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Arizona is a diverse state with many different animals. This podcast consists of short episodes discussing some of the wildlife and wildlife-related issues found in the state.

A new episode of this podcast will be available every two weeks.

Each episode can be downloaded as an mp3 file. In addition, supplemental material is provided. At the very least, a transcript of the episode will be included. There may also be educational activities, readings, or web links that will allow you, your students, or your children the opportunity to explore this topic in more depth.

Even if you don't have an iPod or other MP3 player, you don't have to worry. The audio files can be downloaded and played on any standard audio player.

Episode 20: Bald Eagle Management

This is the fourth in a seven-part series focused on bald eagle biology and management. Listen as Kenneth Jacobson, bald eagle management coordinator for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, describes why the management of eagles is important and some common strategies used in Arizona to help these birds. This was recorded from a live presentation given to a group of Homeschool families at the Department's main headquarters in Phoenix.

Episode 19: Bald Eagle History and Evolution

This is the third in a seven-part series focused on bald eagle biology and management. Listen as Kenneth Jacobson, bald eagle management coordinator for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, briefly discusses the evolution of raptors and the history of bald eagles in the United States and Arizona. This was recorded from a live presentation given to a group of Homeschool families at the Department's main headquarters in Phoenix.

Episode 18: Bald Eagle Breeding Biology and Behavior

This is the second in a seven-part series focused on bald eagle biology and management. Listen as Kenneth Jacobson, bald eagle management coordinator for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, explains breeding biology and behaviors of bald eagles. This was recorded from a live presentation given to a group of Homeschool families at the Department's main headquarters in Phoenix.

Episode 17: Bald Eagle Biology

Its been a while but the Arizona Wildlife podcast is back online. This is the first in a seven-part series focused on bald eagle biology and management. Listen as Kenneth Jacobson, bald eagle management coordinator for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, describes some basic natural history of bald eagles. This was recorded from a live presentation given to a group of Homeschool families at the Department's main headquarters in Phoenix.

Episode 16: Urban Bats

Listen as Randy Babb, an information and education program manager for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, discusses bat biology. This was recorded from a live presentation given to the public at the bat tunnel near the canal in Scottsdale.

Episode 15: Turkey Restoration

This is the third in a three-part series focused on wild turkey biology. Listen as Brian Wakeling, big game program supervisor for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, discusses some of the restortation projects that have taken place to bring wild turkeys back into the state. This was recorded from a live presentation given to the public at the Department's main headquarters in Phoenix.

Episode 14: Turkey Nests and Roosts

This is the second in a three-part series focused on wild turkey biology. Listen as Brian Wakeling, big game program supervisor for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, discusses nesting and roosting behaviors and characteristics for turkeys. This was recorded from a live presentation given to the public at the Department's main headquarters in Phoenix.

Episode 13: A Year in the Life of a Turkey

This is the first in a three-part series focused on wild turkey biology. Listen as Brian Wakeling, big game program supervisor for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, outlines the first year of life for the average turkey in the state. This was recorded from a live presentation given to the public at the Department's main headquarters in Phoenix.

Episode 12: Amphibian Fungal Disease

Mike Sredl, the reptile and amphibian program coordinator for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, describes a deadly disease affecting many amphibians across Arizona and the world. This was recorded from a live presentation given to the public at the Department's main headquarters in Phoenix.

Episode 11: Chiricahua Leopard Frog Status

Mike Sredl, the reptile and amphibian program coordinator for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, discusses the current status of the Chiricahua leopard frog in Arizona. This was recorded from a live presentation given to the public at the Department's main headquarters in Phoenix.

Episode 10: Crayfish Invasion

Jeff Sorensen, the Invertebrates and Native Fish Program Manager for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, briefly explains crayfish biology and their infamous history in Arizona. For this event, Department staff took members of the Homeschool community along as they attempted to trap and remove this invasive species from a Phoenix-area waterway.

Episode 9: Desert Tortoise Survey

Audrey Owens, a wildlife specialist for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, discusses desert tortoise biology and survey techniques. For this event, Department staff took members of the Homeschool community along as they surveyed tortoise populations near Phoenix.

Episode 8: Baby Eagle Biology

James Driscoll, eagle biologist and raptor management coordinator for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, discusses basic biology and provides some interesting facts about nestling bald eagles in the state.

Episode 7: The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation

The first seven episodes of this podcast will consist of small discussions that took place during the 2008 National Envirothon competition training day in Flagstaff on July 29, 2008.

The seventh episode in this series provides a brief overview of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, focusing on the seven principles that guide this model. Kellie Tharp, a Department educator, will provide the primary content for this episode.

Episode 6: Human-Wildlife Conflicts Resulting from Outdoor Recreation

The first seven episodes of this podcast will consist of small discussions that took place during the 2008 National Envirothon competition training day in Flagstaff on July 29, 2008.

The sixth episode in this series focuses the conflicts that occur between wildlife and humans participating in outdoor recreation activities. Sam Huselton, a Department educator, will provide the primary content for this episode.

Episode 5: Monitoring Wildlife Populations

The first seven episodes of this podcast will consist of small discussions that took place during the 2008 National Envirothon competition training day in Flagstaff on July 29, 2008.

The fifth episode in this series focuses on the different techniques that biologists use to track and monitor wildlife populations. Eric Proctor, a Department educator, will provide the primary content for this episode.

Episode 4: Predator/Prey Relationships

The first seven episodes of this podcast will consist of small discussions that took place during the 2008 National Envirothon competition training day in Flagstaff on July 29, 2008.

The fourth episode in this series focuses on the relationship between predators and their prey with specific examples from Arizona. Sam Huselton, a Department educator, will provide the primary content for this episode.

Episode 3: Threatened and Endangered Species

The first seven episodes of this podcast will consist of small discussions that took place during the 2008 National Envirothon competition training day in Flagstaff on July 29, 2008.

The third episode in this series focuses on threatened and endangered species and the efforts that the Arizona Game and Fish Department are doing to help these animals. Kellie Tharp, a Department educator, will provide the primary content for this episode.

Episode 2: Invasive Species

The first seven episodes of this podcast will consist of small discussions that took place during the 2008 National Envirothon competition training day in Flagstaff on July 29, 2008.

The second episode in this series focuses on the invasive species and the problems they cause to Arizona's ecosystems. Eric Proctor, a Department educator, will provide the primary content for this episode.

Episode 1: Arizona's Diversity

The first seven episodes of this podcast will consist of small discussions that took place during the 2008 National Envirothon competition training day in Flagstaff on July 29, 2008.

This first one focuses on the amazing diversity of habitats and wildlife found in Arizona. Sam Huselton, a Department educator, will provide a brief overview of the biotic communities. This will be followed by a discussion of some of the ways the animals in Arizona have adapted to live in these different habitats.

 

 

 
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