27 episodes

This is The Single Acorn podcast, a podcast for those of us who love to ponder the world around us, who slowly walk through a forest with the question “Why?” as our constant companion, who are drawn to the tough, weird, gross, and fascinating questions about the natural world.

Each season will cover a topic within natural history (Season 1: Symbiosis, Season 2: Scat, Season 3: Urban Wildlife). So whether your curious about why some trees change sex or why parasitic castration is an effective strategy for some barnacles or why turkey vultures poop on their legs, then this is the podcast for you.

So then, teachers, students, gardeners, foresters, and naturalists, get out your field notebook and join us on a deep dive into the natural history and ecology of our wild neighbors.

The Single Acorn Crow's Path

    • Science
    • 5.0 • 25 Ratings

This is The Single Acorn podcast, a podcast for those of us who love to ponder the world around us, who slowly walk through a forest with the question “Why?” as our constant companion, who are drawn to the tough, weird, gross, and fascinating questions about the natural world.

Each season will cover a topic within natural history (Season 1: Symbiosis, Season 2: Scat, Season 3: Urban Wildlife). So whether your curious about why some trees change sex or why parasitic castration is an effective strategy for some barnacles or why turkey vultures poop on their legs, then this is the podcast for you.

So then, teachers, students, gardeners, foresters, and naturalists, get out your field notebook and join us on a deep dive into the natural history and ecology of our wild neighbors.

    What is endurance?

    What is endurance?

    Hey there fellow naturalists. This is Professor Eweagey, co-host of The Single Acorn. I wanted to extend a very special and warm welcome to you all as this season is near and dear to my heart. The following episodes live at the cross section between my two greatest passions: natural history and running. In previous season, we’ve joked that it’s a fool who seeks to learn how to live by looking at the secret lives of wild creatures. But for this season we’re doing just that. We’re diving into the world of endurance. We’ll look at the challenges - both mental and physical - of prolonged physical exertion and highlight the myriad of creative solutions animals have for sneaking around these. Our season culminates with the 6 Days in the Dome race where I’ll be attempting to break the world record for 100 miles. So stay tuned and see what it takes to push the limits of the animal body. Welcome to the Single Acorn Podcast.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    The Physical Side of Endurance

    The Physical Side of Endurance

    I’ve been a runner for as long as I can remember. And there’s always been a peaceful element to that sacred loneliness of the long distance runner. In the last three decades I’ve run tens of thousands of miles while training for everything from the zippy 1500m up to slow trudgery of the 100 miles. Regardless of the event, training is geared towards developing both the mental and physical strength to overcome the challenges of endurance events. Here we tackle the physical side, looking at how humans and animals cope with stresses like heat exhaustion, lactic acid build up, water loss, salt buildup, and more. Welcome to the Single Acorn Podcast.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Mental Side of Endurance

    The Mental Side of Endurance

    Hey there fellow naturalists and runners. Teage O’Connor here, co-host of The Single Acorn. I’ve been training to break the 100 mile world record. During the hundreds of hours and thousands of miles I’ve been put in to reach this goal, I’ve had plenty of time to think about what it takes on the mental side to compete in endurance events. In this episode, Glenn guides us through the world of trance and meditation and we try to find some overlap between our two worlds. We also talk about the endurance of nesting small-mouth bass and migrating geese. This will be the last episode before my race at 6 Days in the Dome.
    As part of the effort, I’m running a jog-a-thon type fundraiser for Junior Milers. I’ve been a volunteer coach for this awesome youth program for a couple of years and love it. Junior Milers trains kids to run in the Vermont City Marathon relay. Participants get running shoes, instruction on running-related topics, snakes, t-shirts, and exposure to positive role models. You can donate using the link in the show notes.

    https://crowspath.eventgroovefundraising.com/100-mile-world-record-attempt/Campaign

    Welcome to the Single Acorn Podcast.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Race Report

    Race Report

    I’ve been a runner for as long as I can remember. And there’s always been a peaceful element to that sacred loneliness of the long distance runner. I’ve run tens of thousands of miles in the last three decades of training for everything from 1500m up to slow trudgery of the 100 miles. Regardless of the event, training is geared towards developing both the mental and physical strength to overcome the challenges of endurance events. Here we tackle the physical side, looking at how humans and animals cope with stresses like heat exhaustion, lactic acid build up, water loss, salt buildup, and more. Welcome to the Single Acorn Podcast.

    • 44 min
    Creature Feature: Aquafecundis mogwai

    Creature Feature: Aquafecundis mogwai

    In a world where science has predicted 8.7 million eukaryotic species currently roam, humans have catalogued a mere 1.6 million. That leaves nearly 7 million sneaky little croutons hiding in the shadows...

    In the last year alone we’ve identified both the strange and the cuddly: an iridescent underground snake Achalinus zugorum; a parasitic, spider-eating wasp Actrotaphus, and the world’s tiniest and most criminally adorable raccoon, the olinguito. Seriously. You have to look it up. At least 14 new species have been named after a popular boy wizard and one lucky beetle was christened the Agra shwarzeneggeri for its super ripped middle femora.


    Every day, scientists prepare themselves for the next big breakthrough, and today we invite you behind the curtain…
    To the Single Acorn’s first ever NEW CREATURE FEATURE brought to you by your friendly neighborhood Dr. Christine Fleener [thunder/lightning] to investigate the most recent discovery from the jungles of Southeast Asia…This is The Single Acorn.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Urban Ecology: The Hazards of City Life

    Urban Ecology: The Hazards of City Life

    They paved over paradise and put up a parking lot. But what exactly paradise is, is entirely subjective. The good of the scorpion is not the good of the frog. And so as wildlands have dwindled across the blue planet, an asphalt jungle has emerged. It’s a land of milk and honey for those willing to weather the risks. Here we consider the hazards these fearless explorers face. This is the Single Acorn Podcast.

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

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25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Ms Birdie Duck ,

Our own Ira Flato

Pops and I enjoyed listening to the latest episode about crows. I have a new respect for them and will be on the lookout for their sunset gatherings in Burlington. Pops says you sound a bit like NPRs science Friday host Ira Flato.

mulawdawgkirbo ,

Glenn

Glenn is a fantastic host and asked me to do this.

AbeStebbing ,

Simply the Best

The Single Acorn is simply the best naturalist podcast I’ve come across. Honestly, I’m addicted and can’t wait for the next season. Check it out! You will love it.

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