July 31, 2020
Gray Thornton, President and CEO of the Wild Sheep Foundation, and Kit Fischer of the National Wildlife Federation join the podcast to talk about all facets of wild sheep conservation, the work of the Wild Sheep Foundation to put and keep wild sheep on the mountain, conservation issues facing wild sheep like disease spread from domestic sheep, the work WSF's work with the National Wildlife Federation to work keep wild and domestic sheep separate, how habitat and disease impact where wild sheep restoration can occur, working together with domestic sheep producers, the < 1 Club, and the WSF film "Wild and Wool."
The National Wildlife Federation Outdoors Podcast is supported by Hunt To Eat.
Music provided by National Park Radio.
July 17, 2020
David Willms of the National Wildlife Federation (and host of the Your Mountain Podcast) joins host Aaron Kindle on this episode to discuss the effect of non-competitive energy leasing on federal public lands and its impact on wildlife habitat, why hunters should care, and proposed legislation to end it.
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July 3, 2020
Jason Baldes, an Eastern Shoshone tribal member and the National Wildlife Federation's tribal buffalo coordinator, joins the National Wildlife Federation Outdoors Podcast to discuss buffalo restoration (or bison, if you prefer) on the Wind River Reservation, the historical and cultural importance of buffalo to the Eastern Shoshone, how his dad led efforts to restore pronghorn to the reservation, how the Eastern Shoshone set game regulations, pack horses for hunting, and much more. This is an episode you won't want to miss!
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June 19, 2020
Renowned conservationist Shane Mahoney, founder of Conservation Visions and the Wild Harvest Initiative, joins the National Wildlife Federation Outdoors Podcast and co-hosts Drew YoungeDyke and Aaron Kindle to discuss the impact of climate change on hunting, fishing, and the wild harvest of game, fish, and forage, as well as the critical role that hunters and anglers can play in addressing it.
June 5, 2020
The Great American Outdoors Act is on the cusp of passage in the U.S. Senate and has been introduced in the U.S. House. Hailed as the biggest conservation bill in a generation, the Great American Outdoors Act will permanently and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund and address the maintenance backlog at National Parks and other federal public lands, putting people back to work. Co-hosts Drew YoungeDyke and Aaron Kindle discuss what's in the Great American Outdoors Act, how the Land and Water Conservation Fund has personally affected their lives and probably yours, too, and how you can make a difference right now to help it pass.
The National Wildlife Federation Outdoors Podcast is supported by Rep Your Water with intro music by National Park Radio.
April 24, 2020
In this episode we talk with Jared Frasier, executive director of 2% for Conservation. He explains how 2% for Conservation certifies businesses which contribute at least 1% of their time and 1% of their profit to conservation, how he became involved with it, how conservation funding is being affected by COVID-19 and the cancelled events which generate significant funding for conservation organizations, and how conservationists can help out through efforts like #tinesandtrash and #helptheevents.
The National Wildlife Federation Outdoors Podcast is supported by Rep Your Water and their 3% for Conservation commitment. Intro music is provided by National Park Radio.
April 6, 2020
In this episode, we get to know Michael Cravens, the new Advocacy and Communications Coordinator for the Arizona Wildlife Federation. Michael is an avid hunter, angler, naturalist, and wild game cook who is also a brand ambassador for Hunt To Eat. We discuss his background in conservation, the bipartisan conservation approach of the Arizona Wildlife Federation, his return to hunting as an adult and the ridiculously successful hunting season he had last year, his approach to wild game that won the past two Wild Game Cookoffs at the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Annual Rendezvous, how he's adapting to working from home to help flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic and how conservation organizations are still working for wildlife, and hunting with nonlead ammunition. We apologize for the tinny sound of this recording: The National Wildlife Federation is working from home, too, and this episode was recorded through Zoom in our host Drew YoungeDyke's garage. The National Wildlife Federation Outdoors Podcast is supported by Rep Your Water and their 3% for Conservation commitment. Intro music provided by National Park Radio.
March 10, 2020
On this episode, we're joined by Emily Wood, executive director of the Indiana Wildlife Federation, to talk about her organization and the Recovering America's Wildlife Act. Each state has a federally mandated list of species of greatest conservation need - essentially species at a higher risk of becoming threatened or endangered. Tallied together, this represents about one-third of all wildlife in America. While the Pittman-Robertson Fund and hunter/angler license dollars have done a tremendous job of recovering game species over the last century, many other species are in crisis. The Recovering America's Wildlife Act will provide the funding for states to implement State Wildlife Action plans to recover those species and keep them off the endangered species list. Emily talks about the work of the Indiana Wildlife Federation, how they work with the National Wildlife Federation on priorities like recovering wildlife, and what the Recovering America's Wildlife Act would mean for Indiana. The National Wildlife Federation Outdoors Podcast is supported by Rep Your Water and the intro music has been provided by National Park Radio.
February 25, 2020
We're back! After a hiatus while our host was on paternity leave, the National Wildlife Federation Outdoors Podcast is back for 2020 with new guests and new intro music from our friends at National Park Radio. In this episode, we talk with Cindy Stites, an avid hunter and conservation volunteer from Indiana. Cindy's story about getting into hunting as an adult is one that you have to hear, and the volunteerism it inspired in her is something we should all try to emulate. She is a hunter safety and youth shooting sports instructor, a board member of the International Caribou Foundation, a regional committee member for 2% for Conservation, an ambassador for Hunt To Eat, and was a founding board member of the Indiana Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. She tells us how she got into hunting and volunteering for conservation, the lessons she's learned about avoiding burnout, the challenges of recruitment, retention, and reactivation of hunters, the plight of North American caribou, her participation at the National Wildlife Federation's upcoming Women in Conservation Leadership Summit, and squirrel hunting with her dad. As always, the National Wildlife Federation Outdoors Podcast is supported by Rep Your Water, and be sure to check out the music of National Park Radio, which provided our new intro music.