Amy Cilimburg visits with naturalist and educator Sue Reel about native bees, the importance of pollinators and the native plants on which they depend, the amazing guides she has developed, and more. Amy also speaks with Amy Seaman – her colleague at Montana Audubon – about cool birds. In the final segment Amy S. interviews butterfly expert Jeff Pippen about the research he is conducting this summer at the MPG Conservation Ranch.
Lots to learn about our flying friends and the critical roles the play in our ecosystems and food systems.
You can find these guides, created by Sue and artist Nancy Seiler, at the Montana Natural History Center or the Lolo National Forest Headquarters in Missoula.
In the first of several programs about women in science, producer Ann Szalda-Petree talks with molecular biologist Shaila Kotadia, Education & Outreach Manager at Synberc, UC-Berkeley, about everything from synthetic biology and challenges faced by women scientists to the trade-offs involved in the pursuit of a tenure-track academic science career, and more.
Producer Lacy Roberts brings us an hour of conversation with and about female farmers. First, we learn why photographer Audra Mulkern started the Female Farmer Project and what it reveals about female back-to-the-land farmers. Next, we sit around the kitchen table with Tracy and Margaret, owners of Dixon, Montana’s County Rail Farm, and two of the farm’s young interns, Kitty and Morgan, who describe falling for organic farming. Finally, farmer-mom-journalist-editor Courtney Lowery Cowgill of Prairie Heritage Farm near Power, Montana shares how she, a farmer’s daughter who vowed to never marry a farmer, did exactly that. Cowgill’s description of this phase of her career: “part-time job, full-time Mom, part-time farmer and full-time cook and keeper of the house, the finances, the schedule, the diaper bag…”
This show first aired July 22, 2014 on Montana Public Radio.