Urban Wildlife Podcast

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Think you can't experience wildlife in the city? Get wild right where you live with the Urban Wildlife Podcast. Hosts Billy and Tony explore the fauna and flora of cities around the globe.

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Get Wild Right Where You Live
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🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-06-07 09:57
last episode published
2019-06-07 01:37
publication frequency
18.47 days
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Number of Episodes
82
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7.06.2019

Cape Town Kicked Our Butts

Tony and Billy talk about the City Nature Challenge 2019 and hear from four other participating cities: Kelly O’Donnell from NYC, Peter Kleinhenz (remember him from Right Under Our Noses?) from Tallahassee, and John Starmer from Maui, AND we hear … Con...
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15.04.2019

Kenya Honeymoon Part 2

Tony and Angie covered a lot of topics with their guide Dominic, and we’ve split off some of the non-urban-wildlife topics in this Part 2, namely Dominic’s fascinating life growing up Samburu Maasai plus more about the Maasai’s place in … Continue read...
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15.04.2019

Kenya Honeymoon Part 1

Tony (and of course Angie) went on safari for their honeymoon. They spent most of their time out in the bush, but that didn’t stop them from observing urban wildlife when they were in cities and talking about marabou storks, … Continue reading →
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13.03.2019

Is It More Than Just Pigeons?

What does the non-human community of a city look like? Is it the same species everywhere (pigeons, dandelions, bridge spiders, yawn) or does the wildlife from the surrounding area show up? We hear from Dr. Misha Leong of the California … Continue readi...
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11.02.2019

Urban Creeps: BugScope Crossover!

Billy joins entomologist and bug ambassador Isa Betancourt on her BugScope Periscope cast to talk about urban snakes. We focus on urban garter snakes from Philadelphia to Mexico City, but Billy fits in a few Philly milk snakes too. Be sure … Continue r...
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25.01.2019

Botanical Time Machine: Mid-Atlantic Megalopolis Digitization Project

Tony and Billy are back after a hiatus, talking about Tony’s new house next to a trail head and the urban raptors you happen to see while counter-protesting fascists. Then (at around 27 min) we hear from Dr. Cynthia Skema the … Continue reading →
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22.11.2018

We’re Gonna Kick Tokyo’s Ass

The 2019 City Nature Challenge is a competitive urban bioblitz. Tony and Billy talk about the CNC and Philadelphia’s plans after talking about Tony’s new rescued cat (about 15 min). We also go through a grab bag of fun urban … Continue reading →
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9.10.2018

Wildlife Rescue in the City, Part 2

What do we owe the animals that live around us? Do we spend money on animals when there are humans in need? Do we feed animals to animals to save animals? We tackle the tough questions as we wrap up … Continue reading →
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9.10.2018

Wildlife Rescue in the City, Part 1

What do we owe the animals that live around us? Do we spend money on animals when there are humans in need? Do we feed animals to animals to save animals? We tackle the tough questions as we wrap up … Continue reading →
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27.09.2018

Bat Rescue

How can you use up 50,000 meal worms per week? Try rescuing injured and sick bats. In this latest post on our series on wildlife rescue and rehab, Tony talks to Stephanie Stronsick of PA Bat Rescue (along with podcast … Continue reading →
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6.09.2018

Where to Put Toilet- and Backyard-Snakes (Part 2)

So you find a snake in your backyard, or your kitchen, or your toilet. Who do you call? And what do THEY do with the snake? In this episode we talk with Yatin Kalki, snake rescuer interested in harnessing snake … Continue reading →
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6.09.2018

Where to put Toilet- and Backyard-Snakes (Part 1)

So you find a snake in your backyard, or your kitchen, or your toilet. Who do you call? And what do THEY do with the snake? In this episode we talk with Yatin Kalki, snake rescuer interested in harnessing snake … Continue reading →
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6.08.2018

Native? Exotic? Do We Care? Squash Bees

Entomologist and urban bee specialist Doug Sponsler joins Billy and Tony early in the morning in a community garden spot in West Philadelphia to observe squash bees and talk about what counts as native. Squash are not strictly native to … Continue read...
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27.07.2018

Taking Peregrines to the People

Tony and Billy take to the field… the Philadelphia neighborhood of Manayunk to observe the peregrine falcons of St. John the Baptist’s steeple. We talk urban raptors and perform incidental urban wildlife outreach with the neighbors. If you like this … ...
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20.07.2018

Extreme Philly Fishing: Tight Lines with Leo Sheng

It doesn’t matter where you live. If there’s water, you can go fishing. Learn about urban fishing, multi-species fishing, even micro-fishing as Tony and Billy join Leo Sheng of Extreme Philly Fishing for an outing in Philadelphia’s Cobbs Creek. And … C...
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5.07.2018

Buzzing Hard, Part 2

It’s not just about honey. Cities are full of bees, and in this double episode we hear about Brisbane bees and the Australian native alternative to European honey bees from Tim Heard of Sugarbag Bees, we talk with urban bee … Continue reading →
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5.07.2018

