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caption: Chris Morgan poses for a portrait on Friday, January 28, 2019, at IslandWood, a learning center on Bainbridge Island.
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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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    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?

  • caption: An otter pup sits on its mother in the waves off of Cape Flattery in Neah Bay, Wash.

    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.

  • caption: Chris Morgan (left) and Jocelyn Akins (right) move across a snow field in Mount Rainier National Park towards a wolverine camera site.

    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?

  • caption: Dr. Rachel Graham, Evaristo Muschamp and Nelson Ortega ready a hammerhead shark for tagging and release.

    How to love a shark

    There are 540 shark species in the world and 143 of them are endangered. Rachel Graham is their evangelist.

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    Living Planet (special episode)

    This is a special episode from the podcast Living Planet from Deutsche Welle. In this episode they explore the efforts to bring life back to seabeds off the coast of Scotland and learn about an app that can tell what species a frog is by its song. A sort of Shazam for amphibians.