Varmints!
Varmints!
Paul Csomo & Donna Hume
The Varmints! podcast is an education/comedy podcast that's all about animals! Every week two nerds name Paul and Donna do a whole bunch of research to bring you a mix of science, education, pop culture and comedy about all things that creep, crawl, slither, fly, jump, hop and swim on this planet one animal at a time.
Peacocks
Join Paul and Donna to flounce around and learn about peacocks! https://www.livescience.com/tasmanian-devils-return-australia.html https://sciencing.com/peacocks-mate-4565678.html https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/12/peacock-crests-are-vibration-sensors/578656/ https://animals.mom.com/colors-male-peacock-reproduce-11329.html https://www.peacocksuk.com/peacock-information/are-peacocks-endangered-2/ https://www.advertisingweek360.com/the-history-of-the-nbc-peacock/ https://lazyevaluationranch.tumblr.com/post/101718684710/11-2-today-goofus-the-peacock-killed-a-mouse-and https://www.tampabay.com/life-culture/history/2020/09/23/why-do-peacocks-roam-tampa-bay/ https://www.9news.com/article/life/animals/denver-zoo-removes-free-roaming-peacocks/73-ffd31d78-59f4-4b7e-bb81-95d1ef1c7713     Featured image, "Peacock" by Mathias Appel is licensed under CC0 1.0 Public Domain Any other images on the page are featured on the linked websites. Copyright Disclaimer under section 107 of the Copyright Act of 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, education and research. "Fair use" is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. About our voice actors: With technical support by Matthew Csomo, bed music by Kevin MacLeod, our logo was created by Imran Javed. Our vocal talent was done by the wonderful and supportive Kari McGinnis, Stacey and Frosty, Justine and Santiago, and Chris “The Toph” Green.
Nov 11
41 min
Lemmings
This week Paul takes a solo look at a very misunderstood little Arctic varmint - the lemming! Sources: https://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/schoolgirl-finds-the-worlds-oldest-lemming-preserved-in-permafrost-and-dating-back-41000-years/ https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/education/wns/lemmings.pdf https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vv06KicxKdc https://readonlymemory.vg/the-making-of-lemmings/ https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/lemmings/9wzdncrfjcdm?activetab=pivot:overviewtab https://www.britannica.com/story/do-lemmings-really-commit-mass-suicide#:~:text=But%20there%20is%20one%20myth,Lemmings%20do%20not%20commit%20suicide https://hyperallergic.com/545742/white-wilderness-disney-nature-documentary/ This is the footage from the 1958 Disney film "White Wilderness" that I discussed. Before you click on this link please be warned that this is a very upsetting video to watch: https://youtu.be/xMZlr5Gf9yY Featured image, "Lemming" by Sander van der Wel is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Any other images on the page are featured on the linked websites. Copyright Disclaimer under section 107 of the Copyright Act of 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, education and research. "Fair use" is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. About our voice actors: With technical support by Matthew Csomo, bed music by Kevin MacLeod, our logo was created by Imran Javed. Our vocal talent was done by the wonderful and supportive Josh Hallmark, Chris “The Toph” Green, Stacey and Frosty, Justine and Santiago.
Oct 28
20 min
Ticks
This week Kate Shaw from the Strange Animals Podcast joins Paul to get really squicked out about ticks. Bleh. Sources: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/10/health/tick-mosquito-repellant-nootkatone.html https://entomologytoday.org/2018/01/16/up-close-look-tiny-sensory-pits-ticks-use-smell/ https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/03/20/594922001/watch-how-a-tick-digs-its-hooks-into-you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_lz8hvkYVA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSbk9Vn5eCU https://youtu.be/mTgcKPspE9s https://www.newyorkupstate.com/news/2020/08/what-part-of-your-body-is-a-tick-mostly-likely-to-bite-upstate-study-has-the-answer.html https://animals.howstuffworks.com/arachnids/tick5.htm https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170316112208.htm Featured image, "Soft tick" by dr relling is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Any other images on the page are featured on the linked websites. Copyright Disclaimer under section 107 of the Copyright Act of 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, education and research. "Fair use" is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. About our voice actors: With technical support by Matthew Csomo, bed music by Kevin MacLeod, our logo was created by Imran Javed. Our vocal talent was done by the wonderful and supportive Josh Hallmark, Chris “The Toph” Green, Stacey and Frosty, Justine and Santiago.
