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Nature

Stories about the natural world in your back yard.

  • Nature – Vampire Bats

    October 31, 2019 Nature - Vampire BatsIn observance of Halloween, Ed Dominguez, Lead Naturalist at the Seward Park Audubon Center, and KBCS’s Yuko Kodama talk vampire bats (not local to our region) on the shores of Andrews Bay in Seattle’s Seward Park. If you have any questions about our local natural flora and fauna, please contact Ed Dominguez and KBCS at news@kbcs.fm Producer: ...
  • Nature – Cooper’s Hawks

    October 23, 2019 Nature - Cooper's HawksWhich birds in our forests have Ewok-like skills in our local forests?  Go for a walk with Seward Park Audubon Center’s Ed Dominguez and KBCS’s Yuko Kodama on the trails of Seward Park. Producer:  Yuko Kodama Photo: Virginia Sanderson Unknown Speaker 0:00 91.3 KBCS music and ideas listener-supported radio from Bellevue College. Unknown Speaker 0:05 …Good day to hit the trails ...
  • Nature – Local Bats

    October 11, 2019 Nature - Local BatsThe Yuma Bat, Big Brown Bat and Little Brown Bat share the Puget Sound region with us during the summer months.  In late summer/early fall, the bats migrate to Central Washington to hibernate.  Find out how these small mammals fly, catch their food and take shelter in this special bat series, as Seward Park Audubon ...
  • Nature – Juvenile Bald Eagle

    August 15, 2019 Nature - Juvenile Bald EagleJuvenile Bald Eagles are learning to make a living this time of year, while adult eagles feed them.  Follow Seward Park Audubon Center’s Lead Naturalist, Ed Dominguez and KBCS’s Yuko Kodama on a trail in Seattle’s Seward Park as they listen for the young eagles’ calls for food.  Producers: Yuko Kodama and Jesse Callahan Photo: Juvenile Bald ...
  • Nature: Red Winged Blackbirds in the Cattails

    February 8, 2019 Nature: Red Winged Blackbirds in the CattailsWhat kind of habitat do cattails on our water’s edges provide for the red winged blackbird?  Seward Park Audubon Center Lead Naturalist, Ed Dominguez and KBCS’s Yuko Kodama talk about this habitat and this talkative bird at the Union Bay Natural Area near Seattle’s University District.
  • Nature: Merganser

    February 8, 2019 Nature: MerganserFind out about ducks who fish. Join KBCS’s Yuko Kodama on the shores of Lake Washington with Ed Dominguez, Lead Naturalist of the Seward Park Audubon Center, and discover Merganser water birds around Seattle. “Common Merganser family” by nicolebeaulac is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Producers Yuko Kodama and Ruth Bly
  • Nature: Bald Eagle

    February 8, 2019 Nature: Bald EagleJoin KBCS’s Yuko Kodama and Ed Dominguez, Lead Naturalist of the Seward Park Audubon Center, for another stroll through Seattle’s Seward Park, as they encounter and discuss our national bird: the bald eagle. “Eagle” by Jeff Power is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Producers Yuko Kodama and Ruth Bly
  • Nature: Birds and Fermented Berries

    January 11, 2019 Nature: Birds and Fermented BerriesYou may see bright berries left hanging onto branches in the winter cold this time of year.  These berries are a source of food and a stiff drink for our resident birds.  Listen in for more on the antics of birds this season as you join KBCS’s Yuko Kodama and Ed Dominguez, Lead Naturalist of ...
  • Nature: Mergansers and Gadwalls

    June 12, 2018 Nature: Mergansers and GadwallsFind out about a couple of breeds of ducks that can be found all-year-round in the Seattle area as KBCS’s Yuko Kodama and Ed Dominguez, Seward Park Audubon Center Lead Naturalist, take another nature walk in Seattle’s Seward Park. “handsome marganser” by marneejill is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 Producers Yuko Kodama and Ruth Bly
  • Nature: Algae

    May 25, 2018 Nature: AlgaeJoin KBCS’s Yuko Kodama on another nature walk with Ed Dominguez, Seward Park Audubon Center Lead Naturalist, to find out about when and how algae can throw its environment out of balance in our local lakes. “Algae” by alex_quinn is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 Producers Yuko Kodama and Ruth Bly
  • Nature: Ring-necked Duck

    May 14, 2018 Nature: Ring-necked DuckFind out more about our local Ring-necked ducks. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama speaks with Ed Dominguez, Seward Park Audubon Center Lead Naturalist, as they take another stroll through Seattle’s Seward Park. They talk about how the key characteristic that gave this duck its name may not be so obvious. “Male Ring-necked Duck 1.jpg” by RWShea Photography is ...
  • Nature: Bird Feeders

