Mountain Nature and Culture Podcast

This podcast explores the natural and human history of the Canadian Rockies as well as its attractions and culture. We'll look at the ecology and wildlife as well as the unique plants and birds that make the Canadian Rockies home. Looking back through our history we will share the stories behind the scenery. This is the place for all things Rockies.

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This podcast explores the natural and human history of the Canadian Rockies as well as its attractions and culture. We'll look at the ecology and wildlife as well as the unique plants and birds that make the Canadian Rockies home. Looking back through our history we will share the stories behind the scenery. This is the place for all things Rockies.
Language
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2018-11-26 01:48
last episode published
2018-11-25 20:56
publication frequency
12.78 days
Contributors
Ward Cameron author   owner  
Explicit
false
Number of Episodes
69
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Society & Culture Science & Medicine Sports & Recreation Natural Sciences History Outdoor

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Episodes

Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors
25.11.2018

Looking at why elk keep their antlers througout the winter, and forest fires in California and British Columbia

If you'd like to see the detailed show notes for this episode, please visit: www.MountainNaturePodcast.com/ep069.
Ward Cameron author
10.09.2018

Fire ecology in western Canada with fire expert Cliff White.

This is a special episode that I wanted to get out right away. It's an important talk about the fire situation in western Canada, but more importantly, what we can do in townsites like Banff, Canmore, and Jasper…and with that said, let's get to it. Thi...
29.08.2018

Mapping the Expansion of Coyotes, Reintroduced Bison Test Their Boundaries, and Time to Stop Making Rock Sculptures

Mapping the Expansion of Coyote Range across the Continent In the mountain west, we simply accept the presence of coyotes on the landscape. They're simply a part of the mountain environment that we call home.  For many places though, that isn't the cas...
Ward Cameron author
4.08.2018

066 Finally, free roaming bison in Banff, and bear safety during buffaloberry season.

Parks Canada has just announced that it has opened the gates and finally allowed its growing herd of wild bison out of their enclosure and, for the first time, letting them wander somewhat freely within the park, at least within a 1,200 sq km release z...
22.07.2018

The buffaloberries are back, and a new report on Coexisting with Wildlife in the Bow Valley

12.07.2018

The story of Crowfoot wraps up, and new decisions on development in the Bow Valley

In this episode, I wrap up the story of Blackfoot Chief Crowfoot as he experiences life under Canada's Treaty 7. I also look at the implications of some recent government and court decisions regarding development in the Bow Valley. For the complete sho...
28.06.2018

New Reviews, Crowfoot gets to know the Mounties, and the secret lives of the Yellow Ladyslipper Orchid

A New Review of the Podcast Before I reprise the story of Crowfoot, I wanted to give a shout out to an iTunes listener with the screen name Jul121314 in the U.S. for the kind review. The review is titled "Great Storytelling". They continue saying: "Lov...
18.06.2018

062 The Life of Chief Crowfoot of the Blackfoot, and bears along the train tracks

Crowfoot The First Nations of the plains were a diverse and powerful collection of Tribes that were often at war with one another. Wars over territory, the best hunting areas, the theft of horses, and many other grievances kept the borders of various n...
30.05.2018

Sulphur Storms, Mismatched Colours, and Famous Filming Locations

Sulphur Storms This past week has marked the start of pollen season in the mountain west. The white spruce, in particular, released vast amounts of yellowish-green pollen, coating every car, patio set, pond, and puddle. The railings alongside trails an...
20.05.2018

Tricking bumblebees and a renewed focus on ecological integrity in Canada's national parks

Orchids tricking Bumblebees Wandering trails around the Bow River valley, it seems like every day there are new and exciting changes taking place. The leaves have begun to emerge and the early season blooms are adding a splash of colour to the meadows ...
26.04.2018

Local photographers, natural orchestras, Whirling disease, bear updates, and natural economics

Local Photographers If you're a regular listener, you'll already know that I am both a photographer and author. It was through both of these rolls that I'm feeling very sad today to hear of the passing of Doug Leighton. Doug was a visionary photographe...
13.04.2018

