The Wild

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 Jul 9, 2020
Very interesting and informative. I never thought I would enjoy listening to a wildlife documentary as much as watching one, but the narrative & sound recordings are so good its easy to see the visuals in my imagination! Highly recommended.

Dennis Murray
 Jun 2, 2020
I am from Australia and I really love these stories from the other side of the globe. Chris' passion and enthusiasm for wild places is like a breath of fresh air. The episode A River runs through it again is inspiring and a must listen.

AshArtois
 Dec 23, 2019


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 Aug 14, 2019

Description

"THE WILD with Chris Morgan" explores how nature survives and thrives alongside (and often despite) humans. Taking listeners across the Pacific Northwest and around the world, host Chris Morgan explores wildlife and the complex web of ecosystems they inhabit. He also tells the stories of people working in and protecting the wild around us.

Episode Date
WILD BITES: What’s the longest migration in the animal kingdom?
00:13:18

Feeling a little cooped up? Take to the skies on the most extreme migration in the world. Join the Arctic Tern, a little bird with serious wanderlust.

Sep 22, 2020
WILD BITES: The tiniest farmer on Earth?
00:10:15
Did you know that ants are farmers?
Sep 08, 2020
WILD BITES: How does a sperm whale survive the crushing depths a mile underwater?
00:10:46
Meet the sperm whale, the true deep divers of the ocean.
Aug 25, 2020
WILD BITES: How does a sperm whale survive the crushing depths a mile underwater?
10:50

Learn how you can support The Wild and can get early access to new episodes and bonus content by going to our donation page.

A sperm whale is bigger than a school bus, emits sonic clicks louder than a jet engine and can dive more than a mile underwater. On this episode I’ll follow this amazing animal deep into the ocean, beyond the reach of light and learn how they can survive at such great depths for 90 minutes at a time.

Aug 25, 2020
WILD BITES: How can arctic squirrels help us get to Mars?
00:13:08
There’s a wild animal and a team of researchers that might hold the clue to space travel.
Aug 11, 2020
WILD BITES: How can arctic squirrels help us get to mars?
13:14

Learn how you can support The Wild and can get early access to new episodes and bonus content by going to our donation page.

A neuroscientist in Alaska has been studying hibernation in arctic squirrels. Now NASA is looking at her research to see if it can be used to help put astronauts in a state of hibernation for long space voyages.

Aug 11, 2020
Bear News: An interview with Chris Morgan
09:53

July has been a busy month for bears including a government decision not to restore grizzly bears in the North Cascades in Washington state. If you’re a regular listener to THE WILD you’ll know I’ve spent a lot of years working for these bears. It’s an issue near and dear to my heart. So I wanted to share a short interview I did on this subject with Kim Malcolm, host of All Things Considered on KUOW in Seattle. I hope you enjoy it. 

Jul 28, 2020
Bear News: An interview with Chris Morgan
00:09:51
On the conservation roller coaster, good and bad news for grizzly bears.
Jul 28, 2020
Animal Psychology and How to Stay Safe in the Wild (From season 1)
24:00

Learn how you can support The Wild and can get early access to new episodes and bonus content by going to our donation page.

When you’re outside hiking or camping and you encounter an animal, it’s important to understand what’s going on from the animal’s perspective. On today’s episode Chris will share people’s real life interactions with animals and discuss what they did right and what they should have done differently.

Here are slinks to the videos discussed on the episode capturing people’s surprising encounters with other creatures:

Jun 30, 2020
The Wolf Ranger
00:31:32


Jun 16, 2020
The Wolf Ranger
31:32

There is probably no other species in North America that elicits more division than wolves. The sides usually come down to ranchers who fear for their cattle and environmentalists who fear the extinction of an animal that they value.

‘I found a current population pack of wolves and I put my finger in the middle of the map,’ said Daniel Curry. ‘And I said I am going to go there and I am going to do something.’

That “something” was to become a range rider. One part wolf-protecting conservationist, one part modern-day cowboy. Daniel’s new job is to literally stand between cattle and wolves, to keep the peace in today’s wild west.

It takes a lot of resources to produce these stories. If you are able, I’d like you to consider making a donation of any size to help support this work. Find out more information at our donation page.

Jun 16, 2020
The Power of Poop
28:28

I love scat. Excrement, feces, poop...call it what you will, when you’re a wildlife guy this stuff is a goldmine of information. There’s even a technical term for the study of it - scatology. Out in the wilderness, it’s the best way to track an animal and get a sketch of its movements and diet.

