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Dr. Leif Tapanila & Peter Pruett

Hosts of The Nature of Idaho

Hosts of the KISU weekly program The Nature of Idaho

Peter Pruett, Zoo Idaho Superintendent

Dr. Leif Tapanila, Director of the Idaho Museum of Natural History

The Nature of Idaho airs every Thursday morning at 8:30 am on KISU-FM.

Visit The Nature of Idaho program page at: https://www.kisu.org/programs/nature-idaho

  • On this episode join Dr. Leif Tapanila and Peter Pruett as they talk with Annie Gavica about the Basque culture in Idaho and their connection to the American West. Annie Gavica is the executive director of the Basque Museum and Cultural Center in Boise.
  • On this episode join Dr. Leif Tapanila and Peter Pruett as they talk with LJ Krumenacker about the fossils in Paris, Idaho. LJ Krumenacker is an affiliate Curator at Idaho Museum of Natural History, and Adjunct Professor at Idaho State and College of East Idaho, he also teaches at Mountainview Middle School in Blackfoot.
  • On this episode join Dr. Leif Tapanila and Peter Pruett as they talk with Steve Taylor all about Appaloosa horses here in Idaho. Steve Taylor is a retired CEO of the Appaloosa Horse Club, and a board member for the Appaloosa Museum and Heritage Center, in Moscow, Idaho.
  • On this episode join Dr. Leif Tapanila and Peter Pruett as they talk about restoration of Trumpeter Swans with Tiffany Mayo from the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Tiffany Mayo is the species survival plan coordinator for trumpeter swans at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in Ohio.
  • On this episode join Dr. Leif Tapanila and Peter Pruett as they talk about building a local music community and keeping artists in Idaho with Eric Gilbert. Eric Gilbert is Festival Director and co-founder of Treefort Music Fest, now entering its 10th Year in Boise.
  • On this episode join Dr. Leif Tapanila and Peter Pruett as they talk about restarting the tradition of making dugout canoes with Julian Matthews. Julian Matthews is the coordinator for the NiMEpoo Protecting the Environment.
  • On this episode join Dr. Leif Tapanila and Peter Pruett as they talk about the exciting discovery of human footprints [they’re 23,000 years old] from White Sands National Park with archeologist Clare Connelly.
  • On this episode join Dr. Leif Tapanila and Peter Pruett as they talk about using chemistry to track the source and movement of obsidian in Idaho with Pam Pascali and John Dudgeon from Idaho State University. Pam Pascali and John Dudgeon are in the Anthropology department at Idaho State University and use the chemistry of archeological artifacts to understand Idaho’s past.
  • On this episode join Dr. Leif Tapanila and Peter Pruett as they discuss beaver dams and their importance in Idaho with Mike Settell. Mike is the executive director of the Watershed Guardians, a non-profit based in Pocatello. His group is monitoring beaver habitats in Idaho.
  • On this episode join Dr. Leif Tapanila and Peter Pruett as they discuss art and nature with Stacey Barker. He’s a Pocatello based artist and owner of Barking Goat Studios. He's known for his art on stickers, t-shirts, and buildings in east Idaho.