    May 4, 2018 Nature: Bird FeedersLooking to attract more wildlife into your yard? Join KBCS’s Yuko Kodama and Ed Dominguez, Seward Park Audubon Center’s lead naturalist, on another stroll through Seward Park and learn some tips for bird feeders. “house finch” by boxer_bob is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Producers Yuko Kodama and Ruth Bly
  • Nature: Mountain Beaver

    May 2, 2018 Nature: Mountain BeaverThis nature segment focuses on an aquatic rodent found locally, the Mountain Beaver. Join KBCS’s Yuko Kodama and Ed Dominguez, Seward Park Audubon Center Lead Naturalist, on a nature walk through Seattle’s Seward Park. “Burford Lake Beaver #1” by Larry Smith is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Producers Yuko Kodama and Ruth Bly
  • Nature: Steller’s Jay

    March 12, 2018 Nature: Steller's JaySometimes confused with the Blue Jay, meet the Stellar’s Jay, who can mimic others and likes to play. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama and Ed Dominguez, Seward Park Audubon Center Lead Naturalist, hiked the trails of Seward Park and came across the local bird with a playful side. “Steller’s Jay” by shell game is licensed under CC BY-CD-ND 2.0 Producers ...
  • Nature: Sword Fern

    February 16, 2018 Nature: Sword FernJoin us in another nature walk in Seattle’s Seward Park as KBCS’s Yuko Kodama talks to Ed Dominguez, Seward Park Audubon Center Lead Naturalist, about our local Sword Ferns. Discover what characteristics distinguish them from other ferns and how many Sword Ferns in Seward Park are burdened by a mysterious problem causing them to brown ...
  • Nature: Healing Plants

    February 7, 2018 Nature: Healing PlantsThis nature segment highlights local plants that have been traditionally used for healing. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama talk with Ed Dominguez, Seward Park Audubon Center’s Lead Naturalist, and they take another nature walk in Seattle’s Seward Park, to find out more. “Douglas Fir” by diana_robinson is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Producers Yuko Kodama and Ruth Bly
  • Nature: The Western Red Cedar and Native Tribes

    January 26, 2018 Nature: The Western Red Cedar and Native TribesKBCS’s Yuko Kodama spoke with Ed Dominguez, Seward Park Audubon Center Lead Naturalist, about one tree that was the Tree of Life for the local Duwamish people: the Western Red Cedar. “Thuja plicata” by Eric Hunt is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Producers Yuko Kodama and Ruth Bly
  • Nature: Douglas Fir Trees and Forest Fires

    January 5, 2018 Nature: Douglas Fir Trees and Forest FiresIn this KBCS nature series segment, Ed Dominguez, Seward Park Audubon Center Lead Naturalist, talks to KBCS’s Yuko Kodama about the benefits of allowing fires burn away the undergrowth. They also discuss how the Douglas Fir tree’s thick bark helps protect it from forest fires and why the intensity of forest fires has increased since ...
  • Nature: Oak Trees

    December 22, 2017 Nature: Oak TreesThis KBCS nature series segment focuses on Oak trees in the Puget Sound area. Join KBCS’s Yuko Kodama as she takes a nature walk in Seattle’s Seward Park with Ed Dominguez, Seward Park Audubon Center’s Lead Naturalist. They discuss the tree’s characteristics and scarcity in our area, along with their acorns. “Oak Tree in May” by ...
  • Nature: Old Growth Heritage Trees

    December 15, 2017 Nature: Old Growth Heritage TreesThis nature segment focuses on trees designated as old growth “Heritage Trees” in Seattle. Join KBCS’s Yuko Kodama and Ed Dominguez, Seward Park Audubon Center’s Lead Naturalist, as they discuss some of Seattle’s largest and oldest trees. “Old Growth Douglas fir and western hemlock” by F.Eatherington is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Producers Yuko Kodama and Ruth ...
  • Nature: How Conifer Trees Pollinate

    November 10, 2017 Nature: How Conifer Trees PollinateConifers are a family of trees which include the Western Hemlock, Douglas-fir, Pine, and many others. This nature segment focuses on how they pollinate. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama takes a nature walk in Seattle’s Seward Park with Ed Dominguez, Audubon Center Lead Naturalist, to talk about how Conifers release pollen and reproduce. Also, find out how ...
  • Nature: Bears and Berries

