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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 and Libsyn.com
Coming soon to all major podcast platforms including:
Apple Podcasts, iHeart Radio, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, and more!


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
(June 9, 2021)

Bobwhite Quail & Environmental Cues - S1E1
Research scientist and professor, Dr. Fidel Hernandez discusses environmental ques for quail on this episode of A Talk on The Wild Side.
(June 9, 2021)

Even Dolphins Do It! - S1E2
Dr. Dara Orbach, Assistant Professor of Marine Biology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, discusses her research on dolphin functional anatomy and behavioral ecology, as well as the dolphin population in the Corpus Christi region of the Gulf of Mexico.
(June 25, 2021)

Horned Lizards, Coyotes, and Roadrunners! Beep, Beep! - S1E3
Dr. Scott Henke, Research Scientist at CKWRI, discusses his research on Texas Horned Lizards and his research on coyotes also.
(July 6, 2021)

Introducing... Introduced Bluestems! - S1E4
Dr. Megan Clayton, Associate Professor and Extension Range Specialist at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in Corpus Christi, tells us all we need to know about introduced bluestems in Texas.
(July 20, 2021)

Oodles of Nurdles! A Plastic Pollution Hurdle! - S1E5
Dr. Jace Tunnell, the Director of Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve, discussed nurdles and their impacts on the Texas Gulf Coast and elsewhere.
(August 3, 2021)

Chronic Wasting Disease in Texas - S1Bonus
Mr. Mitch Lockwood, the Big Game Program Director for Texas Parks & Wildlife Department takes on the serious subject of Chronic Wasting Disease, CWD, and the latest information on its prevalence in Texas.
(August 10, 2021)

 The  Big Shooter! Photographer Wyman Meinzer - S1E6
Mr. WymanMeinzer, the State Photographer of Texas, takes us on a journey through his career. We talk about his favorite subjects, accomplishments, challenges, and some fun times!
(August 20, 2021)

White-tailed Deer Dating: There's not an App for that - S1E7
Dr. Randy DeYoung, Professor and Research Scientist at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, tells us all about white-tailed deer buck breeding strategies.
(August 31, 2021)

Pearls of Wisdom about Oyster Reefs - S1E8
Dr. Jennifer Pollack, the Harte Research Institute Chair for Coastal Conservation & Restoration, teaches us all about oysters, oyster reef restoration, and some cool tidbits about oyster and their various flavors!
(September 14, 2021)

To Cull or Not to Cull; That is the Question - S1E9
Mr. Donnie Draeger, Director of the Friedkin Ranch Properties, shares his wisdom about white-tailed deer management, deer density, nutrition, culling and more!  Plus, he shares some valuable information about what young wildlifers should do to launch a successful career in wildlife management.
(September 28, 2021)

Snakes in a Blanket (Not as Good as Pigs in a Blanket)! - S1E10
Dr. Christopher Schalk, of Stephen F. Austin State University, discusses his research on snake entanglement in erosion control blankets and a project reporting roadkill on iNaturalist.
(October 12, 2021)

Houston, Wildlife has a SpaceX Problem!  Part 1 - S1E11
Mr. David Newstead, Director of the Coastal Bird Program at the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program, discusses impacts of SpaceX rocket testing and launching on wildlife and habitat in South Texas.  We also discuss the draft PEA to launch larger rockets that is currently being considered by the FAA.  
(October 26, 2021)

Houston, Wildlife has a SpaceX Problem!  Part 2 - S1E12
Mr. David Newstead, Director of the Coastal Bird Program at the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program, discusses impacts of SpaceX rocket testing and launching on wildlife and habitat in South Texas.  We also discuss the draft PEA to launch larger rockets that is currently being considered by the FAA.  
(October 26, 2021)

An Ocelot of Information about Wild Cats! - S1E13
Dr. Mike Tewes, of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, discusses his research on wild cats that has taken him all over the world, including his work right here in South Texas on the endangered ocelot.  
(November 9, 2021)

The Native American Perspective On Wildlife Conservation--And Bears, Too! - S1E14
Dr. Diana Doan Crider tells us about Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), barriers for native people in wildlife education and careers, and her bear research in Mexico.
(November 23, 2021)

Big Science Comes in Small Organisms - S1E15
Dr. Jeffrey Turner, of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, discusses his research on bacteria and bioplastics in the Gulf of Mexico just off the Texas coast.
(December 7, 2021)

Kemp's Ridley Conservation--Like Turtley, Dude! - S1E16
Dr. Donna Shaver of the Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery at Padre Island National Seashore discusses her career in conservation of Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle.
(December 21, 2021)

 




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