if a rolling stone can gather moss. If you would like to know more about moss check out “Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses” by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

Our sources for this episode include:

Bryophyte - Importance Of Mosses - Peat, Producing, Cells, and Source - JRank Articles http://science.jrank.org/pages/1051/Bryophyte-Importance-mosses.html#ixzz4o3SCUGGz

Does a rolling stone gather moss? http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/all-about-moss

Nature Lover Karen Nierlich is the author of the book "Moss and Lichen" and takes photos around the San Francisco Bay Area. http://iheartmoss.com/

Moss for Healing http://www.ranker.com/list/amazing-moss-facts/bruce-maisy

Moss Can Grow on Anything http://www.ranker.com/list/amazing-moss-facts/bruce-maisy

The Magic of Moss https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/05/13/gathering-moss-robin-wall-kimmerer/

Sep 19, 2017
Mighty Milkweed
29:14

Bob sees the movie Dunkirk. He is excited to find a possible connection to Dunkirk and Milkweed. Tune in to find out all about the plant that Monarch Butterflies just cannot live without.

Sep 12, 2017
Monarchs on the Move
31:11

Join us as we explore the amazing story of the Monarch Butterfly and Caterpillar. Bill will tell the story of what the Cincinnati Nature Center is doing to help out the Monarch. We will cover the life cycle and also the incredible story of migration.

Sep 05, 2017
The Northern Cardinal is a Beautiful Red Bird
26:34

This is a bird that likes to attack windows! Join us to find out why and what you can do about it.

Aug 29, 2017
Parasitic Zombie Plants -No Color, No Food, No Problem!
28:53

Bill has a friend who sent an email with a picture that inspired this podcast. The picture is a large patch of a fairly rare plant called Indian Pipes. Learn more about three parasitic plants that you can look for on your next woodland hike.

Aug 22, 2017
Blue Jays Are Not Blue
27:05

Do you know how Blue Jays get other birds to leave so they can have your feeder all to themselves? Join us to find out if Blue Jays really are the bullies of the bird world.

Aug 15, 2017
Garter Snakes are Sometimes Garden Snakes
21:08

This week Bill and Bob explore a common snake that lives in a variety of habitats. Tune in to learn all about the life of this cute little snake.

Aug 08, 2017
Pokeweed the Purple Plant
24:29

Bob has a giant pokeweed by his deck that has been getting bigger every year. The day we recorded this podcast it was eleven feet tall. Now just a few weeks later it is just shy of twelve feet. Join us as we discuss the pros and cons of having this in your backyard.

Aug 01, 2017
Mud Daubers Eat Black Widow Spiders
23:49

Bob discovers a mud dauber building a nest right by his back door. On this episode we explore the fascinating connection between spiders and mud daubers.

Jul 25, 2017
WOW it's a Pileated Woodpecker
25:01

Bob’s son in law Ryan sees his first pileated woodpecker at a family gathering. Join us to find out all about this amazing bird.

Jul 18, 2017
Downy Woodpeckers Support Their Mates
24:54

These birds know how to raise a family.  Learn how they support each other as we explore the life of the smallest woodpecker in our neck of the woods

Jul 11, 2017
Lucky Buckeye
25:40

Bob shares how he carries a buckeye in his pocket for luck. Meanwhile we find out Bill is learning some presidential history about the origins of the now famous state tree of Ohio.

Jul 04, 2017
Caterpillars Feed Baby Birds
30:49

Caterpillars are an important link in the web of life. They even help baby birds survive. Join us as we share some amazing stories of these easily overlooked creatures.

Jun 27, 2017
Box Turtles Are Slow But Sure
27:54

What a delightful creature to meet when you are walking in the woods. Find out when to look for eastern box turtles and how to help them survive a trip across a road.

Jun 20, 2017
Fireflies Light Up Our Lives
22:17

Fireflies are loved by people all round the world. Join Bill and Bob as they share stories of fireflies from their childhoods mixed in with a bit of firefly science.

Jun 13, 2017
Wrens Are Very Curious Birds
23:46

Wrens have got to be one of the cutest little birds. They also love to hang around people. Join us as we explore the world of these friendly little birds.

Jun 06, 2017
Sit Spot
23:26

The Sit Spot is a simple powerful technique to connect with nature.  Bill and Bob will explain how to do it and the advantages of making this part of your everyday life.

May 30, 2017
Stinging Nettle
24:33

his is a plant that will test your nature awareness. How long does the sting last? Tune in to find out!

May 23, 2017
Black Rat Snake
21:47

Learn all about the snake that is often harmed by humans out of fear. Bill and Bob will share stories and facts that will help you be a little more at home with the black rat snake.

