The Michigan DNR's Wildtalk Podcast
The Michigan DNR's Wildtalk Podcast
Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division
The Wildtalk Podcast is a production of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division. On the Wildtalk Podcast, representatives of the Wildlife Division chew the fat and shoot the scat about all things habitat, feathers, and fur. With insights, interviews, and listener questions answered on the air, you'll come away with a better picture of what's happening in the world of Michigan's wildlife. Thank you for listening.Email questions to:dnr-wildlife@michigan.govor call 517-284-9453
Wildlife adaptations to a changing climate
In this episode of the Wildtalk Podcast, we replay one of our popular interviews about the challenges a changing climate poses to wildlife.   Episode Hosts: Rachel Leightner, Holly Vaughn and Hannah Schauer Producer/editor: Eric HilliardManaged Waterfowl AreasiNaturalisteBirdMichigan.gov/WaterfowlSeek appGreat Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessment Northern Institute of Applied Climate ScienceNational Climate Assessment Questions or comments about the show? Contact the DNR Wildlife Division at 517-284-9453 (WILD) or email dnr-wildlife@michigan.gov.
Jun 30, 2023
23 min
Ticks, ticks, ticks!
In this episode of the Wildtalk Podcast, we replay one of our most popular interviews about one of everyone's least favorite woodland insects — the tick.   Episode Hosts: Rachel Leightner Producer/editor: Eric HilliardMichigan.gov/LymeRadio Lab Podcast - Meat Allergy EpisodeThe Tick App Questions or comments about the show? Contact the DNR Wildlife Division at 517-284-9453 (WILD) or email dnr-wildlife@michigan.gov.
May 31, 2023
34 min
Plan A: Leave Wildlife B
In this episode of the Wildtalk Podcast, we replay one of our most popular interviews on the importance of leaving wildlife in the wild.  Episode Hosts: Rachel Leightner Producer/editor: Eric Hilliard Questions or comments about the show? Contact the DNR Wildlife Division at 517-284-9453 (WILD) or email dnr-wildlife@michigan.gov.
Apr 30, 2023
44 min
The Northern Lower Peninsula, wild turkeys in the spring and the little brown bat
In this episode of the Wildtalk Podcast, we talk about habitat projects happening in Michigan's Northern Lower Peninsula, fly away with a discussion about spring wild turkey behavior, and have a high-flying discussion about little brown bats.  Episode Hosts: Hannah Schauer and Rachel Leightner Producer/editor: Eric HilliardAll things habitatMichigan elk hunting informationGood neighbor authorityAll things feathersNuisance wildlife informationMichigan turkey hunting information All things furMichigan bat informationRabies information Questions or comments about the show? Contact the DNR Wildlife Division at 517-284-9453 (WILD) or email dnr-wildlife@michigan.gov.
Mar 31, 2023
21 min
UP habitat improvements, GEMS birding and preventing conflicts with bears
In this episode of the Wildtalk Podcast, we talk about habitat projects happening in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, fly away with a discussion about birding on Grouse Enhanced Management Sites (GEMS), and dive into tips on avoiding conflicts with black bears this spring.  Episode Hosts: Hannah Schauer and Rachel Leightner Producer/editor: Eric Hilliard Assistant producer/editor: Caleb Edge All things habitat Portage Marsh State Wildlife AreaAu Train State Wildlife Management AreaWildlife Habitat Grant ProgramAll things feathersGrouse Enhanced Management Sites (GEMS)All things furNuisance wildlife informationHow to keep wildlife wild Questions or comments about the show? Contact the DNR Wildlife Division at 517-284-9453 (WILD) or email dnr-wildlife@michigan.gov.
Feb 28, 2023
25 min
Southwest Michigan habitat, bird declines and backyard predators
In this episode of the Wildtalk Podcast, we talk to John Niewoonder about all things habitat in Southwest Michigan, fly away with a discussion about what can be done concerning bird population declines as we talk all things feathered, and dive into fox and coyote conflict prevention tips in our all things fur segment.  Episode Hosts: Hannah Schauer and Rachel Leightner Producer/editor: Eric Hilliard All things habitatState Game AreasCommercial timber salesAll things feathersForestry for Michigan Birds Initiative Waterfowl hunting informationMichigan DNR Hunt Fish mobile appAll things furMichigan.gov/TrappingMichigan.gov/SmallGameNuisance wildlife information Questions or comments about the show? Contact the DNR Wildlife Division at 517-284-9453 (WILD) or email dnr-wildlife@michigan.gov.
