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Nature's a Hoot

Hawk Conservancy Trust

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This is the wildlife podcast brought to you by the Hawk Conservancy Trust. Join your host, Tom Morath, as you discover the fascinating world of feathers and talons in this podcast dedicated to birds of prey and their place in the natural world. Uncover hidden secrets of these unique predators to help us understand how we can conserve some of the most endangered species on our planet today.
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The Michigan DNR's Wildtalk Podcast

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division

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The Wildtalk Podcast is a production of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division. On the Wildtalk Podcast, representatives of the Wildlife Division chew the fat and shoot the scat about all things habitat, feathers, and fur. With insights, interviews, and listener questions answered on the air, you'll come away with a better picture of what's happening in the world of Michigan's wildlife. Thank you for listening.Email questions to: dnr-wildlife@michigan.govor call 517-2 ...
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We have a number of pop culture interests outside our beloved genre. Our fandom in the wonderful world of comic books outdates our residency in Metaldom. Indie comic companies have been clamoring to present stories about and inspired by current Metal artists. There have been some cool crossover stories as well. Think Elvira meets Vincent Price. So …
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Regrets, we've had a few. The biggest regrets we've had with RAM is the passing of some legendary figures before we had the chance to sit down with them. We can only imagine what questions we would have picked their brains with. So now we're doing the next best thing. We compiled a list of deceased artists and present a question we'd like to throw …
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The African Harrier Hawk is a species of bird of prey withsurprising adaptations - from having a wider visual field to potentially double-jointed legs! Over the last few years, our conservation and research team, alongside scientists from other research institutions have been studying them to find out more. Join Tom as he chats to Dr Simon Poitier …
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In this episode of the Wildtalk Podcast, we talk to Nate Levitte about all things habitat in the Southeast Lower Peninsula region of the state, fly away with a discussion about the Great blue heron, and we wrap up the episode with a chat about wood frogs. Pete Kailing also stops in to talk about hunting and trapping opportunities and more that are …
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Welcome to our second installment of our Deep Dive series on all the awesome albums celebrating their 40th anniversary i.e. from '84. This week we're looking at Rush's "Grace Under Pressure". This was a divisive effort as the legendary trio shifted from 70s prog to a more 80s look and sound. This album didnt spend a lot of time on our turntables. S…
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Horns!! One of our special days is fast approaching! Record Store Day is a huge part of this show and our lives. The main idea behind RSD is to support your local record shop. To help getcher butts into the shops, every year there is a number of RSD exclusive releases for your listening pleasure. There is something for everyone but generally only a…
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Everyone has their own way of expressing themselves. Verbally, we all have our own words and expressions. Metaldom is no exception. If anything we have more unique words in our verbal arsenal than Joe Average. Off the top of our heads, "Axe" (for guitar) comes to mind. So with that starting point, we dive into a laundry (all black, of course) list …
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You can literally count on one hand the years the mighty Slayer have been disbanded. Now an impending reunion for multiple festival dates have been announced. Needless to say, this has Metaldom all a buzz. And of course once the announcement was made, the interwebs was flooded with misinformation causing confusion. So this week we pick our way thro…
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In this episode of the Wildtalk Podcast, we talk to James Miller about all things habitat in the Southwest Lower Peninsula region of the state, fly away with a discussion about the American woodcock, answer a question about the existence of coywolves and we wrap up the episode with a chat about Michigan black bears. Pete Kailing also stops in to ta…
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As we yacked about last episode, 1984 was an amazing year for Metaldom. A major part of that awesomeness was the incredible amount of new records that filled the new release racks. So with these albums celebrating their 40th anniversary, we decided to give some of them the deep dive treatment. KISS' "Animalize" is an album near and dear to our Meta…
