Creature Comforts: Crawfish, Crayfish, & Mudbugs
Mississippi has 63 different species of crawfish that call it home, including the smallest crawfish species in the world. Today on this episode of Creature Comforts we welcome Paul Hartfield, biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to talk about these crawfish. What are their role in the ecosystem, where are they found, and what to do if you find a straight tail crawfish at your crawfish boil. As we talk about great social distancing activities that will bring you closer to nature while staying safe during the coronavirus pandemic.Virtual Tours and Zoo Experiences Link
Creature Comforts: Entomologist Audrey Harrison
Our guest on this episode is the one and only Audrey Harrison.An entomologist that studies the insects around us and how they are helpful in our everyday lives.Today we will talk about what insects are making their spring appearance, the monarch butterflies, and of course marvelous mosquito.
Creature Comforts: Opossum Day
The opossum is an often misunderstood animal that can be seen around trash cans and road sides throughout the country. As the only native marsupial in North America, it seems everyone has a story about the opossum. And today on the show we hear a bunch of them. Between all the opossum tales we talk with Dr. Cathy Shropshire about these animals and their role in the ecosystem. Also Dr. Majure talks about how you can not get the coronavirus from our furry friends at home.
Creature Comforts: Paws and Claws
On this episode of Creature Comforts we open the doors to the pet hospital. Dr. Troy Majure is here and ready to answer your pet questions. The entire show is dedicated to our furry friends and making sure they live their best life. Also, following the Pearl River flood we talk about having your emergency kit pet ready.
Creature Comforts: Mississippi Sharks
According to Dr. Marcus Drymon the shark population of the gulf coast is healthy. But you should not be afraid to swim because the water is fine. Today on the show we welcome Dr. Drymon to talk about the sharks of Mississippi and their role in the ecosystem. Throughout the show we dispel some myths about sharks, talk about shark fishing, and the amazing bull shark that can often be seen swimming freshwater rivers.
Creature Comforts: The Critter Catcher
Mike McDowell, the Critter Catcher joins the show and lets us know what are the nuisance animals of the state. Just because your neighbors dog barks a lot at night does not make it a nuisance animal, but maybe a nuisance animal is the reason for all the noise. Mike goes through the list of nuisance animals provided by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks then gives tips on dealing with these animals around the home.
Creature Comforts: Fly Eagles Fly
Steve Peterson has been a Creature Comforts regular every time we want to look toward the skies and learn about the birds of the state. Eagles have been spotted around and Steve is back to let us know about the state of eagles here in Mississippi. All throughout the show listeners called in and talked about their latest brushes with nature and where eagles have been spotted in their area. Also Libby gives an update about various upcoming nature events.
Creature Comforts: 41 Years of Paleontology
For 41 years the paleontology program at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science has been discovering and recording fossils found around the state. George Phillips the current Curator of Paleontology is here to join the show and talk about the state of fossils around Mississippi. Also he brings in some of the most complete fossils we have ever seen.
Creature Comforts: Freshwater Mussels
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.