    November 6, 2017 Nature: Bears and BerriesHow do bears stock up on berries this fall season for their hibernation? KBCS’s Yuko Kodama spoke with Ed Dominguez, Seward Park Audubon Center Lead Naturalist, to discuss why bears eat lots of berries to stock up on energy reserves, in order to make it through the winter season. They also discuss some of our ...
  • Nature: Spiders

    November 3, 2017 Nature: SpidersIn this nature segment, KBCS’s Yuko Kodama talks with Seward Park Audubon Center Lead Naturalist, Ed Dominguez,  about discuss spiders. Dominguez shares how spiders keep the insect population in check. Dominguez also explains why having spiders around is actually a good thing. “Spider” by Ruth and Dave is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Producers Yuko Kodama and Ruth Bly
  • Nature: Fall Leaves

    October 27, 2017 Nature: Fall LeavesWhy do leaves change color in the fall? KBCS’s Yuko Kodama joins Ed Dominguez, Seward Park Audubon Center Lead Naturalist, to talk about the magic of the fall season and why this phenomenon occurs. “leaves” by Muffet is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Producers Yuko Kodama and Ruth Bly
  • Nature: Bats

    October 20, 2017 Nature: BatsFind out about the world of bats. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama talks with Ed Dominguez, Seward Park Audubon Center Lead Naturalist, about how our local bat population help keep the insect population in check, although they are often perceived as being simply pests for us humans. They also discuss how bats make it through the winter. “bat” ...
  • Nature: Frisky Fall Birds

    October 13, 2017 Nature: Frisky Fall BirdsKBCS’s Yuko Kodama joins Ed Dominguez, Seward Park Audubon Center Lead Naturalist, to talk about why birds in the Pacific Northwest are behaving differently. Find out why some birds in our region are acting like its spring to get a little romance. “Pigeon Paring” by Ingrid Taylar is licensed under CC-BY 2.0 Producers Yuko Kodama and Ruth ...
  • Nature: Wasps and Yellow Jackets

    October 6, 2017 Nature: Wasps and Yellow JacketsFor this nature series segment, we focus on insects with stingers. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama speaks with Ed Dominguez, Audubon Center Lead Naturalist, about how to avoid yellow jackets and wasps during your autumn walk in the woods. “wasps” by Bert Reimer is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 Producers Yuko Kodama and Ruth Bly
  • Nature: Ghost Forests

    September 29, 2017 Nature: Ghost ForestsThis nature segment focuses on a major earthquake event that occurred in Washington state about 1100 years ago. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama talk to Ed Dominguez, Seward Park Audubon Center Lead Naturalist, about how a violent earthquake that occurred about 1100 years ago flung plants and trees into Lake Washington. “Another ghost forest” by Jean-François Chénier is ...
  • Nature: Seattle Fault Zone

    September 27, 2017 Nature: Seattle Fault ZoneThis two-part KBCS nature series segment focuses on how the Seattle is subject to earthquakes as KBCS’s Yuko Kodama speaks with Ed Dominguez, Seward Park Audubon Center’s Lead Naturalist. Part 1 – Yuko Kodama speaks with Ed Dominguez regarding the Seattle Fault Zone and the history of earthquakes in the Puget Sound area Part 2 – Yuko Kodama ...
  • Nature: Cascade Mountain Range

    September 15, 2017 Nature: Cascade Mountain RangeThe Cascade Mountain Range is a massive collection of mountains that spans all throughout Washington. Join KBCS’s Yuko Kodama as she talks to Ed Dominguez, Seward Park Audubon Center’s Lead Naturalist, as they discuss various aspects of the range, including past, present, and potential volcanic activity. “More Than You Ever Know…” by John Westrock is licensed under ...
  • Nature: Wind Patterns in the Northwest

    September 8, 2017 Nature: Wind Patterns in the NorthwestKBCS’s Yuko Kodama talks with Ed Dominguez, Seward Park Audubon Center Lead Naturalist, about wind patterns in the Pacific Northwest. Find out about the characteristics of the winds in our area and why it is windier on some days more than others. “Wind” by Schaduw Zijde is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Producers Yuko Kodama and Ruth ...
  • Mount Rainier’s UFO Clouds

    September 1, 2017 Mount Rainier's UFO CloudsEd Dominguez, Seward Park Audubon Center Lead Naturalist, shares a story about the 1947 UFO sighting at Mount Rainier. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama joins as they discuss how the mountain’s lenticular clouds are sometimes mistaken for UFOs. “Rainier” by Laurel Fan is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 Producers Yuko Kodama and Ruth Bly
  • Nature: Song Sparrow

