13 episodes

A collaboration between the Gottlieb Native Garden and the Los Angeles Zoo, BiodiverCity explores urban ecology and conservation in L.A. From inside a one-acre native garden that is visited by over 1,500 different species of animals, to behind the scenes at our zoo, visited by more than 1.8 million people each year, we’re talking to both experts in their fields and everyday people to find out how Angelenos and wildlife are thriving together. BiodiverCity is hosted by Dr. Jake Owens, Director of Conservation at the L.A. Zoo, and is the vision of Susan Gottlieb, creator of the Gottlieb Native Garden.

BiodiverCity A collaboration between the Gottlieb Native Garden & the Los Angeles Zoo

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    • 4.9 • 9 Ratings

A collaboration between the Gottlieb Native Garden and the Los Angeles Zoo, BiodiverCity explores urban ecology and conservation in L.A. From inside a one-acre native garden that is visited by over 1,500 different species of animals, to behind the scenes at our zoo, visited by more than 1.8 million people each year, we’re talking to both experts in their fields and everyday people to find out how Angelenos and wildlife are thriving together. BiodiverCity is hosted by Dr. Jake Owens, Director of Conservation at the L.A. Zoo, and is the vision of Susan Gottlieb, creator of the Gottlieb Native Garden.

    Bonus Episode: The Art of Foley

    Bonus Episode: The Art of Foley

    In this week’s bonus episode, Jake talks with Marko Costanzo, renowned foley artist, about how he makes the sounds of nature come to life in movies like Life of Pi and Ice Age with a collection of household objects and a lot of imagination.
     
    To learn more about the BiodiverCity podcast, visit www.thegottliebnativegarden.com/podcast
     

    • 10 min
    The Monarch and the Frog

    The Monarch and the Frog

    If you counted all the migratory monarch butterflies in California in 1992, you might total five million. But today, that number is less than 2,000. How did one of the most popular butterflies in the world begin to disappear? Xerces Society’s Senior Endangered Species Conservation Biologist Emma Pelton unravels the mystery of why the western monarch is vanishing, and she and horticulturist and native plant specialist Carol Bornstein explore ways that everyone can help. Meanwhile at the zoo, Curator of Reptiles, Amphibians and Fish Ian Recchio tells us how his team is working to save a largely unknown, nondescript amphibian called the southern mountain yellow-legged frog from extinction.
     
    To find out more about what the Xerces Society is doing for the Western Monarch and how you can help: https://xerces.org/western-monarch-call-to-action 
     
    For more information about programs at the L.A. Zoo visit lazoo.org
     BiodiverCity is made possible with support from The Gottlieb Native Garden. 


    Host:
    Dr Jake Owens, Director of Conservation, Los Angeles Zoo

    Executive Producers:
    Susan Gottlieb
    Tom Jacobson
    Diane Shader Smith
    Denise Verret

    Producers:
    April Merl
    Jake Owens

    Associate Producer:
    Brenda Scott Royce

    Original Music:
    Micah Smith

    Additional contributions from: 
    Hannah Beal
    Bennett Rea

    • 31 min
    Bonus Episode: With a Side of Bugs

    Bonus Episode: With a Side of Bugs

    In this week’s bonus episode, Jake talks with JaV’on Latimore, entomologist and entotarian, about insects on the menu and not yuck-ing anyone else’s yum.
     
    Follow JaV’on on TikTok at @vonnroach, on Instagram at @en.tune, and on Twitter at @ent_tune. 
     
    To learn more about the BiodiverCity podcast, visit www.thegottliebnativegarden.com/podcast

    • 12 min
    What's on the Menu?

    What's on the Menu?

    It’s all about food as we get behind the scenes at the zoo and discuss one of L.A.’s most complicated diets with Zoo Nutritionist Emily Schwartz and Curator of Reptiles, Amphibians and Fish, Ian Recchio: the diet of the Butaan, one of the world’s largest lizards. After that, we talk about southern Californian indigenous food traditions and how to strike the balance between passing down traditions and depleting the land with Sherman High School Indian Museum curator and co-author of Cooking the Native Way Lorene Sisquoc.
     
    For more information about programs at the L.A. Zoo, visit lazoo.org
     
    To learn more about the Malki Museum: http://malkimuseum.org/
    Buy the Chia Café Collective cookbook, Cooking the Native Way here and at many book sellers. 
     
    BiodiverCity is made possible with support from The Gottlieb Native Garden. 

    Host:
    Dr Jake Owens, Director of Conservation, Los Angeles Zoo

    Executive Producers:
    Susan Gottlieb
    Tom Jacobson
    Diane Shader Smith
    Denise Verret

    Producers:
    April Merl
    Jake Owens

    Associate Producer:
    Brenda Scott Royce

    Original Music:
    Micah Smith

    Additional contributions from: 
    Hannah Beal
    Bennett Rea

    • 32 min
    Bonus Episode: A Batman for a Cause

    Bonus Episode: A Batman for a Cause

    In this week’s bonus episode, Jake talks to Chris Van Dorn, founder of Batman4Paws, about how dressing up as a superhero is turning heads and helping animals in need.
     
    To learn more about the BiodiverCity podcast, visit www.thegottliebnativegarden.com/podcast
     

    • 9 min
    Over Our Heads

    Over Our Heads

    Have you ever heard a bat? You probably haven’t. While bats are all around us, their presence goes practically undetected because of their nocturnal habits and silent (to us, at least) echolocation. We talk with Natural History Museum (NHM) Wildlife Biologist and Community Science Manager Miguel Ordeñana about how bats help start conversations about conservation in neighborhoods all across L.A., and the Gottlieb Native Garden’s naturalist Scott Logan shares his recordings allowing us to go beyond the limits of human hearing to get a sense of what bat calls really sound like.
     
    More about NHM’s Be a Bat Detector Program: https://nhm.org/stories/be-bat-detector 
    More about how to attract bats to your backyard (including DIY plans for bat houses): https://www.batcon.org/about-bats/bat-houses/
     
    For more information about programs at the L.A. Zoo, visit lazoo.org
    BiodiverCity is made possible with support from The Gottlieb Native Garden. 

    Host:
    Dr Jake Owens, Director of Conservation, Los Angeles Zoo

    Executive Producers:
    Susan Gottlieb
    Tom Jacobson
    Diane Shader Smith
    Denise Verret

    Producers:
    April Merl
    Jake Owens

    Associate Producer:
    Brenda Scott Royce

    Original Music:
    Micah Smith

    Additional contributions from: 
    Hannah Beal
    Bennett Rea

    • 28 min

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