On this episode of THE WILD, I’ll look at three different ways biologists are using scat to understand and protect wildlife, including poop parties, a dog on a boat and an international crime fighter.

It takes a lot of resources to produce these stories. If you are able, I’d like you to consider making a donation of any size to help support this work. Find out more information at our donation page.

Special thanks to filmmaker Kate Brooks for allowing us to use clips from her film, The Last Animals. You can watch the film here.

Jun 02, 2020
The Power of Poop
00:28:28

Poop parties, floating scat, and an international crime fighter.

Jun 02, 2020
How to bring back a forest, and a Scotland of the past, one tree at a time
00:29:56
I visit a forest of trees so old, they were around before the last wolf was killed in the 1700s.
May 20, 2020
How to Bring Back a Scottish Forest
29:57

One man in Scotland is on a mission. He wants to rewild the Scottish Highlands. His plan includes planting more than a million trees. But it is not just about the trees, it is about a whole ecosystem that comes with a forest…perhaps someday even including the return of the wolf…a truly wild Scotland again.

You can learn more about the work of Paul Lister and his team at The European Nature Trust.

It takes a lot of resources to produce these stories. If you are able, I’d like you to consider making a donation of any size to help support this work. Find out more information at our donation page.

May 19, 2020
How to spot an owl in Washington (it's easier than you think)
00:28:30
If you want to find an owl, first you need to find some voles.
May 05, 2020
Owls: Nature’s Hunting Machine
28:36

It takes a lot of resources to produce these stories. If you are able, I’d like you to consider making a donation of any size to help support this work. Find out more information at our donation page.

When Europeans first came to North America centuries ago there were 19 different species of owl. Today...there are still 19. Owls are resourceful and resilient but some species are under threat. Author and wildlife photographer Paul Bannick has documented and studied owls for nearly two decades and will take us to one of his favorite places to observe these amazing creatures and learn about their unique connection to the landscape.

May 05, 2020
Sidedoor - Alexander von Humboldt
30:28

We’ll be back next week with a new episode, but this week we wanted to share an episode from one of our favorite podcasts called Sidedoor. Sidedoor is brought to you by the Smithsonian Institution. This episode caught our attention because it is about one of the most influential early explorers and naturalists that you’ve probably never heard of: Alexander von Humboldt. The man who used science to show how everyone and everything in nature is connected.

Not to mention that he was an inspiration to a fella named named Charles Darwin?

I hope you enjoy this episode of Sidedoor.

Apr 28, 2020
So you caught a cougar, now what?
00:33:37
I visit a prison on the Olympic Peninsula where incarcerated individuals catalog wildlife videos for local biologists.
Apr 14, 2020
So, you've caught a cougar. Now what? (Tech 2)
33:37

Consider supporting The Wild by making a financial gift. Find out more information at our donation page.

As technology has advanced in the research community, scientists are now faced with an ironic issue: they have become so overwhelmed with data that it is a challenge to analyze it. In one case researchers on the Olympic Peninsula have turned to prisoners to cull through hundreds of images of animals by hand and categorize the  different species. In this episode we’ll take a look at new developments in artificial intelligence similar to facial recognition that will make it possible for computers to “read” wildlife images and quickly sort through vast amounts of data. 

Apr 14, 2020
How to track a cougar in Washington
00:28:24
I meet biologists who can track multiple cougars in the forest, thanks to some special collars, GPS, and the click of a mouse.
Apr 07, 2020
How to Catch a Cougar (Tech 1)
28:25

Consider supporting The Wild by making a financial gift. Find out more information at our donation page.

Over the years the ways that researchers have used technology to study animals have changed dramatically. Just a few decades ago, scientists would tie a string to a chicken leg then attach the other end of the string to a camera shutter. When an animal pulled at the bone, the camera would be triggered. Today, far more sophisticated cameras and devices are used to study animals. We’ll look at how this has evolved and see first hand how technology is used to track a cougar.

Apr 07, 2020
Northwest tribes' legacy, and power, of telling a good story
00:28:23
The "salmon people" have lived on the Pacific Coast for more than 10,000 years. Through their long history, stories have been their lifeblood.
Apr 01, 2020
The Ancient Wild
28:23

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When we talk about the wild in North America, the narrative is usually from the perspective of white European settlers. But the wild of this amazing continent, and it’s relationship with humans goes back way beyond that - thousands of years. Members of the Lummi Nation share with me their tradition of storytelling and how it is used to teach future generations about their past and their connection to the land and animals that live among them.

