The Wild Idaho! Podcast tells the stories behind the work the Idaho Conservation League does to protect the air you breathe, the water you drink and the land you love. For more information check us out at: http://www.idahoconservation.org
Episode 27 — Voices of the Centennials: A Conversation on the Kilgore Project
Join Wild Idaho! Podcast host Hannah Smay for a special episode about the Kilgore project, a gold exploration project located in the Centennials Mountains in east Idaho. Joining Hannah on this episode are Josh Johnson, ICL’s Conservation Associate, and Allison Michalski, the Idaho Conservation Associate with the Greater Yellowstone Coalition (GYC). ICL and GYC are partners in the effort to protect Idaho’s waters and wildlife from the impacts of mining and gold exploration in the Centennials. We are also joined by special guests Lauren Camp and Gretchen Henderson, two writers who have spent time in the Centennials. Lauren reads her poem “Reckoning” and Gretchen shares her piece “Headwaters.”
To learn more about the Kilgore project, visit ICL and GYC on our websites.
Learn more about Lauren Camp and her work at https://www.laurencamp.com/.
Learn more about Gretchen Henderson and her work at https://www.gretchenhenderson.com/.
Photo: Tony Huegel
Episode 26 — Salmon, Dams, And Power: Idaho's BPA Connection featuring ICL's Mitch Cutter
Join Wild Idaho! Podcast host Hannah Smay and ICL's Salmon and Steelhead Advocacy Fellow Mitch Cutter to learn about the connections between endangered salmon and steelhead and electric power in Idaho. Electric cooperatives and municipal utilities across Idaho buy power from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), which is generated at dams on the Snake and Columbia Rivers. The four dams on the lower Snake River play a major role in driving Idaho’s salmon and steelhead to the brink of extinction. Tune in to learn about the path forward for recovering Idaho’s fish to abundance, ensuring clean and affordable energy for Idahoans, and making and keeping Idaho communities whole.
Learn more and contact energy leaders in your community here: https://www.idahoconservation.org/our-work/salmon-and-steelhead/fishpower/
Make your voice heard to the members of the Idaho Governor's Salmon Workgroup: https://species.idaho.gov/governors-salmon-workgroup/
Episode 25 — Get Bear Aware with ICL's Brad Smith
Join Hannah and ICL's North Idaho Director Brad Smith to learn all about why Idahoans should be bear aware. Tune in for stories about grizzly bear sightings in Idaho and tips on how to behave safely in bear country.
Learn more at the ICL blog. https://www.idahoconservation.org/blog/lets-get-bear-aware/
Have concerns, need help, or want more information?
- Visit the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) website (http://igbconline.org/) for a wealth of resources for recreationists, homeowners, ranchers, farmers, hunters, and public lands users.
- Check out this one-hour educational presentation produced by the Montana Bear Education Working Group (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrFsJguXYIk&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3DexD1qR4bzmnC0iMjEoOB14wAPlltVbfP04SF-EK6zB5MSj-0UE376IM), covering bear natural history, biology, identification, attractant storage, preventing encounters, bear spray, and how to handle bear encounters.
Thanks to Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) for their support with our bear aware projects this 2020 season.
Ep 24 — Looking Up at Idaho's Dark Skies with astronomer Matt Benjamin
Join Hannah and Haley in a conversation with astronomer and ICL board member Matt Benjamin about Idaho’s unique and spectacular dark skies. We talk about light pollution and its impacts on human and ecological health, the history of the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve (North America’s first gold-tier dark sky international dark sky reserve) and how you can explore the wonders of the cosmos from the night sky in your own backyard.
Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve: https://idahodarksky.org/
International Dark-Sky Association: https://www.darksky.org/
Best stargazing apps: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/g26089673/best-stargazing-apps/
Calendar of astronomy events in 2020: http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2020.html
Activities for kids: https://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/subject/astronomy-and-space-sciences/
Ep 23 — Diving into Lake Coeur d'Alene with Matt Nykiel and Shelby Herber
Join Hannah in a conversation with ICL’s North Idaho staff - Shelby Herber and Matt Nykiel - about precarious pollution challenges in and around Lake Coeur d’Alene. Learn about the interconnected web of contamination from historical mining activity in Idaho’s Silver Valley and the legacy of toxic materials that threaten lakeside residents and downstream communities.
We need your help to protect Lake Coeur d’Alene. Join us in urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to investigate Lake Coeur d’Alene and provide a cleanup plan that will work. Comments are due April 30! Take action here: https://p2a.co/SH2c102
Pollution at the Heart of Lake Coeur d’Alene blog by Matt Nykiel
A dangerous cocktail threatens the gem of North Idaho: Upstream mining has left a toxic legacy at the bottom of Coeur d’Alene Lake by Emily Benson (High Country News)
Leaded: The Poisoning of Idaho’s Silver Valley by Michael C. Mix
Episode 22 — An interview with environmental advocate and high school senior Asa Menlove
Join Hannah and guest-host Jonas Seiler, ICL's River Conservation Fellow, in a conversation with environmental advocate and high school senior Asa Menlove. Learn about the youth environmental movement in Idaho and Asa's passionate efforts to protect Idaho's salmon and steelhead. To comment on the DEIS - https://comments.crso.info. To learn more and contact your Idaho decision-makers, click the link below. https://p2a.co/YU3f1em