Freshwater mussels are hard to spot but the role they play in shaping ecosystems is crucial to freshwater life. There numbers are declining but with the help of scientist and researchers these mussels are on the way to a come back. Matt Wagner, Curator of Fishes at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, joins Creature Comforts today to talk about these mighty creatures and how to spot them the next time you are on the water. Also, we hear from an unidentified creature on the coast and Dr. Majure answers your pet questions.
Creature Comforts: Here Fishy Fishy
January may not seem like the ideal time to go fishing, but there is no rule saying you can not. Today on Creature Comforts we have Larry Pugh, Chief of Fisheries for MS Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks. Larry joins Libby Hartfield and Dr. Majure to talk about the public waters that are ready to be fished and answers your questions about being legal when on the water. Also Dr. Majure answers some tough questions about lost pets and having to put an animal to sleep.
Creature Comforts: Leaping Leapers
After a holiday break Creature Comforts is back with one of our favorite guest, naturalist Joe Magee. We have had plenty of warm days this winter and the frogs are sounding off. Joe brings in some recordings of several frogs he observed and talks about what to expect if you see these amphibians in your area. Also, Dr. Troy Majure answers your pet questions and Libby Hatfield encourages everyone to enjoy nature during these warm days of winter.
Creature Comforts: Red Hot Truck Stop
Our favorite paleontologist George Phillips joins us for our last live show of 2019. As the Paleontology Curator at the Mississippi Museum of Science he is hands on with many of the fossils that come through the museum. And today he even brings in one of the people that inspired him and others to search under the Earth, Gerard Case. He is credited for bringing the fossil hotbed, the Red Hot Truck Stop, to the attention of the masses.
Creature Comforts: Mighty Mississippi River
On this episode of Creature Comforts Dr. Troy Majure is out so no pet talk but Libby is back in the studio from her travels. She also brought one of her favorite people to the show, Paul Hartfield, her husband. Paul is an Endangered Species Biologist with the US Fish & Wildlife Service and has been working on the Mississippi River for almost 20 years. We talk about its importance, the lower Mississippi region, and also the least tern who are now increasing in numbers but where once an endangered species.
Creature Comforts Classic | Wild Turkey Talk
There was not a live airing of Creature Comforts today, but here is a classic episode of that originally aired on June 6, 2019. Just in time for Thanksgiving we hear about the wild turkey population in Mississippi and how to handle an encounter with these birds.Original Podcast Description:Adam Butler from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks joins this edition of Creature Comforts to chat about the wild turkeys of the state. As the turkey program coordinator, Adam works closely with conservation efforts for wild turkey habitats and the management of wild turkey hunting season. We talk about the health of the Mississippi turkey population and answer listener questions about their recent turkey experiences. Also Dr. Majure answers a few pet questions about keeping pets cool and excessive scratching.
Creature Comforts | November Pet Day
On Creature Comforts we cover just about all the animals found in Mississippi and beyond. From bats to bears, salamanders, and even the ones that share our homes. Today is an all pet day and Dr. Troy Majure is helps out with a new round of pet questions. Also Kevin ask if dog owners should continue flea control measures during the winter months.