Mar 31, 2020
Finding Peace in the Silence
31:45

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These are strange times for all of us.....unknown territory......it's only reasonable that we're all worried - a global pandemic is a huge concern. We've heard from a lot of our podcast listeners about how THE WILD helps them escape for 20 or 30 minutes each week, and reconnect with nature, which is wonderful because that's what we set out to do. So we've decided to re-release our most loved episode from season 1. It's about the sounds of nature, and the silence you can find there.....it's the perfect place to reflect if you need to think and recharge. Maybe listen to the story, and then step outside, stare up at a tree, take a deep breath and think about wild creatures, your neighbors, and this amazing place we all call home.

A lot of time we go to nature to find silence, to find solace. But what is silence really? You might think you’re in a quiet place, but it is hard to find complete natural silence with no human noise pollution. In this episode, Chris hits the road with sound engineers Gordon Hempton and Matt Mikkelsen on a mission to find the quietest place on earth.

You can learn more about Matt and Gordon’s work [[here]](http:// https://www.quietparks.org/partners.).

Mar 24, 2020
The wildlife super dog that can save us from bears
00:30:51
I meet an adorable puppy that may be the key to saving bears and people.
Mar 17, 2020
The Wildlife Superdog
30:51

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Karelian Bear Dogs were bred in Finland hundreds of years ago for hunting everything from bears to moose. Now, ironically, they are being used to save bears and other species. In some remote parts of the country grizzly bears have been known to wander into town, presenting a danger of encounters with humans. These Karelian Bear Dogs are being used to scare bears away and prevent future returns. We'll head to Montana to talk to the woman whose brainchild it was to bring this breed to North America to help with wildlife research, poaching, search and rescue, reducing conflict between humans and big wild animals.

Mar 17, 2020
What trees are saying when we aren't looking
00:24:45
I dial into the wood wide web to understand how trees communicate.
Mar 10, 2020
The Secret Life of Trees
24:48

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When you walk through a forest and enjoy the beauty of the trees towering above, there is a giant social network pulsing just below your feet. Underneath the surface lives an extensive network of roots that trees use to communicate with one another, share nutrients to other sick and struggling trees and even alert fellow trees of danger. In this episode I’ll dive deep into the secret world below the forest floor and learn about the largest communications network in the world: the wood wide web.

Mar 10, 2020
How would you rate your relationship to nature, animals?
00:25:12
Richard Louv writes about intimacy, but not in the way you might picture it. He says to stave off loneliness, tap into the "whisper of our fellow creatures."
Mar 04, 2020
Richard Louv and our Connection with Animals
25:02

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As our society moved from the Industrial Revolution to the Information Age we now live in a time of constant interruption. In spite of social media and advances in communications, studies have shown that our society is becoming more lonely than in previous generations. It is something author Richard Louv calls “species loneliness” in his book Our Wild Calling. In this episode I talk with Richard about the transformative powers of connecting with animals and how these bonds can benefit our mental, physical and spiritual health.

Mar 03, 2020
A river runs through it ... once again
00:29:42
Almost 30 years after an act of Congress called for the Elwha dams to come down, the ecosystem is recovering. Species are returning and staying.
Feb 25, 2020
A River Runs Through It...Once Again
29:53

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When the Elwha dam was completed in 1913, it brought hydroelectricity and economic progress to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state at a steep environmental cost: destroying ancient salmon runs and the historic fisheries of Lower Elwha Klallam tribe. Five years after two dams on the Elwha were removed, something extraordinary happened: The ecosystem began to repair itself - rewilding itself before our very eyes.

Feb 25, 2020
Return to Svalbard: Earth's icy food chain is about more than polar bears
00:28:14
It's a beautiful, still arctic morning about 600 miles from the North Pole. And there is a polar bear right over my shoulder.
Feb 18, 2020
Return to Svalbard
27:56

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This summer, I returned to the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, famous for polar bears, walruses and migratory birds. It’s been 13 years since I’ve last visited the islands and I’m excited - but apprehensive - about what I might find. We’ll explore how this delicate arctic ecosystem works and the future of this beautiful corner of the north.

