Nature Notes

Nature Notes, hosted by Mel Harte, is a weekly program that explores the world around us, from the wildlife just up the trail to the things growing right beneath our feet. Nature Notes is produced at the KBUT studios in Crested Butte, Colorado, and is aired every Sunday at 2:30 PM from late June to early August. Archived editions of Nature Notes are available for streaming & downloading below.
 

2013 Episodes:

2012 Episodes:

(Note: These link to large mp3 files that may take a minute or two to download).

July 15 - Mel Harte talks with Jeff Mitton, an ecologist from the University of Colorado at Boulder, about that curious and shiny stuff called Desert Varnish.

July 22 - Mel Harte interviews John Harte, an ecologist from the University of California at Berkeley, about the influence of snowmelt and its influence on mountain ecosystems. 

July 29 -  Mel Harte again talks with Jeff Mitton about jackrabbits and jackalopes!

August 5 - Mel Harte interviews David Inouye, an ecologist at the University of Maryland, regarding this season's unusually early snowmelt and its effects on wildflowers.

August 12 - Mel Harte talks with Paul Ehrlich, the noted Stanford biologist, as he describes the many ways in which unsustainable population growth is undermining humanity's future.

2011 Episodes:

July 3 - Mel Harte interviews John Harte to answer the question "How Fast Are Species Going Extinct?"

July 10 - Mel Harte with Carol Boggs as they talk about "The Importance of Butterflies."

July 17 - Mel Harte interviews Graham Pyke as they talk "All About the Bees."

July 24 - Mel Harte with Dan Blumenstein as they talk about the "Up and Down Lives of Marmots."

July 31 - Mel Harte interviews David Inouye about "Flowering In the Venerable Veratrum."

August 7 - Mel Harte talks with Paul Ehrlich about "Sustainable Populations and The Mahb."

2010 Episodes:

 Date  Title  Guest and Notes  Link
 June 27, 2010  How monumental are changes in the monument plant's behavior?
David Inouye, an ecologist from the University of Maryland who has been doing research at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory for decades.
 
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 July 4, 2010 The effects of dust storms on our mountain ecosystems -- part one.
Chris Landry, director for the Center of Snow and Avalanche science in Silverton, Colorado.
 
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 July 11, 2010  
The effects of dust storms on our mountain ecosystems -- part two.
 
Chris Landry, director for the Center of Snow and Avalanche science in Silverton, Colorado. Click Here to Listen
 July 25, 2010 A tribute Steve Schneider. Steve Schneider, who recently passed.  Mel Harte recaps some of Steve's most important contributions to the study of climate change.  Click Here to Listen
 August 1, 2010  We talk about the relationship between the fire moth and its colorful host flower. Jeff Mitton, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Colorado in Boulder.  We talk about the relationship between the fire moth and its colorful host flower.  Click Here to Listen
 August 8, 2010  How the tortoise beetle uses a mint to defend itself. Jeff Mitton, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Colorado in Boulder.  Click Here to Listen
 August 15, 2010 How species go extinct. Paul Ehrlich, Bing professor of population biology at Stanford University.  Click Here to Listen

2009 Episodes:


 Date  

Title

Guest and Notes

Link

June 14, 2009

How Will Mountain Flies Adapt to Climate Change?

Dr. Anneli Hoikkala, University of Uvaskala, Finland, has been studying courtship and mating in flies for over 30 years.

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June 21, 2009 

Citizen Scientist David Inouye, an ecologist from the University of Maryland who has been researching wildflowers at the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab for several decades.

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 June 28, 2009 The World of Parasites Johannes Foufopoulos, University of Michigan, who has spent several summers at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, researching parasites in white crowned sparrows.   Click Here To Listen
 July 5, 2009  Cool The Earth, Save The Economy John Harte, a world renowned, award winning scientist from the University of California at Berkeley, who has just written a primer on global warming: what it is and its consequences, left unchecked; the book also reviews and assesses the technologies and policies available to solve the climate crisis. It is available online only as a free download at: http://www.cooltheearth.us/.  Click Here To Listen
 July 12, 2009 All About Fire In Nature Erica Newman, a fire ecologist from the University of California, Berkeley and the Center for Fire Research and Outreach, who researches wildfire's interactions with climate and biodiversity.  Click Here To Listen

July 19, 2009
 
Small Fungi With Big Impacts Jennifer Rudgers, a professor at Rice University who studies endophytic microfungi.  Click Here To Listen
 
July 26, 2009
 
The Dominant Animal Paul Ehrlich, Bing professor of population biology at Stanford University. Click Here To Listen

 August 2, 2009
 
The Seasonal Timing of Pollinators Jessica Forest of the University of Toronto who has been researching pollinators at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic, Colorado in the summer of 2009  Click Here To Listen

2008 Episodes:

Date

Title

 Guest   

Link

June 22, 2008

Globarl Warming Affects on the Arctic

Nature Notes recorded from a Russian icebreaker working north of Siberia.

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June 29, 2008


What's Happening To The Bees?

David Inouye, an ecologist from the University of Maryland who has been researching wildflowers at the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab for several decades.

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 July 6, 2008

Solving Global Warming

 John Harte, an ecologist from the Univesity of California at Berkeley who has been conducting research on the effects of global warming on a subalpine meadow at the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab for 18 years.  Click Here to Listen
July 13, 2008

The Call of the Marmot

 Dan Blumstein, an ecologist from the University of California at Los Angeles who studies marmot behavior. Click Here to Listen
July 20, 2008 The Dominant Animal
 Paul Ehlich, a biologist from Stanford University who has been conducting research at the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab for half a century.
 
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July 27, 2008 Climate and the Phenology of Plants  

Abe Miller-Rushing, a biologist from the University of Maryland who has been studying the climate and phrenology of plants.
 
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August 3, 2008 

How Many Plants Will Survive the Twenty-first Century?

 
Peter Raven, perhaps the most eminent botanist alive today.  This is a synopsis of his Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory presentation.
 
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 August 10, 2008

Tracking Biodiversity Up the Mountain

 
Christine Lamanna, a biologist from the University of Arizona who studies how soil and plant biodiversity changes with elevation.
 
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Please join us next season for another round of Nature Notes, heard only on KBUT!

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