Time to clean up the bird feeders, bobcats be coming, and the bears are back

Time to take down your bird feeders Now that spring is, well, technically upon us. It's time to take down your bird feeders. Communities like Banff and Jasper, located within the national parks, already ban bird feeders. While Canmore is outside of the...
2.04.2018

New Burgess fossils, and red fox return to the Rockies, episode 57 of the Mountain Nature and Culture Podcast

Welcome to episode 57 of the Mountain Nature and Culture Podcast, I'm your host, Ward Cameron and I'm recording this on April 1, 2018. This week I look at three amazing fossils that are teaching palaeontologists about the evolution of some of the world...
21.03.2018

New Super Berry, what's in a name, and ecological trap

So, what would you be willing to endure to make it home for Christmas In these modern times? These days trips home usually involve expensive plane fares or long drives on winter roads made safer by winter tires, interior heaters, and modern clothing. W...
Ward Cameron author
9.03.2018

Advice from Edward Abbey, bison updates, and woodpecker headaches

Edward Abbey Quote I stumbled upon a quotation recently from the great ecological activist Edward Abbey. It was shared on Facebook by Kevin Van Tighem, a former Banff National Park Superintendent. He was talking about how tiring it can be to be a publi...
15.01.2018

Frozen feet at Christmas, new wolf pack forming, 10 New Year Resolutions, and what determines success in Grizzly translocations

Home for Christmas - Tom Wilson has a close call So, what would you be willing to endure to make it home for Christmas In these modern times? These days trips home usually involve expensive plane fares or long drives on winter roads made safer by winte...
21.12.2017

David Thompson heads west, and do mountain pine beetles increase the risk of forest fires?

David Thompson heads west Last week, I ended the story of David Thompson with his leaving the employment of the Hudson's Bay Company, and joining the rival Northwest Company. As Thompson began his journey to the west, he described the landscape of the ...
Ward Cameron author
7.12.2017

David Thompson quits the Hudson's Bay Company, and what's up with climate science deniers?

David Thompson Part 2 Last week I talked about David Thompson's arrival in Canada and some of his adventures during the earliest part of his long career in Canada. They were just the start of a 40+ year adventure across the wilderness of this nation an...
Ward Cameron author
1.12.2017

Melting Glaciers, and David Thompson's Legacy Begins

Melting Mountain Glaciers For many years it has been believed that Canada's western mountain glaciers, also known as the Cordilleran Ice Sheet, melted some 12.5 thousand years ago. A new study published in the Journal Nature by researcher Brian Menouno...
26.11.2017

New frontiers for wildlife crossings, and the scourge of scurvy

Welcome to Episode 50 of the Mountain Nature and Culture Podcast. I'm your host, Ward Cameron and I'm recording this on November 25, 2017. I can't believe this is actually episode 50. When I started this project almost a year and a half ago, I'm not su...
16.11.2017

A look at polar bear ecology, cougars that aren't solitary and does shooting problem bears work

In this episode I look at some of the reasons so many people flock to Churchill every year to see polar bears. I also look at a new research study that has shown that cougars are not nearly as solitary as biologists once believed. Finally, I examine a ...
20.10.2017

Pikas struggling with warming climates, Neanderthal medicine, and mining gravel river beds

Pika in a time of Climate Change The Rocky Mountains are known around the world as a great place to spot wildlife.  Although most visitors to the area are looking for iconic animals like elk, bighorn sheep and bears, some of our tinier residents can be...
13.10.2017

Canada's 150th birthday and its effects on visitation to the Mountain Parks an Ode to Bear 148, and interviews with several candidates.

