Winter natural history

Moose in winter. Photo: Paul Twardock

Like humans, animals and birds cope with winter in a variety of ways. Some leave, migrating to warmer climates. Some hunker down for lots of sleep by hibernating. And some, like moose and ravens, are active all winter long. Join this week’s host, Paul Twardock, as he’ll be talking with scientists and writers to help us better understand how nature adapts and adjusts to winter’s challenges.

 

HOST: Paul Twardock

GUESTS:

  • Segment 1: “Winter ecology.” Carl Tobin, Associate Professor of Environment Science at UAA.
  • Segment 2: “Looking for nature in winter.”Bill Shewonit, a freelance nature writer.
  • Segment 3: “Birds in winter.” Steve Matsuka, research wildlife biologist with the USGS Alaska Science Center.

LINKS:

BROADCAST: Thursday, February 7th, 2019. 2:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. AKT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Thursday, February 7th, 2019. 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. AKT

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Eric Bork, or you can just call him “Bork” because everybody else does, is the Audio Media Content Producer for KSKA-FM. He produces and edits episodes of Outdoor Explorer, Addressing Alaskans, as well as a few other programs. He also maintains the web posts for those shows and many others on alaskapublic.org. You can sometimes hear him filling in for Morning Edition or find him operating the sound board for any of the live broadcast programs. After escaping the Detroit area when he was 18, Bork made it up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he earned a degree in Communications/Radio Broadcasting from Northern Michigan University. He spent time managing the college radio station, working for the local NPR affiliate and then in top 40 radio in Michigan before coming to Alaska to work his first few summers. After then moving to Chicago, it only took five years to convince him to move back to Alaska in 2010. When not involved in great radio programming he’s probably riding a bicycle, thinking about riding bicycles, dreaming about bikes, reading a book or planning the next place he’ll travel to. Only two continents left to conquer!