Weekend Showcase: “The Wandering Naturalist” Podcast
A new podcast called “The Wandering Naturalist” produced by the Three Rivers Parks District dives into nature. Biologists and naturalists produce three podcasts a month, available on Google Play, iTunes, Spotify and Stitcher.
New Podcast Digs into Nature
The Three Rivers Parks District has new podcast, that’s part educational, part entertaining.
Brandon Baker, an interpretive naturalist with Three Rivers, is one of the brains behind the And so was born The Wandering Naturalist Podcast.
“Our main focus of this was to reach out to millennials,” said Baker.
Angela Grill is a wildlife biologist with Three Rivers Parks, who is also a host.
“Brandon has to captivate all different types of audiences,” says Grill. “For me, I’m more in the field, so I don’t really have to necessarily captivate people. I’ve got my nose in a book. I’m doing the research or the surveys and learning more from just being immersed in it.”
The chemistry is great and their goal is to motivate beyond listening.
“We are definitely hoping that people will listen to this podcast, get intrigued by it, and then want to come investigate our parks,” said Baker.
Capturing the Sounds of Nature
To make a podcast about nature, naturalists must also record natural sounds. That job falls on Laura Jarriel, a digital media specialist at Three Rivers Parks District.
“So the most challenging one I still haven’t gotten yet,” says Jarriel. “I’m going to need the sound of earthworms at night. I’m thinking I don’t know what an earthworm sounds like, much less what they sound like at night. Do they sing, do they yodel? I have no idea.”
With more than twenty parks and over 27,000 acres to explore, there is probably a Three Rivers Park close by where you could go to hear for yourself whether earthworms yodel at night.