Canada 150 Visitation Unless you've been living under a rock this past year, you know that 2017 represents the 150th birthday of Canada. As a nation, we were born just 150 years ago on July 1, 1867. Now this wasn't the Canada we know today, but a teeny...
6.10.2017

Bears and Trains and the Cariboo Goldrush becomes a Bonanza

Look Out Bears, There's a Train Coming In episode 34 I talked about the incredible success that Banff National Park has had in terms of reducing the number of animals, such as grizzly bears, that are being killed along our highways. The system of over ...
29.09.2017

Wolves help grizzlies by killing elk, the Trans Canada Trail is complete, the Jasper to Columbia Icefields trail falls into limbo and gold rushes in British Columbia

Wolves are a grizzlies best friend - at least in Yellowstone Yellowstone has become a world renowned laboratory for what can happen when long absent carnivores are returned to the landscape. For decades across North America, predators were seen as the ...
15.09.2017

Flying giraffes and loving the mountains to death

Flying Dinosaurs as Tall as Giraffes If you're a regular listener of this podcast, then you know that I love dinosaurs. Living in Alberta is the perfect mix because we have one of the best landscapes for finding dino remains and there are new discoveri...
Ward Cameron author
6.09.2017

Save a caribou, kill a moose, the burgess shales and fire updates on the mountain west

Can Killing Moose help Caribou? A recent study conducted by researchers in British Columbia's Columbia Mountain range is raising eyebrows for its novel approach to trying to help struggling caribou populations in several endangered herds throughout sev...
31.08.2017

Grizzlies choose berries over salmon, and the Canadian Last Spike

This week I look at an amazing report from Alaska that shows that given the choice, salmon may not be a grizzlies first choice for dinner. I also bring to a close, the story of the building of Canada's transcontinental railway..and with that said, let'...
23.08.2017

Flying Squirrels, Forest Fire Records and Van Horne Rescues the CPR

This week I take a look at one of our most secretive animals, the northern flying squirrel. It also looks like B.C. has broken a record this summer for the worst fire season on record. Finally, I'll share the story of the Greatest Canadian Railroader, ...
16.08.2017

Pine beetles bring fire fears and Major A.B. Rogers surveys through the western Mountains, episode 040 of the Mountain Nature and Culture Podcast

Welcome to episode 40 of the Mountain Nature and Culture Podcast. I'm your host, Ward Cameron, and I record this on August 16, 2017, we've finally received a bit of rain in the Canadian Rockies. Every drop is a gift at this point and hopefully it will ...
10.08.2017

The bear bites back and Hells Bells Rogers. Episode 39 of the Mountain Nature and Culture Podcast.

The Bears Bite Back I hate it when the inevitable happens! We've been talking for weeks about people entering closed areas during the most critical time of the year for black and grizzly bears to put on fat for the winter months. I've witnessed numerou...
3.08.2017

Farewell to Grizzly 148, Walter Moberly's Surveys, Solar Eclipses and Bird-eating Deer

Ode to Grizzly 148 This has been a heartbreaking week as bear 148, the beloved daughter of Banff's most famous bear 66, was translocated far away from her home territory of Banff and Canmore all the way north to Kakwa Provincial Park, located to the we...
29.07.2017

Buffaloberry primer, ancient archaeological site, a national dream begins, golden eagle migrations, and B.C. decides to privatize wildlife management

Ancient archaeological Site found on the Coast For as long as I can remember, archaeologists have been talking about the ice free corridor that ran from Alaska, across the Bering Strait to Russia and all the way past Calgary. We were told that this was...
Ward Cameron author
19.07.2017

036 Expanding Forest Fires, Bear 148 Gets One More Chance and No National Bird for Caanda

Forest Fires Spreading across British Columbia and now threaten parts of Alberta When I wrote last week's fire focused episode, little did I know that my own community of Canmore would be smelly and smoky this week as fires continue to spread and the n...
12.07.2017

Flames across the border

Forest Fires in B.C. Recent forest fires in British Columbia have once again raised the horror of forest fires to the top of the news feeds. The hot dry weather that has been a constant companion for the past few weeks has allowed the number of fires t...
9.07.2017

Bear Spray containers, Wildlife overpasses, Bear 148 in trouble, new bear research methods and Waterton Park's namesake

Last week I spoke with Lyndsay Kearns about a canister of bear spray that exploded in her car. It was a horrible situation and the damage to her car was significant. If you'd like to hear her interview, check out www.mountainnaturepodcast.com/ep033. Du...
29.06.2017

033 Bulletproof elk, exploding bear spray and drones in the high country

Story 1 - Bulletproof Elk A recent study published in the journal PLOS One has brought some amazing insights into the behaviour of female elk in the Rocky Mountains. The study took place in southwestern Alberta and southeastern British Columbia. It loo...
22.06.2017