Feb 18, 2020
KUOW's THE WILD with Chris Morgan returns in February
00:03:29
Ecologist and award-winning filmmaker Chris Morgan kicks off season 2 with more adventures in the wild.
Jan 29, 2020
Season 2 Preview
03:29

Ecologist and award-winning filmmaker Chris Morgan kicks off Season 2 with more adventures in the wild. He takes listeners across the Pacific Northwest and around the world to explore wildlife, the complex web of ecosystems they inhabit, and the colorful human characters that know these places and species best.

Jan 28, 2020
LIVE: Stories from THE WILD
01:08:58
On Friday, October 14, we gathered to enjoy eight stories presented in front of a live audience at Seattle's McCaw Hall.
Dec 10, 2019
Stories from the Wild, Part 2
48:08

Earlier this fall, we did a stories from the wild event in Seattle. Just to give you all a little background on how this night came together. We were finishing up the first season of THE WILD this summer and we wanted to do something fun and get people together. So we decided to put on a storytelling event.

We put out a call on social media and to our friends and asked people to volunteer and send us their stories. They auditioned, and we worked with them to edit their stories. All the people you are about to hear from have worked really hard to prepare, and share their experiences of the wild with us, to connect with us. Sometimes in some very personal ways.

The night was a great success. I had a ton of fun. It was great for me just to sit back and listen to a few stories instead of always telling them.

We’ve broken the show up into two parts. This is the second half of the event. If you missed the first half, it is available in your podcast feed now.

And if this has made you think about your own experiences in the wild we’d love to hear about it. We are planning to do another storytelling event later in the Spring. You can submit your story at KUOW.org/thewild or email us at thewild@kuow.org. **

Dec 10, 2019
Stories from The Wild, Part 1
37:37

Earlier this fall, we did a stories from the wild event in Seattle. Just to give you all a little background on how this night came together. We were finishing up the first season of THE WILD this summer and we wanted to do something fun and get people together. So we decided to put on a storytelling event.

We put out a call on social media and to our friends and asked people to volunteer and send us their stories. They auditioned, and we worked with them to edit their stories. All the people you are about to hear from have worked really hard to prepare, and share their experiences of the wild with us, to connect with us. Sometimes in some very personal ways.

The night was a great success. I had a ton of fun. It was great for me just to sit back and listen to a few stories instead of always telling them.

We’ve broken the show up into two parts. I hope you enjoy this first half and look for part 2 also in your podcast feed.

If this has made you think about your own experiences in the wild we’d love to hear about it. We are planning to do another storytelling event later in the Spring. You can submit your story at KUOW.org/thewild or email us at thewild@kuow.org

Dec 10, 2019
The quietest place in the world is … right here in Washington state
00:12:05
I talk to a sound tracker who encourages us to find a quiet place and really listen.
Nov 12, 2019
BONUS - Learning to listen with Gordon Hempton
12:05

Gordon Hempton has spent his entire career trying to answer that question. You may remember Gordon from our earlier episode about searching for silence. We headed out to the wilderness of the Olympic Peninsula, to the Hoh Rainforest, looking for what Gordon calls One Square Inch of Silence.

Gordon refers to himself as The Sound Tracker. He travels the world looking for natural soundscapes that are free from human-caused sounds. His hope is to draw attention to these areas and keep them free from noise pollution.

I talked to Gordon for well over an hour for that earlier episode. He said a lot. Much more than we could include in the original show. 

So we decided to include some of that interview with Gordon in a special bonus episode of The Wild. In it Gordon shares what it means to him to listen. To truly and completely open your ears to the world.

Now, I have a special request for this episode. 

We are going to play you a few of Gordon’s field recordings. But I don’t want you to just hear them...I want you to listen to them. Here’s the request part...grab a pair of headphones and find a quiet place where you can focus….and for the next 10 minutes let yourself melt into the sounds of nature.

A special thanks to Gordon Hempton and Matt Mikkelson who made these recordings possible. You can learn more about their work at Quiet Parks International.

Nov 12, 2019
If you hear jet planes, RUN. And other lessons from Antarctica
00:59:03
Wildlife filmmakers Jeff Wilson and Mark Smith spill on what life is like among the “super over-caffeinated” Adelie penguins.
Oct 08, 2019
BONUS - Jeff Wilson and Mark Smith Full Interview
59:05

Filmmakers Jeff Wilson and Mark Smith spent four months in a tiny shack in the Antarctic documenting a colony of 500,000 Adelie penguins. They endured 130 mile hour winds, sub-zero temperatures and penguin poop…lots of penguin poop. This is an uncut version of Chris’ interview with Jeff and Mark as they share their experiences of documenting penguins for their two films for the BBC’s Frozen Planet and Disneynature’s Penguins.

