The Wild with Chris Morgan
THE WILD with Chris Morgan explores how nature survives and thrives alongside (and often despite) humans. Taking listeners across the Pacific Northwest and around the world, host Chris Morgan explores wildlife and the complex web of ecosystems they inhabit. He also tells the stories of people working in and protecting the wild around us.
This podcast is a production of KUOW in Seattle in partnership with Chris Morgan and Wildlife Media. It is produced by Matt Martin and edited by Jim Gates. It is hosted, produced and written by Chris Morgan. Fact checking by Apryle Craig. Our theme music is by Michael Parker.
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Eavesdropping on orcas: love, grief, and family
The orca story is one of human misunderstanding and generational trauma. But it's also a story of celebration, family, and a sense of place. Exploring their chatty underwater world might just help us understand how they are communicating… and what they are trying to say.
Welcome (back) to The Wild
Season 5 kicks off with new episodes on March 14th
A short check-in from Chris
The new season kicks off in March
Evolving ecology: Wisdom from 30 years as a fire lookout
Jim Henterly spent more than 70 days alone at the Desolation Peak Fire Lookout station last summer. He was there to keep an eye out for smoke plumes but also so much more.
Make it like it was: Clean, cold and flowing Gold Creek of Snoqualmie Pass
We can’t reset the clock on all the changes we’ve made to our natural ecosystems, but when we can, life is ready to thrive again.
Two-Eyed Seeing as a way to decolonize western science
There’s a way to understand nature through both the perspectives of indigenous knowledge and western science alongside each other. It’s a concept known as “two eyed seeing”.
Coral reefs: a biological symphony being silenced
A common misunderstanding about the sea is that it is silent down there, a quiet world beneath the waves, but it actually couldn't be further from the truth. The coral reef is the noisiest ecosystem in the sea.
Hard Knocks: Lessons from the woodpecker
Woodpeckers will peck at a tree up to 12,000 times a day and just one woodpecker peck produces about 15 times the force needed to give a human a concussion. So, how do woodpeckers bang their heads so much, and so hard and not come away with brain damage?
Nuclear sea otters: A wildlife refugee story
Fifty years later, we checked in on a rescue mission to save sea otters from nuclear annihilation and recolonize them along the west coast of North America.
Happy 46th Birthday!
An Earth Day message from Chris
The Cougar Conundrum
How we are sharing the world with a successful predator
True grit: the wild wolverine
For the first time in 100 years, wolverines are back in Mount Rainier National Park. How did they get there?