Animals http://nhpr.org en Spring Sunlight http://nhpr.org/post/spring-sunlight <p>Daylight floods a rural NH valley. A rooster crows in the village. The morning songbird chorus features mourning doves, red-wing blackbirds, a cardinal. The symphony will soon swell with grouse drumming, wood thrush flutes and a crescendo of warbler songs.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Strong sunlight of lengthening days is the catalyst that controls circadian rhythms influencing production of hormones - in birds, wild mammals </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>and people</em></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 45592 at http://nhpr.org Spring Sunlight 4.2.14: Exotic Pets, NH Bats, Handwritten Bible & Humaira Awais Shahid http://nhpr.org/post/4214-exotic-pets-nh-bats-handwritten-bible-humaira-awais-shahid <p></p><p>Today on Word of Mouth, lions and tigers and bears - in cages. We're delving into the exotic pets debate. Then, on to a truly wild animal, but one whose population is dwindling. In the second half of the show, we hear from a man who spent seven years - yes, <em>seven - </em>transcribing the entire King James Bible by hand. Finally, Virginia sits down with <strong>Humaira Awais Shahid, </strong>journalist and human rights activist fighting for women's rights in Pakistan.</p><p>Listen to the whole show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:54:38 +0000 Word of Mouth 46059 at http://nhpr.org 4.2.14: Exotic Pets, NH Bats, Handwritten Bible & Humaira Awais Shahid The Exotic Pets Debate http://nhpr.org/post/exotic-pets-debate <p>From kangaroos bred in captivity to trained tigers, exotic pets come from all walks of wildlife…and ownership of wild animals is increasingly becoming a hot debate.&nbsp; Exotic pet owners defend their right to care for critters from venomous snakes to angry chimps. Animal rights advocates meanwhile, are doing what they can to stop the purchase of exotic pets and place current ones into safe, accredited sanctuaries.&nbsp; Both camps appear to share a love of wild animals. <strong>Lauren Slater&nbsp; </strong>joined us to talk about the exotic animal ownership debate. She wrote <a href="http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2014/04/exotic-pets/slater-text" target="_blank">"Wild Pets: The Debate Over Owning Exotic Animals"</a> for <em>National Geographic.</em> Listen to Virginia's interview with Lauren Slater <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/4214-exotic-pets-nh-bats-handwritten-bible-humaira-awais-shahid" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:52:39 +0000 Word of Mouth 46065 at http://nhpr.org The Exotic Pets Debate Does Your Pet Make A Weird Sound? We Want To Hear It! http://nhpr.org/post/does-your-pet-make-weird-sound-we-want-hear-it <p></p><p>Does your cat sound like a wailing woman? Your goat like a screaming man? <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/dog-sounds-tent-being-unzipped">Your dog like an unzipping tent</a>? Or does your beloved pet make some other odd, funky, or hilarious sound? We want to hear it! Here's how to share your weird pet noises with us:</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:39:58 +0000 Word of Mouth 46074 at http://nhpr.org Does Your Pet Make A Weird Sound? We Want To Hear It! INFOGRAPHIC: White Nose Syndrome - The Peculiar Plight Of Eastern Bat Species http://nhpr.org/post/infographic-white-nose-syndrome-peculiar-plight-eastern-bat-species <p>Check out the graphic below to find out what white-nose syndrome is, how far it is spreading, and why it is such a concern for animal conservationists.</p><p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:35:07 +0000 Sara Plourde 45918 at http://nhpr.org INFOGRAPHIC: White Nose Syndrome - The Peculiar Plight Of Eastern Bat Species Vernal Equinox Means Equal Night http://nhpr.org/post/vernal-equinox-means-equal-night <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/z_iv4k0a844" width="420"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Vernal Equinox has arrived!&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For one brief moment, everywhere on planet Earth, day and night are equal: 12 hours from sunrise to sunset and sunset to sunrise.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The length of daylight compared to dark, is known as </span>photoperiod<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seasonal changes in </span>photoperiod<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; trigger a lot of changes in plants and animals.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many plants are known as short-day species; they flower after the summer solstice when days are getting shorter.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Plants that bloom in spring are known as long-day species.</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 44935 at http://nhpr.org Vernal Equinox Means Equal Night Sick Of Snow? Use It To Track Some Winter Wildlife! http://nhpr.org/post/sick-snow-use-it-track-some-winter-wildlife <p>While it may be March, it’s still very much wintertime. If you’ve been cursing the snow and ice and desperately longing for spring, you’re not alone. But let’s look at the bright side - all that frozen water offers certain opportunities that just aren’t available in the spring. And I’m not talking about expensive and time consuming snow-sports, I’m talking about wildlife tracking. To give you an introduction to tracking, We&nbsp; headed for the woods of Barrington, New Hampshire with <strong>Dan Gardoqui, </strong>one of the founders and directors of <a href="http://www.whitepineprograms.org/" target="_blank">White Pine Programs</a>, a nature connection non-profit in Southern Maine.</p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:09:14 +0000 Logan Shannon & Sam Evans-Brown 44629 at http://nhpr.org Sick Of Snow? Use It To Track Some Winter Wildlife! 