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A Talk on the Wild Side Podcast

A Talk on the Wild Side Podcast

A Talk on the Wild Side
hosted by Sandra Rideout-Hanzak, Ph.D. and Rebecca Zerlin, M.S. Candidate
with Andrew Lowery, Tre' Kendall, and Gaby Olivas

Currently available on the CKWRI website,,
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Do you love wildlife and nature as much as we do? Would you like to hang out with experts and amateurs alike who have a passion for all things wild? Guess what?  We knew you would!  That's why we created A Talk on the Wild Side podcast where we chat with experts and enthusiasts in wildlife management, marine conservation, and hunting and fishing in South Texas.  Topics are as lively and diverse as the resources themselves--butterflies, quail, sea turtles, fire, ocelots, native plants and more!  This is a podcast for anyone who enjoys learning more about our natural resources in an engaging and entertaining way.  

A Talk on the Wild Side is created by the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute and supported by the Rotary Club of Corpus Christi Harvey Weil Sportsman Conservationist Award. 

Intro to the Podcast and our Team  |  Season 1 Episodes

Apiculture is the Bee’s Knees! – S2 E1
Dr. Juliana Rangel of Texas A&M teaches us about honeybees and native bees in Texas.  We discuss the mite that is causing colony collapse and ways to support bees in our own backyards.   
(June 7, 2022)

Eat, Prey, Dove! – S2 E2
In this episode we talk doves with Owen Fitzsimmons, the Webless Migratory Game Bird Program Leader at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.  Owen discusses dove hunting, ecology and more. .   
(June 21, 2022)

No Fowl Language. Just Turkey Talk! – S2 E3
We get the latest scoop on wild turkeys from Jason Hardin, the Wild Turkey Program Leader at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.  Hear about turkey population restoration and hunting in Texas.  Eastern, Rio Grande, Merriam's - we talk about them all.   
(July 5, 2022)

Bringing Back Baffin Bay! – S2 E4
Dr. Michael Wetz at Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Kiersten Stanzel of the Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program join us to discuss their Brining Back Baffin project. We talk about challenges associated with restoring an entire watershed.  
(July 19, 2022)

The Avian Rebbe! – S2 Bonus
In this bonus episode, Sandra talks with Aaric Elsenstein, the Avian Rebbe. Aaric shares his thoughts about how birdwatching can bring us comfort during hard times and how nature can teach us that we are more alike than we are different.
(July 26, 2022)

Oh, Quail Yes! – S2 E5
Getting antsy for quail season? We got you covered. We talk to Dr. Abe Woodard of the East Foundation about quaill hunting, setting harvest limits, and much more in this episode. 
(August 2, 2022)

Alternative Fuels! – S2 Bonus2
We’re bringing you another bonus episode!  This time we hear from Tyler Herrmann, alternative fuels expert, about vehicle fuel alternatives with the potential to make positive impacts for wildlife, habitat, wild places, and people too! 
(August 9, 2022)

When (Wild) Pigs Fly! – S2E6
We’re talking wild pigs in this episode.  Our guest, Dr. John Tomeček, is an Associate Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist at Texas A&M University.   We get into the mud with all the dirty details of wild pigs, the damages they cause to ecosystems, health concerns they bring, and methods of control.
(August 16, 2022)

Fastest Hooves in the West! - S2E7
We get the current scoop on the pronghorn populations in Texas from Shawn Gray, the Mule Deer and Pronghorn Program Leader at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.  Learn all about this wild west icon's natural history and more!
(August 30, 2022)

Ben Masters and Mountain Lions! - S2E8
Ben Masters joins us in this episode for a discussion of wildlife filmmaking, and some stories from his latest film, Deep in the Heart.  He also shares a project near and dear to his heart—improving state regulations for more humane and ethical mountain lion trapping.   
(September 13, 2022)

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