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Nature Guys connects you to the exciting natural world right in your own neighborhood. These nature connections will help you be cool, calm, collected and ready to make a positive difference in the world. Nature Guys is hosted by Bob a long time nature lover.

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Nature Guys connects you to the exciting natural world right in your own neighborhood. These nature connections will help you be cool, calm, collected and ready to make a positive difference in the world. Nature Guys is hosted by Bob a long time nature lover.

    Vernal Pools

    Vernal Pools

    Charles and Bob discuss vernal pools. Bob has always been intrigued by vernal pools and with time at home due to the pandemic he decided to build one in his backyard. Learn about his first aquatic visitor the water strider. Also learn about an amazing creature that lives in a vernal pool at Cincinnati Nature Center. If you have not seen fairy shrimp be sure to check them out. Charles explains what they look like and why they are found in vernal pools.

    Related episodes: The Nature of Oaks with Doug Tallamy, Dragonflies, Damselflies and Wood Frogs Quack It Up

    Our sources for this episode include:

    Vernal Pool Chronicles: a YouTube channel about vernal pools with some fantastic footage Colburn et al., 2007: Diversity and ecology of vernal pool invertebrates (Chapter from: Science and Conservation of Vernal Pools in Northeastern North America) U.S. EPA informational page - Vernal pools

    • 39 min
    Red Mangroves Walking

    Red Mangroves Walking

    Greg Torres and Bob discuss one of the most important trees in Florida. The Red Mangrove is the protector from storms and provides safe harbor to many living things.

    Cheer on Greg who is competing in the 2021 Go Wild for Jeopar-Ding fund raiser that will premiere virtually on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 to support the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Check out related episodes on our Wildlife Refuges page.

    Watch Greg's YouTube video on red mangroves.

    Our sources for this episode include:

    Florida’s Extraordinary Mangroves Essential Facts about Mangroves Florida’s Mangroves

    • 33 min
    The Nature of Oaks with Doug Tallamy

    The Nature of Oaks with Doug Tallamy

    Bob chats with Doug Tallamy about his latest book The Nature of Oaks. The book shows you what to look for on and near oak trees every month of the year. Hear a few of the amazing stories of oaks. If you have or want oaks in your yard or just want to appreciate their irreplaceable role in the health of our environment this podcast will inspire you to learn more about this magnificent tree.

    Books by Doug Tallamy are published by Timber Press:

    The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native Trees Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden with Rick Darke Click here to learn more about Seed Libraries.

    Related episodes: Northern Red Oak and Blue Jays are Not Blue

    Special thanks to Cincinnati realtors Molly and Sara at Haven Home Group (Coldwell Banker Realty) for sponsoring this episode.

    • 32 min
    Acorn Woodpeckers

    Acorn Woodpeckers

    Gia and Bob discuss one amazing woodpecker. If you live or travel to the west make sure you check this woodpecker out. This episode is part of our Keystone Species series. Thanks to Christina Zorn for the great research!

    Related woodpecker episodes: Wow it’s a Pileated Woodpecker, Downy Woodpeckers Support Their Mates, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers Slurp Sap

    Keystone Species series: All About Alligators, Firefighting Beavers
    Our sources for this episode include:
    All About Birds USDA Fire effects Information Systems Wikipedia Animalia

    • 31 min
    Hooded Merganser - Not the Duckiest Duck

    Hooded Merganser - Not the Duckiest Duck

    Charles and Bob discuss the Hooded Merganser. It is a duck that has some very un-duck like qualities.
    Related episodes: Mallards Mate with Other Ducks, Firefighting Beavers, What It’s Like to be a Bird with David Sibley, Erin Brockovich
    Our sources for this episode include:
    10 Interesting Facts about the Hooded Mergansers The Cornell Lab All About Birds Hooded Merganser

    • 45 min
    72 Seasons

    72 Seasons

    Chris Clements of Imago joins Bob to talk about the Japanese concept of 72 seasons. Chris challenges us to go out and visit nature regularly in our own neck of the woods. See how it changes every few days. Try to come up with your own micro-season and give it an evocative name.

    Our sources for this episode include:

    Micro-seasons - Headspace YouTube video Japan’s 72 Microseasons

    • 28 min

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