Reviews For Wild Ideas...The Podcast - The Wilderness Center

I've switched over from listening to NPR on my commute to listening to this podcast! The hosts are always engaging, and organize great interviews. As a wildlife professional, I feel like this podcast was made just for me, but the information and stories are presented in a way that makes it accessible to listeners of all backgrounds.
start listening for how nature is a constant interaction of earth, sea, and sky. I really enjoyed the episode in which they talked about how minerals are recylced as the eons pass by.

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5/5

Wonderful podcast. I just found this podcast but I have listened to most the episodes. Great host, topics and knowledgable guests. Keep up the great work. I must admit I will miss Gordon :(
I love this podcast. The casual, conversational format is very successful and easy to maintain on a weekly basis. The information communicated is in-depth and interesting. I like how the hosts are not afraid to let the conversation get scientific without letting the show become an "inside baseball" talk. I only started listening to this a couple of months ago, and I think it's the best general discussion on nature available. A lot of episodes are concerned with the northeastern U.S. habitat, which is understandable since The Wilderness Center is located in Ohio. I wished that this format could be reproduced in other areas of the country like the southern woods and gulf coast, the desert southwest, the rainforest of the northwest, etc. I give it 5 stars.
I'm a longtime listener and TWC member. I’m a little behind on podcasts…but I recently listened to #240 and #241. The interview about developing the plant ID app was SO interesting, and I enjoyed hearing about the white throated sparrow, which (strangely) showed up at my feeder soon afterward. Then Gordon explained why the Blue Jay appears blue (I’ve been told it isn’t REALLY blue many times, but no one ever explained why) and gave many other interesting facts (fake hawk calls!) I greatly enjoyed the interview about FeederWatch, which I am participating in for the second year. I can testify that it does make backyard birding much more purposeful. I feel forlorn when April arrives and I am back to watching birds without counting them. Keep up the good work!
Great nature podcast! I learn something new every show.
As a Con Bio grad student now in the throws of thesis writing, and otherwise away from academia, I find this podcast fills a hole left in my life from the absence of intelligent discourse regarding nature. The host are knowledgeable, yet humble and often humorous. I've been catching up on their podcast since I discovered them a coulple of months ago and have yet to be dissapointed.
An enjoyable, informative, scientific, and down to earth look at the world around us....and beyond!
It really is! I have learned so much about nature listening to this podcast from the micro to the macro. And there is no tuition!
I was looking for a good nature podcast, and this is the only one that really worked for me. The three hosts do a great job explaining natural history in terms anybody can understand. No topic is too large or too small. The interviews are fantastic, and the show has a friendly relaxed style that's fun to listen to. Even though I live in the Pacific Northwest and they're based in Ohio, the concepts and information are still relevant. I've learned a lot about nature from this podcast. Great job guys! Please keep 'em coming.
I'm a Maryland Master Naturalist who is very familiar with the Wilderness Center in Wilmot. We visit any time we are in the area... At least twice a year. Why didn't I know about these podcasts! I was introduced to them a few weeks ago by a fellow MMN. I love them! I've downloaded them all and they are my constant companion on the work commute! Thank you Wilderness Center!
Most calming and incite full podcast. Different than all others. Thank you for what you do. Keep it up!
The Wild Ideas podcast is a great way to expand your knowledge of nature and the interrelationships between plants, animals, humans, and the planet shared by all. Hosted by an entertaining trio of naturalists/scientists who know how to make even the most complex facts easily understood by the rest of us.
Just wanted to drop you all a quick line, and tell you how great your podcast is. I'm a hiker, nature enthusiast and overall wilderness lover. There are no other podcasts out there quite like yours. I always look forward to new episodes to download onto my ipod. I work as a lab tech where we deal with a lot of production, so we're able to listen to our ipods (quietly) while we work. Being that we work four 10 hr days, this podcast really makes the time go by. I really enjoy learning about the different birds you all talk about, and I really enjoyed the podcast about the Yukon conservation. That one was really up my alley, as I am extremely facinated in places like the Yukon and Alaska (The last frontiers). Thanks again for the great podcast. Have a wonderful day.
What happens when a biologist, educator, and a conservation biologist come together for a podcast? Great conversation. Gary, Joann and Gordon recently discussed turtles, flying squirrels and global weather patterns. They also take questions from listeners and answer them on their show. I enjoy their easy going approach and I appreciate learning about nature in this manner. You will not be disappointed with this podcast.
I recently found this through Knitting Pipeline and amd loving it. I am farily knowledgeable about nature and sceince but find I am always learning something new from the podcast. The hosts take a scientific rather than a sentimental approach while still promoting their love of and wonder at the natural world. Great interviews too.
This is by far the best nature podcast out there! I have officially listened to every episode and they never ever disappoint. I sincerely hope that this podcast continues on for as long as possible. The depth of each topic is perfect and their passion for nature is evident.
A very easy going, relaxing podcast to listen to to learn about Nature and the way wild things work. What I like specifically is the science based facts sprinkled in with the discussions, The enthusiasm behind the three hosts for nature's workings and beauty is infectious.
This podcast has something for every area of interest, and just about every level of understanding. Gordon, Gary and Joann do their research and present varied topics clearly and in an experiential tone which keeps the listener engaged. I enjoy the numerous interviews they conduct with professionals in areas related to what they might be chatting about any particular week, and enjoy the banter between the three of them. It's obvious the three of them enjoy sharing ideas between each other and I'm glad Joann is there to back the guys up to explain some of the biological terminology, which may not be so routine for some listeners. I often find myself searching more information on some of the topics they bring up so the podcast creates a fun continued education experience for me. Check out this podcast for a friendly, relaxed way to stretch your mind about nature topics.
If you love the natural world, do not miss this!!!
Imagine Car Talk with natural science as the focal point. These are the absolute best podcasts you could imagine if you have any interest in the Great Outdoors - writ large. The hosts are wonderful guides to everything and anything you can imagine in the ecology and biology of Ohio, eastern North America and at times locations as far away as the North Star. They are well read, entertaining, informative and a real delight to listen to. They often interview experts from a wide range of disciplines and cover a great variety of topical and timely subjects. The podcasts focus on that week's happenings outdoors, and thus you can follow a progression of events throughout the natural year; I often review last year's podcast to plan my treks for the same time this year. Cannot recommend this series highly enough. The subject matter is relevant and interesting to both the layman and expert. Scouters, Scouts, parents, educators, all will be pleasantly surprised by the wealth of useful and fun information. Thanks Gary, Joann, and Gordon. Keep 'em coming!
This podcast really is like listening in on three friends talking about nature. Gary, Gordon and Joann cover a wide range of topics from space to biology and are able to make them accessible to the layperson. As a biologist, I enjoy learning many new things from Wild Ideas! It is also family-friendly.
Highly recommended. I have learned a lot of new things in the past 6 monts. Stimulates a lot of thought in my little mind. This last week really blew my mind when they were talking about the phosphate cycle. It's like sitting on a porch listening to friends.
Low-key and overflowing with information, this is the perfect podcast for both amateur and professional naturalists.

