38 episodes

Chris Morgan takes listeners around the world to Italy, Germany and his own  backyard of the Pacific Northwest to explore the beauty and wonder of the outdoors and its inhabitants. From beavers to wolves to grizzly bears we experience up close the resilient power of nature and our relationship with it.

The Wild KUOW

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    • 4.7, 1.9K Ratings

Chris Morgan takes listeners around the world to Italy, Germany and his own  backyard of the Pacific Northwest to explore the beauty and wonder of the outdoors and its inhabitants. From beavers to wolves to grizzly bears we experience up close the resilient power of nature and our relationship with it.

    WILD BITES: How can arctic squirrels help us get to mars?

    WILD BITES: How can arctic squirrels help us get to mars?

    Learn how you can support The Wild and can get early access to new episodes and bonus content by going to our donation page.

    A neuroscientist in Alaska has been studying hibernation in arctic squirrels. Now NASA is looking at her research to see if it can be used to help put astronauts in a state of hibernation for long space voyages.

    • 13 min
    Bear News: An interview with Chris Morgan

    Bear News: An interview with Chris Morgan

    July has been a busy month for bears including a government decision not to restore grizzly bears in the North Cascades in Washington state. If you’re a regular listener to THE WILD you’ll know I’ve spent a lot of years working for these bears. It’s an issue near and dear to my heart. So I wanted to share a short interview I did on this subject with Kim Malcolm, host of All Things Considered on KUOW in Seattle. I hope you enjoy it. 

    • 9 min
    Safe in the Wild

    Safe in the Wild

    Learn how you can support The Wild and can get early access to new episodes and bonus content by going to our donation page.

    When you’re outside hiking or camping and you encounter an animal, it’s important to understand what’s going on from the animal’s perspective. On today’s episode Chris will share people’s real life interactions with animals and discuss what they did right and what they should have done differently.

    Here are links to the videos discussed on the episode capturing people’s surprising encounters with other creatures:


    Brown bear encounter
    Hiking with bears
    Mountain biker meets mountain lion
    Sea lion drags girl off dock
    Gorillas in Uganda

    • 24 min
    The Wolf Ranger

    The Wolf Ranger

    There is probably no other species in North America that elicits more division than wolves. The sides usually come down to ranchers who fear for their cattle and environmentalists who fear the extinction of an animal that they value.

    ‘I found a current population pack of wolves and I put my finger in the middle of the map,’ said Daniel Curry. ‘And I said I am going to go there and I am going to do something.’

    That “something” was to become a range rider. One part wolf-protecting conservationist, one part modern-day cowboy. Daniel’s new job is to literally stand between cattle and wolves, to keep the peace in today’s wild west.

    Daniel's work as a range rider is supported by [Conservation Northwest](http:// https://www.conservationnw.org/our-work/wildlife/range-rider-pilot-project/ ) and the Northeast Washington Wolf Cattle Collaborative (NEWWCC).

    It takes a lot of resources to produce these stories. If you are able, I’d like you to consider making a donation of any size to help support this work. Find out more information at our donation page.

    • 31 min
    The Power of Poop

    The Power of Poop

    I love scat. Excrement, feces, poop...call it what you will, when you’re a wildlife guy this stuff is a goldmine of information. There’s even a technical term for the study of it - scatology. Out in the wilderness, it’s the best way to track an animal and get a sketch of its movements and diet.

    On this episode of THE WILD, I’ll look at three different ways biologists are using scat to understand and protect wildlife, including poop parties, a dog on a boat and an international crime fighter.

    It takes a lot of resources to produce these stories. If you are able, I’d like you to consider making a donation of any size to help support this work. Find out more information at our donation page.

    Special thanks to filmmaker Kate Brooks for allowing us to use clips from her film, The Last Animals. You can watch the film here.

    • 28 min
    How to Bring Back a Scottish Forest

    How to Bring Back a Scottish Forest

    One man in Scotland is on a mission. He wants to rewild the Scottish Highlands. His plan includes planting more than a million trees. But it is not just about the trees, it is about a whole ecosystem that comes with a forest…perhaps someday even including the return of the wolf…a truly wild Scotland again.

    You can learn more about the work of Paul Lister and his team at The European Nature Trust.

    It takes a lot of resources to produce these stories. If you are able, I’d like you to consider making a donation of any size to help support this work. Find out more information at our donation page.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.9K Ratings

1.9K Ratings

Ms. Wags ,

Mama Bear 399!

Thank you Chris for this podcast. I’m late to the wonderful storytelling but I’m catching up almost every night. I just love your enthusiasm and knowledge of nature and wildlife and how much we humans Need Them today. I remember seeing you on PBS’s show Nature and your work with grizzly bears in Alaska. So your voice is comforting to hear. This is one podcast I will listen to over and over. Wish I studied biology in my younger years. Thank you so much. Best

days_of_tomorrow ,

One of my top podcasts

Listening to Chris share his adventures and hearing his excitement/enthusiasm is infectious. My favorite episode is with ‘Richard Louv and Our Connection with Animals’. I’ve listened to it multiple times. The search for awe always gets me; drives me to see what’s out there. It makes me want to travel more, experience more, connect more. Excellent podcast.

Walter poopenstein ,

Love the format and flow of this podcast.

Overall just enjoyable to listen. I wish I didn’t binge all the episodes immediately.

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