59 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

    • Wilderness
    • 4.8, 45 Ratings

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.

    Minnesota’s Agriculture: From the Past to the Future -Sustainability

    Minnesota’s Agriculture: From the Past to the Future -Sustainability

    Join us as we talk with Tim Reese and Mellissa Hochstetler of Gale Woods Farm about what practices they use to make their farm sustainable and how you as a consumer can help farmers transition to more climate friendly farming practices.

    • 22 min
    Minnesota’s Agriculture: From the Past to the Future - The Rise of Dairy

    Minnesota’s Agriculture: From the Past to the Future - The Rise of Dairy

    Elise Bushard of Lowry Nature Center and Historical Interpretation Supervisor Bill Walker join us to tell the story of how one man created the dairy industry in the Midwest. Wendalin Grimm bred the first winter hardy alfalfa, making commercial dairy in the Midwest profitable. Listen to learn why you should thank him for Packers' cheese hats, butter sculptures, and cheese curds.

    • 19 min
    Minnesota’s Agriculture: From the Past to the Future - Learning from Native Elders

    Minnesota’s Agriculture: From the Past to the Future - Learning from Native Elders

    Brandon and Angela sit down with Seneca Elder Hope Flannigan to learn how Native farming was practiced before Europeans reached Minnesota. Hope explains the difference between the wild plants and domestic plants, how Dream of Wild Health is using Native farming techniques today, and what we can learn from Native farming to make a more sustainable future.

    • 30 min
    A Light in the Dark - Citizen Science and Fireflies

    A Light in the Dark - Citizen Science and Fireflies

    Climate change may increase the number of species of fireflies in Minnesota as our growing season gets longer, but habitat loss, light pollution, and pesticide use are all making the number of fireflies decrease. Learn how to help scientists collect data on this as we discuss the Citizen Science project Firefly Watch with one of its founders, Don Salvatore.

    • 20 min
    A Light in the Dark - You Can't Handle the Truth!

    A Light in the Dark - You Can't Handle the Truth!

    Professor Sara Lewis shares some of the knowledge she has gained from studying fireflies for over 30 years. We discuss a female firefly nicknamed a vampire that deceives male fireflies. Professor Lewis shares some of her latest research on firefly conservation and what you can do to help.

    • 27 min
    A Light in the Dark - Fireflies 101

    A Light in the Dark - Fireflies 101

    Angela and Brandon are joined by Miranda Jones, resident firefly expert at Eastman Nature Center. Join us as she lights up our world with facts about firefly biology, why they glow, and where you can find them.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

MinnTEXAS ,

The Perfect Company for your Wanderings

This podcast offers so much insight for all those in the Minnesota area. Not only does it provide the curious naturalist with new information to fuel their wonderings, but it also spikes the interest for history buffs, Minnesotants, and your natural inquisitor. Covering topics from the environment to human development, history, current projects, and more... there is nothing like the Wandering Naturalist to remind us just how connected this whole world is.

FluffyLagniappe ,

Highly recommend for all in Minnesota

Fun podcast to listen to! I love that they interview several different people to get a lot of perspective on a topic and that they try to make it very relevant for people in MN. I like how they bring up citizen science ideas that people can participate in.

michk.davis ,

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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