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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On this episode of NoID, Dr. Leif Tapanila and Peter Pruett talk with Dr. Martin Horejsi about meteorites in Idaho. 

The latest Nature of Idaho episode focuses on the St. Anthony Sand Dunes. Leif Tapanila and Peter Pruett welcome Mike Setlock and Ben Cisna from the Bureau of Land Management about these unique mountains of shifting white quartz  in Eastern Idaho.

The Nature of Idaho - Lake Bottoms

Feb 21, 2020

Have you ever wondred what's on the bottom of a lake? Join Leif Tapanila and Peter Pruett as they speak with Dr. Bruce Finney from Idaho State University who will explain the fascinating history recorded by the lakes in Idaho.

Join us as we speak with Robert Mayer from the Magic Valley Astronomical Society. We’re looking up today, way up at the stars. Turn out the lights, turn up your radio and join us!

Joining Leif Tapanila and Peter Pruett in the studio this week on The Nature of Idaho is Jeff Zausch, a survivalist you'll know from the Naked and Afraid TV series on Discovory Channel!