15 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 – symbiosis, sex, poop, strategies for winter, sleep, invasive species, etc. 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

    • Natural Sciences
    • 5.0 • 14 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 – symbiosis, sex, poop, strategies for winter, sleep, invasive species, etc. 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.

    03.01 - The Hazards of City Life for Wild Animals

    03.01 - The Hazards of City Life for Wild Animals

    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
    02.06 - Animal Poop & Seed Dispersal

    02.06 - Animal Poop & Seed Dispersal

    Behold nature, red in tooth and bowel. There’s fierce competition in the green world for the amorous affections of their animal neighbors to pollinate their flowers. And on the heels of pollination comes an equally fierce battle where plants try to win a one way trip down a furry, scaly, or feathery beasts digestive tract. It’s plants, animals, and a big pile of poop. This is the Single Acorn Podscat.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    02.05 - How Plants Poop

    02.05 - How Plants Poop

    A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. But that rose would still have to poop. Well, sort of. While we might not think of plants as producing poop, they’re not free of the inefficiencies of a metabolic life. In the green world, life is anything but easy in, easy out, and in this episode, we’ll look at the many ways that plants “poop” or at least how they deal with the things they’d rather not leave lying around. This is the Single Acorn Podscat.

    • 40 min
    02.04 - Scent Marking (How animals use scat and urine to communicate)

    02.04 - Scent Marking (How animals use scat and urine to communicate)

    Why let a good thing go to waste when you can make waste into a good thing! In this episode we take one species trash and make a dazzling array of splendid treasures. It’s a building material, nuptial offering, air conditioner, facemask, currency to trade for sweet sap, weapon, and self-defense spray. It’s stools as tools on this episode of the Single Acorn Podscat.

    • 56 min
    02.03 - Stools as Tools (How animals use poop)

    02.03 - Stools as Tools (How animals use poop)

    Why let a good thing go to waste when you can make waste into a good thing! In this episode we take one species trash and make a dazzling array of splendid treasures. It’s a building material, nuptial offering, air conditioner, facemask, currency to trade for sweet sap, weapon, and self-defense spray. It’s stools as tools on this episode of the Single Acorn Podscat.

    • 55 min
    02.02 - Coprophagy (Animals that eat poop)

    02.02 - Coprophagy (Animals that eat poop)

    What goes in must come out. And apparently what goes out can also come in again. That’s right. Poop. The forbidden snack. It’s gross enough to think about poop on its own, but there’s a certain unmatched biological revulsion that bubbles up when I think about eating poop. Or not that I think about eating poop, but when I do research on other animals that eat poop. As I’m chewing on these words, trying to figure out a way to frame this delicately, my dog’s looking up at me in utter confusion. We share a lot in common - a love for adventure, a passion for splashing in puddles, . But we just can’t share that same predilection for caprophagy. We’ll Boots, my poop-eating pooch, this one’s for you. This is the Single Acorn Podscat.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

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14 Ratings

14 Ratings

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Glenn

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

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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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Awesome Podcast

Always wanted to learn more about the natural world but weren’t sure how to get started? Whether you’re a budding naturalist or a life-long investigator of the natural world, this podcast has something for you. Get ready for a fascinating yet light-hearted deep dive into topics ranging from symbiotic relationships to scat. Plenty of science and plenty of humor await. Listen now!

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