Oct 14
41 min
Quokkas
They're the happiest animal in the world! Paul is talking about quokkas this week! Sources:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLJ7NnpmGus https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8669563/New-special-edition-Quokka-coin-released-Perth-mint-month-30-000-sale.html https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/57159/6-things-know-about-super-cute-quokka https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quokka https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTlgCk_IJDs https://youtu.be/59hHHvF9BNE https://youtu.be/aUaZtLdNT0E https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eK0RR2ns58 https://nedhardy.com/2020/01/28/do-quokkas-throw-their-babies/#:~:text=No%2C%20quokkas%20do%20not%20physically,their%20young%20to%20escape%20danger. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2019/05/bad-moms-nature-animals-mothers-day/ Featured image, "The Happiest Animal on the Planet" by UI International Programs is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 Any other images on the page are featured on the linked websites. Copyright Disclaimer under section 107 of the Copyright Act of 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, education and research. "Fair use" is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. About our voice actors:The wonderful and supportive Kari McGinnis.Chris “Toph” Green is the host of the GravityBeard podcast.Curtis Craddock is the author of the novel An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms, #1)Josh Hallmark runs the Our Americana network and hosts the podcasts Our Americana, The Karen and Ellen Letters, Playlist and True Crime Bullshit.Justine and Santiago are the hosts of the very funny Weird With You podcast.Frosty is the co-host of The Show with The Preshaah and Frosty,and last but never least, Stacey from Rough Giraffe, and Run With Me On This.
Sep 29
18 min
Baboons
Let's monkey around with Paul and Donna and learn about baboons! Sources:https://mashable.com/article/baboons-on-the-loose-sydney/ https://science.jrank.org/pages/704/Baboons-Communication.html https://www.animalfactsencyclopedia.com/Baboon-facts.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skunk_Fu! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myyQ_CTVE_4&feature=youtu.be http://www.tv.com/shows/the-amazing-world-of-gumball/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLr6QOgqevc https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC387823/ Featured image, "Baboon" by Shelley Prevost is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Any other images on the page are featured on the linked websites. Copyright Disclaimer under section 107 of the Copyright Act of 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, education and research. "Fair use" is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. About our voice actors: With technical support by Matthew Csomo, bed music by Kevin MacLeod, our logo was created by Imran Javed. Our vocal talent was done by the wonderful and supportive Josh Hallmark, Chris “The Toph” Green, Stacey and Frosty, Justine and Santiago.
Sep 16
48 min
Falcons
Take a blindingly fast dive into the topic of falcons today with Paul and Donna on the Varmints! Podcast.    http://www.rfi.fr/en/africa/20200611-south-african-kalahari-lizards-eavesdrop-on-weaver-bird-neighbours-to-avoid-becoming-lunch-pygmy-falcon   https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Kestrel/id https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Peregrine_Falcon/ https://youtu.be/wBzdzg_ffzw   https://hanna-barbera.fandom.com/wiki/Blue_Falcon https://www.youtube.com/c/FalconryAndMe/about   https://everwideningcircles.com/2020/06/11/falcons-airport-flight-safety/ https://www.usafa.edu/cadet-life/clubs/falconry/   Featured image, "American Kestrel (Male)" by Andy Morffew is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Any other images on the page are featured on the linked websites. Copyright Disclaimer under section 107 of the Copyright Act of 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, education and research. "Fair use" is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. About our voice actors: With technical support by Matthew Csomo, bed music by Kevin MacLeod, our logo was created by Imran Javed. Our vocal talent was done by the wonderful and supportive Josh Hallmark, Chris “The Toph” Green, Stacey and Frosty, Justine and Santiago.
