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Learning From and Working With Nature- Interviews, news, and commentary about ecology, permaculture, organic gardening, sustainability, green living, and ethnobotany. Since 2004, Sustainable World has interviewed experts from around the globe; experts who learn from and work with nature. Tune in to discover positive solutions to environmental challenges; solutions that adhere to the Permaculture Ethics of Earth Care, People Care, and Fair Share. Visit us at www.sustainableworldradio.com
 
Water Environment: Lakes, Rivers, Oceans, Seas, Groundwater, Wells - Water Conservation, Water Sustainability, Water Preservation, Water Ecology, and other H2O Environmental IssuesContact info: Clean@h2opodcast.com or 206-984-3260; http://H2Opodcast.com
 
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For many of us in the eastern U.S., warm spring and summer nights are characterized by the methodical flashing of fireflies and lightning bugs. Fireflies and lightning bugs are exactly the same thing. I grew up calling them “lightning bugs,” but somewhere along the line picked up the term “firefly.” Now I use both terms interchangeably. It doesn’t …
 
Andre Pedroli is the managing director for Perth Materials Blowing (PMB), which is a company that moves mulch with a giant reverse-cycle vacuum on a truck, but make no mistake: he's done his hard yards when it comes to moving mulch by hand. In this episode he walks us through some of the benefits of mulch, some of the different types, and how to mo…
 
In this episode we continue the Water, Life, Climate, and Civilization series with Alfredo Quarto, co-founder and international program director of the Mangrove Action Project. In our conversation with Alfredo, we discuss the importance of mangrove ecologies, their devastation by the shrimp farming industry, and how the mangrove action project uses…
 
Samantha Renshaw's research looks at determining the effectiveness of marine protected areas for elasmobranch species like sharks, skates and rays. These areas typically exclude fishing and boat travel, but we do not necessarily know how efficient these are at conserving the species within them. Did you know we had shark species off the east coast …
 
Clovers are often suggested for lawn alternatives or for incorporating into our yards to make them more pollinator friendly. Clovers can also play important roles in agriculture either in grazing systems or as cover crops in row cropping systems. In addition, they are a favorite of deer and rabbits. However, most (if not all) of the clovers in thes…
 
Kevin Folta is the host of the Talking Biotech Podcast and a professor of the Horticulture and Sciences department at Florida University. In this episode, he takes us through some of the pros and cons of monoculture crops, which get a bit of a beating in many circles, but there might be more to the story than you've heard. EPISODE LINKS Check out t…
 
Gary Moran is back for a second episode! You guys loved him in Episode 22. Trees, Etc. and this time he's here to speak about some of the signs of a risky tree. Is the tree in your backyard safe for children to play beneath? What is the likelihood of being crushed by a branch while you're sleeping in your bed? Are all eucalypts "widow makers"? Find…
 
Dr Peter Ridland is an Honorary Fellow in the Bio Sciences department of Melbourne Uni and an Aussie leader in the field of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). In this episode, he walks us through 6 broad methods of IPM and gives us a number of real-world examples of strategies that have worked in his experience working with all sorts of pests, espec…
 
Like many people, I grew up with a healthy…. apprehension (ok, fear) of wasps. And, of course, I’ve seen all the memes on social media vilifying wasps and calling them names that I’m not going to repeat on this podcast. But, those fears and concerns are mostly unfounded and misplaced. Wasps generally aren’t going to bother you, especially when they…
 
Russell and Theri are a couple of urban foresters from the UK who are really excited about community-led urban forestry projects, and in this episode we speak about how local people could be more involved in urban forestry projects, including watering new trees and formative pruning, as well as why it's important to seriously take stock of trees be…
 
Vernal pools are a special type of shallow wetlands that fill with snow melt and rain in late fall through early spring, then dry up sometime during the summer. Because they dry up, they are sometimes overlooked or dismissed as “not very good wetlands.” However, they serve an important role in the ecosystem and can be teeming with all kinds of life…
 
Paul and Linda Mitchener are back, and this time they're walking us through the 12 principles of permaculture. You might be surprised just how deep this philosophy runs beyond the garden and into our life and the relationships we have with others. EPISODE LINKS Permaculture Design Course (PDC): https://permaculture.com.au/pdc-permaculture-design-co…
 
Peter Soroye is a PhD student looking at climate change, habitat loss and how both factors affect ecosystems around the globe. He primarily focuses on pollinators (i.e bees and butterflies) as model species. As a conservation biologist, he primarily asks a lot of ecological questions based on broad patterns and what we can do to mitigate the impact…
 
Linda and Paul Mitchener are two passionate gardeners and the owners of a fabulous Perth-based soil company appropriately called Green Life Soil Co., which is organically certified. In this episode, they help us understand what the term "organic" actually means, why we might think about making the switch to an organic gardening approach, and some o…
 
