The Wild Chris Morgan takes listeners around the world to Italy, Germany and his own backyard of the Pacific Northwest to explore the beauty and wonder of the outdoors and its inhabitants. From beavers to wolves to grizzly bears we experience up close the resilient power of nature and our relationship with it.
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Chris Morgan takes listeners around the world to Italy, Germany and his own backyard of the Pacific Northwest to explore the beauty and wonder of the outdoors and its inhabitants. From beavers to wolves to grizzly bears we experience up close the resilient power of nature and our relationship with it.

Most Recent Episodes

Animal Psychology and How to Stay Safe in the Wild (From season 1)

Learn how you can support The Wild and can get early access to new episodes and bonus content by going to our donation page. When you're outside hiking or camping and you encounter an animal, it's important to understand what's going on from the animal's perspective. On today's episode Chris will share people's real life interactions with animals and discuss what they did right and what they should have done differently. Here are links to the videos discussed on the episode capturing people's surprising encounters with other creatures: Brown bear encounter Hiking with bears Mountain biker meets mountain lion Sea lion drags girl off dock Gorillas in Uganda

The Wolf Ranger

There is probably no other species in North America that elicits more division than wolves. The sides usually come down to ranchers who fear for their cattle and environmentalists who fear the extinction of an animal that they value. 'I found a current population pack of wolves and I put my finger in the middle of the map,' said Daniel Curry. 'And I said I am going to go there and I am going to do something.' That "something" was to become a range rider. One part wolf-protecting conservationist, one part modern-day cowboy. Daniel's new job is to literally stand between cattle and wolves, to keep the peace in today's wild west. Daniel's work as a range rider is supported by [Conservation Northwest](http:// https://www.conservationnw.org/our-work/wildlife/range-rider-pilot-project/ ) and the Northeast Washington Wolf Cattle Collaborative (NEWWCC). It takes a lot of resources to produce these stories. If you are able, I'd like you to consider making a donation of any size to help support this work. Find out more information at our donation page.

The Power of Poop

I love scat. Excrement, feces, poop...call it what you will, when you're a wildlife guy this stuff is a goldmine of information. There's even a technical term for the study of it - scatology. Out in the wilderness, it's the best way to track an animal and get a sketch of its movements and diet. On this episode of THE WILD, I'll look at three different ways biologists are using scat to understand and protect wildlife, including poop parties, a dog on a boat and an international crime fighter. It takes a lot of resources to produce these stories. If you are able, I'd like you to consider making a donation of any size to help support this work. Find out more information at our donation page. Special thanks to filmmaker Kate Brooks for allowing us to use clips from her film, The Last Animals. You can watch the film here.

How to Bring Back a Scottish Forest

One man in Scotland is on a mission. He wants to rewild the Scottish Highlands. His plan includes planting more than a million trees. But it is not just about the trees, it is about a whole ecosystem that comes with a forest...perhaps someday even including the return of the wolf...a truly wild Scotland again. You can learn more about the work of Paul Lister and his team at The European Nature Trust. It takes a lot of resources to produce these stories. If you are able, I'd like you to consider making a donation of any size to help support this work. Find out more information at our donation page.

Owls: Nature's Hunting Machine

It takes a lot of resources to produce these stories. If you are able, I'd like you to consider making a donation of any size to help support this work. Find out more information at our donation page. When Europeans first came to North America centuries ago there were 19 different species of owl. Today...there are still 19. Owls are resourceful and resilient but some species are under threat. Author and wildlife photographer Paul Bannick has documented and studied owls for nearly two decades and will take us to one of his favorite places to observe these amazing creatures and learn about their unique connection to the landscape.

Sidedoor - Alexander von Humboldt

We'll be back next week with a new episode, but this week we wanted to share an episode from one of our favorite podcasts called Sidedoor. Sidedoor is brought to you by the Smithsonian Institution. This episode caught our attention because it is about one of the most influential early explorers and naturalists that you've probably never heard of: Alexander von Humboldt. The man who used science to show how everyone and everything in nature is connected. Not to mention that he was an inspiration to a fella named named Charles Darwin? I hope you enjoy this episode of Sidedoor.

So, you've caught a cougar. Now what? (Tech 2)

Consider supporting The Wild by making a financial gift. Find out more information at our donation page. As technology has advanced in the research community, scientists are now faced with an ironic issue: they have become so overwhelmed with data that it is a challenge to analyze it. In one case researchers on the Olympic Peninsula have turned to prisoners to cull through hundreds of images of animals by hand and categorize the different species. In this episode we'll take a look at new developments in artificial intelligence similar to facial recognition that will make it possible for computers to "read" wildlife images and quickly sort through vast amounts of data.

How to Catch a Cougar (Tech 1)

Consider supporting The Wild by making a financial gift. Find out more information at our donation page. Over the years the ways that researchers have used technology to study animals have changed dramatically. Just a few decades ago, scientists would tie a string to a chicken leg then attach the other end of the string to a camera shutter. When an animal pulled at the bone, the camera would be triggered. Today, far more sophisticated cameras and devices are used to study animals. We'll look at how this has evolved and see first hand how technology is used to track a cougar.

The Ancient Wild

Consider supporting The Wild by making a financial gift. Find out more information at our donation page. When we talk about the wild in North America, the narrative is usually from the perspective of white European settlers. But the wild of this amazing continent, and it's relationship with humans goes back way beyond that - thousands of years. Members of the Lummi Nation share with me their tradition of storytelling and how it is used to teach future generations about their past and their connection to the land and animals that live among them.

Finding Peace in the Silence

Consider supporting The Wild by making a financial gift. Find out more information at our donation page. These are strange times for all of us.....unknown territory......it's only reasonable that we're all worried - a global pandemic is a huge concern. We've heard from a lot of our podcast listeners about how THE WILD helps them escape for 20 or 30 minutes each week, and reconnect with nature, which is wonderful because that's what we set out to do. So we've decided to re-release our most loved episode from season 1. It's about the sounds of nature, and the silence you can find there.....it's the perfect place to reflect if you need to think and recharge. Maybe listen to the story, and then step outside, stare up at a tree, take a deep breath and think about wild creatures, your neighbors, and this amazing place we all call home. A lot of time we go to nature to find silence, to find solace. But what is silence really? You might think you're in a quiet place, but it is hard to find complete natural silence with no human noise pollution. In this episode, Chris hits the road with sound engineers Gordon Hempton and Matt Mikkelsen on a mission to find the quietest place on earth. You can learn more about Matt and Gordon's work [[here]](http:// https://www.quietparks.org/partners.).

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