Creature Comforts | Polite Pollinators
The Mississippi Entomological Museum at Mississippi State University has a collection of over two million pinned specimens and is ready to show anyone all two million if they have the time. Today Matt Thorn and Brady Dunaway take time from their duties at the museum to talk about pollinators and other insects around the state with Kevin, Libby, and Dr. Majure. More than just bees and butterflies there are plenty of pollinators that help grow our Mississippi crops and wildflowers. Matt and Brady discuss these bugs and answer calls from listeners about swarms, rare bug sightings, and how Bug Camp crystallized their passion for insects. Show LinksMississippi Entomological Museum
Creature Comforts | Autumn Sightings
For this special "Drive Time" edition of Creature Comforts we call on our good friend, biologist Joe Magee to let us know what to look for this fall season. A few frogs are still jumping around but the insects and migrating birds are the main attractions.To show your support for Creature Comforts and MPB Think Radio visit our website, MPBonline.org or call 1-888-372-4483.
Creature Comforts | Raising Gopher Tortoises
The Gopher Tortoise Head Start Program has released over 400 endangered gopher tortoises into the wild. Becky Stowe, Director of Forest for the Nature Conservancy joins the show today to talk about this program and more specifically the work happening at Camp Shelby. Recently 94 gopher tortoises were released into the wild of the Longleaf pine system at Camp Shelby. Also Dr. Majure talks about pet safety during severe weather as yet another hurricane enters the gulf and Libby helps a listener identity an insect that has a particular set of skills. Show Links:Gopher Tortoises in Mississippi
Creature Comforts | Canoeing The Mississippi
Started in 1998 the Quapow Canoe Company has been exploring the lower Mississippi River with whoever needed a guide. Chief Visionary Officer, John Ruskey has been at the helm of Quapow since the beginning and believes traveling the big river can be as much enlightening as it is educational. In this edition of Creature Comforts John shares about his journey from Colorado to Clarkdale, Libby talks about the abundance of hummingbirds in her yard, and Dr.Majure gives advice for pet owners as we enter the fall summer.
Creature Comforts | Wildlife Mississippi
Wildlife Mississippi has been serving Mississippi's land and waters since 1997. At the head of this organization is James Cummins as Executive Director. Joining this edition of Creature Comforts, James talks about working close with politicians and people on the ground to move legislation forward to conserve Mississippi's natural wonders. Also we hear from our resident snake expert, Terry Vandeventer, about a viral video of two rattlesnakes battling for dominance in Wilkinson County. Article and Video of Rattlesnake Battle (Clarion Ledger)
Creature Comforts | Secretive Marsh Birds
Secretive marsh birds like the seaside sparrow and clapper rails are hard to study because of their elusive nature. They are heard more than seen and inhabit really dense marsh land areas which hide them from the eye. On this edition of Creature Comforts Jared Feura from the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center joins the show to talk about the different techniques he uses to research these birds and the role they play in our ecosystem.
Creature Comforts | Science Fest 2020
Science Fest is one of the premiere events for the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and involves all the museums of the LeFleur Museum District. This year the event will be all virtual and friend of the show, Nicole Smith, special events coordinator for the museum joins the show to share all the details. Also since late June the museum has reopened it doors to visitors and Nicole lets us know about new guidelines for visitors and new exhibits. Dr. Majure is also on hand and answers a few more cat centered pet questions, while Libby calls in an gives an update on her travels in the western part of the country.
Creature Comforts | Monarch Migration
Friend of the show, entomologist Audrey Harrison joins Creature Comforts to talk about the miracle of migration for the monarch butterfly. Milkweed is always in the conversation when talking of plants that help the monarch on their journey, but what about parsley? Throughout the show Audrey explains what people can do to help and enjoy butterfly migration. Also Dr. Majure gets an update about a pooch that is a very picky eater. News story discussed during episode: Look Up! Purple Martins Delight Downtown Nashville
Creature Comforts | Mississippi Bats
The bat may not one of the feature animals when thinking about Mississippi wildlife, such as the deer or catfish.But Mississippi is home to 15 types of bats that play a significant role in Mississippi’s ecosystem.Today we welcome Dr. Nicole Hodges , to talk about the role of the bat and how to even attract them t your home with bat boxes..Also, Libby and Dr. Majure talk about one of the giant beetles that are making an appearance this time of year.Links discussed in this episode:.Natural Heritage ProgramBuild a Bat HouseNorth America’s largest scarab beetle