The Wild

The Wild Podcast

Chris Morgan takes listeners around the world to Italy, Germany and his own  backyard of the Pacific Northwest to explore the beauty and wonder of the outdoors and its inhabitants. From beavers to wolves to grizzly bears we experience up close the resilient power of nature and our relationship with it.

Animal Psychology and How to Stay Safe in the Wild (From season 1)
Learn how you can support The Wild and can get early access to new episodes and bonus content by going to our donation page. When you’re outside hiking or camping and you encounter an animal, it’s important to understand what’s going on from the animal’s perspective. On today’s episode Chris will share people’s real life interactions with animals and discuss what they did right and what they should have done differently. Here are links to the videos discussed on the episode capturing people’s surprising e...

The Wolf Ranger
There is probably no other species in North America that elicits more division than wolves. The sides usually come down to ranchers who fear for their cattle and environmentalists who fear the extinction of an animal that they value. ‘I found a current population pack of wolves and I put my finger in the middle of the map,’ said Daniel Curry. ‘And I said I am going to go there and I am going to do something.’ That “something” was to become a range rider. One part wolf-protecting conservationist, one part ...

The Power of Poop
I love scat. Excrement, feces, poop...call it what you will, when you’re a wildlife guy this stuff is a goldmine of information. There’s even a technical term for the study of it - scatology. Out in the wilderness, it’s the best way to track an animal and get a sketch of its movements and diet. On this episode of THE WILD, I’ll look at three different ways biologists are using scat to understand and protect wildlife, including poop parties, a dog on a boat and an international crime fighter. It takes a lo...


How to Bring Back a Scottish Forest
One man in Scotland is on a mission. He wants to rewild the Scottish Highlands. His plan includes planting more than a million trees. But it is not just about the trees, it is about a whole ecosystem that comes with a forest…perhaps someday even including the return of the wolf…a truly wild Scotland again. You can learn more about the work of Paul Lister and his team at The European Nature Trust. It takes a lot of resources to produce these stories. If you are able, I’d like you to consider making a donat...

Owls: Nature’s Hunting Machine
It takes a lot of resources to produce these stories. If you are able, I’d like you to consider making a donation of any size to help support this work. Find out more information at our donation page. When Europeans first came to North America centuries ago there were 19 different species of owl. Today...there are still 19. Owls are resourceful and resilient but some species are under threat. Author and wildlife photographer Paul Bannick has documented and studied owls for nearly two decades and will take ...

Owls: Nature’s Hunting Machine
It takes a lot of resources to produce these stories. If you are able, I’d like you to consider making a donation of any size to help support this work. Find out more information at our donation page. When Europeans first came to North America centuries ago there were 19 different species of owl. Today...there are still 19. Owls are resourceful and resilient but some species are under threat. Author and wildlife photographer Paul Bannick has documented and studied owls for nearly two decades and will take ...


Sidedoor - Alexander von Humboldt
We’ll be back next week with a new episode, but this week we wanted to share an episode from one of our favorite podcasts called Sidedoor. Sidedoor is brought to you by the Smithsonian Institution. This episode caught our attention because it is about one of the most influential early explorers and naturalists that you’ve probably never heard of: Alexander von Humboldt. The man who used science to show how everyone and everything in nature is connected. Not to mention that he was an inspiration to a fella ...

Sidedoor - Alexander von Humboldt
We’ll be back next week with a new episode, but this week we wanted to share an episode from one of our favorite podcasts called Sidedoor. Sidedoor is brought to you by the Smithsonian Institution. This episode caught our attention because it is about one of the most influential early explorers and naturalists that you’ve probably never heard of: Alexander von Humboldt. The man who used science to show how everyone and everything in nature is connected. Not to mention that he was an inspiration to a fella ...

So, you've caught a cougar. Now what? (Tech 2)
Consider supporting The Wild by making a financial gift. Find out more information at our donation page. As technology has advanced in the research community, scientists are now faced with an ironic issue: they have become so overwhelmed with data that it is a challenge to analyze it. In one case researchers on the Olympic Peninsula have turned to prisoners to cull through hundreds of images of animals by hand and categorize the  different species. In this episode we’ll take a look at new developments in a...


So, you've caught a cougar. Now what? (Tech 2)
Consider supporting The Wild by making a financial gift. Find out more information at our donation page. As technology has advanced in the research community, scientists are now faced with an ironic issue: they have become so overwhelmed with data that it is a challenge to analyze it. In one case researchers on the Olympic Peninsula have turned to prisoners to cull through hundreds of images of animals by hand and categorize the  different species. In this episode we’ll take a look at new developments in a...

