Dec 2, 2021
Artemis is doing a deep-dive into climate science. In our opening episode we talk with Maddison Easley, a California biologist who straddles the divide between the conservation world and agency life. Much of Maddison's work is aimed at rangeland conservation. We talk about how birds, vegetation and soils are all indicators of ecosystem health - and what's changing with grasslands as the climate changes.
5:00 Growing up a rancher, becoming a biologist, returning to the ranch
7:00 Alaska caribou hunt & helping a nephew harvest his first turkey for Thanksgiving dinner
10:00 Caribou... the move FAST + a first-timer's take on a new species
15:00 Rangeland Monitoring Network - "The primary goal is to preserve the ecological value of rangelands"
17:00 Birds, soil, vegetation... all indicators of ecosystem health
20:00 Soil carbon monitoring
22:00 About half of California is rangeland, and about half of those lands are privately owned
23:00 Grazing management tactics to put more carbon in the soil
25:00 Carbon sequestration 101
29:00 Not all soils are created equal for sequestration + ecological site descriptions
31:00 Drought affects carbon sequestration in soil
35:00 Co-operating with private landowners
41:00 Birds as an indicator species
43:00 White-breasted nuthatch
44:00 Changes in the last decade; wetland and grassland birds in decline
50:00 Tips to minimize the spread of invasive species... "Humans are the primary vector of invasive species"
56:00 Eradication isn't a reality for many invasive species... "but we can reduce the frequency and abundance in places, and increase diversity"
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