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It's no secret, here at the Hawk Conservancy Trust we love talking about birds of prey! But for many species across the world, things are not looking good. It’s arguably never been more important to get excited about nature than it is today. In this episode ofNature's a Hoot, join Tom as he chats to actor, artist and fellow wildlife podcaster David…
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How does the time fly? 1984 was an incredible year for Metaldom. The new release racks were filled with albums that are not only all time classics now, but helped shape the Metal world as we know it today. So this week we do a deep dive into that year that was. Apart from the amazing records, there were an obscene amount of mandatory outfits that f…
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It's that time again. The nominees for this year's Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame have been announced. This list always to seem raise both the eyebrows and ire of music fans. Its an ongoing debate whether The Hall should still be monickered "Rock n Roll" because of the inclusion of other genres. But every list has enough meat on the bone to warrant discu…
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Bucket List moment! The '79 Ramones teen comedy "Rock n Roll High School" is an old fave of ours. We have it on DVD, various streaming platforms and have it practically memorized. But we never got to see it in the theatre...until now. Our local arthouse theater aired it is as part of their Cult Movie Night. So with the experience still fresh in our…
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The debut full lengther from the almighty Venom "Welcome To Hell" is one of the most influential underground albums ever. Not only in the Black Metal realm but thrash and NWOBHM as well. Its also the album that turned Snowy to Metal full time. We've often said "No Venom, No RAM". Turns out though, Aaron wasn't familiar with this classic (!). So we …
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In this episode of the Wildtalk Podcast, we talk to Scott Eggeman about all things habitat in the Northern Lower Peninsula region of the state, fly away with a discussion about crows, and we wrap up the episode with a chat about otters. Pete Kailing also stops in to talk about hunting and trapping opportunities available in the month of February. E…
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The Little Owl is the smallest species of owls in the UK - standing no more than 23cm tall! The Hawk Conservancy Trust has been monitoring and supporting Little Owls through our Raptor Nest Box Project for over 15 years. We’ll hear from Dr Matt Stevens (conservation biologist at the Trust) as he tells us more about this charismatic native species a…
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Sure streaming is ruling the roost when it comes to how music is consumed. But the vinyl album is slicing their piece of the pie more and more. Metalheads have always been more album oriented as opposed to just cherry picking a few tracks. And for good reason. There have been numerous albums over the years that are best served whole. Albums that ar…
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We admit it, we're old. But with age comes experience. We've witnessed firsthand the majority of the techno marvels we take for granted today. One of our faves was the rise of the home video phenomenon. It was a fun and exciting era. We had the ability to see our favourite flicks at home. As well, it had its effects on Metaldom. This week we go ove…
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Whoo-Hoo!! It's time for our annual Rammy Awards! Kind of our take on the Grammys Awards (R.A.M...Gammy...Rammy. We're so clever). Basically, we give our picks of the past year in the categories that mean the most to Metalheads. Fave Band, Album, Song, Live Show a.o. As well, we make our inductions into The Radioactive Metal Hall Of Fame for Band, …
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New Year's Eve was pretty low key around the RAM offices. We had a night of PJs and popcorn. So we decided this year we would save the partying for you the listeners. We ditched our usual segments and broke out the Lemmys. As we "tipped the elbow", we discussed a variety of topics. Those included our new "Frankenstein" bass, our Christmas hauls, "T…
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Over the vast expanse of water, wind whipping up the salty air onto the land, there are a great many sights and sounds to be heard along our British coastline and over our wetland habitats. This ocean biome is home not only to species of fish and gulls, but also to the largest bird of prey in the UK – the White-tailed Eagle. Join Tom as he chats to…
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In this episode of the Wildtalk Podcast, we talk to Bill Scullon about all things habitat in the Upper Peninsula region of the state, fly away with a discussion about snowy owls, and we wrap up the episode with a chat about bog lemmings. Episode Hosts: Rachel Lincoln and Eric Hilliard Producer/editor: Eric Hilliard All things habitat Michigan birdi…
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As of this episode, the year is starting to wind down. But before you start rockin' in the New Year, now is a good time to discuss some of the events that made 2023 the year that was. Without stepping on the Rammy Award's steel toed boots, we figured we'd share the awesome albums that provided our personal soundtracks. We also pay tribute to some o…
