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Vanishing Seasons, Episode 4 - Michigan Musings on Climate and a Changing Way of Life with Nick Green

Vanishing Seasons, Episode 4 - Michigan Musings on Climate and a Changing Way of Life with Nick Green

April 7, 2021

In the fourth installment of Vanishing Seasons we visit with Nick Green, a Michigan native and avid outdoorsman. Nick speaks of changes in waterfowl migrations, lessons from an old timer, and water too warm for trout. Nick sees the need to help hunters and anglers see climate change on their terms in order to address the issues. 

Inclusive Journeys into Hunting and Making the Outdoors Welcoming for All with Crystal Egli of Inclusive Journeys

Inclusive Journeys into Hunting and Making the Outdoors Welcoming for All with Crystal Egli of Inclusive Journeys

April 2, 2021

Aaron sits down with Crystal Egli of Inclusive Journeys to talk about her personal journeys into hunting, getting over her fear of firearms, connecting with Artemis, the digital "Green Book", and her work to make the outdoors more safe and accessible for all.  

 

Crystal's organization, Inclusive Journeys - https://www.inclusivejourneys.com/

 

Crystal's journey to becoming a big game hunter Youtube series- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dm3BprUD81o&list=PLWGY7bVNQHtUJWk3df07FsByo8qVfYIJ3&index=1

 

Link to Crystal's outdoor media work with Colorado Parks and Wildlife - https://coloradooutdoorsmag.com/author/crystal-egli/

 

Show notes:

3:30 – Crystal’s latest outdoor adventures – taking her daughter fishing a dodging Colorado’s crazy weather while doing so

6:04 - Aaron’s time in the desert and 8 days with no screens

7:05 – Crystal’s migration from Vermont to L.A. and the consequences that led her to Colorado

12:04 - Crystal’s job with Colorado Parks and Wildlife

13:26 - how her job led her to hunting

14:55 – growing up with a fear of firearms, learning to face it, and eventually becoming comfortable

21:21 – harvesting her first animal and being proud of the food

23:31 – getting engaged with Artemis

28:05 – new and different entryways to hunting

29:40 – the origin story of Inclusive Journeys

33:10 – trying to get the data to make the case and create change

38:15 – the “Green Book” what it is, why it existed, and how Inclusive Journeys is mirroring some of that work

44:45 – changing and growing the outdoor community based on the data

48:40 – the opportunity to learn from mistakes and be better humans

51:18 – the hope for resetting our minds about inclusion and acceptance

54:28 – the things organizations can do to improve

58:45 – ways individuals can engage and improve

1:02:15 – Crystal’s plan for the hunting season

Spring Time Good Times - Hunting Sheds, Turkeys, and Great Ideas on Migration and Wildlife Connectivity with Jeremy Romero of the National Wildlife Federation

Spring Time Good Times - Hunting Sheds, Turkeys, and Great Ideas on Migration and Wildlife Connectivity with Jeremy Romero of the National Wildlife Federation

March 19, 2021

Aaron chats with good friend and conservation colleague, Jeremy Romero, of the National Wildlife Federation. We cover spring activities, getting ready for turkey season, shed hunting - tactics, fun, calling, etc. We also talk Jeremy's work, migration corridors, SO 3362, and wildlife connectivity. 

 

Check out some of Jeremy's work here: https://connectedcorridors.com/

 

Show notes:

3:15 – Jeremy latest outdoors adventures

5:40 – skiing, gearing up for Barbary sheep, and backpacking in Bears Ears

8:39 - gearing up for spring turkey and shed hunting

10:45 – Aaron and Jeremy’s preferred turkey load (*note: Aaron misspoke – the Federal TSS load is an all tungsten load, not a mix of metals)

13: 49 – Jeremy’s adding shotgun turkey hunting to his love of turkey hunting with a bow

15:45 – the three species of turkey in New Mexico

17:49 – seeing Vermillion flycatchers

19:20 – what you should be thinking about right now to get ready for turkey hunting

24:43 – having a good seat while turkey hunting

26:30 – tactics for a western public lands turkey hunters

33:10 – locator calls

38:25 – shed hunting while turkey hunting

44:39 – the “gas tank” concept for wintering ungulates

46:40 – the popularity of shed hunting

51:49 – strategies for finding sheds

56:20 – what’s happening with migration corridors and SO 3362 in the new administration

62:24 - gaps in 3362 that can be filled to address species and entities that were left out

70:50 - forest planning for wildlife and migration corridors

 

Western Roots - the Plants, People, and Critters of the “Big Empty” with Jeremy Maestas of the Sage Grouse Initiative

Western Roots - the Plants, People, and Critters of the “Big Empty” with Jeremy Maestas of the Sage Grouse Initiative

March 4, 2021

Jeremy Maestas joins the podcast to talk the sage brush sea, partnering with private landowners to conserve rangelands, sage grouse, and the critters that rely on the western range - "good for the bird, good for the herd". We also speak about the Sage Grouse Initiative's collaboration with Hunt to Eat dubbed "Western Roots" highlighting the importance of native plants in the West.

Hunt to Eat/Sage Grouse Initiative Collaboration 

https://hunttoeat.com/products/western-roots

NRCS Sage Grouse Initiative: https://www.sagegrouseinitiative.com/

SGI’s Conserve our Western Roots: https://www.sagegrouseinitiative.com/roots/

NRCS Working Lands for Wildlife: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/programs/initiatives/?cid=stelprdb1046975

 

Show notes: 

 

4:30 – intro to “Rangelands”

7:39 – Jeremy’s love of mule deer

8:26 – Jeremy’s best sage country memories

10:17 - what is the Sage Grouse Initiative or SGI

13:45 – what are sage ands, rangelands and why are they so important

15:25 – the amazingness of sage grouse and sage grouse life

19:30 - what does “good for the bird, good for the herd” mean and the connection between wildlife health in the sagelands ecosystem

25:30 – the benefits of native plants over introduced and noxious species

28:19 – the nastiness of cheat grass

32:23 – soil is an under sung hero

34:02 – having cheatgrass on the land doubles the risk of wildfire

37:26 – restoration on the range

43:17 – How can average Joe or Jane hunter be part of the solution

Vanishing Seasons, Episode 3 - Climate Conundrums in the Alaskan Wilderness - Tia Shoemaker

Vanishing Seasons, Episode 3 - Climate Conundrums in the Alaskan Wilderness - Tia Shoemaker

March 2, 2021

In the 3rd episode of Vanishing Seasons, we head to Alaska and the Becharof National Wildlife Refuge to hear from Tia Shoemaker. Tia is a three plus decades resident of the only inholding in the refuge and a renowned hunting and fishing guide. She has seen numerous impacts from climate change right out her front door. We cover lack of snow, hot fish, bloody paws, and a changing way of life in the Alaskan Wilderness. 

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