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BeProvided Conservation Radio takes you from the Santa Cruz Mountains to Africa with expert interviews in wildlife biology, conservation, environmental education, eco tourism and much much more. Our interviews help bridge the gap between international conservation efforts and local conservation efforts. Learn how you can help close to home and worldwide to save our wildlife, plants, water and environment.
 
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This Nature Short is from a FaceBook Live Conversation with Diana Oppenheim, founder of the ForElk.org campaign to save the Tule Elk. This audio is a 12 minute highlight of our hour long discussion. I have included both versions below for your convenience! Tule Elk of Point Reyes National Seashore need our help! So please listen and share! ForElk.o…
 
I am creating a new series highlighting my conversations with people helping to protect our natural world. These episodes will be between 2 to 15 minutes. Bite size pieces of inspiration and hope!! My first Nature Short is Searching for the Snow Leopard with Jak Wonderly. This is a fun little clip about his search and feelings toward his travels to…
 
When my guest today was a young boy, his grandmother would share stories about the many penguins on the beaches near where he was living. These stories stayed with Pablo (Popi) Garcia Borboroglu into adulthood and have inspired him to share the stories of penguins, not only with his children but with the world. Popi founded the Global Penguin Socie…
 
Marcia Sivek of BeProvided Conservation Radio speaks with Lisa Owens Viani, Co Founder of Raptors Are The Solution. They discuss the signing of bill AB1788 by Governor Gavin Newsom on September 29, 2020 and what that will do to help our wildlife. Lisa also gives advice of what we can do next now that this bill is signed.…
 
I was honored to host this episode of BeProvided Conservation Radio because of my two special guests: Shavaun Mara Kidd and Jak Wonderly. We talked about their book that is coming out very soon (Octoberl) called Searching for the Snow Leopard: Guardian of the High Mountain. Full show notes along with the Facebook Live video version of the show and …
 
In early Spring 2019, Bigs Eyes and Laimos wandered into new territory around the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve in Palo Alto, California from Shoreline, near Mountain View. They are a young couple hoping to find more of their kind in this new area and raise a family. I don’t know for sure, but I don’t think they expected to be alone. They did …
 
I am honored to have Dr. Liz Tyson as our guest today. Liz is an animal advocate with over 16 years of experience working for animal protection and conservation. Since 2018 she has been with Born Free USA and is currently the Program Director; here she is responsible for running the largest primate sanctuary. She is also leading the organization's …
 
Sloth is one of the seven deadly sins; meaning laziness and failure to act on ones talents. So why did the animal sloth get this name? They may be slow, but they are not lazy. They are efficient in conserving energy and they certainly utilize their talent by being able to hang in a tree and hide from potential threats and pesky tourists! I sought o…
 
Joshua Hammer, the author of our topic today, The Falcon Thief, has traveled the globe as a foreign journalist for Newsweek and is now a freelance writer living in Berlin. He is the New York Times bestselling author of The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu . He has also written for many publications that include the New York Times, Smithsonian, Outsid…
 
Boto's are Amazon River Dolphin, sometimes pink but always cute. They have a long rostrum with teeth that can munch through a turtle shell. They can reach up to 400+ pounds with strong flippers and tails but are graceful swimmers in the dark waters of the Amazon. I spoke with Suzanne Smith, founder of the Amazon River Dolphin Conservation Foundatio…
 
Hi, everyone. Welcome back to BeProvided Conservation Radio. Today is a special edition of a live Facebook event and you can find the full video version on my Facebook or you can also find. A recorded version on YouTube. This is an abbreviated audio version of that interview with highlights about P-22 and the current vote on the California Endanger…
 
My guest today is award winning journalist with master's degrees in both journalism and biology. Peter Christie, we are going to be talking about his new book, Unnatural Companions, Rethinking Our Love of Pets in an Age of Wildlife Extinction, we will discuss the pets versus conservation dilemma, such as domestic animals, preying on backyard wildli…
 
Lori Marino is a neuroscientist and expert in animal behavior and intelligence. She coauthored a ground breaking study that showed that bottlenose dolphins can recognize themselves in the mirror. This altered Lori's career path, she stopped working with captive animals after this, it was too difficult to know about their intelligence an see them co…
 
Good day everyone this is Marcia Sivek the host of BeProvided Conservation Radio. I hope this finds everyone and their loved ones safe in these crazy times. I have been fortunate enough to be healthy and have a healthy family. I know there is a lot of news about COVID 19. There is a lot of anger toward China and the live wet markets. There is a lot…
 
This week's show is a little different, in that I am interviewing the co-founder of an investment management firm called Karner Blue Capital. I have never thought of interviewing an investment company co-founder until I saw their recent press release titled: Socially responsible investment leader urges a collective reassessment of our relationship …
 