    August 25, 2017 Nature: Song SparrowWhat do Beethoven and a local bird have in common? KBCS’s Yuko Kodama recently visited Seattle’s Seward Park with Ed Domingez, Audubon Center Lead Naturalist, to discuss the song of a little brown bird in our midst: the Song Sparrow. “Song Sparrow” by jerrygabby1 is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Producers Yuko Kodama and Ruth Bly
  • Nature: Muskrat

    August 21, 2017 Nature: MuskratThis KBCS nature segment focuses on an aquatic mammal named the Muskrat. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama joins Ed Dominguez, Audubon Center Lead Naturalist at Seattle’s Seward Park, to discuss the critter’s features, diet, behaviors, and how it differs from its look-a-like: the Beaver. “Muskrat on Seedskadee NWR” by USFWS Mountain Prairie is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Producers Yuko ...
  • Nature: Double Crested Cormorant

    August 14, 2017 Nature: Double Crested CormorantThis KBCS nature segment focuses on a deep diving bird named the Double Crested Cormorant. Learn about how this bird is able to dive longer than others as KBCS’s Yuko Kodama speaks with Ed Dominguez, Audubon Center Lead Naturalist at Seattle’s Seward Park. “Double-crested Cormorant 3-20170406” by Kenneth Cole Schneider is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Producers ...
  • Nature: Madrone Tree

    July 31, 2017 Nature: Madrone TreeThis nature segment focuses on the Pacific Madrone, a berry producing local tree. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama recently took a walk in Seattle’s Seward Park with Ed Dominguez, Audubon Center Lead Naturalist, to discuss the unique characteristics and history of this tree. Find out about its name and red berries, which are eaten by many animals. “Madrone Arbutus menziesii” ...
  • Nature: Horsetail

    July 21, 2017 Nature: HorsetailThis KBCS nature segment focuses on the horsetail plant, a local plant which has been around since dinosaurs walked the earth. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama took a walk through Seattle’s Seward Park with Ed Dominguez, Audubon Center Lead Naturalist, to discuss the unique characteristics of this plant. Included in the discussion is the fact that horsetail plants reproduce with spores and is ...
  • Nature: Chickadee

    July 14, 2017 Nature: ChickadeeThis KBCS nature segment focuses on a small bird found locally, the Chickadee. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama joins Ed Dominguez, Audubon Center Lead Naturalist at Seattle’s Seward Park, to find out about the unique characteristics of the two types of Chickadees found in the Seattle area: the Black-capped Chickadee and the Chestnut-backed Chickadee. Also included in the discussion ...
  • Nature: Rabbits

    July 10, 2017 Nature: RabbitsIn this nature segment we explore the world of rabbits as KBCS’s Yuko Kodama takes a walk in Seattle’s Seward Park with Ed Dominguez, Audubon Lead Naturalist. They discuss the difference between hares and rabbits and some of the characteristics of the cottontail rabbit. “The rabbit 2” by Tiago Cabral is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Producers Yuko Kodama and Ruth Bly
  • Nature: Purple Finch

    July 3, 2017 Nature: Purple FinchFind out about a bird called the Purple Finch in this KBCS nature segment. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama talks with Ed Dominguez, Audubon Center Lead Naturalist in Seattle’s Seward Park, about how this bird has brought a new sound to Seward Park. “Ready to Go” by Rick Derevan is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Producers Yuko Kodama and ...
  • Nature: The Ups and Downs of Finding a Meal on a Tree

    June 26, 2017 Nature: The Ups and Downs of Finding a Meal on a TreeIn this week’s Nature segment, KBCS’s Yuko Kodama talks with Ed Dominguez, Audubon Center Lead Naturalist in Seattle’s Seward Park, about the ups and downs of birds foraging on a tree. Listen as they discuss the interactions of small bird called the Brown Creeper with another bird called the Red-breasted nuthatch. “Red-breasted Nuthatch” by tombenson76 is licensed ...
  • Nature: Dark-eyed Junco

    June 21, 2017 Nature: Dark-eyed JuncoFind out more about the sights and sounds of one species of bird in our area, the Dark-eyed Junco in this KBCS nature segment. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama speaks with Ed Dominguez, Audubon Lead Naturalist in Seattle’s Seward Park, about the beautiful small sparrow bird. “Dark-eyed Junco” by Henry McLin is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Producers Yuko Kodama ...
  • Nature: Why Birds Sing