032 Microburst Mayhem and Climate Science in Mountain Landscapes

Microburst Mayhem On the evening of June 8, I was getting ready to head out to the climate change presentation that I'll play during the second portion of this episode, and wouldn't you know it, minutes before I left the house, an extremely severe stor...
15.06.2017

031 Changing western climates and the importance of science in the post-truth Trumpocene

Story 1 - What will 2050 be like in western Canada Recently the CBC website posted an article by Tara Carman about the potential changes that will take place in British Columbia in the next 30 years with just a 2.5C increase in temperature. The story p...
9.06.2017

030 Grizzlies Meet Bison and new Dino Discoveries

Story 1 - Grizzlies Meet Bison This is one of the most amazing stories to hit the parks in decades, and the first large-scale reintroduction of a large hoofed animal in this area. In February of 2017, 10 pregnant females and 6 young bulls were reintrod...
28.05.2017

029 Stampede foods, draining lakes, lost historic sites and summer crowds

Story 1 - New Stampede Foods Every year, the Calgary Stampede introduces new menu items for the midway…and this year is no different. As usual, some are tasty, and others nasty. Last week they announced 40 new foods to their usual fare of corn dogs, Fr...
20.05.2017

028 Franklin Artifacts, Bear 148's Wanderings and B.C.'s Interior Rainforest

Story 1 - Banff Officials Launch New Campaign This summer, Parks Canada is launching a new public education campaign to try to educate visitors about the dangers of feeding animals in the park. Large images of a wolf with a plastic bottle in its mouth ...
6.05.2017

027 Bison babies, conservation wins and new transportation options for the mountains

Story 1 - First Bison Born in Banff Well, today, I'm able to share several good news stories that makes all the work worth it. While we are constantly being bombarded with bad news, it's always exciting when the hard work of thousands of people has a t...
24.04.2017

026 Parks Canada Takes its Lumps

If you're a follower of this podcast, you'll know I'm a great champion of the job that Parks Canada staff undergo on a daily basis. Every day, they're on the front lines trying to keep our wildlife both wild and safe, keeping resources protected and pl...
19.04.2017

025 Icefields Chalet upgrades, Mount Edith Cavell permits and going Batty

This week we're looking at some important changes to the tourism infrastructure in Jasper National Park as well as some insights into the life of bats in the mountain west http://traffic.libsyn.com/mountainnature/Ep025_Mountain_Nature_and_Culture_Podca...
11.04.2017

024 Bow Valley Wildlife Corridors vs Developers

This episode takes an in-depth look at the developments currently threatening to close off the last wildlife corridors moving through the Bow River Valley at Canmore. These developments include the Three Sisters and Smith Creek Developments, as well as...
29.03.2017

023 Wolves and Ravens, The Boss Awakens, Icefields Bike Trail, and Winter Olympics 2026

Story 1 - Why do wolves hunt in packs? Have you ever wondered why wolves hunt in packs? After all, a single wolf is capable of taking down a 300 kg (1000 lb) moose all on its own. Theoretically, if a wolf hunted alone or in a group of one or two, they ...
20.03.2017

022 Grizzly Reintroduction to the North Cascades, North America's earliest bison, the Rocky Mountain Pledge and people using wildlife corridors

This week we'll look at efforts to reintroduce grizzly bears to the north Cascades of Washington State. The plan may include some Canadian bears to help repopulate an area that has excellent habitat for bears. We'll also look way back into the earliest...
8.03.2017

021 Bison Homecoming

I was really pleased to record the presentations at the Buffalo Homecoming celebrations held on March 2, 2017 at the Cave and Basin National Historic Site. The Eleanor Luxton Foundation and Bison Belong co-sponsored the event which was a gala evening w...
23.02.2017

020 Castle Park Announcement, Whirling Disease Updates, Shocking Grizzly Stories and Frigid Pine Beetles

Story 1 - Castle Parks are Expanding Whenever we hear about new parks being established, it's great news - and this January, we got a double whammy as the Alberta Government finalized the boundaries of Castle Wildland and announced the creation of Cast...