The Nature of Idaho

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The Nature of Idaho: Zoo Idaho, Idaho Museum of Natural History to Debut Radio Show


Zoo Idaho and the Idaho Museum of Natural History bring the wonders of Idaho’s natural world to the airwaves.

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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 regular 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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You may have felt the ground shaking this spring? Leif and Peter welcome Dr. Glenn Thackray, a professor in the Geosciences Department at Idaho State University, back to the program for a conversation about the recent Stanley Earthquake in central Idaho.

Dinosaurs! Join Leif and Peter as they speak with Dr. LJ Krumenacker from Idaho State University about dinosaurs in Idaho.

Learn how you can help Monarch butterflies succeed here in Idaho in this episode of The Nature of Idaho. Leif and Peter welcome Beth Waterbury from Idaho’s Department of Fish and Game.

University of Idaho

Join Leif Tapanila and Peter Pruett as they speak with Dr. Lisette Waits from the University of Idaho to talk about the reintroduction of wolves in Idaho in this episode of The Nature of Idaho.

We’re time traveling this episode, way back, millions of years ago to a time when Idaho was covered by an ocean of water. Join us as we speak with Dr. Forest Gahn from BYU-Idaho about ancient sea-life in Idaho.