5/5

I grew up local to the area and have moved back following graduate school. I began listening to Wild Ideas last winter and got my husband hooked on it with the Burning Tree Mastodon episode. Since then, we have also gotten my dad hooked on the podcast and have told numerous friends and family members about it. My dad, by the way, would really like to meet you all. I think it would be interesting and fun to have an audience participation question and answer episode!
Great show. Amazing guests ;-)
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Great podcast with great content. The show is very informative with a great relaxed format which makes it a pleasure to listen too. Keep up the great work!
This is the perfect podcast for anyone interested in our natural heritage. Wild Ideas got me from one side of the country to the next and back again this summer. I look forward to every new podcast! I have a degree in ecology and can honestly say that I take away a ton of new information from each show. Its not so scientific that it feels like you are reading from an ecology journal and yet its not so anecdotal that you feel as if you are just hearing warm and fuzzy stories from a bunch of flower child types. Chocked full of great scientific material filtered through the lens of a trio of individuals who show such passion for the natural world. Keep up the great topic discussions! I absolutely enjoy it when they talk about the natural history of a species. A+ material all around!
i learn something new each time i put my earbud in to listen in bed before and as i fade out at night. the 3 stewards' interaction is impressive. how often do you 3 rehearse? Reminds me of my childhood in suburban cleveburgh. plan on dropping by the center on my next trip to OH and maybe pulling some garlic mustard. want to come out and help us pull buffelgrass in AZ? thanks so much. bald means white- been impressing friends with that one.
If you’re going to use the search term “wildlife” to sift through iTunes audio podcasts you may be somewhat disappointed until you find the Wild Ideas Podcast, a production of The Wilderness Center in Wilmot, Ohio. Every week hosts Gordon Maupin, Joann Ballbach, and Gary Popotnik share an insightful, entertaining, and educational discussion on “what’s going on outside” around their area. Topics covered are extremely diverse and range from cougar biology, to the arcane and modern uses for teasel (a plant), to down-to-earth explanations of climatic phenomenon. I especially enjoy this “almanac” theme and the host discussion almost always leads up to a relevant interview with a wildlife expert. This podcast is also one of my new favorites (I have been listening since April) because it is just the right length for my commute and includes some really lovely natural sounds edited into the background of the host discussion. The only thing that I don’t like about this podcast is that the source is so far away from the Florida Panhandle. We could really use a podcast like this, and people like Gordon, Joann, and Gary, in this area. I recommend this podcast to people who want to learn more about the world around them and anybody that has even the slightest interest in ecology. Thank you for the great podcast Gordon, Joann, and Gary! Keep up the great work!If you’re going to use the search term “wildlife” to sift through iTunes audio podcasts you may be somewhat disappointed until you find the Wild Ideas Podcast, a production of The Wilderness Center in Wilmot, Ohio. Every week hosts Gordon Maupin, Joann Ballbach, and Gary Popotnik share an insightful, entertaining, and educational discussion on “what’s going on outside” around their area. Topics covered are extremely diverse and range from cougar biology, to the arcane and modern uses for teasel (a plant), to down-to-earth explanations of climatic phenomenon. I especially enjoy this “almanac” theme and the host discussion almost always leads up to a relevant interview with a wildlife expert. This podcast is also one of my new favorites (I have been listening since April) because it is just the right length for my commute and includes some really lovely natural sounds edited into the background of the host discussion. The only thing that I don’t like about this podcast is that the source is so far away from the Florida Panhandle. We could really use a podcast like this, and people like Gordon, Joann, and Gary, in this area. I recommend this podcast to people who want to learn more about the world around them and anybody that has even the slightest interest in ecology. Thank you for the great podcast Gordon, Joann, and Gary! Keep up the great work!
I currently reside in a small patch of forest in Austin, Texas. An uninitiated fellow might think Ohio wilderness and Texas scrubland has little in common: this falsity could not be more wrong. The delightful insights provided by The Wilderness Center's podcast have opened my eyes to a wealth of new marvels. I especially enjoy aquatic invertebrates. Cheers!
Very informative and presented in an easy to digest format. I have enjoyed each and everyone of these podcasts.
I used to wait until my Friday night walk with my dog to listen to this podcast, but have found that I can no longer wait when it comes out. No worries though, my dog still gets walked. Instead of my being impatient when he stops to sniff, now he is impatient when I stop to look around at all of the wonderful things this podcast has introduced me to. They always have such interesting topics, from astronomy to biology and all of the easier things in between. Keep up the great work. This is really a great service to the public.
This is the first Wild Ideas podcast I've had the pleasure of listening to, and I came across it while looking for podcasts that included author David Quammen. I want to thank you guys for creating such a wonderful program, and I plan to check out a lot of your other podcasts.
I was so happy that I found Wild Ideas. I have listened to every podcast, from 1 to whatever it is up to now. I don't miss a single one. The reason I don't miss any one of them is because I have learned SO much about the outdoors. The crew seem to have an awesome time together and are so knowledgeable about anything and everything you could imagine is in our natural world. The podcast makes me so interested in wanting to learn more and more. I view the woods, and the outdoors in general in a whole different way because of this show. Every episode gives me something new to learn and think about. I especially love it because it educates me so well about the natural places I love to be in, as well as all of the inhabitants in that space. It is also great because I am in such close proximity to where they are located. Nearly all of the natural wildlife, geology, weather, etc. seems to be just like the environment I live in. I highly highly recommend this podcast to everyone who is interested in natural sciences (professional or not), hikers, campers, and especially people who want to know about the natural world, and even the outdoorsy types that want to become better Woodsmen (like me). They give you new knowledge all the time, as well as encourage you to think and analyze critically about what you are looking at, how things work, and why. Thank you so much for an amazing podcast! Keep up the good work! You always have loyal listener with me!

