The National Wildlife Federation Outdoors Podcast explores the biggest conservation issues and most interesting conservationists and programs throughout the country. Supported by Rep Your Water and hosted by Drew YoungeDyke.

September 13, 2019

America’s Duck Factory with the North Dakota Wildlife Federtion

John Bradley and Dave Brandt of the North Dakota Wildlife Federation join the National Wildlife Federation Outdoors podcast this week to talk about America's "Duck Factory," the Prairie Pothole region that occupies much of North Dakota, and how North Dakota farm policy affects waterfowl production for much of the country. John is the executive director for the North Dakota Wildlife Federation and Dave is a board member for the organization as well as a wildlife biologist. They talk about what drew them to North Dakota, the history of the federation and its conservation work for fish and wildlife in the state. The National Wildlife Federation Outdoors podcast is supported RepYourWater and their 3% for Conservation commitment. 

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August 30, 2019

Confronting Climate Change with the Montana Wildlife Federation

Alec Underwood, federal conservation campaigns director for the Montana Wildlife Federation, joins the National Wildlife Federation Outdoors Podcast to discuss how climate change is affecting fishing and hunting in Montana, the public land wildlife impacts of the federal administration's energy dominance agenda, the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act and how it's brought together diverse interests to support a conservation initiative, and how the Montana Wildlife Federation applies grassroots conservation to fish and wildlife issues in the state through events like Camo at the Capitol. The National Wildlife Federation Outdoors Podcast is supported by RepYourWater and their 3% for Conservation initiative. 

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August 23, 2019

Increasing Racial Diversity in the Outdoors with Eric Morris

Eric Morris is the host of the forthcoming hunting show, "Nontypical Outdoorsman," a U.S. Army veteran, and a tireless advocate to increase the racial diversity of the hunting and fishing community. He joins the podcast from the Outdoor Writers Association of America conference to discuss his efforts to get new hunters in the field, how conservation clubs and organizations can better diversify their ranks, how the images we portray of hunting affect recruitment efforts, how historical racial violence impacts hunting participation today, the story of Holt Collier, the guide and hunter behind Theodore Roosevelt's "teddy bear" incident. The National Wildlife Federation Outdoors podcast is supported by RepYourWater and their 3% for Conservation commitment. 

Additional Resources

KC Star article on Eric Morris: https://www.kansascity.com/sports/outdoors/article4741914.html

National Wildlife Federation Outdoors: www.nwf.org/outdoors

RepYourWater: www.repyourwater.com

 

August 16, 2019

Public Lands for the Boundless Spirit with Shilo Harris and Andrew Black

Shilo Harris, the founder of Boundless Spirit, a U.S. Army veteran, and the author of Steel Will, joins the podcast from the National Wildlife Federation Annual Meeting, where he gave the keynote address. National Wildlife Federation's public lands manager Andrew Black also joins us as we discuss Shilo's efforts to get veterans outdoors after surviving catastrophic burns during his second tour of duty in Iraq, how public lands can heal, why the outdoors are good for everyone, why we need to protect our public lands, and what you need to do to prepare to adventure in them. The National Wildlife Federation Outdoors Podcast is supported by RepYourWater and their 3% for Conservation commitment. 

Additional Resources: 

Boundless Spirit: http://www.boundlessspiritinternational.com/

Shilo's Autobiography - Steel Will: http://www.boundlessspiritinternational.com/product/steel-will/ 

National Wildlife Federation Public Lands: https://keepitpublic.nwf.org/ 

National Wildlife Federation Outdoors: https://www.nwf.org/outdoors

RepYourWater: www.repyourwater.com  

August 8, 2019

Finding Common Ground with Leland Miyawaki

Leland Miyawaki is a fly fishing guide and the co-star of a recent video from New Belguim Brewing, The Angler & The Kayaker, which is part of their Finding Common Ground series promoting our shared public lands. In the video, Leland is paired with whitewater kayaker Tyler Brandt, where they teach each other about their favorite ways to enjoy the river. Not only is it a powerful video about forging friendships on our public lands and waters, but New Belgium is donating $1 to the National Wildlife Federation and American Whitewater for each share that the video gets on social media - so follow the link in the resource notes to watch and share the video! In addition to describing the behind the scenes action shooting the film, Leland describes fishing the Pacific Northwest from the beaches of Puget Sound to the Snake River in Idaho, public access to fishing waters, his guiding services, and where you can find his famous Miyawaki Beach Popper. He also discusses challenges to the fisheries of the northwest, including dams and aquaculture. 

New Belgium Brewing Video: The Angler & The Kayaker 

RepYourWater: https://www.repyourwater.com/

National Wildlife Federation Outdoors: https://www.nwf.org/outdoors

 

August 2, 2019

Kris Millgate of Tight Line Media

Kris Millgate of Tight Line Media joins the National Wildlife Federation Outdoors Podcast this week to discuss her new book, "My Place Among Men." Kris has worked with the National Wildlife Federation and state affiliates like the Idaho Wildlife Federation on films like "Your Land," and donated a portion of pre-orders for her book to the National Wildlife Federation. We discuss breaking down the barriers between "hook & bullet" and "hike & bike" outdoor recreation, conservation issues affecting her home state of Idaho like wildfires, climate change, and the dams blocking Idaho's salmon runs, her career transitioning from a television journalist to a freelance outdoor media producer - often as "the only woman in the woods" on her assignments - and the stereotypes she had to defy to succeed, and teaching her sons to fly fish. As always, the National Wildlife Federation Outdoors Podcast is supported by RepYourWater and their 3% for Conservation commitment. 