Oct 08, 2019
Life hack: Go sniff a pine. Your heart and mind will thank you
00:20:55
Florence Williams' extensive research into the benefits of getting out in nature has lead to some surprising revelations.
Sep 10, 2019
Florence Williams - Full Interview
20:53

You may remember Florence Williams from our episode on Forest Bathing. Florence is a journalist and author. She wrote an article in Outside Magazine about the benefits of time spent in nature. She has expanded that article into a book. The book is titled, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative.

Sep 10, 2019
The goofy looking rodent we all rely on
00:29:12
An extended interview with Ben Goldfarb about the beaver, an "unlikely hero."
Aug 20, 2019
Ben Goldfarb - Full Interview
29:19
Aug 20, 2019
Protecting where the spirit bears roam
00:29:21
It all started when Ian McAllister spent two days in a flimsy basket, suspended from a tree, to protest logging.
Jul 23, 2019
The Great Bear Rainforest - Live in Seattle
29:18
Jul 23, 2019
The hunt to find just one square inch of silence
00:30:09
I go deep into the Olympic National Forest to find the most elusive creature imaginable: silence.
Jun 18, 2019
The Quietest Place on Earth
30:09
Jun 18, 2019
Waiting for Penguins
30:52
Jun 11, 2019
A harsh life among ‘super over-caffeinated’ penguins
00:30:49
I talk with two filmmakers who got up close and personal with Antarctic penguins.
Jun 10, 2019
Bombs, guns and sea lions on the Columbia River
00:16:18
I take a journey up the Columbia River, where people, sea lions, orcas and salmon have a complicated relationship.
Jun 04, 2019
Guns, Bombs and Sea Lions
16:18
Jun 04, 2019
The ‘ghost bears’ of Washington state
00:23:24
I explore the ideas and controversies behind reintroducing grizzly bears to the North Cascades.
May 28, 2019
The ‘Ghost Bears’ of Washington State
23:28
May 28, 2019
Chris Morgan sees a forest therapist
00:21:42
There’s a big part of us that still is wild, a bigger part than we might imagine in this crazy modern world we’ve built around ourselves.
May 21, 2019
Chris Sees a Forest Therapist
21:45
May 21, 2019
These Italian bears survived gladiators and Mussolini
00:30:00
Just two hours from Rome is one of the richest ecosystems in Europe, a little island of mountains that to this day is home to wolves, wild boar and bears.
May 14, 2019
50 Bears, 2 Hours from Rome
30:02
May 14, 2019
Let the bear make the first move, and other tips to stay safe in the wild
00:24:44
I don't look for trouble, but I've gotten in enough to share how to stay safe in the wild.
May 07, 2019
Animal Psychology and How to Stay Safe in the Wild
24:46
May 07, 2019
Living in a freezing hole, watching for tigers that may never come
00:19:16
I travel to Russia to meet the man who captured on film the nearly invisible Siberian tigers.
Apr 30, 2019
A Siberian Tiger Named Bloody Mary
19:21
Apr 30, 2019
Leave it to beavers, seriously
00:25:46
I hang out in Seattle's backyard with some very eager beavers.
Apr 23, 2019
Leave it to beavers. Seriously.
25:48
Apr 23, 2019
Return of Ze Big Bad Wolf
26:52
Apr 16, 2019
Return of ze big bad wolf
00:26:47
It’s thought that the last wolf in Germany was shot 150 years ago. But nature had another idea.
Apr 16, 2019
How to Catch a Grizzly
17:00
Apr 09, 2019
The first time I caught a grizzly bear
00:16:57
I was going to be graphic designer. Then a bear came along.
Apr 09, 2019
A Cougar Walks Into Your Backyard...
25:02
Apr 02, 2019
Neighbor calls a biologist: ‘There’s a cougar in my backyard.’ And he says...
00:25:00
Our backyards are getting bigger, and the cougar’s front yard is getting smaller.
Apr 02, 2019
Season 1 Preview
01:19
Mar 06, 2019
The wild around you
00:01:18
Hear what adventures are in store for season one.
Mar 06, 2019