How to Catch a Cougar (Tech 1)
Consider supporting The Wild by making a financial gift. Find out more information at our donation page. Over the years the ways that researchers have used technology to study animals have changed dramatically. Just a few decades ago, scientists would tie a string to a chicken leg then attach the other end of the string to a camera shutter. When an animal pulled at the bone, the camera would be triggered. Today, far more sophisticated cameras and devices are used to study animals. We’ll look at how this ha...

The Ancient Wild
Consider supporting The Wild by making a financial gift. Find out more information at our donation page. When we talk about the wild in North America, the narrative is usually from the perspective of white European settlers. But the wild of this amazing continent, and it’s relationship with humans goes back way beyond that - thousands of years. Members of the Lummi Nation share with me their tradition of storytelling and how it is used to teach future generations about their past and their connection to th...


Finding Peace in the Silence
Consider supporting The Wild by making a financial gift. Find out more information at our donation page. These are strange times for all of us.....unknown territory......it's only reasonable that we're all worried - a global pandemic is a huge concern. We've heard from a lot of our podcast listeners about how THE WILD helps them escape for 20 or 30 minutes each week, and reconnect with nature, which is wonderful because that's what we set out to do. So we've decided to re-release our most loved episode fro...

The Wildlife Superdog
Consider supporting The Wild by making a financial gift. Find out more information at our donation page. Karelian Bear Dogs were bred in Finland hundreds of years ago for hunting everything from bears to moose. Now, ironically, they are being used to save bears and other species. In some remote parts of the country grizzly bears have been known to wander into town, presenting a danger of encounters with humans. These Karelian Bear Dogs are being used to scare bears away and prevent future returns. We'll he...

The Secret Life of Trees
Consider supporting The Wild by making a financial gift. Find out more information at our donation page. When you walk through a forest and enjoy the beauty of the trees towering above, there is a giant social network pulsing just below your feet. Underneath the surface lives an extensive network of roots that trees use to communicate with one another, share nutrients to other sick and struggling trees and even alert fellow trees of danger. In this episode I’ll dive deep into the secret world below the for...


The Secret Life of Trees
Consider supporting The Wild by making a financial gift. Find out more information at our donation page. When you walk through a forest and enjoy the beauty of the trees towering above, there is a giant social network pulsing just below your feet. Underneath the surface lives an extensive network of roots that trees use to communicate with one another, share nutrients to other sick and struggling trees and even alert fellow trees of danger. In this episode I’ll dive deep into the secret world below the for...

Richard Louv and our Connection with Animals
Consider supporting The Wild by making a financial gift. Find out more information at our donation page. As our society moved from the Industrial Revolution to the Information Age we now live in a time of constant interruption. In spite of social media and advances in communications, studies have shown that our society is becoming more lonely than in previous generations. It is something author Richard Louv calls “species loneliness” in his book Our Wild Calling. In this episode I talk with Richard about t...

A River Runs Through It...Once Again
Consider supporting The Wild by making a financial gift. Find out more information on our donation page. When the Elwha dam was completed in 1913, it brought hydroelectricity and economic progress to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state at a steep environmental cost: destroying ancient salmon runs and the historic fisheries of Lower Elwha Klallam tribe. Five years after two dams on the Elwha were removed, something extraordinary happened: The ecosystem began to repair itself - rewilding itself before ...


Return to Svalbard
Considering supporting The Wild by making a financial gift. Find out more information on our donation page. This summer, I returned to the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, famous for polar bears, walruses and migratory birds. It’s been 13 years since I’ve last visited the islands and I’m excited - but apprehensive - about what I might find. We’ll explore how this delicate arctic ecosystem works and the future of this beautiful corner of the north....

Season 2 Preview
Ecologist and award-winning filmmaker Chris Morgan kicks off Season 2 with more adventures in the wild. He takes listeners across the Pacific Northwest and around the world to explore wildlife, the complex web of ecosystems they inhabit, and the colorful human characters that know these places and species best....

Stories from the Wild, Part 2
Earlier this fall, we did a stories from the wild event in Seattle. Just to give you all a little background on how this night came together. We were finishing up the first season of THE WILD this summer and we wanted to do something fun and get people together. So we decided to put on a storytelling event. We put out a call on social media and to our friends and asked people to volunteer and send us their stories. They auditioned, and we worked with them to edit their stories. All the people you are about...