Sep 3
43 min
Sugar Gliders
This week Paul glides solo and talks about sugar gliders!  Sources:https://newcastleweekly.com.au/sugar-gliders-call-lake-macquarie-home/ http://bmxglider.tripod.com/ogueyes.html https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-squirrels-fly-37372905/ https://www.facebook.com/SugarGliderComic/ https://www.reddit.com/r/sugargliders/ Any other images on the page are featured on the linked websites. Copyright Disclaimer under section 107 of the Copyright Act of 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, education and research. "Fair use" is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. About our voice actors:The wonderful and supportive Kari McGinnis.Chris “Toph” Green is the host of the GravityBeard podcast.Curtis Craddock is the author of the novel An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms, #1)Frosty is the co-host of The Show with The Preshaah and Frosty,and last but never least, Stacey from Rough Giraffe, and Run With Me On This.
Aug 19
23 min
Bats Revisited!
This week Paul is joined by special guest host Kate Shaw from the Strange Animals podcast to revisit an episode we did four years ago! Bats!Please go listen to the Strange Animals Podcast wherever fine podcasts are sold. You can also go to her website: https://strangeanimalspodcast.blubrry.net/Sources: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/22/science/vampire-bats-viruses.html https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180207151818.htm https://www.sciencenews.org/article/sound-absorbent-wings-and-fur-help-some-moths-evade-bats https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/07/how-bats-have-outsmarted-viruses-including-coronaviruses-65-million-years https://healthcare.utah.edu/healthfeed/postings/2020/03/covid19-faqs.php#:~:text=COVID%2D19%20is%20the,%E2%80%9Cnovel%20coronavirus%E2%80%9D. https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-49496760 https://weeklyworldnews.com/ Under section 107 of the Copyright Act of 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, education and research. "Fair use" is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. About our voice actors:The wonderful and supportive Kari McGinnis.Chris “Toph” Green is the host of the GravityBeard podcast.Curtis Craddock is the author of the novel An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms, #1)Josh Hallmark runs the Our Americana network and hosts the podcasts Our Americana, The Karen and Ellen Letters, Playlist and True Crime Bullshit.Justine and Santiago are the hosts of the very funny Weird With You podcast.Frosty is the co-host of The Show with The Preshaah and Frosty,and last but never least, Stacey from Rough Giraffe, and Run With Me On This. The feature image used is "bat" by Noel Reynolds and is shared under a Creative Commons license (Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0). You can view more of Mr. Reynolds' photographs on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/29237715@N05/
Aug 5
52 min
Tasmanian Devils
They're cute and hungry and LOUD! Paul and Donna explore the world of Tasmanian devils this week! Sources:https://www.livescience.com/27440-tasmanian-devils.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2AU7AtY-js https://www.aussieark.org.au/devil-ark/ https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47659640 https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-14/tasmanian-devil-island-fundraising-program-winds-up/9147124 Any other images on the page are featured on the linked websites. Copyright Disclaimer under section 107 of the Copyright Act of 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, education and research. "Fair use" is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. About our voice actors:The wonderful and supportive Kari McGinnis.Chris “Toph” Green is the host of the GravityBeard podcast.Curtis Craddock is the author of the novel An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms, #1)Josh Hallmark runs the Our Americana network and hosts the podcasts Our Americana, The Karen and Ellen Letters, Playlist and True Crime Bullshit.Justine and Santiago are the hosts of the very funny Weird With You podcast.Frosty is the co-host of The Show with The Preshaah and Frosty,and last but never least, Stacey from Rough Giraffe, and Run With Me On This.
Jul 22
44 min
Moths
It's moth season! Cover your drinks and listen to Paul and Donna talk about fluttery little weirdos! Sources:Links to our sources coming soon. Any other images on the page are featured on the linked websites. Copyright Disclaimer under section 107 of the Copyright Act of 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, education and research. "Fair use" is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. About our voice actors:The wonderful and supportive Kari McGinnis.Chris “Toph” Green is the host of the GravityBeard podcast.Curtis Craddock is the author of the novel An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms, #1)Josh Hallmark runs the Our Americana network and hosts the podcasts Our Americana, The Karen and Ellen Letters, Playlist and True Crime Bullshit.Justine and Santiago are the hosts of the very funny Weird With You podcast.Frosty is the co-host of The Show with The Preshaah and Frosty,and last but never least, Stacey from Rough Giraffe, and Run With Me On This.
Jun 18
49 min
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