The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual citizen science / community science project hosted by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Audubon, and Birds Canada. This international project takes place all over the world for four days every February. In 2021, it will happen February 12-15. In today’s episode of the Backyard Ecology podcast, we talk with B…
 
Michael Guerin is the CEO of Agforce, a peak organisation representing Queensland's rural producers, and in this episode he explains how Aussie farmers are using sustainable and regenerative methods when using their most precious resource: their land. He speaks about cover crops, rotations, no-dig, the value of carbon in the soil, and he also defin…
 
In our second episode with Dr John Martin of the Hollows As Homes project with the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney ( transitioning to the Wildlife Assist project in partnership with a range of organisations around Australia including Taronga Conservation Society), we're releasing a chat John and I had before our Trees As Habitat interview actually …
 
In this episode, we continue the Water, Life, Climate, and Civilization series with Neal Spackman, ecological restoration designer, regenerative entrepreneur, and bold visionary. In previous episodes in this series, we’ve heard how agriculture and development having long been destroying ecology and hydrology, directly causing desertification and di…
 
Dr John Martin manages the Hollows As Homes project with the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, which is transitioning to the Wildlife Assist project in partnership with a range of organisations around Australia including Taronga Conservation Society. In this episode, we speak about the importance of tree hollows, why native miner birds are more ecol…
 
We’re lucky in the eastern U.S. because bodies of water are pretty common. For most of us, if we don’t have access to a creek, stream, river, pond, etc. in our immediate backyards, then we likely have access somewhere nearby in the surrounding community. This means it can be relatively easy for us to explore those waterways, and for many of us part…
 
In today’s episode, we’ll hear some clips from our recent mid-year conference. The theme of this year was Building an Influence Ecology and as we teach it, there are four vital components to consider when constructed your transaction; ideas, narratives, objects, and standards. Different personality types are better suited to provide each of these e…
 
Adam Shipp is the creator of Yurbay, an organisation in Canberra which introduces people of all walks of life to traditional Aboriginal wisdom and helps them reconnect to the beautiful nature of his area. He speaks about his roots as a proud Aboriginal man, some of the uses of native plants, and explains how the dreamtime isn't something that happe…
 
Growing native plants has grown in popularity over the last couple of decades. This has led to an increased demand for native plant seeds. However, many of us have never really stopped to think about how those native seeds are produced on a commercial level. In this episode, we talk with John Seymour and Robert Hoffman from Roundstone Native Seed a…
 
Amanda Brezzell is a co-founder and CEO of Fennigan's Farms, an organisation in Detroit that helps people set up farms in small spaces in Detroit. In this episode, I was lucky enough to speak with her about how the conditions in her city make for interesting opportunities to grow food and connections with other human beings, different small garden …
 
Land snails???? Come on, how do they fit with Backyard Ecology? True, land snails aren’t the most charismatic organism in our yards and communities, so it would be easy to just write them off and ignore them. Most of us probably do that on a regular basis. But, land snails are extremely important to our ecosystem and in some cases are critical to t…
 
Gavin Davis is the owner and creator of the soil amendment Soil Solver, which adds substance to light sandy soils using kaolin clay. He educates us on how this product helps free-draining soils hold moisture and nutrients, how much we should be using, and how it actually adds nutrients into the mixture. EPISODE LINKS Check out the Soil Solver websi…
 
Many of us grew up hearing about the decline of the old growth forests and their impacts on neotropical songbirds and other wildlife. I think this was especially true for those of us who grew up here in the eastern U.S. However, the story that hasn’t been told as well is that of the southeastern grasslands and how they have declined. Yes, I said “s…
 
Step into the vibrant and beautiful world of living color with natural dyer, designer, and artist Sasha Duerr. Sasha takes us on a journey from Soil to Studio. We learn how creating and working with dyes made from plants, seaweed, and other natural materials can increase our ecological and botanical knowledge, foster collaboration, and have a benef…
 
In today’s episode, we’ll hear some clips from our recent mid-year conference. As we teach it, there are four vital components to consider when constructing the environments (or transactions) that do some heavy lifting for us. These elements are ideas, narratives, objects, and standards. Some transactional behavior archetypes are better suited to p…
 
Ben Sims is the other half of the Plants Grow Here podcast, as well as a successful landscape business owner and a board member for the Landscape Industry Association of Western Australia. This time, he's popped on to help us understand some of the basics of garden maintenance; we talk about pruning, feeding native plants, and what he looks for whe…
 
Hi Everyone! Today we are talking with Mac Callaham who is a Research Ecologist with the Southern Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service. Mac’s focus is on invasive species, with a specialty in soil animals, especially earthworms. Like many people, I grew up thinking that earthworms were a good thing and a natural part of our ecosystem. Howeve…
 
Gary Moran is a consulting arborist from South Australia, originally from the USA, that runs the famous Trees etc. Twitter account, and he's provided an incredible episode that helps us understand trees a little bit better. We talk about the power of social media, what he sees when he looks at a tree, and epicormic growth on trees among many other …
 