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July 20, 2019

Channeling Aldo Leopold with Jesse Deubel of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation

Jesse Deubel is the executive director of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation. He joins the National Wildlife Federation Outdoors Podcast to talk about how Aldo Leopold started his organization in 1914 and how they try to live up to his legacy today. We talk about the concept of wilderness, the importance of wildlife migration corridors, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, how to choose which hunting units to apply for, hunting ethics, the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, and how the New Mexico Wildlife Federation found itself simultaneously trying to ban coyote contests while defending against a proposed ban on trapping. The National Wildlife Federation Outdoors Podcast is supported by RepYourWater and their 3% for Conservation commitment. 

Additional Resources:

New Mexico Wildlife Federation: www.nmwildlife.org 

Hunt To Eat / New Mexico Wildlife Federation collab: https://hunttoeat.com/products/new-mexico

National Wildlife Federation Outdoors: www.nwf.org/outdoors

RepYourWater: www.repyourwater.com 

July 12, 2019

How the Tennessee Wildlife Federation is Fighting to Stop Asian Carp

The Tennessee Wildlife Federation has a storied history of conserving Tennessee's natural resources, but right now an invasive species is threatening those very resources. Mike Butler, executive director of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, joins the National Wildlife Federation Outdoors Podcast to tell us what his organization is doing to stop Asian carp from spreading in Tennessee's waters, where they undermine native fisheries for popular sport-fish like bass on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. He discusses the coalition they've pulled together from across the Mississippi River basin including anglers like Bill Dance, conservation groups, and political offices, to increase the funding that wildlife agencies in the region have to fight this invasive species. As always, this episode is supported by Rep Your Water, whose "Stop Asian Carp" collaboration with the National Wildlife Federation helps our efforts to stop Asian carp. 

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June 28, 2019

Climate Change Impacts to Hunting and Fishing with Johnny Carrol Sain of Conservation Hawks

Johnny Carrol Sain is an award-winning outdoor writer from Arkansas and a board member for Conservation Hawks, a nonprofit with a mission to protect hunting and fishing from the impacts of climate change. We caught up with Johnny at the Outdoor Writers Association of America annual conference in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he accepted an Excellence In Craft award for his writing. In this episode, he describes the impact that climate change is having on hunting and fishing in Arkansas, the role of outdoor writers in conservation, good books, how he approaches his work, and the recent victory to protect the Buffalo National River from a polluting hog farm. 

Additional links referenced in the podcast: 

Conservation Hawks: http://www.conservationhawks.org/

Hatch Magazine blog on Buffalo River CAFO: https://www.hatchmag.com/blog/downstream/7713759

OWAA award-winning "Blood brother" in Hatch Magazine: https://www.hatchmag.com/articles/blood-brother/7714716

Hatch Magazine series on Vanishing Paradise: https://www.hatchmag.com/articles/vanishing-paradise-i-pure-life/7714279

Philosophical Hillbilly Blog: https://www.philosophicalhillbilly.com/

Rep Your Water: www.repyourwater.com

Arkansas Wildlife Federation: https://www.arwild.org/

National Wildlife Federation Outdoors: www.nwf.org/outdoors 

June 20, 2019

Louisiana’s Vanishing Paradise w/ Ryan Schaefer of Louisiana Wildlife Federation & NWF’s Bill Cooksey

This episode of the National Wildlife Federation Outdoors podcast features Ryan Schaefer, board member of Louisiana Wildlife Federation, professional fur trapper, and conservationist, and Bill Cooksey, sportsmen outreach coordinator for NWF’s Vanishing Paradise program. We talk about Louisiana’s disappearing coastline, coastal forage fish declines, giving back to the resource, the work of the Louisiana Wildlife Federation, the cascade of effects from fisheries issues on the fishing industry and conservation funding, the importance of talking to your legislators about conservation issues, the sway that an individual hunter and angler holds with legislators, the bipartisan nature of conservation issues, getting over the sticker shock of necessary infrastructure projects, and how to make sure your legislators know what they're talking about. We're publishing this episode a day early because we'll be on the road this weekend to the Outdoor Writers Association of America annual conference in Little Rock, Arkansas, where Bill Cooksey will be on a panel discussing climate change impacts to waterfowl habitat. And while we forgot to mention it on the podcast, the National Wildlife Federation's Vanishing Paradise program is supported in part by Wiley X sunglasses, so we provided a link to the press release announcing the partnership below. And as always, the National Wildlife Federation Outdoors podcast is supported by Rep Your Water, whose Great Lakes products support our efforts to stop Asian carp. 

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