5/5

I have been looking for just such a program that has nature information from professionals. I suggest everyone go back and listen from the beginning.
The podcasts from The Wilderness Center are fascinating. Every time I listen to one I learn something new! and there is great music on some of them as well! For parents who are home schooling their children, this is an invaluable resource. Keep up the good work, Gordon and Joann!
If you're into nature and like to hear about it from real naturalists you'll love Wild Ideas the podcast. It's awesome.

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5/5

This has become one of my favorite podcasts. Following the seasons throughout the year, you get observations, and quite a bit about biology too.And anything but boring! I almost didn't subscribe because it wasn't about the northeast, I am real glad I did though. I had been a natural science program coordinator at a local museum and I would have loved to have this crew giving my programs, my life would have been so much easier.
I have been listening to Wild Ideas for a couple of months now and it has become one of my favorites! The podcast is informative, easy to understand, and well done (I love the bird sounds in the background - that are matched to the content for the week). I find it as relaxing as a walk in the woods, and I always learn something. The presenters are relaxed and cordial and I look forward to what each has to add to the program each week. Even though I live in Maine 90% of the content is appropriate for my location. Great job! Keep it up. I highly recommend Wild Ideas - the podcast.
This is the best nature podcast I've found. I love the animals sounds in the background, the details I learn, the comradery between the hosts, and their obvious love of and enthusiasm for what they do. Keep up the great work.
This is a great science podcast. The information given is well presented in an interesting, but not boring way. Listening to this podcast I can tell that they are knowledgeable on the subject matter.
I always look forward to this weekly podcast. It has a way of explaining nature in a way that is concise and coherent. I have used their explanations in my own nature tours. Keep it coming!
These wonderfully done podcasts are quickly becoming favorites. They are easy to listen to and more importantly, easy to understand. Making the world of nature and science come alive, I find myself seeing the out of doors in a new light, both as a natural beauty as well as a scientific wonder.
This is a great way to learn about nature and what might be seen in your backyard, on a hike, or at an area nature center.
Wild Ideas makes natured eduction entertaining and informative. Delivered with a down-to-earth style--UNLIKE the biology lectures you dreaded in high school.
A great short but concise podcast about nature and conservation. Earlier this week I saw a red-winged blackbird chasing a crow, and that very week, the same behavior was described and explained in the podcast. This podcast is a great start to reconnect ourselves to the world around us.