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The Messes Des Morts in Montreal is a Black Metal festival going on for a dozen years now. The attraction to the fest is the organizers ability to attract artists from across the pond that rarely makes appearances on North American stages. We had planned to be there for this year's instalment. Unfortunately, life had different plans. Fortunately, o…
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This past weekend was what's suppose to be the final on stage hurrah for the legendary KISS. The outfit has gone full circle from the New York club scene some 50 years ago to Madison Square f'n Garden. This historical moment was available to fans worldwide on Pay-Per-View. Sorta. Our service for the big event was both dodgy (Thx Barney) and non exi…
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In this episode of the Wildtalk Podcast, we talk to Mark Mills about all things habitat in the Southwest region of the state, fly away with a discussion about pileated woodpeckers, and we wrap up the episode with a chat about the elusive pine marten. Episode Hosts: Rachel Lincoln and Eric Hilliard Producer/editor: Eric Hilliard All things habitat G…
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Way up in the mountainous slopes, in Europe, Africa and Asia, one of the world’s rarest vultures soars high above the rock and snow in search of a meal. At first glance, you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve spotted some mythological creature – the orange-tinted feathers and diamond/wedge-shaped tail more akin to stories of dragons than vulture…
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We cannot stress how important the "WKRP In Cincinnati" (78-82) sitcom has had on this radio show. No "Dr" Johnny Fever = No Radioactive Metal. So this being the Thanksgiving season, we take inspiration from the (in)famous "Turkey Drop" episode. We thought "What If..." (Thx Marvel) the characters of WKRP were Metalheads? What would their fave artis…
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Metal and Punk bands are no strangers to the whole acronym for their name thing. Instead of spelling out their multi word monicker, it's just easier to focus on the first letters. The ones that immediately come to mind are D.R.I. and C.O.C. But what about obscure names like J.F.A. and E-X-E? So we figured we'd put our own Aaron to the test. Just fo…
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Legendary rockers WASP are always a great time. Either on the live front or their immense discography. Case in point - we had a fantastic time merely talking about their wicked cover of The Who's "The Real Me". So we figured we'd crank up the volume and dedicate an entire discussion segments to Blackie And The Boys. We share our fave songs, albums,…
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Cover songs can be rather divisive amongst Metal fans. Some see it as a loving tribute. Others see it as a complete waste of time and effort. Around the RAM offices, we love a good cover song. Particularly a blast from the past being paid homage being paid by a current hotshot. But which is preferred? The original...or the cover. So we figured we'd…
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While we're not ready to give up the Halloween ghost just yet, we understand that the show must go on. Record Store Day: Black Friday is just around the corner. And RSD is always a huge deal around here. So if one is good than two must be better. So once again we go over the the RSD list of releases at www.recordstoreday.com and make our choices th…
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In this episode of the Wildtalk Podcast, we talk to Jesse Lincoln from Michigan Natural Features Inventory about all things habitat, fly away with a discussion about bird migration and die-offs from window collisions, and we wrap up the episode with a chat about what is perhaps Michigan’s most iconic fall mammal, the white-tailed deer. Episode Host…
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In open prairies and grassland from Western Canada all the way to Mexico, an owl digs in the soil, excavating an underground home. This is the Burrowing Owl, a curious bird with a surprising lifestyle of sub-terrain living and a taste for beetles and small rodents. Join Tom as he digs under the surface to explore the underground life of the Burrowi…
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Conventions are always a great time. Be they the growing number of pop culture cons or the closer to home record and music cons. In our neck of the woods, the Winnipeg Comic Con is upon us. So we decided to share our experiences at the Manitoba Record and Music Con. Aside from an awesome haul, we have some cool stories to share. As well, we discuss…
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Happy Bday to us!! Believe it or not your fave Metal podcast has ben a thing for 17(!) years now! We we first de-butted nobody knew what a podcast was. So this time 'round we decided to kick back, pour a few of our fave bevies and just shoot the shite'. About anything and everything. We test our Horror metal at www.filmposters.com As well, we rank …
