Welcome to Season Two!

After months of interviewing, recording, and editing, we’re ready to launch Season Two. We’ve got stories from all over the world and all sorts of biota, from Shanghai birds to London hedgehogs, from New York terrapins to Antarctic midges.

This season we want to hear more from YOU! If you’re listening to this podcast, we bet you dig urban wildlife. Next time you see some urban wildlife where you are, record a note and send it to us. This could be about the geckos on your walls, the wildflowers growing out of the pavement, the civets in your attic, or the marabou storks that crapped on your car. You can record a note on your phone and send it to us, or you could call us and leave a voicemail at 267-603-3219.

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Bonus: Nature on Tour, and Synanthropic Organism – the Song!

Tony Croasdale was always a birder. But before he was a podcast host, an environmental educator, or a biologist, he was a anarcho punk star with R.A.M.B.O.

This bonus episode features Tony’s ex-bandmate and fellow naturalist Bull Bolo, Liam Wilson of the Dillinger Escape Plan, and Shearwater’s Jonathon Meiburg talking about the wildlife you see on the road when you’re touring Europe, Asia, and North Philadelphia.

And thanks to popular demand, Tony has joined forces with Matt Halley, Liam, and drummer Patrick Forest to bring us the full single version of “Synanthropic Organism.” Urban Wildlife never sounded this good.

tony-in-concert

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Urban Birding, Part 2

Any city in the world you go, you will find birders. To prove it we bring you conversations with guest host Keith Russell, of Audubon PA, as well as birders from around the world. In Part 2 Tykee James and Billy interview the globetrotting Urban Birder himself, David Lindo, and we continue our discussion with Keith Russell.

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Urban Birding, Part 1

Any city in the world you go, you will find birders. To prove it we bring you conversations with guest host Keith Russell, of Audubon PA, as well as birders from around the world. In Part 1 we join Keith Russell on a walk at the East Park Reservoir, the site of Audubon and Outward Bound‘s future Discovery Center in Philadelphia. We also talk with Mike Lu of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines and with Dr. Joseph Onoja of the Lekki Bird Club in Lagos, Nigeria.

Black Winged Stilts at Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area, Mike Lu

Black Winged Stilts at Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area, Mike Lu

 

 

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One Man’s Pest is Another’s Gorgeous Rattlesnake

It’s hard to appreciate wildlife when it’s eating your food or giving you asthma. Michelle Niedermeier of the Penn State Cooperative Extension’s Integrated Pest Management program joins Billy and Tony to talk about how to get along with our non-human neighbors without poisoning everyone. Billy joins Bryan Hughes of Rattlesnake Solutions in Phoenix, AZ to learn about how to make peace with urban rattlesnakes. Last, Billy traps much meeker quarry (mice) in his kitchen, and Lawrence Crawford helps us wax poetic about mice (in Scots, so read along and click on the unfamiliar words) with the immortal Robert Burns.

western diamond back rattler next to bag of snake repellent

Some things work, some things don’t, to keep rattlers away.

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Fruit Bats, Prairie Dogs, and Sausage Weasels

No theme this week, just an episode jam packed with some of our favorite urban mammals: We talk about the fruit bats (flying foxes) that call Australian cities (and lots of Asian and African cities too) home with Maree Treadwell Kerr of the Australasian Bat Society, prairie dogs that live in vacant lots rather than where the buffalo roam with Dr. Seth Magle of the Urban Wildlife Institute of the Lincoln Park Zoo, and we talk to two naturalists (Zhu Lei and Jeremy Goldkorn of Danwei) and  about the Siberian weasels of Beijing, threatened by the decline of the hutong neighborhoods they call home, and at least one of which that figured out how to raid a supermarket for sausage.

Siberian weasel stealing sausage from a Beijing supermarket.

Siberian weasel stealing sausage from a Beijing supermarket.

We do all this while sitting on Billy’s roof (scene of past microbat sightings) with Tony’s BFF and former band mate Bull, who also lends us a hand as we fail to ID flour beetles from Billy’s parents’ cornmeal. Last, we get some #wildlifebling from Kaitlyn Dunagan, who tells about house geckos in San Salvador.

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Humping Deer, Bearded Dragons, and Singing Toads: Part II

We had so much fun with cemeteries that we made two episodes! We record as guests of guest host Jessica Baumert, director of the the historic Woodlands Cemetery in Philadelphia. There we learned about their grave-digging ground hogs, shagging stags, and (family-friendly) nature programming with fireflies, moths, and bats.

We hear from cemeteries around the world: an overview of the famous Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park in East London; amphibians settling in at Mt. Auburn in Cambridge, MA; and a census the lizards hanging around the graves of Brisbane, Australia.

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Humping Deer, Bearded Dragons, and Singing Toads: Part I

Deer mating at the historic Woodlands Cemetery in Philadelphia

Deer mating at the historic Woodlands Cemetery in Philadelphia

We had so much fun with cemeteries that we made two episodes! We record as guests of guest host Jessica Baumert, director of the the historic Woodlands Cemetery in Philadelphia. There we learned about their grave-digging ground hogs, shagging stags, and (family-friendly) nature programming with fireflies, moths, and bats.

We hear from cemeteries around the world: an overview of the famous Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park in East London; amphibians settling in at Mt. Auburn in Cambridge, MA; and a census the lizards hanging around the graves of Brisbane, Australia.

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Urban Nature Bikesploration!

We’re not just urban wildlife podcasters, Tony and Billy are urban bikesplorers! Spoke Magazine and Hidden City set it up, and on Sunday June 19th we linked up with our podcast’s BFF Robin Irizarry of the Tookany/Tacony/Frankford Partnership to explore the Tacony Creek Park (Robin’s stomping grounds) and then some spots in the industrial city-scape on the way to the Delaware River, where we stopped to watch as a bald eagle flew by an osprey nest and then got mobbed by red-tailed hawks.

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All the Urban Raptors We Could Fit in One Episode

Barred owls? Yep. Peregrine falcons? Got them too. Black sparrowhawks? You betcha! Osprey, tawny owls, and great horned owls also come up in the conversation with Rob Bierregaard as we stake out his backyard screech owls and talk about urban birds of prey.

Black Sparrowhawk, Cape Town, South Africa

Black Sparrowhawk, Cape Town, South Africa by Gill Cowan

We listen to an interview with Jessleena Suri about Cape Town’s thriving black sparrowhawks. And Tony and Billy drop in on a falcon banding event at Philadelphia’s City Hall – featuring the PA Game Commission’s Art McMorris and local falcon watcher Don Perelman.

We wind up with #wildlifebling from Texas herper Shaun Hayes, who takes us on a trip to the Trinity River Bottomlands in Dallas.

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From Bison to Warblers, Connecting Youth to Wildlife

How do you connect urban kids with the nature next door? We talk to Justin Twist from Environmental Learning for Kids at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge near Denver, Hendra Aquan of Transformasi Hijau (Green Transformation) in Jakarta, and Tykee James of Wild West Philly (our guest host) about giving kids binoculars, fishing rods, whatever it takes to get them out in their local wilds.

Matt from In Defense of Plants drops us some #wildlifebling about the feral orchids of Buffalo, and the Philly crew tracks down long-legged cellar spiders (our synanthropic organism of the episode) in Billy’s basement.

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