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Nature nerds rejoice! The Field Guides is a monthly podcast that will bring you out on the trail, focusing on the science of our North American wildlife.

The Field Guides The Field Guides

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    • 5.0 • 43 Ratings

Nature nerds rejoice! The Field Guides is a monthly podcast that will bring you out on the trail, focusing on the science of our North American wildlife.

    Ep. 54 - Can't Touch This: A Deep Dive Into Touch-me-not

    Ep. 54 - Can't Touch This: A Deep Dive Into Touch-me-not

    Jewelweed. Spotted touch-me-not. Orange Balsam It’s a plant known by many names, and, even if you don’t recognize any of them, you’ve probably popped one of its exploding seed pods. A favorite of hummingbirds and nature-lovers young and old, it’s a species with many stories to share. Listen in as the guys dive deep into the jewelweed patch, eating some seeds, trying to find the source of the “jewel” in jewelweed’s name, and getting to the bottom of the age-old claim that jewelweed is a cure for poison ivy.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ep. 53 - The American Chestnut & the Western NY Land Conservancy @ the Allegany Wildlands (Part 2)

    Ep. 53 - The American Chestnut & the Western NY Land Conservancy @ the Allegany Wildlands (Part 2)

    In part 2 of this month’s episode, the guys share how past and present research come together to create a realistic plan for bringing the American chestnut back, and Erik shares more about how the Allegany Wildlands fit into the Conservancy’s ambitious effort to create the Western NY Wildway, a network of connected protected lands stretching from Pennsylvania to the Great Lakes and beyond.

    The episode was recorded on August 14, 2021 at the Allegany Wildlands.

    Episode Notes

    During the episode, Bill mentioned the corn geneticist Charles Burnham and wondered if he was one of the founders of The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF). He was! From the TACF’s Wikipedia page: “TACF was founded in 1983 by a group of prominent plant scientists, including Nobel Prize-winning plant breeder Norman Borlaug; Peter Raven, Director of the Missouri Botanical Garden; independent chestnut researcher Philip Rutter; and the late Charles Burnham, a Minnesota corn geneticist.

    Links to the Western NY Land Conservancy

    Visit the website of the Western New York Land Conservancy to find out more about their vital conservation efforts.

    Find out more about the Allegany Wildlands, including the efforts to preserve it.

    Explore the WNY Land Conservancy’s Western New York Wildway, their ambitious new initiative to create an extensive series of protected lands that connect the vast forests of northern Pennsylvania to the Great Lakes, central NY, the Adirondacks, and beyond.

    Other Episode-related Links

    The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) – sign up for their newsletter or consider joining the organization.

    Check out TACF’s page on their 3BUR approach to reintroducing the American chestnut.

    For up-to-date info on the Darling 58 tree and related efforts to restore the American chestnut, visit the chestnut site at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

    For more info on the Darling 58 chestnut tree, check out the video: Bringing Back an American Icon

    Sponsors and Ways to Support Us

    Gumleaf Boots, USA (free shipping for patrons)

    Thank you to Always Wandering Art (Website and Etsy Shop) for providing the artwork for many of our episodes!

    Support us on Patreon!

    Check out the Field Guides merch at our Teespring store. It’s really a great deal: you get to pay us to turn your body into a billboard for the podcast!

    Works Cited

    Aucott, M. and Parker, R.A., 2021. Medical biotechnology as a paradigm for forest restoration and introduction of the transgenic American chestnut. Conservation Biology, 35(1), pp.190-196.

    Candeias, M. (2017) In Defense of Plants: Ep. 107 - Chestnut Blight: Causes and Solutions [Podcast]. May 7, 2017. Available at: https://www.indefenseofplants.com/podcast/2017/5/7/ep-107-chestnut-blight-causes-and-solutions (Accessed 7 August, 2021).

    Candeias, M. (2017) In Defense of Plants: Ep. 272 - Restoring the American Chestnut [Podcast]. July 5, 2020. Available at: https://www.indefenseofplants.com/podcast/2020/7/5/ep-272-restoring-the-american-chestnut?fbclid=IwAR08lmeHJwDK-vkbDuyC7YBx22mKtNEoApwibbpGG-U1Plf_ciXZDXjhiNE (Accessed 7 August, 2021).

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep. 53 - The American Chestnut & the Western NY Land Conservancy @ the Allegany Wildlands (Part 1)

    Ep. 53 - The American Chestnut & the Western NY Land Conservancy @ the Allegany Wildlands (Part 1)

    This month, Bill and Steve look into the fall and (potential) rise of the American chestnut (Castanea dentata), and they’re joined by Erik Danielson, Stewardship Coordinator of the Western NY Land Conservancy. The Conservancy recently embarked on an effort to acquire the Allegany Wildlands, a unique piece of property that harbors, among its many abundant ecological treasures, remnant American chestnuts. Erik guides Bill and Steve through the property, and, in part 1 of this episode, they discuss the history of the chestnut and the blight that caused its downfall. In part 2, they share how past and present research come together to create a realistic plan for bringing the American chestnut back. Throughout both parts, Erik shares how the Allegany Wildlands fit into the Conservancy’s ambitious effort to create the Western NY Wildway, a network of connected protected lands stretching from Pennsylvania to the Great Lakes and beyond.

