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Great White Sharks

Tonight on The Ecology Hour, we dive into the fascinating life of one of the most feared predators in the world – the Great White Shark. Our guest is Dr. Taylor Chapple of the “Big Fish Lab” at Oregon State … Continue reading

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Crossbills

Red Crossbills image by Ron LeValley The Red Crossbill is a type of finch that lives in coniferous forests of North America, including a small population here in Mendocino County. Most songbirds in the Northern Hemisphere breed in Spring when … Continue reading

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Nearshore Marine ecosystem observations: Reef Check

Tonight we get a report on current conditions in the nearshore Mendocino marine ecosystem. Our guest is Tristin McHugh, North Coast Regional Manager and Kelp Forest Restoration Project Manager for ReefCheck. We get the up-close and personal view from someone … Continue reading

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Donald Boesch on Estuary health and restoration efforts

Our guest for June 9 was Donald Boesch, President and Professor of Marine Sciences, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.¬† With a long and distinguished career in ecosystem studies and restoration policy, Dr. Boesch brings a high-level perspective to … Continue reading

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Dolphin Communication and Behavior

Tonight on The Ecology Hour, we interview Dawn Goley, professor of Zoology at Humboldt State University, about her research into Dolphin communication and behavior in the eastern Pacific. This interview was recorded late last summer but the information is still … Continue reading

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Sea Otters and the Kelp Forest Ecosystem

Purple Sea Urchin populations have exploded along the northern California coast, creating “urchin barrens” where all the algae has been eaten – including Giant Kelp and Bull Kelp – leading to the loss of most of the vital “kelp forest” … Continue reading

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“Wreck” of Common Murres

On Wednesday, May 22 of this year, hundreds of dead seabirds suddenly appeared on Mendocino County beaches. What happened? We’ll ask Dr. Julia Parrish, founder and Executive Director of the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team, and Sarah Grimes of … Continue reading

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“Insect Apocalypse”

In late 2017, a report containing re-analysis of some long-term insect biomass monitoring in Germany attracted the attention of science reporters around the world. Soon, major news outlets were reporting the story of dramatically declining insect biomass in several apparently … Continue reading

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Octopuses

The Ecology Hour Science Edition returns to the airwaves! We took a few months off to conduct some interviews without the pressure of a monthly deadline. Dr. David Scheel of Alaska Pacific University is a marine biologist specializing in field … Continue reading

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Anticoagulant Rodenticides in the Forest Food Web

In 2009, a Pacific Fisher was found dead of rodenticide poisoning, in a remote area where no such poisons should have been used. Dr. Mourad Gabriel¬† of the Integral Ecology Research Center began investigating, finding more and more animals poisoned … Continue reading

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