November 29, 2002

Pantanal – Birds

Working in Brazil’s Panatanal, the largest wetlands in the world, researchers study the tremendous variety of local birds by capturing them in mist nets, banding and releasing them.

November 28, 2002


But does mom get visiting rights? Young emus (flightless Australian birds) remain in the exclusive care of their father for six months.

November 27, 2002

E.O.Wilson – Consider the Lily Pond

A riddle poses a serious question about the future of life on earth.

November 26, 2002

Owl Feathers: Falcon v. Owl

Owls and falcons use different strategies to capture their prey and they’re helped by the aerodynamic design of their feathers.

November 25, 2002

Owl Feathers: Barred

These stealthy predators are named after the pattern on their feathers, which offers them near-perfect camouflage.

November 22, 2002

E.O. Wilson – Ant Communication

A variety of chemical exchanges enable ants to navigate their world and coordinate their activities.

November 21, 2002

E.O. Wilson – Chemical Signals

Chemical secretions bring a new meaning to the science of insect communication.

November 20, 2002

Fossa: Conservation

A field biologist on the front lines of a biodiversity crisis has a greater mission than scientific discovery of a single species.

November 19, 2002

Fossa: Cathemeral Critter

A cathemeral creature — such as Madagascar’s fossa, can hunt their prey in either day or night.

November 18, 2002

Listener Initiative

Our listeners are invited to share their seasonal observances on our new toll-free number, 1-877-PULSE99.

November 15, 2002

Pantanal: Tracking Peccaries

In the Pantanal region of Brazil, researchers are tracking Peccaries with radio transmitters. to learn more about the habits of these elusive creatures.

November 14, 2002

Pantanal: Peccaries

Peccaries roam in herds across the wetlands of the Pantanal in Brazil; and these shy, pig-like animals are vital to the health of this vast ecosystem.

November 13, 2002

Penguins and Global Warming

Global warming threatens the delicate balance of sea ice and life sustaining nutrients for Adelie penguins living in Antarctica.

November 12, 2002

Madagascar: Land Out of Time

Madagascar is an island suspended in “geological time” – home to primitive animals and plants found nowhere else on earth.

November 11, 2002

Fossa: Madagascar’s Grizzly

Although it sounds like something from a Dr. Seuss nursery rhyme, the fossa is actually one of the world’s most evasive and lethal animals.

November 8, 2002

Coral Reef: Luminous Protein

The “glow” of a coral reef comes from a life-sustaining exchange between protein and algae.

November 7, 2002


A strong tasting fish has maintained its stature in the heritage of Scandinavian culture.

November 6, 2002

Mushrooms: DNA

Thanks to DNA testing, scientists are learning that the majority of micororganisms in soil are fungi which bring vital elements to plant life.

November 5, 2002

Lyre: Mimic

Australian lyrebirds are the world’s supreme bird mimics; they reputedly can even do a rendition of a chainsaw!

November 4, 2002

Lyrebird: What’s in a Name

What has tail feathers that resemble an ancient musical instrument and vast vocal repertoire?

November 1, 2002

Caterpillars: Inventory

Compiling a database on caterpillars resembles an elementary school science project.