    June 21, 2017 Nature: Why Birds SingWhat are those birds singing about? Find out as KBCS’s Yuko Kodama talks with Ed Dominguez, Audubon Lead Naturalist, in Seattle’s Seward Park. They discuss the different types of songs that birds sing as well as their motivation for singing. “Song Sparrow 3/8/1b” by mahlness is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Producers Yuko Kodama and Ruth Bly
  • Nature: Great Blue Heron Nesting

    June 13, 2017 Nature: Great Blue Heron NestingFind out more about Seattle’s official city bird, the Great Blue Heron, and their nesting habits in this KBCS nature segment. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama talks to Ed Dominguez, Audubon Lead Naturalist in Seattle’s Seward Park, as they visit a Great Blue Heron rookery. “Great Blue Heron on Nest” by Mick Thompson is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Producers Yuko ...
  • Nature: Plants That Attract Hummingbirds

    June 8, 2017 Nature: Plants That Attract HummingbirdsIn this week’s Nature segment KBCS’s Yuko Kodama talks to Audubon Lead Natualist Ed Dominguez about local plants that attract hummingbirds. Included in the discussion are the Oregon Grape and the Salal plants. “Hummingbird” by tciriello is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Producers Yuko Kodama and Ruth Bly
  • Nature: Sap and Ferns

    May 31, 2017 Nature: Sap and FernsDid you know that our forests hold licorice treats? Find out how to spot licorice fern on your next hike with Ed Dominguez, Seward Park Audubon Center lead naturalist, and KBCS’s Yuko Kodama. “ferns” by Muffet is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Producers Yuko Kodama and Ruth Bly
  • Nature: How Crows Build Their Nests

    May 19, 2017 Nature: How Crows Build Their NestsKBCS’s Yuko Kodama joins Seward Park Audubon Center Lead Naturalist, Ed Dominguez, to learn more about how Crows teach their young. Also find out what crows look for when they’re in the market for a home, in this week’s Nature segment. “Nesting Crow” by tim ellis is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Producers Yuko Kodama and Ruth Bly
  • Nature: A Tree’s Cambium Layer

    April 17, 2017 Nature: A Tree's Cambium LayerWe go outside to talk about the life force of trees.  The circulation of tons of fluid in them called the Cambium layer.  KBCS’s Yuko Kodama speaks with Seward Park Audubon Center lead naturalist Ed Dominguez. Photo: Courtesy of David Marvin Producers Yuko Kodama and Ruth Bly
  • Nature: Owl Vometorium

    April 17, 2017 Nature: Owl VometoriumWe take you out to an owl vometorium.  The place owls go to do their daily duty of sitting on the throne and coughing up the remains of the night before. Seward Park Audubon Center lead naturalist, Ed Dominguez treks through the park with KBCS’s Yuko Kodama. “Barred Owl” by James Mann is licensed under CC ...
  • Nature: Ravens and Crows

    April 13, 2017 Nature: Ravens and CrowsKBCS’s Yuko Kodama recently took a walk with Seward Park Audubon Center Lead Naturalist, Ed Dominguez. Find out which traits are unique to this family of birds, and also discover how ravens and crows are different. “Crow” by RDW. Photography is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Producers Yuko Kodama and Ruth Bly
  • Nature: Woodpecker

    March 24, 2017 Nature: WoodpeckerMaybe you’ve been noticing the hammering sounds on telephone poles and your chimney this season. Our region’s Woodpeckers are preparing for the spring. Ed Dominguez, Seward Park Audubon Center’s Lead Naturalist, takes you on a nature walk through Seattle’s Seward Park with KBCS’s Yuko Kodama to talk about these birds. “Woodpecker” by allspice1 is licensed under ...
  • Nature: Seward Park Birds

    March 10, 2017 Nature: Seward Park BirdsKBCS’s Yuko Kodama recently took a walk with Seward Park Audubon Center Lead Naturalist, Ed Dominguez. Take a listen to some of the gulls, Kinglets and song birds they heard on our latest segment on our KBCS nature series,. “Ruby-crowned Kinglet” by Mick Thompson is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Producers Yuko Kodama and Ruth Bly
  • Nature: Owls in Seward Park

    March 3, 2017 Nature: Owls in Seward ParkRecently, KBCS’s Yuko Kodama took a walk in Seward Park with Audubon Center Lead Naturalist, Ed Dominguez to discuss owl habitat. This is part of a new KBCS nature series, to learn about our local urban environment. “Who Are You??” by Big Grey Mare is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Producers Yuko Kodama and Ruth Bly