Buzzing Hard, Part 1

It’s not just about honey. Cities are full of bees, and in this double episode we hear about Brisbane bees and the Australian native alternative to European honey bees from Tim Heard of Sugarbag Bees, we talk with urban bee … Continue reading →
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13.06.2018

F*** the Border Wall

Tiffany Kersten joins Tony to talk about the proposed border wall and how it will impact wildlife and wildlife viewing in the lower Rio Grande Valley. The border wall plans do seem to be on hold for the moment, but … Continue reading →
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2.06.2018

The Truth about Cats Part 2

Special (very long, thorough – don’t make this your first Urban Wildlife Podcast episode) Episode: Billy, Tony, and biologist Clint Springer dive into the outdoor cat literature. This is a companion to our Cat Wars episode. Finally we sat down and went...
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2.06.2018

The Truth About Cats Part 1

Special (very long, thorough – don’t make this your first Urban Wildlife Podcast episode) Episode: Billy, Tony, and biologist Clint Springer dive into the outdoor cat literature. This is a companion to our Cat Wars episode. Finally we sat down … Contin...
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2.05.2018

City Lights of Doom? (part two)

City lights attract birds to cities where they are vulnerable to windows, cats, and other dangers of city living… or, depending on what we do, they can have a meal and be on their way. Spring migration is a great … Continue reading →
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2.05.2018

City Lights of Doom? (part one)

City lights attract birds to cities where they are vulnerable to windows, cats, and other dangers of city living… or, depending on what we do, they can have a meal and be on their way. Spring migration is a great … Continue reading →
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9.04.2018

Darwin Comes to Town: Interview with Menno Schilthuizen

Evolution by natural selection is happening all around us, all the time, even in our cities. Biologist Menno Schilthuizen, author of Darwin Comes to Town: How the Urban Jungle Drives Evolution, talked with Billy about how species adapt to urban … Conti...
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20.03.2018

Sparrow Wars!!! (Happy World Sparrow Day 2018!)

This year we honor World Sparrow Day with a look at how they got to North America and the Sparrow War of the 1870s that followed. Matt Halley joins us to talk about the weird but true history of exotic … Continue reading →
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19.02.2018

Last Child in the Watershed? Interview with Richard Louv

What can cities do to connect kids with nature? Billy and frequent guest host Robin Irizarry of the Tookany/Tacony/Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF) interview Richard Louv to find out. Richard will be speaking on February 28th, 6pm at the Friends C...
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1.02.2018

Re-Post: Cat Wars (Pete Marra special)

Pete Marra joins us for a special episode to talk about his (and Chris Santella’s) book Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer. We originally posted this for his talk last year at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. … Co...
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7.01.2018

Off the Wall: the Power of Urban Wildlife Murals

When is a raccoon not just a raccoon? What can a dandelion teach us about changing the world? We talk with Evan Lovett of V.U.R.T. about their Philly Local Critter series of murals, including a pretzel-eating raccoon. We also hear … Continue reading →
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15.12.2017

Why not the City? Urban Hawk Walk

Dr. Christian Hunold, a political scientist at Drexel University, is a dedicated wildlife photographer and wrote a paper, Why not the City?, about the hawks of Center City Philadelphia, the humans who watch and love them, and what all that … Continue r...
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8.12.2017

War

It’s the worst thing humans do, but nature fills in the scars on city landscapes. We discuss how naturalists from London to Berlin studied the ruins, and we hear from the Urban Birder, David Lindo, about the black redstart, a … Continue reading →
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30.10.2017

Special Episode: Robin in Rome

This summer our frequent guest host Robin Irizarry (Philadelphia Watershed Coordinator for the Tookany/Tacony Frankford Watershed Partnership) took a trip to Rome. Lots of people see the history, enjoy the culture and food of the eternal city. Robin br...
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7.10.2017

Nature and Nature Lovers in Palestine

It’s easy to be a birder in Philadelphia, but what about Bethlehem (not the one near Allentown) or the Gaza Strip? Learn about nature and nature loving under occupation, and hear about two organizations training citizen scientists, educating children a...
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27.09.2017

Things that go Flap in the Night: Nighthawks and Bats at the Cemetery

Nighthawks and bats come out at dusk to fatten up on cemetery bugs before migration and hibernation. In this special mini episode, we take a page from the Field Guides and record a full episode outside at one of our … Continue reading →
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17.09.2017

Shiners, Mussels, and Marbled Sallies: Helping Critters that Rely on City Waters

Tony and Billy join Robin Irizarry (Philadelphia Watershed Coordinator for the Tookany/Tacony Frankford Watershed Partnership) at his Irizarry Hillstead and hear Bryan Windmiller talk about Grassroots Wildlife Conservation‘s work with marbled salamande...
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9.08.2017

Rattlesnakes and Urbanization (Special Listener-Generated Episode)

