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Hosted by Daniel Vitalis, The WildFed Podcast is about deepening your connection with the natural world through hunting, fishing, foraging, and, of course, food. It’s about the wild food that’s freely available on your landscape, at the edges of your town or city, and sometimes just outside your door. The podcast consists of interviews with biologists, authors, wildlife managers, foragers, hunters, anglers, chefs, friends, and plenty of educational and inspirational solo shows too. WildFed — ...
 
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Dan Gardoqui — nature-based mentor and bird language expert — joins us to share how bird language and tracking can not only make you a better hunter but also improve the richness of your experience in the field. Talking with birds is being in conversation with the wild, Dan says, and it will make you more conscious of how you move through the woods…
 
Judy Camuso is Commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and is the first woman ever to lead MDIFW. A wildlife biologist, avid birder, hunter and outdoor enthusiast, Judy's world is rooted in the outdoors, and she's ardent about preserving access to hunting and fishing for all. It was great fun getting to ask Judy some o…
 
It was a great time getting together with wild food enthusiast, author, and foraging instructor Langdon Cook. Daniel and Langdon had a wide-ranging conversation focused on the wild foods of the Pacific Northwest but with an overarching theme of stewardship of wild species and places that's applicable to any ecoregion. Tune in to hear about x-rated …
 
Natalie Bogwalker is the founder and director of Wild Abundance, a permaculture and homesteading school nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Natalie is passionate about preserving ancestral primitive skills, and we had a lively conversation about the importance of keeping these skills alive in modern times with a focus on wild food, …
 
We hosted new hunters Martissa Williams and Rod Coleman in Maine to guide them on their inaugural hunt. During their visit, we explored how race can create unique barriers to entry when starting out in hunting. Hunting is a shared evolutionary and ecological food acquisition pattern of all of humankind, and we hope this conversation can open dialog…
 
Ed Butler aka the Working Class Woodsman is a skilled woodsman with a lifetime of knowledge from time spent in the woods. He's a native of rural New Hampshire and is passionate about all things hunting, harvesting, foraging, and fishing in the Northeast. We had a great time sitting down to talk with Ed about what his wild food year looks like — an …
 
Emma Teal Laukitis and Claire Neaton — the Salmon Sisters — grew up on the Aleutian Islands of Alaska where they've worked on their family's commercial fishing boats since they were young. In this episode, Emma and Claire give us a glimpse into their inspiring and unique seafaring lifestyle. They share about the Alaskan salmon fishery, the role of …
 
The close bond between humans and dogs is undeniable. But how did our stories become so intertwined? David Ian Howe — anthropologist, archaeologist & science educator — studies the relationship between dogs and humans, and he joins us to share how dogs became domesticated. Tune in to hear how this story unfolds from the early human-wolf relationshi…
 
Arthur Haines — botanist, forager & Maine Guide — is back on The WildFed Podcast! "We are pieces of a complex web," says Arthur in this intimate and powerful conversation. From describing their stories of miscarriage and the loss of a newborn to recounting their experiences hunting black bear, Daniel and Arthur cover some pretty personal and though…
 
While filming with our friend Lori McCarthy in Newfoundland, we sat down for a roundtable discussion with Lori and local artisan Clare Dawn Fowler. Lori has dedicated her life to preserving the cultural food heritage of Newfoundland, and Clare creates sustainably beautiful designs using Newfoundland harp seal leather and fur. In this episode, we ex…
 
Ben Goldfarb is an award-winning environmental writer and the author of Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter. Ben's expansive knowledge on the deeply misunderstood beaver, their profound positive impacts on ecosystems, and how they've shaped our history will re-orient your view of North America, and with any luck, conve…
 
After an afternoon of tasting wild apples, we sat down to talk with apple enthusiast, author, forager and arborist Matt Kaminsky, aka Gnarly Pippins. Matt teaches us about the apple’s “extreme heterozygosity,” a trait that leads to the incredible genetic variation we see in their wild fruits. We recorded this conversation at Red Kill Mountain — the…
 
"As foragers, we need to be gardeners," says Ben Falk — regenerative ecosystem architect and founder of Whole Systems Design. In this insightful conversation, Ben shares how we in the wild food world can be agents for good on the landscape. He discusses strategies for creating habitat for wildlife right where you live — building resilient living sy…
 
Clay Bowers is a foraging instructor and wild food generalist based in Northern Michigan. He aims to inspire people to become integrated with their local ecology through foraging and leads foraging classes locally. In this conversation, Clay and Daniel reflect on some of their favorite wild food endeavors, including sucker fishing, squirrel hunting…
 
Jennifer Frazer is a prolific freelance science writer and ardent Under-Loved Lifeform Enthusiast. Join us as we unpack some of our world's lesser-known — but truly fascinating — organisms. Jennifer has dedicated her life to sharing her excitement about the amazing creatures that share this planet with us. In this episode, you'll learn about the li…
 