Hi, Everyone! In today’s episode of the Backyard Ecology podcast we are talking with Shelby Fulton who is a terrestrial biologist with the Kentucky Nature Preserves. Our conversation focuses on moths and how they survive the winter. We also talk about how diverse moths are and ways to observe them during the winter. The number of different moth spe…
 
Ben Kendrick is one of the leading mushroom enthusiasts on Twitter (@FungiwithBengi), and in this episode we're lucky enough to have him on to blow our minds with some fungal facts that are out of this world. Some of the topics we touch on are how dangerous it is to forage your own mushrooms, porous mushrooms as opposed to gilled mushrooms, and tho…
 
Hi Everyone! On today’s episode of Backyard Ecology, we talk with Maddy Heredia who is the outreach specialist and a biologist with the Kentucky Nature Preserves. Maddy and I first met when she was in college and volunteered on a citizen science / community science program that I was leading. Today we turned things around as she taught me a little …
 
Since millennia before the early states of Mesopotamia, farming has been a complexity-destroying process. In this episode, we'll hear from Felipe Pasini about an agricultural approach called Syntropic Farming that reverses this process, facilitating greater ecological complexity while providing for human needs. Here is a lovely video called Life In…
 
Gillian Fennell is a cattle farmer sitting on a million acres in central Australia. In this episode, she speaks about looking after the land so the right plants can grow that will feed her livestock, why she runs only 5000 head of cattle on her massive property, and why branding the hide of animals is necessary. You might ask, "is a cattle episode …
 
Hi Everyone! Today we are talking with Dr. Adam Baker who recently completed his PhD studying monarch butterflies and their use of monarch waystations in urban and suburban areas. His research has led to some important and easily applied strategies that any of us can use in our gardens. First, Adam looked at existing monarch waystations. He wanted …
 
Reece Irrigation & Pools is probably Australia's leading irrigation specialising shop, and in this episode, Andrew Webb a retic specialist from Canning Vale that assists people with designing irrigation systems and choosing the right parts for their project. We discuss some of his favourite products on the market, some of the ways in which Reece ca…
 
Hi Everyone! On today’s episode of Backyard Ecology we talk with Dr. Kirsten Traynor, a research associate at Arizona State University and the editor of 2 Million Blossoms, a quarterly magazine dedicated to protecting our pollinators. Our conversation takes a curvy, twisty path that covers multiple different topics including what led her to start t…
 
John Parker is the Technical Director for the Arboricultural Association in the UK, as well as a Stonehouse Town Councillor. He's a serious tree hugger and the perfect guest to help us understand what urban forestry means in this modern day and age. We talk about the concept of an "urban forest", planting the right tree in the right place for the r…
 
Joshua Styles is an ecologist and science communicator from the UK that's doing some very interesting work, and in this episode, he entertains, educates and inspires us with information that he's picked up on his journey. We talk about carnivorous plants, peat bog environments and even sexually transmitted plant diseases! EPISODE LINKS Check out Jo…
 
In this second episode in the Water, Life, Climate, and Civilization Series, I'm grateful to be able to share this inspiring conversation with Li An Phoa, creator of the Drinkable Rivers movement. Li An is a scientist, activist, and river walker, working to mobilize watersheds to engage in citizen science and work together towards the return of dri…
 
APACE is a not-for-profit multi-faceted environmental nursery with a social conscience that offers educational resources, training for socially disadvantaged people and has a community garden among many other things. Jo inspires us in this episode by explaining how they are operating in the space. EPISODE LINKS Make a donation to APACE: https://apa…
 
There's more to irrigation than might meet the eye. Luckily for us, Darren Senior (that's his actual last name, by the way) walks us through his favourite systems and some advice for newbies and professionals alike, including his favourite products, automated systems, and the benefits of joining organisations like Irrigation Australia and Waterwise…
 
Dan Flynn is a small engine mechanic and owner of the Stihl shop in Redcliffe, Western Australia. He gives us some of his best advice when it comes to machine operation, maintenance, repairs and buying new gear for home gardeners and gardening business owners alike. There are no paid advertisements on this episode. EPISODE LINKS Check out the Redcl…
 
"Water begets water, soil is the womb, and vegetation is the midwife." -Professor Millan Millan In this episode we learn about what Professor Millan Millan calls "the second leg of human-induced climate change": how our land use changes lead to major disruptions of weather and climate patterns, independently of changes due to warming from carbon em…
 
Many people believe that nature is only “out there” – in national parks, other large chunks of pristine land, or some far-off exotic place. For a long time, I did too. But the truth is that nature is everywhere and there are still plenty of discoveries to be made about the common species inhabiting our yards and communities. In addition to my love …
 
Stuart Williams is a landscape architect and horticulturist, as well as the owner of one of the best Twitter accounts that I know. He posts a range of exotic and native plants, and I personally especially love regularly learning about new Aussie plants that I've never seen before. In this episode, we talk about plant scientific names, how they work…
 
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