Jason Ward is a professional birder, the host of “Birds of North America,” and a writer for Audubon. He is one of the most talented science communicators on earth, and he is spreading his love of birding like wildfire. In this episode, Macken gets his mind blown multiple times, and talks about some controversial topics with the popular communicator. He also gets the answer to the following questions:
How fast can peregrine falcons go? (Hint: Stupid fast.)
What is the difference between a birdwatcher and a birder?
How come birders are mostly suburban, middle-aged women?
Should I let my cat outside?
What do hunters, pokemon catchers, and birders all have in common?
Why are there decapitated birds all over my neighborhoods sidewalk?
This was a fun conversation. Jason is an extremely talented individual, and he has a great story. Click the links below to interact with his work!
Birds of North America (MUST WATCH): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF3FwGnwk6iBw5s7Y6WH5Ig
Jason Ward’s Audubon writings: https://www.audubon.org/content/jason-ward
Jason Ward on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JasonWardNY?lang=en
Salamander expert Kirsten Hecht—also known as Kirsten “Hechtbender,” for reasons that will become clear—gave Macken a call tonight to talk about salamanders and other topics. The conversation was light fun, we heard a few stories, learned a bit of history, and found out a lot about animals.
Macken had several questions for her tonight, including: Why are they called hellbenders? Can all salamanders regenerate limbs? How do salamanders regenerate limbs? Why do amphibians go through a tadpole stage? Why don’t mudpuppies and axolotls grow up? How do you balance being a mom with being a scientist?
Macken and Kirsten ended up covering some tangential topics, from the history of dragons in China to the joys of Halloween. Everyone can find something to enjoy!
This animal may look pretty, but they can do some pretty ugly things to your nervous system. Discover the science of how octopuses change color, find out why "octopi" is grammatically incorrect, and learn about the scandalous mating techniques of this strange and dangerous animal all on this episode of Species.
Is color itself an illusion? Can blue jays speak English and imitate dogs? How can I get on Ellen? Do blue jays kill hawks? Do they use tools? Why do they mimic hawks? Are they bullies? What is so mysterious about them?
This episode will more or less answer all those questions, and together we will learn all about blue jays on this episode of Species.
Was the movie "Alien" plagiarized? How does an anglerfish make their lure glow? Why do fish fall for such a simple trick? What does it feel like to be a male anglerfish?
The anglerfish might be the creepiest animal in the ocean. Find out what we know about them through the lens of the humpback anglerfish, on this episode of Species.
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