Hello everyone. Marcia Sivek here with BeProvided Conservation Radio. We are doing a re-broadcast today of one of my favorite interviews with John Muir Laws. I interviewed Jack at his home a couple of years ago, and I'm happy to say that he has won the Bay Nature Local Hero Award for Environmental Education for 2020. This is well deserved as he has…
 
Our most recent podcast is with Ayana Young, founder and host of the popular podcast, For The Wild. Ayana is a lover and protector of wild nature. She teaches us about empowered earth stewardship and leads biodiversity enhancement workshops. Ayana will discuss her experience with falling in love with old growth forests and the creation of her film,…
 
Hello everyone I am happy to be back with another show about the Land of the Snow Leopard Network. I interviewed Darla Hillard of the Snow Leopard Conservancy and Maria Azhunova, the newly elected leader of the Land of the Snow Leopard Network. Last year I interviewed the founder of the Snow Leopard Conservancy, Dr. Rodney Jackson where he explaine…
 
Hello everyone welcome back to BeProvided Conservation Radio, this is your host, Marcia Sivek. In today’s episode I speak via telephone with Lisa Owens Viani, cofounder of Raptors are the Solution or in short RATS. We discuss the topic of rodenticides or rat poison that seems to me, to be the DDT of our times and it is very important to learn more …
 
So you want a pet cheetah? When you see a baby cheetah your heart melts. They have dark golden eyes that are curious with goofy spikey mohawk hair that is meant to mimic honey badgers in the wild. Not to mention, the hundreds of tiny little spots from the top of the head to the tip of their long tail. Their faces have that distinctive black tear li…
 
Allyson Jayne Miller is the Founding Director of Oregon Action Team (ORECAT), a nonprofit foundation dedicated to protect Oregon’s cougar from being hunted down and poached and educating communities how to coexist with cougar and other predators without fear Here is a message from Allyson on her website: “There is nothing in our Universe that indic…
 
Today we continue our discussion with Ashleigh Lutz-Nelson, Assistant Curator of Carnivores for San Francisco Zoo. In Part two we talk about many things but the highlights include: the birth of the two snow leopard cubs at the zoo, the project with the Snow Leopard Conservancy, Ashleigh making the chuff sound!, the zoo's role in conservation, the i…
 
Meet Ashleigh Lutz-Nelson, Assistant Curator of Carnivores at the San Francisco Zoo! In this podcast Ashleigh talks about how she fell in love with carnivores, specifically cats at a young age and knew she wanted to aways work with animals. She discusses her journey of wanting to be a veterinarian to changing g her mind and wanting to work more wit…
 
A great conservation story! From zero swans to over 200 swans thirty years later! Thanks to one man and his passion, Harry Lumsden. Our guest today, Liz Benneian, is the spokesperson for the Trumpeter Swan Coalition in Ontario,Canada. She shares the dramatic and soap opera like lives swans live (never a dull moment it sounds!) and how they are cont…
 
“I have a wonderful dream where everyone values the preservation of nature and we are inspired to protect it.” ~Meera Sulaiman-Photographer, Artist, Lover of Wildlife I had such a great time speaking with this week’s guest, Meera Sulaiman. It was like speaking to a long time friend, we have so much in common. Our conversation went on for well over …
 
Hello everyone welcome back to BeProvided Conservation Radio Our guest today is a good follow from our last podcast interview with Tai Moses of Santa Cruz Raptors are the Solution. We will discuss more humane and ethical solutions to wildlife control. I will be speaking to Rebecca Dmytryk co-owner with her husband, Duane Titus, of the Humane Wildli…
 
I feel so fortunate to speak with and interview so many people in this world doing good. My two guests this week are no exception! These two women are helping to create space for powerful visual storytelling by social impact companies at the third annual Reel Impact Film Festival (RIFF) in San Francisco on December 6th! Many of our regular listener…
 
Michael G. Starkey is a conservation biologist, ecological consultant and public speaker working to educate and involve the public in wildlife conservation issues. Michael has a diverse background in the field of wildlife conservation and he has worked as an ecological consultant for environmental consulting firms and government agencies such as th…
 
Contemporary Conservationist Dillon Jones is an aspiring conservationist involved heavily in ecological research, wildlife education and reconnecting with the natural world. Dillon focuses research on the ecology of reptiles and amphibians. Dillon has a great Instagram feed showing his work in the field. This is what inspired me to contact him for …
 
Happy Halloween Everyone! Welcome to Season Two of BeProvided Conservation Radio! I am excited to begin the season on Halloween with our guest, Elizabeth Fournier, author of the Green Burial Guidebook. A great, less scary topic for this spooky season! In this interview, Elizabeth offers information about how you can have an affordable and environme…
 
I met Monika Egerer through Colby Anton (previous podcast interviewee about studying cougars in Yellowstone) , both are PhD candidates in the Environmental Studies at University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC). I am excited to share Monika's work with urban garden ecology because urban gardening can bring quality food and quality of life to neighbo…
 
