Rattlesnakes and Ground Squirrels

Dr. Spies was travelling in February (doing field work in Indonesia), and fortunately we had recorded an interview with Professor Rulon Clark of San Diego Sate University.  Dr. Clark conducts field research on behavioral ecology, including the interactions and communications between predators and their prey.  Our conversation focused on his research into rattlesnakes and ground squirrels, including the amazing ways in which the squirrels communicate with the snakes, and why that communication benefits both parties.  These interactions happen infrequently, and the innovative methods Dr. Clark has developed in order to study them in the field are as fascinating as his findings.

Check out his YouTube video channel!

Temporary link to Jukebox archive – program starts at 5:10 (and ends prematurely) – I will get the correct file uploaded soon.


About Tim

Host for Oak and Thorn on the first and third Sundays of every month, and The Ecology Hour on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Oak & Thorn aims to present the widest possible spectrum of Celtic music, from traditional to contemporary styles, along with information about history and culture. The Ecology Hour- Science Edition (co-hosted with Bob Spies) presents recent scientific findings about the natural world and our place in it. My other interests include brewing, gardening, birding, cooking, woodworking, and history. I live on Middle Ridge in Albion, California, among wonderful neighbors.
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