The Naturally Speaking Podcast is a show about wildlife, travel and adventure. We bring you audio and video programs from around the world.
April 30, 2007
There are less than 3,000 California sea otters left in the world and they are one of our most adorable and poster-friendly endangered species. Incredibly agile in the water, sea otter once spent significant time on land. Now, with their protected status and lack of land-based predators, they are venturing onto the beaches once again to rest and play.
Click Here To Download: Episode #17: Wild Sea Otters.
April 23, 2007
Over seventy percent of the Earth's surface is covered with water and clean water is essential to life. Today we highlight some of the vastly different ecosystems that thrive beneath the water, both fresh and salty, by taking a little trip through some of the exhibits at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Click Here To Download: Episode #16: Marine Ecosystems.
April 16, 2007
All the diving we've done in the Monterey Bay has been in Kelp Forests. The kelp can grow more than 4 inches per day, and is an ecosystem unto itself. The Monterey Bay Aquarium has the best kelp exhibit in the world - showcasing leopard sharks, rockfish and a wolf eel.
Click Here To Download: Episode #15: Monterey Bay Kelp Forests.
April 9, 2007
Mamlambo, Inc. donated a portion of Go Fish! Monterey Bay profits to marine conservation causes like the Wild About Otters exhibit that just opened at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. This exhibit showcases all sorts of freshwater otters, like African Spotted-Neck Otters and Asian Small-Clawed Otters.
Click Here To Download: Episode #14: Wild About Otters.
April 6, 2007
I've only been stung by a jellyfish once, and it's not something I'm eager to repeat. I prefer to look at these ungulating invertebrates from behind glass, liek at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Jellies: Living Art exhibit.
Click Here To Download: Episode #13: Jellies.
April 5, 2007
We have a lovely little campsite we like to visit in the fall when the aspens turn yellow and it gets chilly and wood smoke is on the breeze. It's five hours from home, but it's the closest we can get to real autumn weather and foliage in California. Enjoy!
Click Here To Download: Episode #12: Autumn In The Sierras.
February 9, 2007
Last fall, my husband and I took a honeymoon around the world. Along the way, we stopped in South Africa and took in the local seaside. Just south of Cape Town, there is a little place called Boulder's Beach, where you can see Southern Right Whales and their calves just off the beach, and a colony of Jackass Penguins has set up a rookery amongst the large rocks that give the beach its name.
Click Here To Download: Episode #11: Jackass Penguin Colony In South Africa.
February 8, 2007
Last winter, we headed off to Maui, Hawaii to take in some of the state and national parks, as well as the Road to Hana. The lush landscape is littered with the greenest vegetation and lots of waterfalls, not to mention bamboo forests. Still, this isolated ecosystem faces many dangers, especially from invasive plants and non-native animals.
Click Here To Download: Episode #10: Maui, Hawaii.
Last fall, my husband and I took a honeymoon around the world. One of our favorite places that we stopped was in Tsavo National Park in Kenya. This video was taken from the porch of our safari tent, overlooking the waterhole. This short clip was about a couple of young hippos who always hung out together at this time of day, splashing and mock fighting amongst themselves before the pod hauled out to forage for the evening.
Click Here To Download: Episode #9: Frolicking Hippos.
Last fall, my husband and I took a honeymoon around the world. One of our favorite places that we stopped was in Tsavo National Park in Kenya. This video was taken from the porch of our safari tent, overlooking the waterhole. I especially like the last few moments of this video, when all the hippos call out to each other. You'll also get a few yawns and snorts along the way.
Click Here To Download: Episode #8: Kenya Waterhole.
Last fall, my husband and I took a honeymoon around the world. One of our favorite places that we stopped was in Tsavo National Park in Kenya. Now I know that the video quality here is pretty bad, but I really thought it was interesting the way the bird and animal noises for markedly louder at the very moment the sun rose. For more photos of our trips to Africa, check out our African Field Notes and the Special Assignment: Around the World in 40 Days.
Click Here To Download: Episode #7: Sunrise at Finch Hatton's In Tsavo National Park, Kenya.
February 7, 2007
Last fall, my husband and I took a honeymoon around the world. Our first stop was Egypt, where we visited Cairo and stayed in Giza. One afternoon, we decided to go into Old Cairo and visit the Citadel Of Salahideen in Old Cairo (commonly known as "The Citadel").
As we stood on Mokattam hill at the Citadel overlooking the City of Cairo, the afternoon prayer call sounded. Five times per day, Muslims are called to prayer - at dawn, at midday, the middle of the afternoon, sunset, and in the evening. We were standing there admiring the view of Cairo, with the Great Pyramids in the distance, when the afternoon prayer call swept across the city.
Click Here To Download: Episode #6: Afternoon Prayer Call In Cairo.
March 12, 2006
In this episode, I'll talk about some of my experiences with weather conditions and acts of nature - everything from earthquakes to hurricanes to clouds of icky bugs.
Click Here To Download: Episode #5: Weather & Acts Of Nature.
Our second poll on listener preferences showed that people liked video over audio, barely.
February 16, 2006
I thought we'd shake things up a bit this time and have a break from listening to what I'm thinking. Instead, I thought I'd give you all a little glimpse into what I've been seeing. Therefore, without further ado, here's some of my video footage from a project I'm working on involving Northern Elephant Seals up at Año Nuevo State Reserve, along the California coastline. For supplemental materials, check out my special photography essay on the Northern Elephant Seal.
Click Here To Download: Episode #4: Northern Elephant Seals of Año Nuevo.
In this episode, we venture into the wilds of South Africa. We take a safari and become acquainted with the types of animals one might see. Then we visit a kill site and face death in all its odiferous splendor. For supplemental materials, check out my special photography essay on the African Field Notes.
Click Here To Download: Episode #3: Safari South Africa.
December 14, 2005
Our first poll showed that people like the lengths of the podcast. No one wants a longer podcast, but shorter might be ok.
December 7, 2005
This isn't so much an episode as it is a teaser for the next episode. See the housekeeping notes for what's up. This is a 30 second VIDEO PODCAST (Woo!) to show you some of the animals we'll be meeting on our next podcast - Safari South Africa! For supplemental materials, check out my special photography essay on the African Field Notes.
Click Here To Download: Episode #3: Safari South Africa.
October 18, 2005
In this episode, I’ll be talking about one of the few dangerous predators you might encounter in North America – the bear. We’ll cover...
(1) a couple of real bear experiences.
(2) why bears and people don’t mix
(3) the death of the man who lived with grizzlies
(4) some cool findings on Cave Bear DNA
(5) what should you do if you encounter a bear?
(6) a debate on whether or not to bring a gun into the backcountry
(7) what power the bear has to some native Americans
(8) a couple of good bear movies you might want to check out
Click Here To Download: Episode #2: The Grizzly Truth.
September 16, 2005
Here's the first episode of the new podcast from PERLGURL.ORG!
In this episode, we talk a lot about how amazing it is to see great white sharks in the wild, as well as how cage diving works. We also cover things like why sharks need protection and some of the current shark research efforts underway. We review a great shark diving reference called The Shark Watcher’s Handbook, and as well as several fun shark movies (and even a video game!) to get us in the shark watching mood!
Click Here To Download: Episode #1: We're Going To Need A Bigger Boat - Great White Sharks.