*Dr. Rodney Jackson and his wife, Darla Hilard with snow leopard cub Jackson. Photo credit: Robbi Pengally. Today's episode is part 2 of 2 episodes with Dr. Rodney Jackson of the Snow Leopard Conservancy. If you have not yet listened to Part 1, I highly recommend it. In Part 1 Rodney talked about his background and how the Snow Leopard Conservancy …
 
Celebrating Snow Leopard Conservancy on July 4th! *Photo Credit: Karen Czekalski. Rodney in front of a mountain vista taken in Hemis National Park in Ladakh, India in 2013. I have a treat for you today- a conversation about snow leopards with Dr. Rodney Jackson founder of the Snow Leopard Conservancy. For the past three decades, Dr. Rodney Jackson …
 
Suzi Eszterhas, our next podcast guest, told me she is no longer a workaholic, but as our conversation progressed, I had to wonder if she was telling me the truth! Suzi has created an internationally recognized name for herself in wildlife conservation photography, particularly baby animals and their families. She leads three group photo tour adven…
 
Healing Power: The Human-Animal Bond This week our guest on the show, Susan Janin, is an advocate for all animals from domestic cats to snow leopards in the Himalayas. My interview with Susan, especially our conversation about Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) gave me a reason to reflect on how my own pets have helped me heal during traumatic times…
 
I am excited to introduce our guest today, Kathryn Arnold the co-founder, Story Curator and Editor in Chief of Wild Hope Magazine. Wild Hope is a beautiful publication sharing stories from scientists, nature writers, artists photographers, poets, naturalists and citizen scientists all dedicating their lives to help protect our planet. I just receiv…
 
It was a sunny April afternoon as I approached a tree-lined apartment complex located in San Mateo. I avoided any extra caffeine that morning because my mind was already racing. I was to meet and interview an artist and naturalist I admire, John Muir Laws. In my head were so many questions that I knew I could not fit them all in during the time we …
 
Marian Brickner: Wildlife Photographer, Artist and Author At age 55, Marian Brickner realized she had to do something to stop people from killing each other and anything that looks different. She set out to show the world through photography that, even though we all look different, we are living beings and should be respectful to each other. This g…
 
Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom television show during the 1970s inspired so many people I have interviewed, including myself, to fall in love with wildlife. If you aren’t familiar with this show, (maybe you are too young!) it was a show bringing adventure, exotic animals, and different cultures into our American living rooms every week. Marlin Perk…
 
Igniting Change With Ash Lauth and Blake Kopcho On May 8, 2018, Marcia from BeProvided Conservation Radio will publish her recent interview with two campaigners from Ignite Change, a program of the Center for Biological Diversity. In this episode you will learn the importance of activism and grass root campaigning for the environment and wildlife. …
 
How many of us have followed a path in life because people said: “it is the right thing to do?” I know I did and so did our guest Kerri Wolter. Kerri says as a true animal lover, "this was not really the direction I wanted to take, but my horse needed to eat!" She was speaking about having to take a corporate job to pay bills.The paths we follow th…
 
This is a story of what can happen if you have so many air miles accumulated that you can take you and your partner anywhere in the world. In 2000, a lawyer, Alan Feldstein, accumulated so many air miles that he could take his wife and himself anywhere they wanted. Alan and his wife, Diane decided to take their first adventure to Africa. So off the…
 
During last week's mist net and bird banding field trip with Point Blue Conservation Science at the Palomarin Field Station facility just north of San Francisco, Marcia had the pleasure to hear the stories from four interns in the conservation science field. Marcia thought these stories were great to hear. She is sharing them with you in today's ep…
 
Spring is the busy season for the avian ecologists and interns of Point Blue Conservation Science working at the Palomarin Field Station just north of Sausilito, California. Point Blue Conservation Science has been at the forefront of protecting nature for over half a century. The Palomarin Field Station is one of the premier national locations for…
 
I am re-publishing this podcast from last year for a couple reasons: One, I have lost my voice and have had the flu for the past couple weeks and have fallen behind in interviews! Two, the Spring Wildlife Conservation Expo is just around the corner on April 21, 2018. If you love wildlife and nature and meeting amazing like-minded people, you should…
 
Angelina Mertens is referred to as a “Sustainable Bridge Builder!” She helps bridge the private, public and social sectors with the work she is doing. She also creates the bridge between California and Namibia for the Cheetah Conservation Fund. I first met Angie through volunteering at the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in Namibia where I worked b…
 
Meet Colby Anton, PhD candidate at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC). Marcia interviewed Colby Anton at the beautiful UCSC campus to talk to him about his work with cougars and wolves in Yellowstone National Park. (This is Colby in the photo by Justin Duffer:NPS with his four legged workmate. Not a bad work setting at all!) In this epi…
 
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