November 28, 2020
The last gray wolf in Colorado was shot in 1945, but in the recent election voters in the state approved a proposition directing wildlife authorities to bring them back. Supported by a well-funded campaign, the initiative countered powerful opposition from ranchers and farmers and got critical support from urban and suburban voters. To understand how this happened and what this means for the survival of the species, Gary Strieker talks with Rob Edward, the strategic advisor of the Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund, which organized the initiative, and Jason Blevins, a reporter who covered the campaign for the Colorado Sun, an online news outlet based in Denver.
November 6, 2020
Brought into the country as pets, Burmese pythons were released or escaped into the Everglades and have multiplied dramatically. Reaching as much as 20 feet in length and weighing 200 pounds, they have a tremendous appetite and are wiping out populations of small native mammals and reptiles. Gary Strieker talks with Ian Bartoszek, a wildlife biologist with the Conservancy of South Florida who is leading a radio telemetry project tracking the snakes.
October 13, 2020
The Tongass National Forest in Alaska now faces a revival of logging threats. The Trump Administration wants to lift federal protective rules and allow logging in the Tongass that could result in clear-cutting old-growth trees and destroying areas of rainforest habitat that makes the Tongass so special for biodiversity and as a buffer against climate change. Gary Strieker talks about this with Andy Moderow, the Alaska Director of the Alaska Wilderness League and an expert on the Tongass an…
August 3, 2020
Gary Strieker talks with Jason Ward, a naturalist, bird watcher and host of the documentary series "Birds of North America" on YouTube, focusing on how his show aims to reach people who might not normally engage in conservation efforts and learn about natural history – in particular young people, people of color, and people who live in cities. He's a leading figure in this effort to promote inclusivity in conservation, and is now a community relations and outreach coordinator for the Nat…
July 20, 2020
Gary Strieker talks with James Edward Mills about diversity and inclusiveness among people in America's great outdoors – in our national parks, wildlife reserves, monuments, wilderness and other public lands -- and the importance of those values in achieving the goals of conserving and restoring our natural resources. James Edward Mills is a journalist and founder of "The Joy Trip Project" and the author of "The Adventure Gap" , addressing why minority populations are much less likely …
July 7, 2020
As a nation, we're now at a time of serious self-examination, looking at our record of systemic racism in policing and elsewhere in our society. It's a time of reckoning for all of us, including the conservation community, where most of us feel responsible for protecting our natural resources because of our experiences in the great outdoors. But the outdoors in America has not been totally welcoming for people of color, and that needs to change. Gary Strieker talks about this with Tykee Jam…
June 16, 2020
Coyotes are literally everywhere now, roaming cities and suburbs across the country. They've been persecuted -- hunted and poisoned by government agencies for more than a century – but they've thrived in spite of that. Gary Strieker talks with Dan Flores, author of "Coyote America", a book that explores the history, folklore and science of coyotes and how they've managed to spread their territories right into our backyards.
June 4, 2020
The huge Pebble Mine gold and copper project in Alaska has been revived by the Trump Administration against fierce opposition from environmentalists and the salmon industry downstream in Bristol Bay. Gary Strieker talks about this controversy with Stephen Lee, a reporter with Bloomberg Environment who has covered the saga for years.
May 20, 2020
As the Trump Administration prepares to sell drilling leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Gary Strieker talks with Inside Climate News reporter Sabrina Shankman about the opposition to leasing and what's at stake in this pristine wilderness area in northeast Alaska.
April 29, 2020
New uranium mining activity just outside the boundary of the Grand Canyon National Park would pose the risk of serious radioactive contamination of air and water, especially threatening the Havasupai people who live at the bottom of the Canyon. Gary Strieker talks with the Sierra Club's Alicyn Gitlin about the campaign to persuade Congress to enact a permanent ban on uranium mining in the Canyon area.