Bruce McGlenn is a third generation hunter-gatherer of the Northwest and founder of Human Nature Hunting — a Washington-based school dedicated to healing the connection between humans and nature through hunting and gathering. In this episode, we get to the heart of the ancestral practice of hunting and take a look at where it's going into the futur…
 
John Slattery — bioregional herbalist, forager, educator, and author — is passionate about helping people develop deep and meaningful relationships with wild plants. In this episode, we delve into the medicinal side of wild plants and hear about John’s personal journey along the plant medicine path in the desert southwest. His approach is grounded …
 
This episode of the Lead with Nature Podcast is unique. Long-time colleagues in the field of wildlife tracking and conservation, Dan and Dr. Elbroch cover a range of topics relevant to Mark's newest book: The Cougar Conundrum: Sharing the World with A Successful Predator. They dive deep into the rich history of wildlife conservation and management …
 
Tune into this special edition of The WildFed Podcast for a spring turkey hunt recap from six hunters — some seasoned turkey hunters and some just starting out — including a few familiar voices. From the calls and the shots to missed opportunities and amusing predicaments to a young boy's first turkey hunt and the hunt from a perspective of a state…
 
Adam Haritan is the nature enthusiast behind Learn Your Land — a media channel dedicated to plant and mushroom ID, wild food harvesting, and the benefits of nature connection. Daniel and Adam have a lively conversation on all things wild food, including why you should get to know non-edible wild species, understanding wild mushrooms, the future of …
 
We had the serendipitous opportunity to sit down with local Maine legend and State Bear Biologist Randy Cross just as he was ending an illustrious 37-year career leading the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife black bear management and monitoring program. A guide and mentor at heart, Randy shares his profound wisdom and insights into …
 
Daniel had a great time chatting with Wade Truong and Rachel Owen — the charismatic duo behind Elevated Wild, a brand dedicated to hunting, fishing, foraging and exploring the untamed table. Rachel and Wade are based in Virginia, where, they say, "it's a great place to be a wild foods generalist." We take a walk through their wild food year and hea…
 
Micah Woodcock is a wild seaweed harvester and the owner of Atlantic Holdfast Seaweed Company. His life is intimately intertwined with the marine ecosystem where he sustainably hand-harvests these nutritious sea vegetables. Tune into this interview for Micah's sustainable harvesting techniques, the wild world of seaweed politics, a fascinating disc…
 
After a week spent offshore fishing and wild hog hunting in Georgia, we sat down with our gracious host Tony Seichrist — lifelong fisherman and chef at The Wyld — for a wide-ranging conversation you do not want to miss. Tony is something of a renaissance man, and his journey to becoming a chef is both fascinating and inspiring. We also get into the…
 
Mentor. Storyteller. Natural Learning Specialist. Fly-Fishing Junkie. Student of Native Traditions & the Hero's Journey. Proud Dyslexic. Rites-of-Passage Facilitator. Artist. Community-Builder. Coffee Lover. Michael Trotta founded Sagefire Institute in 2005, where he teaches people to build culture that puts individuals into relationship with their…
 
Dylan Stewart is a Maine-based spearfisherman, freediver, and the talented artist behind Bold Coast Burns. In this episode, Dylan gives us a glimpse into what it's like freediving and spearfishing off the coast of Maine, sharing some of his incredible experiences along the way. We discuss the species Dylan targets when spearfishing, freediving safe…
 
Renowned botanist Arthur Haines joins us for a conversation that ranges from deep, philosophical ideas about early human beings to extremely practical tips on harvesting wild blueberries. With a low barrier to entry, wild blueberries are an excellent pursuit for the novice and experienced forager alike! In this comprehensive guide, you'll learn abo…
 
In this interview, we learn about the complex world of lichens from Felicity Roberts — a rural Newfoundlander, lichen expert, certified herbalist, writer, and wild food advocate. "There's nothing simple about lichens," says Felicity, and she's not kidding. These extremophile organisms — often called "the lungs of the forest" — can be useful indicat…
 
Alan Bergo — The Forager Chef — is back on the show! A surgeon on the plate, Alan's speciality is creative and innovative wild food cuisine. If you're looking for ways to move from store-bought food to more wild harvested food during this pandemic, tune in for Alan's unique culinary solutions that will increase your self-sufficiency and foraged cul…
 
If you're living in an urban environment and feeling overwhelmed about getting started in hunting, Fisher Neal is your guide to breaking down the barriers to entry and getting out into the field. A lifelong hunter based in New Jersey, Fisher is the owner and head guide of Learn to Hunt NYC where he introduces city-dwellers to the joy and satisfacti…
 
In this episode, Daniel chats with Hank Shaw — award-winning food writer, hunter, angler, forager & chef. Hank started his wild foods website — one of the largest sources of wild food recipes on the internet — in 2007, and he shares how he's seen wild food culture change over the years. Always on the quest for new terrain, Hank gives us an inside l…
 
Despite the crises at hand, viruses themselves are incredible “creatures”. With all of us using the language of virology lately (without always knowing what it is we’re really talking about) we decided now was the time to learn how they fit into the ecology of our planet. We were fascinated by what we learned. “Earth's Virology Professor” Vincent R…
 
