132 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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    • 4.9 • 64 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.

    Bird is the Word - Introduction to BYOB

    Bird is the Word - Introduction to BYOB

    Kick off Season 4 as Brandon and Angela discuss what birding means to them, talk to Kim Nowicki of Eastman Nature Center and John Moriarty, Senior Manager of Wildlife, about Three Rivers Park District's Big Year of the Bird, and they discuss why birds are a good gateway to the outdoors. 

    • 29 min
    Bird is the Word - Birding Before Minnesota was a State

    Bird is the Word - Birding Before Minnesota was a State

    Zack Mohlis from the Three Rivers History Team joins us to talk about the history of birding in Minnesota, why a state geologist led the research on birds in the 1800's, how dead birds in the mail helped science, and his favorite lines of poetry, we mean scientific writing, from the state birds report.

    • 23 min
    Bird is the Word - Dr. Sushma Reddy and Bird Evolution

    Bird is the Word - Dr. Sushma Reddy and Bird Evolution

    Dr. Sushma Reddy, Bell Museum's Breckenridge Chair of Ornithology, discusses what it is like managing the Bell Museum's 46,000+ bird specimens, new advances in science that has allowed the relationships between bird species to be better understood, and why the dinosaurs are not actually extinct.

    • 29 min
    Bird is the Word – The Missing Winter Birds

    Bird is the Word – The Missing Winter Birds

    In January and the rest of our long winter, many of our Minnesota birds are not here...where do they go and what are they doing?  To give us some perspective on our missing birds of the winter season, Leonal Chavez, a coffee farmer in Honduras, talks with Angela and Brandon about dedicating his land to bird conservation.

    • 14 min
    Fur Trade to Today - The Bonga Legacy

    Fur Trade to Today - The Bonga Legacy

    Join us as Joel Brown, a professional historic interpreter, talks to us about the legacy of George Bonga and the rest of his family. One of the first African American's born in what became Minnesota, George Bonga's involvement in the fur trade and participation in several treaties helped create the Minnesota we live in today.

    • 37 min
    Fur Trade to Today - Understanding Barriers to Park Access

    Fur Trade to Today - Understanding Barriers to Park Access

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
64 Ratings

64 Ratings

Beet,farm,shruchte ,

Must listen.

This podcast covers all aspects of nature. It also helps you want to know more about nature and helps you get outside and learn some more about nature.

jess4984 ,

Love!

Fantastic podcast with so many interesting topics- just the right length!

paint_me_your_song ,

Love!!!!

I have been bingeing this podcast while taking my Minnesota Master Naturalist classes, and I love how relevant every topic has been, and I’m learning so much more! I think I’m on the second to last episode available at this time, and I’m so sad it’s almost over.

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