    The episode was recorded on August 14, 2021 at the Allegany Wildlands.

    Episode Notes

    During the episode, Bill mentioned the corn geneticist Charles Burnham and wondered if he was one of the founders of The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF). He was! From the TACF’s Wikipedia page: “TACF was founded in 1983 by a group of prominent plant scientists, including Nobel Prize-winning plant breeder Norman Borlaug; Peter Raven, Director of the Missouri Botanical Garden; independent chestnut researcher Philip Rutter; and the late Charles Burnham, a Minnesota corn geneticist.

    Links to the Western NY Land Conservancy

    Visit the website of the Western New York Land Conservancy to find out more about their vital conservation efforts.

    Find out more about the Allegany Wildlands, including the efforts to preserve it.

    Explore the WNY Land Conservancy’s Western New York Wildway, their ambitious new initiative to create an extensive series of protected lands that connect the vast forests of northern Pennsylvania to the Great Lakes, central NY, the Adirondacks, and beyond.

    Other Episode-related Links

    The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) – sign up for their newsletter or consider joining the organization.

    Check out TACF’s page on their 3BUR approach to reintroducing the American chestnut.

    For up-to-date info on the Darling 58 tree and related efforts to restore the American chestnut, visit the chestnut site at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

    For more info on the Darling 58 chestnut tree, check out the video: Bringing Back an American Icon

    Sponsors and Ways to Support Us

    Gumleaf Boots, USA (free shipping for patrons)

    Thank you to Always Wandering Art (Website and Etsy Shop) for providing the artwork for many of our episodes!

    Support us on Patreon!

    Check out the Field Guides merch at our Teespring store. It’s really a great deal: you get to pay us to turn your body into a billboard for the podcast!

    Works Cited

    Aucott, M. and Parker, R.A., 2021. Medical biotechnology as a paradigm for forest restoration and introduction of the transgenic American chestnut. Conservation Biology, 35(1), pp.190-196.

    Candeias, M. (2017) In Defense of Plants: Ep. 107 - Chestnut Blight: Causes and Solutions [Podcast]. May 7, 2017. Available at: https://www.indefenseofplants.com/podcast/2017/5/7/ep-107-chestnut-blight-causes-and-solutions (Accessed 7 August, 2021).

    Candeias, M. (2017) In Defense of Plants: Ep. 272 - Restoring the American Chestnut [Podcast]. July 5, 2020. Available at: https://www.indefenseofplants.com/podcast/2020/7/5/ep-272-restoring-the-american-chestnut?fbclid=IwAR08lmeHJwDK-vkbDuyC7YBx22mKtNEoApwibbpGG-U1Plf_ciXZDXjhiNE (Accessed 7 August, 2021).

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep. 52 - Who's Your Daddy (Longlegs)?

    Ep. 52 - Who's Your Daddy (Longlegs)?

    This month, the guys set out to discover if daddy longlegs really are the most poisonous spider in the world, but, along the way, they uncover a fascinating array of arachnids and adaptations in the group known collectively as harvestmen. Join them for some mythbusting and a deep dive into the little-known order of arachnids called Opiliones.

    • 1 hr
    Ep. 51 - Flickers Fooling Around: Sex Roles in a North American Woodpecker

    Ep. 51 - Flickers Fooling Around: Sex Roles in a North American Woodpecker

    The northern flicker (Colaptes auratus) is a common bird that has some exceptionally uncommon behaviors. Unlike most bird species, male flickers take an equal share of egg incubation and feeding, and, in up to five percent of females, a lady flicker will take up with two mates - an older male and a younger male - raising young in two different nests at the same time. In addition, flickers will sometimes lay their eggs in the nests of other flickers, a behavior called intraspecific brood parasitism, another habit rarely seen in birds. Join the guys as they delve into studies exploring the wild and swinging world of northern flicker reproduction.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Ep. 50 - Antifreeze Fleas: Winter-Active Insects (Feat. Dr. Wayne Gall)

    Ep. 50 - Antifreeze Fleas: Winter-Active Insects (Feat. Dr. Wayne Gall)

    Spring is here! So, what better time to talk about winter-active insects?

    Steve recorded this one in February with entomologist and all-around-great-guy Dr. Wayne Gall, and there was no way we could wait until next winter to share it!

    Join Steve and Wayne as they head into the winter woods, peeling back the snowy curtain that conceals the ecology of these fascinating invertebrates.

    This episode was recorded in February 2021 at the Deer Lick Conservation Area, a Nature Conservancy property, located in Gowanda, NY.

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    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

Joey JoJo Senior Shabadoo ,

Epic

These boys are alright, and they haven’t jumped the shark yet (which may be because the ocean’s a bit of a drive). I’m about 10 episodes in so maybe quality declines but I doubt it. And of course these episodes are appropriately evergreen, so whenever you can listen, do.

Jenna7643 ,

Favourite Podcast

I’m a conservation biology student in Ontario and a lot of the species and things they talk about directly relate to what I’m learning. It’s like having my own personal study group. I’m obsessed with this podcast

Peachy🍑Jess ,

Fun and engaging

Listened to the ants in our plants episode and it was delightful! Fun banter and even more amazing facts about ants and their relationship with plants

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