Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Sparrows and Circuit Boards

On Monday, August 30th, Local Dirt features two guests. First, we discuss sparrows and migratory behavior. Second is electronics 101: the simplicity and complexity of the technology in our lives.

The first half of the show features a conversation with Zoltan Nemeth, a Post-Doc at UC Davis working with migratory birds, investigating the role of hormones and the endocrine system in the white-crowned sparrow. Nemeth's work tracks the inter-continental flight path of the birds, as well as the stresses that the birds encounter, as their habitat is destroyed, their food supply is restricted by urbanization, and chemicals in the form of pesticides accumulate in the species' bodies, reducing their population.

The second half of the show features Steve, a Davis community member who is an electronics whiz, to say the least. He is an electrical engineer who, in this half hour, discusses he role of electronics in our lives, the value of the basic knowledge of how to build electronics, as well as using available knowledge and imagination to design and build, well, anything you might imagine.

To listen to the show about sparrows and circuit boards, listen here!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Forage Davis

Village Harvest gleans thousands of pounds of fruit each year!
Village Harvest Davis. Village Harvest's Greg Gibbs joined us to talk about the community-run Village Harvest Davis program, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that harvests residential fruit trees in the City of Davis and re-distributes would-be wasted fruit to family services and emergency food aid agencies in Yolo County. Year to date, Village Harvest has gleaned over 38 thousand pounds of unwanted fruit from community members trees. Greg talks about the logistics of managing the harvesting and redistribution of all that fruit, including details about their 300+ fruit tree database and team of volunteers ranging from the ages of four to 91 years old! (begins at 03:00min)

Camilla with a Turkey Tail mushroom in Kauai. 
Wild Food Foraging in Northern California. Camilla Hinshaw Barry, owner of Cache Creek Inn, a boutique Bed and Breakfast in Rumsey, CA, joins Local Dirt to talk about wild food and foraging in Northern California. Camilla started her foraging adventures in the bay area when she first moved to California nearly 30 years ago. She looks for wild food and other things to forage wherever she travels across the world. Camilla shares foraging adventures from as far away as Kabul to as close as the Davis Amtrak Station. Now residing in the beautiful Capay Valley, Camilla keeps up two blogs about her foraging adventures and other things at Cache Creek Inn blog and Rumsey Ramblings(begins at 23:00min)

Nick with his mobile fruit harvester in Kauai.
Davis Fruit Trees Map. Nick Barry, founder of Davis Dollars Community Currency and resident of Davis, CA, joined his mom, Camilla, on air to talk about his many foraging adventures, including the time he built a mobile fruit harvester that he used when traveling to Kauai during family trips to harvest coconuts, mangoes and jackfruit. Nick started the Davis Fruit Trees Map, a pubic and collaborative map which has turned into a popular community resource for wild food loving Davis-ites! Check out the fruit tree map online and the Davi wiki site dedicated to fruit trees in Davis(begins at 43:25min)

Please note: be sure to only forage food in public places. If the food is on private property. 

Tonight's show featured music from Putamayo's Music from the Coffee Lands.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Hummingbirds and their Behavior; Paulina Gonzalez

Today's show features Paulina Gonzalez, a PHD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. We speak with her about her work with hummingbird behavior. On the second half of the show, we will bring you past coverage of an interview with Temple Grandin, who spoke at Eco Fair Marin. 


Listen to the show from 8-6-12 here!