2.20.14: Anatomy Of An Actor, "So-And-So Is Typing", Pearl And The Beard & Interspecies Love http://nhpr.org/post/22014-anatomy-actor-so-and-so-typing-pearl-and-beard-interspecies-love <p></p><p>Today's Word of Mouth broadcast delves into the <em>hows</em> of character creation. Then we speak to the creator of everyone's <em>favorite </em>chat feature. You know, the one that says "So-and-So is typing." (Thankfully he doesn't leave you hanging on those three little dots...) We leave acting and writing for a musical treat with the band Pearl and the Beard. Finally, <em>it's all about the cute </em>with the author of a new book about interspecies relationships.</p><p>Listen to the full show, and click <strong>Read More </strong>for more on each segment.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 21:46:28 +0000 Word of Mouth 43871 at http://nhpr.org 2.20.14: Anatomy Of An Actor, "So-And-So Is Typing", Pearl And The Beard & Interspecies Love This Dog Sounds Like A Tent Being Unzipped http://nhpr.org/post/dog-sounds-tent-being-unzipped <p>While working on an upcoming story, producer Taylor Quimby got this audio of his dog, Angel-Rose, begging for attention.&nbsp; He thinks she sounds like a tent zipper.&nbsp; What do you think?</p><p></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/133605999&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 21:32:24 +0000 Taylor Quimby 43209 at http://nhpr.org This Dog Sounds Like A Tent Being Unzipped 2.8.14: Poison, Reptiles, Five Billion Years Of Solitude & Girl Model http://nhpr.org/post/2814-poison-reptiles-five-billion-years-solitude-girl-model <p></p><p>The Word of Mouth Saturday broadcast is your shining beacon of awesome at the end of a snowy week. Whether you're wearing headphones under your winter hat or you're listening in a snow-covered car, we have the segments that delight and enlighten. You may even forget we have six more weeks of winter! <strong>Listen </strong>to the full show, and scroll down for links and more.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 20:01:13 +0000 Word of Mouth 43113 at http://nhpr.org 2.8.14: Poison, Reptiles, Five Billion Years Of Solitude & Girl Model Creatures In The Night http://nhpr.org/post/creatures-night <p>Wildlife tracks in the snow indicate of a lot of coming and going in the nighttime world.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Why are so many animals active, given their limited ability to see in the dark?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There's the obvious reason: division of resources helps avoid competition.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A red-tailed hawk hunts the same fields by day that a great horned owl hunts by night.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Night also offers some animals protection from their main predators.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mice lie low by day, but in the wild—and in my house—they come out at night.</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 05:07:00 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 42697 at http://nhpr.org Creatures In The Night Meet Ben Kilham, 'Bear Whisperer' http://nhpr.org/post/meet-ben-kilham-bear-whisperer <p>From <a href="http://thoughtcast.org/science/black-bear-orphans-and-the-man-who-reads-their-minds/" target="_blank">ThoughtCast</a> comes a story about the bear whisperer of Lyme, New Hampshire, Ben Kilham, and the abandoned <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2280982/The-bear-rescuer-Ben-Kilham-father-27-orphaned-cubs-harsh-winter-kills-parents.html" target="_blank" title="black bear cubs he has rescued">black bear cubs he has rescued</a>, rehabilitated and released back into the wild. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Sara Plourde & Jenny Attiyeh 37509 at http://nhpr.org Meet Ben Kilham, 'Bear Whisperer' Move Over Superman: These Animals Are Real-Life Superheroes http://nhpr.org/post/move-over-superman-these-animals-are-real-life-superheroes <p>As the curtain falls on another season of superhero blockbusters, Hollywood is already hard at work re-booting&nbsp; "Batman," "Captain America," and the "Fantastic Four" franchises.&nbsp; More than sixty high-profile superhero films have been released since the surprise success of "X-Men" in the year 2000.</p><p><strong>Joe Hanson </strong>points us to a more enduring source of awe-inspiring acts: nature. Hanson is a biologist who writes and hosts the PBS. video series <a href="http://video.pbs.org/program/its-okay-be-smart/">“It’s Okay to Be Smart.” </a> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 15:59:24 +0000 Virginia Prescott 35202 at http://nhpr.org Move Over Superman: These Animals Are Real-Life Superheroes When Giant Animals Die Off, Ecosystems Suffer http://nhpr.org/post/when-giant-animals-die-ecosystems-suffer <p>Fifteen-thousand years ago, nearly 100 species of large animals known as ‘megafauna’ roamed the amazon forest before going extinct. A team of researchers from oxford and Princeton University studying the ‘megafauna’s’ effects on the ecosystem discovered that they were crucial in maintaining soil fertility.&nbsp; <strong>Chris Doughty</strong> is currently a lecturer in ecosystem ecology within the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford, and lead author of a recent study: “<a href="http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=big-animal-extinction-impoverishes-13-08-11" target="_blank">The Legacy of the Pleistocene Megafauna Extinctions on Nutrient Availability in Amazonia</a>.”</p><p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:55:33 +0000 Virginia Prescott 33820 at http://nhpr.org When Giant Animals Die Off, Ecosystems Suffer Rev. Gary Kowalski: Celebrating Our Kinship With All Creation http://nhpr.org/post/rev-gary-kowalski-celebrating-our-kinship-all-creation <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden view-mode-full"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Life is not a commodity, but a community.&nbsp; Animals are not our possessions, but our elder siblings, guides and teachers in the larger family of which <em>Homo sapiens</em> is merely a junior member.&nbsp; Reverend Gary Kowalski shares the journey that led him to appreciate nature as the primordial sacrament and to rediscover the ancient knowledge evident to indigenous people (reconfirmed by the findings of modern biology) that other spe Sun, 04 Aug 2013 19:00:00 +0000 32223 at http://nhpr.org Rev. Gary Kowalski: Celebrating Our Kinship With All Creation