May 16, 2017
Moles
23:52

Some people get upset when they see signs of moles but not the Nature Guys. Find out all the amazing attributes of this little creature.

May 09, 2017
Dandelions
27:06

Dandelions may be an eyesore to some but not to us. In fact we like them so much we eat them!

May 02, 2017
A Walk in the Woods
25:13

Bill and Bob spend three days together leading wildflower hikes. They both take away some valuable lessons.

Apr 25, 2017
Hummingbirds
29:13

Listen in as we explore the fascinating world of the hummingbird - the only bird that can truly hover.

Apr 18, 2017
Raccoons
24:47

Join Bill and Bob as they explore the world of the masked bandits who can create both havoc and hilarity as they invade the human world.

Apr 11, 2017
Spring Fungi
20:40

Bill is all excited about spring fungi.  Join us to learn about three types of fungi that you can find on your next walk in the woods.

Apr 04, 2017
Bat in the House
29:02

Jake and Sarah just found a bat in their house for the third time!  Listen in as Bill and Bob explore bats and some possible solutions to Jake and Sarah’s dilemma.

Mar 28, 2017
Tree of Heaven
20:40

Turns out the tree of heaven is not so heavenly! Tune in to find out all about the tree that is not a blessing!

Mar 21, 2017
Mockingbird
23:31

Judy has a mockingbird problem and it is Nature Guys to the rescue! Find out what Bill and Bob come up with to solve the problem

Mar 14, 2017
Spring Wildflowers
24:33

Bill’s favorite season is spring and in this episode Bill and Bob share some amazing stories about wildflowers.

Mar 07, 2017
Daffodils
24:32

Discover more about the beloved daffodil of Springtime and how humans have
interacted with them for centuries.

Feb 28, 2017
Ladybugs
23:14

Can Ladybugs really bite? Yes they can! Join us to find out more about this bug that is really a beetle.

Feb 21, 2017
Coyote Love
26:17

Bill and Bob are celebrating Valentine’s Day by showing coyotes the love they deserve.

Feb 14, 2017
Tracks in Snow..Mud..Sand
22:57

Finding footprints in the snow or mud can reveal what wildlife has visited and crossed your path before you came along. Learn about the more common tracks in your own neighborhood.

Feb 07, 2017
Sugar Maple
22:39

Join us as we share some fascinating facts and stories about the sweet tasting sugar maple tree. 

Jan 31, 2017
Northern Red Oak
24:27

Bill and Bob explore an old oak tree in Bob’s backyard

Jan 24, 2017
Screech Owl
25:25
 If you hear a spooky sound at night you just might have a eastern screech owl in your neighborhood. Join us to find out more about this little owl. 
Jan 17, 2017
Barred Owl
24:42

If you are out at night listen for the sound of the barred owl. “Who cooks for you who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?

Jan 10, 2017
Great Horned Owl
23:55

Join us as we discover the secrets of the Great Horned Owl.

Jan 03, 2017
Uninvited Guests
24:24

Do you ever bring in plants for the winter? Maybe you have brought in some uninvited guest and never knew it. Bill will share stories of some exciting guests.

Dec 27, 2016
Stink Bugs
24:07

Nature Guys delve into the invasion of the stink bug! Bill and Bob will share the history of the stink bug and some tips on what to do if they visit your house.

Dec 13, 2016
Loons
22:28

Bill and Bob dive into the captivating world of the loon. This is a bird so talented it helped Henry Fonda win an Academy Award!

Nov 29, 2016
Red Eft
25:19

Bob brings Bill a treat that only a squirrel would love. Bill leads a hike and finds a red eft. Learn the fascinating story of this rarely seen creature.

Nov 14, 2016
Hedge Apples
20:37

Bill and Bob explore the mysteries of the Osage Orange Tree. Find out why this is the most planted tree in North America and why it was so highly prized by Native Americans.

Nov 01, 2016
Sitting by a Beech
21:33

Bill and Bob explore the world of the American Beech Tree. Bill shares about boogie woogie aphids, beech drops and much more. Bob sits near a beech and discovers the secret of how Native Americans collected beech nuts. The tip of the week just might come in handy on a stormy day.

Oct 15, 2016
Fleas and Bees?
23:10

Bill visits Florida and brings home some troublesome guests. Bob is busy moving some kayaks and discovers a very active buzzing insect nest. Join us to find out how we dealt with these challenges and get some tips on how to deal with some of natures more challenging creatures.

Oct 06, 2016
Home Depot
20:30

Bob discovers nature in a hardware store. 

Oct 05, 2016
Shiny Objects
19:54

Bill learns about birds collecting coins at a car wash.

Oct 04, 2016