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The Ozzman Cometh?? Mr. Ozzy Osbourne's recent announcement of wanting to do another album and tour has Metaldom all abuzz. But a front person is only as good as the band behind them. Over his illustrious career, Ozzy has surrounded himself with some amazing musicians. Most went on to have legendary carriers themselves. So we figured this week we'd…
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In this episode of the Wildtalk Podcast, we talk to Joe Robison about all things habitat in the Southeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan, fly away with eastern screech-owls as we talk all things feathers, and we discuss the odorous, striped skunk in our all things fur segment. Episode Hosts: Rachel Lincoln and Eric Hilliard Producer/editor: Eric Hilli…
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Able to navigate the interwoven branches of our native woodland with ease and with an practically unrivalled reputation for hunting ability, the Goshawk is an almost legendary bird of prey. Join Tom and Hawk Conservancy Trust President, Chris Packham, as they share their passion for this impressive native bird of prey.…
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At a bazillion years old the Rolling Stones just released a new record. There's a whole new industry of "classic" rock bands still touring with more gray hair than hair spray. And Crue vox Vince Neil has been under fire for sub-par performances for years now. All this begs the question - When should an artist hang it up? Should there be an age limi…
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It's mid September. That means the October spooky season is creeping up. Around here we fully embrace Halloween and all that goes with it. So for the month leading up to the 31st we like to assault our senses with the appropriate stimuli. So before Oct. 1st hits we decided it would be an awesome time to give our recommends for movies, music and com…
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A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) seems to be all the rage right now. Love it or hate it, it seems to have invaded the entertainment world, music being no exception. We do a deep dive into this phenom, with all the techno mumbo jumbo. Who knew back then that the science fiction from The Jetsons would become science reality. In our "News, Views and Tun…
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In this episode of the Wildtalk Podcast, we talk to Mike Parker about all things habitat in the Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan, fly away with sharp-tailed grouse as we talk all things feathers, and we discuss the Ursus americanus in our all things fur segment. Episode Hosts: Rachel Leightner and Eric Hilliard Producer/editor: Eric Hilliard Al…
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The Lappet-faced Vulture is one of the largest species of vulture in the world with a wingspan of over 2.5m and weighing in at around 7kg! Despite their impressive build, they are a species in desperate need of our support. This month, as we join with collections and organisations around the world by taking part in International Vulture Awareness D…
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Couple episodes back we discussed the various unique places we've attended a gig. Now we can add "movie theatre" to that list. This past weekend the two Arlington, TX dates from the Metallica M72 tour were simulcast to theatres the world over. We both caught the Sunday show. And decided to go the event with a fine studded wristband. We go over the …
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After our self imposed hiatus, we're back and ready to rock! But we weren't sitting back and sipping drinks on the beach. We took in some gigs. And hit the theatres and record shops. Oh, and Metallica's debut "Kill 'em All" hit the racks. Not only is "Kill..." one of the most influential albums but its also an old fave of ours. So we decided it wou…
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No matter what the image you have in your mind is when it comes to vultures, the Egyptian Vulture implores you to make a reassessment. They’re smart, can easily equal any eagle when it comes to soaring ability and must have the funkiest white hair-do (feather-do?) of any bird of prey! Join us as we discover more about the Egyptian Vulture and the w…
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In this episode of the Wildtalk Podcast, we talk to Kristin Wildman about all things habitat in Southwest Michigan, fly away with piping plovers as we talk all things feathers, and talk about Michigan's largest squirrel in our all things fur segment. Episode Hosts: Rachel Leightner and Eric Hilliard Producer/editor: Eric Hilliard All things habitat…
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Horns Up! Episode 750! Another milestone! We've all heard the expression "Classic Rock". We have a fair idea what makes up said music. But can we put a fine pointed horn on it? Is it simply a generational thing? Or do subgenres play into it? And what this "Dad Rock" business? Does it exist? And what are the who's, whats, wheres and whens behind it?…
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