The Nature of Idaho

Thursday from 8:30am to 9:00am

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The half-hour program features Peter Pruett, Zoo Idaho Superintendent, and Dr. Leif Tapanila, Director of the Idaho Museum of Natural History, highlighting how the Gem State’s wild places have shaped Idaho’s past, present and future. The show features segments on nature news and a fun fact.

“Idaho has so much to offer in terms of varied landscapes, habitats, geology, and people,” said Peter Pruett. “ ‘The Nature of Idaho’ is about sharing our excitement for all that is wild Idaho - the places and the faces.”

"We hope our listeners will take a little time with us to reconnect with nature, whether we're talking about digging up dinosaurs or listening to crickets in the backyard,” said Dr. Leif Tapanila. “There's always something amazing going on outside."

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What’s it like to fight fires on a mountainside? Hosts Leif Tapanila and Peter Pruitt find out from Randy Anderson, who’s with the Snake River HotShot Crew for the Bureau of Land Management.

Do you know what a fisher is? Find out about this fantastic furry friend this episode of The Nature of Idaho when we speak with Marc Heinzman from the Northwest Trek Wildlife Park.

This week's episode of The Nature of Idaho revisits a 2020 broadcast with our hosts, Leif Tapanila and Peter Pruett, as they welcome Jeff Zausch, a survivalist you'll know from the Naked and Afraid TV series on Discovory Channel!

Join Leif and Peter as they speak with retired NASA astronaut, Barbara Morgan in this two-part episode of The Nature of Idaho. Morgan was crew aboard the Space Shuttle in 2007, flying 300 miles above our planet. What a story she has to tell!

Join Leif and Peter for a conversation with Jeremy Nicholson from Idaho Fish and Game about grizzly bears, and how we can learn to share the land with these great animals.