40 episodes

Explore the history and present of over 27,000 acres of park land inside Minnesota's Hennepin County and surrounding areas. Hosts Angela (wildlife biologist) and Brandon (interpretive naturalist) guide you through this suburban wilderness managed by the Three Rivers Park District.

The Wandering Naturalist Three Rivers Park District

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Explore the history and present of over 27,000 acres of park land inside Minnesota's Hennepin County and surrounding areas. Hosts Angela (wildlife biologist) and Brandon (interpretive naturalist) guide you through this suburban wilderness managed by the Three Rivers Park District.

    Episode 40: Ice, Ice, Nature - From Ice Harvesting to Ice Fishing, How Humans Use Ice

    Episode 40: Ice, Ice, Nature - From Ice Harvesting to Ice Fishing, How Humans Use Ice

    Explore how humans interact with ice as we talk with park volunteer and Ice Harvest historian Tim Graff about how and why people harvested ice in the 1800's and how you can experience ice harvesting today. Learn how to ice fish when we talk to Brent Hennen from our Outdoor Recreation School and learn some tips for how to add as little stress to our winter fish as possible.

    • 32 min
    Episode 39: Ice, Ice, Nature - Invasion of the Oxygen Snatchers

    Episode 39: Ice, Ice, Nature - Invasion of the Oxygen Snatchers

    How do invasive species impact life under the ice? What do they do to the oxygen? Can you do anything to help? Find out as we talk about Aquatic Invasive Species with Amy Timm,  Three Rivers' Natural Resources Supervisor for Water Quality.

    • 18 min
    Episode 38: Ice, Ice, Nature - Life Under the Ice

    Episode 38: Ice, Ice, Nature - Life Under the Ice

    Join us for the start of season two as Brandon and Angela dive into to a listener requested topic: Life Under the Ice. Explore the murky depths of a lake in the winter and learn what creatures stay active all winter, and which go dormant. Find out if its better, down where its wetter, under the ice!

    • 27 min
    Episode 37 - Winter Strategies: Turtle Habits and Human Clothes

    Episode 37 - Winter Strategies: Turtle Habits and Human Clothes

    Join us as John Moriarty shares new research Three Rivers has participated in to find out what turtles do in the winter. It turns out it is a lot more complicated than just sleeping in the mud. Heather Gordon from the Outdoor School of Recreation joins us with tips on how to Adapt to the winter and dress to be outside so we can enjoy winter activities.

    • 28 min
    Episode 36 - Winter Strategies: Bird Banding and Winter Migration

    Episode 36 - Winter Strategies: Bird Banding and Winter Migration

    Did you know that Minnesota birds have 5 types of migration habits? Join us as we discuss this with Ron Refsneider, a retired biologist for the MN DNR and a Master Bird Bander. He shares with us what his Bird banding data indicates about Minnesota birds' winter habits, and gives his opinion on how our perspective on bird migration is backwards.

    • 18 min
    Episode 35 - Winter Strategies: Should I Stay or Should I Go - Getting MADD

    Episode 35 - Winter Strategies: Should I Stay or Should I Go - Getting MADD

    Wander with us as we explore how animals survive the winter. Angela and Brandon investigate three strategies that animals use to survive the winter, Migrating, Adapting, and going Dormant. Learn how these strategies work as we dig into the winter habits of Beavers, Coyotes, Birds, Butterflies, and Ground Squirrels.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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Love this podcast!

I truly enjoy this podcast- informative and entertaining. I like learning more about the local parks and the twin cities’ ecology, natural environment, and wildlife.

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Amazing podcast.

This is a highly informative podcast and so much fun. We love hearing the nature word in every podcast. Well done and I’m looking forward to seeing where this goes and how it grows.

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Expanding the Experience

Thank you for bringing such insightful knowledge. My family will be thinking of this much more during our parks experiences.

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