Stories from The Wild, Part 1
Earlier this fall, we did a stories from the wild event in Seattle. Just to give you all a little background on how this night came together. We were finishing up the first season of THE WILD this summer and we wanted to do something fun and get people together. So we decided to put on a storytelling event. We put out a call on social media and to our friends and asked people to volunteer and send us their stories. They auditioned, and we worked with them to edit their stories. All the people you are about...

BONUS - Learning to listen with Gordon Hempton
Gordon Hempton has spent his entire career trying to answer that question. You may remember Gordon from our earlier episode about searching for silence. We headed out to the wilderness of the Olympic Peninsula, to the Hoh Rainforest, looking for what Gordon calls One Square Inch of Silence. Gordon refers to himself as The Sound Tracker. He travels the world looking for natural soundscapes that are free from human-caused sounds. His hope is to draw attention to these areas and keep them free from noise poll...

BONUS - Learning to listen with Gordon Hempton
Gordon Hempton has spent his entire career trying to answer that question. You may remember Gordon from our earlier episode about searching for silence. We headed out to the wilderness of the Olympic Peninsula, to the Hoh Rainforest, looking for what Gordon calls One Square Inch of Silence. Gordon refers to himself as The Sound Tracker. He travels the world looking for natural soundscapes that are free from human-caused sounds. His hope is to draw attention to these areas and keep them free from noise poll...


BONUS - Jeff Wilson and Mark Smith Full Interview
Filmmakers Jeff Wilson and Mark Smith spent four months in a tiny shack in the Antarctic documenting a colony of 500,000 Adelie penguins. They endured 130 mile hour winds, sub-zero temperatures and penguin poop…lots of penguin poop. This is an uncut version of Chris’ interview with Jeff and Mark as they share their experiences of documenting penguins for their two films for the BBC’s Frozen Planet and Disneynature’s Penguins....

BONUS - Jeff Wilson and Mark Smith Full Interview
Filmmakers Jeff Wilson and Mark Smith spent four months in a tiny shack in the Antarctic documenting a colony of 500,000 Adelie penguins. They endured 130 mile hour winds, sub-zero temperatures and penguin poop…lots of penguin poop. This is an uncut version of Chris’ interview with Jeff and Mark as they share their experiences of documenting penguins for their two films for the BBC’s Frozen Planet and Disneynature’s Penguins....

Florence Williams - Full Interview
You may remember Florence Williams from our episode on Forest Bathing. Florence is a journalist and author. She wrote an article in Outside Magazine about the benefits of time spent in nature. She has expanded that article into a book. The book is titled, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative....


Florence Williams - Full Interview
You may remember Florence Williams from our episode on Forest Bathing. Florence is a journalist and author. She wrote an article in Outside Magazine about the benefits of time spent in nature. She has expanded that article into a book. The book is titled, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative....

Ben Goldfarb - Full Interview
What does the smell of motor oil, vanilla ice cream, and parachutes have in common? A little aquatic rodent known as the beaver. We are hard at work on season 2 of The Wild. But in the meantime, we thought we’d share an earlier interview that we did for our beaver episode. In that episode Chris spoke to Ben Goldfarb. Ben is a great journalist and he loves beavers. He wrote a book called Eager: The surprising, secret lives of beavers and why they matter. In that earlier episode we only used a small portion ...

The Great Bear Rainforest - Live in Seattle
Did you know that there is a group of rare white bears that live in Canada? These bears are completely white. But these aren’t polar bears. And they aren’t albino. They are actually black bears with a genetic mutation that makes them white. They are known as Spirit Bears and only live in the coastal rainforest in British Columbia. Conservationist and filmmaker Ian McAllister has spent years documenting the Spirit Bears and is the director of the IMAX film The Great Bear Rainforest. He is also an awarding w...


The Quietest Place on Earth
If you are enjoying The Wild and want us to keep on making more episodes, we could really use your help. Please take a few minutes to fill out our listener survey. We’d love to get your thoughts. Thanks! A lot of time we go to nature to find silence, to find solace. But what is silence really? You might think you’re in a quiet place, but it is hard to find complete natural silence with no human noise pollution. In this episode, Chris hits the road with sound engineers Gordon Hempton and Matt Mikkelsen on a...