What’s it like to be a rattlesnake in an urbanizing landscape, keeping to your patch, dodging car tires if you leave? In this special episode we air an interview that listener and wildlife biologist Pete Havlik did with Ecologist/Conservation Biologist...
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23.07.2017

We the Weeds

Zya Levy and Kaitlin Pomerantz of the We the Weeds project join us for a weed walk in the neighborhood. Then we retire back at the Urban Wildlife Podcast studio with invasive species beverages, including a cocktail featuring utopic/dystopic bitters. … ...
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25.06.2017

Wildlife Bling: Red Squirrels, Black Rat Snakes, Lunch with Hawks

On this impromptu, patched-together, mini episode, we present recordings in the moment: Mike McGraw, Billy, and Magnolia check out a Philadelphia black rat snake; Billy nerds out over urban short-headed garter snakes in Pittsburgh; and a red-tailed haw...
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12.06.2017

Cute, Furry, and in Your Roof: Part 2

Urban wildlife is great to look at, but what about when it makes your home its home? Guest host Christian Hunold (dig his photos) joins us as we look at cute omnivorous mesofauna in this episode: opossums, possums, skunks, palm … Continue reading →
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7.06.2017

Cute, Furry, and in Your Roof: Part 1

Urban wildlife is great to look at, but what about when it makes your home its home? Guest host Christian Hunold (dig his photos) joins us as we look at cute omnivorous mesofauna in this episode: opossums, possums, skunks, palm … Continue reading →
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3.05.2017

Skyscraper Bats and Ritzy Coyotes

In this mini episode Dr. Seth Magle of the Urban Wildlife Institute of Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo talks with Billy about the Institute and how they’re remotely monitoring urban wildlife in Chicago and beyond. (you might remember Dr. Magle from …Continu...
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14.04.2017

Flyover Critters (and a bald eagle death match)

Irish hares dig Belfast’s airport and rare El Segundo blue butterflies persist on dunes protected by the the airplane noise of LAX. Dr. Neil Reid of Queen’s University Belfast talks to us about the hares, and we hear from Dr. Travis Longcore …Continue ...
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27.03.2017

Special Episode: Tony in Australia

Tony doesn’t take it easy on vacation. In December he flew to Australia to bird, herp, and explore. Of course he checked out some urban wildlife while he was down there, and in this episode we listen to his interviews …Continue reading→
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20.03.2017

Happy World Sparrow Day [Re-post]

[This is a re-post of our World Sparrow Day episode in honor of… World Sparrow Day 2017!!!] We celebrate World Sparrow Day (March 20th) with a look at Passer domesticus, a bird North American birders love to hate but that …Continue reading→
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14.03.2017

Wonder Wall Lizards

European wall lizards are spreading, and we’re gonna talk and sing about it. Dr. Russell Burke from Hofstra University tells us about the wall lizards of New York, and Dr. Kenneth Petren of the University of Cincinnati talks about his city’s …Continue ...
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21.02.2017

Cat Wars

Pete Marra joins us for a special episode to talk about his (and Chris Santella’s) book Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer. Pete will be speaking on Thursday February 23rd at 6:30 pm at the Academy of Natural …Continue reading→
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15.02.2017

Urban Sea Turtles

Urban wildlife isn’t just on land, especially in the world’s biggest port cities. In this episode we hear about what happens when turtles navigate the urban/ocean interface. We hear from Umair Shahid from WWF Pakistan about Karachi’s sea turtles, Dr. …...
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29.01.2017

Mapping the Micro Wilderness: Urban Bugs

Urban biodiversity explodes as you shrink your view. Explore urban invertebrate biodiversity projects in Los Angeles (BioScan) and Boston (Boston Harbor Islands All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory). Guest host Isa Betancourt (remember her from Season 1?) j...
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10.01.2017

Smog, Sprawl, and Lifers: Birding Shanghai

What is urban birding like in the biggest city in the world? Join Tony as he interviews Craig Brelsford, the birder behind Shanghai Birding. They discuss birding in a city of 24 million souls, all while racing rampant coastal …Continue reading→
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30.12.2016

You Deserve Hedgehogs

How do you bring biodiversity to urbanites? Guest host Joan Blaustein of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation joins us to talk about preserving urban parks biodiversity. We also listen to Dr. Nigel Reeve tell us about the effort to save the hedgehogs …Con...
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22.12.2016

Wall Swifts, Wall Lizards, Wall Dolphins? (Part 2)

Sometimes the artificial IS natural. Helena Van Vliet of BioPhilly (of the Biophilic Cities network) joins us as guest host to envision cities as habitat. Of course several species already use cities as habitat: We listen to Amnonn Hahn of …Continue re...
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22.12.2016

Wall Swifts, Wall Lizards, Wall Dolphins? (Part 1)

Sometimes the artificial IS natural. Helena Van Vliet of BioPhilly (of the Biophilic Cities network) joins us as guest host to envision cities as habitat. Of course several species already use cities as habitat: We listen to Amnonn Hahn of …Continue re...
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