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Sit beside a pond in the Brooks Range with host Richard Nelson, listening to a chorus of wood frogs.
These inconspicuous and unassuming little croakers of the far north forest spend up to eight months every winter frozen solid...no heartbeat...no breathing!
Here's a sample of the male wood frog's love song.
Listen to the Wood Frog Program and learn more about one of Alaska's most extraordinary animals.
Encounter's Wild Explorer is the place to learn more about the fascinating topics covered on Encounters Radio programs.
Like the wood frog, other animals of the north have ingenious strategies for surviving the long, deep cold. This week, explore some of the ways that Alaska's animals deal with their unique and challenging environment.
In the North, summers are fleeting and winters long—up to 8 months—and brutally cold. Alaska's animals have evolved some extraordinary strategies for survival.
Where else on public radio programming can you hear polar bears growl, peregrine falcons cry and killer whales splash? In an ever increasingly urban world, Encounters: Experiences in the North brings the sounds of the northern wild to the radio for a rare, entertaining and informative weekly program. Now in its tenth season, Encounters is heard throughout Alaska and around the nation—and has podcast listeners around the world. Alaska’s acclaimed cultural anthropologist and award winning nature writer, Richard Nelson is the host of Encounters. Each 29- minute segment contains a tight weave of scientific and indigenous perspectives as Nelson bubbles over with boundless enthusiasm for all things wild. Because it is recorded live to tape, Encounters has a refreshing immediacy that makes for exciting and entertaining listening.
The carefully researched material draws information from the best scientific investigations, from discussions with scientists about their work, from accurate interpretation of conclusions in a wide range of studies, and from direct experience in the field. The programs are recorded live in the field during close contact with the subject. Whether high atop a 65 foot tree to record a program on wind, kayaking along side a pod of sea lions or getting curiously close to a grizzly bear, Nelson engages the listener in feeling the place as well as the subject.
Dr. Nelson has spent forty years in the north living with indigenous people and writing extensively about human relationships to the natural world. He began Encounters as a volunteer for KCAW-FM, the voice and heartbeat of Sitka, a small island town on Alaska's north Pacific coast. Encouraged by its popularity among Sitkans, Nelson began to work with KCAW program director Ken Fate who edited the program and found distribution statewide. Today the show is still distributed by KCAW, Raven Radio.