Feb 1, 2023
17 min
Southeast Michigan, snow buntings and more
In this episode of the Wildtalk Podcast, we talk to Terry McFadden about all things habitat in Southeast Michigan, fly away with Snow Buntings as we talk all things feathered, and dive into winter hunting and trapping opportunities in our all things fur segment. Episode Hosts: Hannah Schauer and Rachel Leightner Producer/editor: Eric Hilliard All things habitatManaged Waterfowl AreasMonitoring waterfowl populations from the skyInvasive Buckthorn Removal/Stewardship DayAll things feathersSnow buntingMichigan.gov/TurkeyAll things furMichigan.gov/TrappingMichigan.gov/SmallGameLearn to hunt information Questions or comments about the show? Contact the DNR Wildlife Division at 517-284-9453 (WILD) or email dnr-wildlife@michigan.gov.
Dec 31, 2022
19 min
Raccoons, elk and the Pure Michigan Hunt
In this episode of the Wildtalk Podcast, we’ll shine our wildlife spotlight on the dark-eyed junco, find out what habitat work is happening in the Southwest Lower Peninsula, hear listener questions answered in the mailbag segment and get a sample of conservation officer activity reports from the field.  Questions or comments about the show? Contact the DNR Wildlife Division at 517-284-9453 (WILD). You can also email dnr-wildlife@michigan.gov, and even send your question as a sound file that you record on your phone to be played on the air! Episode Hosts: Hannah Schauer and Rachel Leightner Producer/editor: Eric Hilliard Assistant Producer/editor: Caleb Edge Law enforcement segment host: Katie Gervasi Wildlife Spotlight LinksRaccoon Elk Season RecapMichigan.gov/ElkMailbag LinksMichigan.gov/DeerPure Michigan HuntConservation Officer ReportsConservation officer bi-weekly reports Questions or comments about the show? Contact the DNR Wildlife Division at 517-284-9453 (WILD) or email dnr-wildlife@michigan.gov.
Nov 30, 2022
19 min
Juncos, Southwest Michigan and getting lost in the swamp
In this episode of the Wildtalk Podcast, we’ll shine our wildlife spotlight on the dark-eyed junco, find out what habitat work is happening in the Southwest Lower Peninsula, hear listener questions answered in the mailbag segment and get a sample of conservation officer activity reports from the field.  Questions or comments about the show? Contact the DNR Wildlife Division at 517-284-9453 (WILD). You can also email dnr-wildlife@michigan.gov, and even send your question as a sound file that you record on your phone to be played on the air! Episode Hosts: Hannah Schauer and Rachel Leightner Producer: Eric Hilliard Around the State Guest: Chad Fedewa Law enforcement segment host: Katie Gervasi Wildlife Spotlight LinksDark-eyed juncoAround the State LinksMichigan.gov/DeerCurrent reported harvest totalsDNR Hunt Fish AppTimber salesWetland WondersMichigan Natural Features InventoryConservation Officer ReportsConservation officer bi-weekly reportsMailbag LinksMichigan snakesNuisance wildlife preventionMichigan.gov/TrappingMichigan.gov/DeerBald eagles  Questions or comments about the show? Contact the DNR Wildlife Division at 517-284-9453 (WILD) or email dnr-wildlife@michigan.gov.
Oct 31, 2022
29 min
Blue Jays, birding trails, white tails and enforcement tales
In this episode of the Wildtalk Podcast, we’ll shine our wildlife spotlight on the Blue Jay, find out what habitat work is happening in the Upper Peninsula, talk deer with Chad Stewart and Brian Frawley, hear listener questions answered in the mailbag segment and get a sample of conservation officer activity reports from the field. Questions or comments about the show? Contact the DNR Wildlife Division at 517-284-9453 (WILD). You can also email dnr-wildlife@michigan.gov, and even send your question as a sound file that you record on your phone to be played on the air! Episode Hosts: Hannah Schauer and Rachel Leightner Producer: Eric Hilliard Around the State Guest: Bill Scullon Interview guests: Chad Stewart and Brian Frawley Law enforcement segment host: Katie Gervasi Wildlife Spotlight LinksBlue JayRed-shouldered hawkRed-tailed hawkAround the State LinksShore to shore birding trailInterview LinksMichigan.gov/DeerCurrent reported harvest totalsMichigan.gov/CWDMichigan.gov/BovineTBDNR Hunt Fish AppMailbag LinksMichigan.gov/DeerMichigan.gov/TrappingConservation Officer ReportsConservation officer bi-weekly reports Questions or comments about the show? Contact the DNR Wildlife Division at 517-284-9453 (WILD) or email dnr-wildlife@michigan.gov.
Sep 30, 2022
40 min
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