Human. Forager. Hunter. Homesteader. Herbalist. Teacher. Student of Nature. BIO: From a young age, Jenna Rozelle was taught that “Plants are medicine. Plants are food. They’re everywhere and available.” Jenna leads a life deeply in love with the natural world...with all the feelings.... Her annual calendar is that of roots, shoots, pickling, preser…
 
Lori McCarthy — Newfoundland-based wild food expert — is back on The WildFed Podcast! Lori gives us a look inside what life looks like for a forager, angler & hunter in Newfoundland during this pandemic. We discuss the value in developing food security right now and how we'll be building our own wild food and herbal medicine stores in the coming mo…
 
This episode we talk with Dan Gardoqui or the Lead with Nature Podcast. Dan is a skilled naturalist whose passions include birding, tracking and hunting. Stories of Dan's unique perspective on engaging with the natural world within! Patreon!: https://www.patreon.com/Naturalistics website: https://naturalisticspod.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/Na…
 
Live from quarantine! We chat with our friend Kevin Kossowan — creator of James Beard Award twice-nominated web-series FROM THE WILD. Kevin and Daniel share how they've been getting out on the landscape to hunt, fish & forage in their respective eco-regions during quarantine. They also discuss the implications of the global pandemic on our food sup…
 
Show Notes: Episode #3 What a pleasure to spend an hour with Casey McFarland. I think you'll find this episode very engaging and fascinating. Casey's Bio: Casey McFarland trains biologists, research teams, eco-tourism guides, and the general public to read and interpret tracks and signs of wildlife. A Senior Tracker & Senior International Evaluator…
 
Tim Knedler is the Fish Culture Supervisor at the New Gloucester State Fish Hatchery of Maine's Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife where he oversees the facility's annual production of 60,000 catchable salmonids. Tim hosted us at the New Gloucester Hatchery where we got an in-depth overview of their operation and how the fish are raised. We …
 
Dr. Stephen Rich is a Professor of Microbiology and Director of the Laboratory of Medical Zoology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he researches zoonotic diseases. He's particularly focused on the tick-borne illness Lyme disease and runs a lab called TickReport where you can send in ticks to test for pathogens. In this interview, Dr…
 
Nikaline Iacono is the owner and visionary behind Vessel & Vine — an eclectic bar and bistro in Maine with a focus on locally-sourced cocktails and cuisine. We sat down with Nikaline at "The Vine" for a wide-ranging conversation over foraged cocktails. Be warned: We traverse a lot of territory in this interview — some of it taboo — including the co…
 
This time on the podcast we discuss ways for naturalists to navigate times when we must turn our practice inside or close to home. Nature is never canceled and there is always something cool to find! Patreon!: https://www.patreon.com/Naturalistics website: https://naturalisticspod.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/Naturalistics_ email: naturalistics…
 
Robert Steneck, Ph.D is a professor of Oceanography, Marine Biology and Marine Policy in the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine. He's a marine ecologist whose laboratories include coastal zones in the Gulf of Maine and the Caribbean, and his lifetime of marine research is prolific, with topics ranging from coral reefs to lobsters …
 
Learn about becoming a modern-day hunter-gatherer with Arthur Haines — hunter, forager, renowned botanist and Maine Guide. Arthur is an incredible resource on both the philosophical and practical aspects of all things wild food. This episode provides a useful framework for getting started in foraging, choosing your weapon, having a good relationshi…
 
Here we go! Episode #1 of the Lead with Nature Podcast begins with two guys named Dan who both are crazy about learning about life from birds. They're not just "bird geeks" or "bird whisperers," but instead, they allow birds to help inform their lives each and every day. Curious about what that means? Give it a listen... Today's Guest is Dan Fontai…
 
Carter Heath is a lifelong turkey hunter, turkey hunting mentor and Regional Director of the National Wild Turkey Federation for New England. In this episode, Carter walks us through turkey hunting basics — from turkey terminology to in-the-field hunting calls, equipment and best practices. If you're new to turkey hunting or looking to pick up some…
 
Dr. Laura Brandt is a Wildlife Biologist with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in South Florida and has been studying the ecological role of alligators and other wetlands species in the Everglades region for almost 40 years. In this episode, Laura shares her passion for alligators and the Everglades as she takes us on a guided tour of the River of Gr…
 
Stefan and Matt discuss how tinkering with archeology can help us become better naturalists. Lots of discussions of flintknapping and friction fire within. Junco article: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/10/science/birds-smell-bacteria.html Patreon!: https://www.patreon.com/Naturalistics website: https://naturalisticspod.com Twitter: https://twitter…
 
Lifelong outdoorsman Conor Sullivan specializes in fisheries management, maritime law enforcement and is an established outdoor writer. His fishing background is what fisherman's dreams are made of — having fished in the wilds of Alaska and Hawaii and throughout the lower 48 as well. In this interview, Conor shares what it's like living amongst ape…
 
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