Houston and Nature

Houston and Nature


Latest Episodes

22: It’s Breeding Season at the Smith Oaks Rookery
April 08, 2022

The Smith Oaks Rookery on High Island, in springtime, teems with life. Several species of colonial nesting birds come here to raise their young. And they do so right in front of human onlookers, witho

21: Kristi Rangel Reclaims Space and Place in Nature
March 02, 2022

Kristi Rangel has many facets: By career she is an educator, public health official, and artist. By passion she explores African American connections to the land in Houston. When she talks, you quickl

20: Go birding with Sarah Flournoy and Houston Audubon
January 16, 2022

Does observing birds – as they jump from twig to twig, stalk prey, feed their young – bring you joy? Then, according to Sarah Flournoy of the Houston Audubon Society, you are a birder, whether you own

19: Texas Parks And Wildlife Meets A Changing State Population
December 09, 2021

The population of Texas is changing, but the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is ready. In this third episode of a three part interview, Ted Hollingsworth tells us how his agency addresses the incr

18: How Texas Parks And Wildlife Protects At-Risk Species Across The State
November 26, 2021

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) describes its approach to protecting the state’s ecosystems as science-based and forward-looking. How does being science-based work in a political cultur

17: My Time at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in Houston
November 20, 2021

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is a state government agency, and it maintains a number of tourist attractions in the Houston area. An example is the San Jacinto Monument, where Texans won the

16: Let's Return Native Plants to Houston!
September 24, 2021

In this episode we’ll look at Houston through the lens of a native plant enthusiast. Katy Emde, an expert member of the Native Plant Society of Texas, explains why native plants are great but sometime

15: You’ve Got Your Own Private Zoo – It’s Called Your Microbiota
July 30, 2021

Each human being is host to a microbiota, an ecosystem made up of trillions of bacteria that inhabit the surfaces and crevices of our body and especially the insides of our large intestine. In this ep

13: Bill Gates Wrote “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster.” Is It Any Good? – Part 1
June 19, 2021

In his book “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster,” Microsoft founder Bill Gates proposes a global – yes, world-wide - solution to climate change. That’s ambitious. Does he succeed? Find out from this conversation with environmental attorney Tom...

14: Bill Gates Wrote “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster.” Is It Any Good? – Part 2
June 19, 2021

In his book “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster,”  Microsoft founder Bill Gates proposes a global – yes, world-wide – solution to climate change. That’s ambitious. Does he succeed? Find out from this conversation with environmental...