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Defender Radio and The Switch bring experts and solutions to wildlife advocates and animal lovers around the world. Hosted by award-winning journalist Michael Howie, Defender Radio and The Switch are produced by The Fur-Bearers (TheFurBearers.com) and released weekly. Learn more at DefenderRadio.com

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    • 4.3 • 30 Ratings

Defender Radio and The Switch bring experts and solutions to wildlife advocates and animal lovers around the world. Hosted by award-winning journalist Michael Howie, Defender Radio and The Switch are produced by The Fur-Bearers (TheFurBearers.com) and released weekly. Learn more at DefenderRadio.com

    Trapped In The Past

    Trapped In The Past

    The Fur-Bearers are making a documentary about trapping and snares with Exposed Wildlife Conservancy. But we need your help!

    Giving Tuesday Challenge: For the week of Monday, November 29 to Friday, December 3, 2021, all donations to this project will be MATCHED up to $10,000 - but only if we hit the $10,000 goal! Learn more and donate now at https://www.DefenderRadio.com/Trapped.

    • 36 min
    The Switch: Placemaking and Little Free Libraries

    The Switch: Placemaking and Little Free Libraries

    Placemaking and little free libraries go hand in hand to help residents make a switch in their community, Dr. Teale Phelps shares!

    Greater Victoria Placemaking Network: https://victoriaplacemaking.ca/placemaking/

    GVPN’s Little Free Libraries:  https://victoriaplacemaking.ca/little-free-libraries/

    Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaroff: https://www.teale.ca/

    Connect with The Switch on social media via www.instagram.com/howiemichael, www.tiktok.com/@howiemichael or www.Facebook.com/DefenderRadio 

    • 13 min
    Monitoring the Illegal Wildlife Trade and Canada's Role

    Monitoring the Illegal Wildlife Trade and Canada's Role

    Dr. Chris Shepherd of Monitor Conservation Research Society joins Defender Radio two discuss the illegal wildlife trade and bears, Canada’s role, and how average people can make a difference.

    Learn more at https://mcrsociety.org.

    Learn more about Defender Radio at www.DefenderRadio.com, and follow on Instagram and TikTok @howiemichael.

    • 30 min
    The Switch: Hugelkultur and Biodiversity, with Sam Ceci

    The Switch: Hugelkultur and Biodiversity, with Sam Ceci

    Samantha Ceci is helping create biodiversity in a monocultured woodlot at Dalhousie University by switching to Hugelkultur!

    Follow Sam Ceci with Conservation With Sam https://www.instagram.com/conservationwithsam/

    CTV News Atlantic Clip with Sam and her Hugelkultur project: https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=2265227

    Sam's Hugelkultur project was made possible in part due thanks to WWF's Go Wild School Grant.

    Learn more about Defender Radio and The Switch at www.DefenderRadio.com.

    • 11 min
    Media Portrayals of Coyotes, Ten Years Later

    Media Portrayals of Coyotes, Ten Years Later

    Dr. Shelley Alexander shares her views of a 10-year-old media content analysis, her own experiences with sensationalism and how they’ve impacted her role as a researcher and educator.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Switch: Libraries Can Build Resilient Communities

    The Switch: Libraries Can Build Resilient Communities

    April Griffith is helping her and other libraries across America become hubs for climate education and solutions. April is the Library Director at Eureka Springs Carnegie Library and served as an advisor to the American Library Association for their Resilient Communities programming guide.
    Has a library program in your community benefited you or the environment? Let us know by commenting or sharing a post on social and tagging us, or by including it on a review on the Facebook page or Apple Podcasts.

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

Nadia X. ,

A Commute Favourite

A great inclusion of experts in their field that is informative and easy to listen to. Consideration and sensitivity for people is woven into stories and discussions about animals that are imperative and appreciated. A favourite to listen to on my way to work.

SageMert ,

The review below is garbage

None of the claims are based any scientific research, just some dude is trying to make himself feel better by ignoring all the facts...

Meowy Marnel ,

Good for the mind and heart

Covering a wide range of topics, all sorts of wildlife advocates and animal lovers will find episodes for their interests. Michael Howie is a compassionate and respectful host, keen to learn from his guest speakers while being honest about his own views. Your mind and heart are both provided for by the podcast’s mix of well-researched information and emotional well-being considerations.

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