Waiting for Penguins
If you are enjoying The Wild and want us to keep on making more episodes, we could really use your help. Please take a few minutes to fill out our listener survey. We’d love to get your thoughts. Thanks! Filmmakers Jeff Wilson and Mark Smith spent four months in a tiny shack in the Antarctic documenting a colony of 500,000 Adelie penguins. They endured 130 mile hour winds, sub-zero temperatures and penguin poop…lots of penguin poop. Jeff and Mark documented penguins in two films, one for the BBC’s Frozen P...

Guns, Bombs and Sea Lions
Learn how you can support The Wild and can get early access to new episodes and bonus content by going to our donation page. In the 1800’s over 10 million salmon would return to the Columbia River that borders Washington and Oregon. Today that number is closer to two million. Many factors account for this change including lower water quality, a warmer climate and sea lions. Hundreds of sea lions gather at the base of the Bonneville Dam eating salmon that are trying to make their way up river to spawn. Huma...


The ‘Ghost Bears’ of Washington State
Learn how you can support The Wild and can get early access to new episodes and bonus content by going to our donation page. Two hundred years ago grizzly bears roamed the North Cascades, but today there are less than twenty, maybe even just one or two. No one really knows for sure since they are so hard to find. That is why they are known as ‘ghost bears.’ But today there is a movement to bring them back. Many people love the idea, others hate it. Chris looks at the challenges of bringing grizzlies back t...

Chris Sees a Forest Therapist
Learn how you can support The Wild and can get early access to new episodes and bonus content by going to our donation page. Nature can lower your blood pressure, reduce depression and may even help fight cancer. Chris takes a walk in woods with forest therapist Julie Hepp and learns about the powers of nature. He also chats with author Florence Williams who has written extensively about the health benefits of forests and research being conducted in this growing field of study....

50 Bears, 2 Hours from Rome
Learn how you can support The Wild and can get early access to new episodes and bonus content by going to our donation page. Italy’s Lazio e Molise National Park, just two hours outside of Rome, has an incredible variety of wildlife: wolves, boar, red deer, roe deer, goat-antelope. It’s also home to about 50 European brown bears, the smaller cousins of the grizzly, and the world’s rarest subspecies of brown bear. Chris meets up with the “Italian Chris Morgan” for a tour of this island of wilderness....


Animal Psychology and How to Stay Safe in the Wild
Learn how you can support The Wild and can get early access to new episodes and bonus content by going to our donation page. When you’re outside hiking or camping and you encounter an animal, it’s important to understand what’s going on from the animal’s perspective. On today’s episode Chris will share people’s real life interactions with animals and discuss what they did right and what they should have done differently. Here are links to the videos discussed on the episode capturing people’s surprising e...

A Siberian Tiger Named Bloody Mary
No one had filmed Siberian tigers before Sooyong Park. There are only about 500 of the big cats left in the wildest part of eastern Russia. On this episode, Chris Morgan will take us to Siberia with Park and show the dedication needed to catch a glimpse at the rarest tiger in the world. To learn how you can listen to The Wild episodes in advance and bonus material trek on over to our website....

Leave it to beavers. Seriously.
On this episode we'll learn how the mighty beaver has reshaped the landscape of America, had a role in politics and may help us adapt to climate change. To learn how you can listen to The Wild episodes in advance and bonus material trek on over to our website....


Return of Ze Big Bad Wolf
Wars and man have pushed wolves out of Germany since the early 1900s but in 2000 they started coming back. In a process called rewilding wolves increasing in number, finding refuge among the dilapidated military bases strewn across the German countryside....

How to Catch a Grizzly
On a research trip in the Canadian Rockies Chris helps a biologist friend capture and release a grizzly. This was part of a research program to better understand what grizzlies need to survive by tracking their health, movements and mating habits....

A Cougar Walks Into Your Backyard...
A cougar biologist with Washington state once received a complaint. An old lady called him up and said, “There’s a cougar in my backyard.” And the biologist responded, “Well, that’s funny because I got a call this morning from a cougar. He told me there’s an old lady in his frontyard!” Our backyards are getting bigger. And the cougar’s front yard is getting smaller. This episode, we search out some of these big cats to understand the impact cougars and humans have on each other....


Season 1 Preview
Ecologist and award-winning filmmaker Chris Morgan uncovers the surprising connections we share with animals and the wild around us. Taking listeners around the world to Italy, Germany and Chris’ own back yard in the Pacific Northwest, The Wild explores the resilient power of nature and our relationship to it....