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The Wandering Naturalist

Nov 4, 2020

Take a journey out of our own local restored prairies of Three Rivers and expand to the entire state of Minnesota.  To think big picture guest Megan Benage with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources shares her connection to the prairie and how it's all about balance and diversity.


Nov 4, 2020

Wildlife staff from Three Rivers, Brian Fredlund and Mitch Haag, join to talk about using prescribed fire on restored prairies. Learn more on how managed fires help a prairie ecosystem and whether or not you can bring marshmallows.


Nov 4, 2020

Minnesota once was home to 18 million acres of prairie habitat but today only a little over 1 percent of native prairie remains.  Protecting and recreating grassland is one of the most critical environmental challenges facing Minnesota.  To highlight this unique habitat hosts Brandon and Angela take listeners through...


Oct 7, 2020

How many species of spider are in Minnesota? Chad Heins, Professor at Bethany Lutheran college can answer that question, now thanks to help from citizen scientists and iNaturalist. Learn how you can help with his research using your smart phone. 


Oct 7, 2020

Larry Weber, author of multiple books including "A Guide to Webs and the Spiders that Make Them", joins us to discuss his love of spiders, their webs, and even ones that stay alive and active under the snow. Dr. Anthony Aletta talks to us about his research on spider brains and why his knowledge of spider intelligence...