Coffee At New Jersey Audubon: Podcast Series

Join Eric Stiles, President and CEO of New Jersey Audubon, and host Mike Skagerlind, in a series of monthly conversations discussing the issues at the heart of New Jersey Audubon’s conservation mission.

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Podcast Episodes

Episode 18: The Art Of Conservation

The artist Pat Brentano discusses her visual voice and speaking out for nature, the importance of the arts in education, and the benefits of native-planted yards.

Photo: Pat Brentano

Episode 17: Jonathan Franzen Is In Love. With Birds.

Acclaimed author and essayist Jonathan Franzen on his love of birding, the deeper meanings of beauty, and caring for habitats and wildlife in the teeth of the iron logic of climate change.

K. Chetkovich

Episode 16: A Cleaner, Greener New Jersey

Kelly Mooij, Director of the Division of Clean Energy at the NJ Board of Public Utilities, on New Jersey’s wild habitat- and community-friendly energy initiatives — and listening for leaks.

Image credit: courtesy of Kelly Mooij

Episode 15: A Conversation With Dave Golden

Dave Golden, Director of the NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife, on the vital importance of land (and ocean) stewardship in maintaining species diversity, the long history of hunting and conservation, and providing access to natural habitats for all, in crowded New Jersey.

Image: courtesy of Dave Golden.

Episode 14: A People’s Park

Sam Pesin and Greg Remaud tell the story of Liberty State Park and why it’s so important to protect such a special and symbolic natural oasis for the three and a half million people who use it every year.

Caven Point Sunrise, by Shayna Marchese

Episode 13: Black Birders Week Takes Flight

Corina Newsome and Tykee James, two of the co-organizers of Black Birders Week, discuss how a week of rapidly organized social media events became a STEM phenomenon, as well as the prescriptions for racial justice that inspired it.

Corina Newsome and Tykee James; Design: Merl Studio

Episode 12: The Story Of Bird Friendly Coffee

Dr. Amanda Rodewald, Garvin Professor of Ornithology at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Dr. Ruth Bennett, Research Ecologist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, join Eric and Mike to discuss bird friendly coffee farming, its importance to the ecology of the areas where it’s grown, and the benefits for the local farmers who grow it.

Where to Buy this Coffee

NJ Audubon Lorrimer Nature Sanctuary – Franklin Lakes NJ

NJ Audubon Northwood Center – Cape May NJ

NJ Audubon Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary – Bernardsville NJ

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Macaulay Library Bird Calls Featured In The Podcast:

Cerulean Warbler (ML259009091)
American Redstart (ML257515051)
Tennessee Warbler (ML251608091)
Golden Winged Warbler (ML244187311)
Yellow Warbler (ML303396)
Kentucky Warbler (ML251522361)
Keel-Billed Motmot (ML147672351)
‘Blackburnian Warbler (ML255058011)
Wood Thrush (ML284634681)

Blackburnian Warbler, by Fernando Burgalin Sequeria (Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, ML281815151

Episode 11: Down On The (Sustainable) Farm

Richard Cotton, Cotton Cattle Company partner, joins Eric, Mike, and John Cecil, to discuss how his family’s sustainable farm is a vital part of the local ecology, the noble pursuit of producing healthy food, and how technology can transform farming.

Credit: Cotton Cattle Co.

Episode 10: Conserving Energy

Dave Daly, President of PSE&G, discusses the future of energy in the Garden State, the importance of non-carbon fuel, and how PSE&G works with New Jersey Audubon to protect habitats and promote diversity, equity, inclusion and justice.

Episode 9: Conservation Across The Aisle

Senators Bob Smith (D) and Kip Bateman (R), from the New Jersey Legislature, join NJ Audubon’s Vice President of Government Relations, Eileen Murphy, and Eric and Mike, to examine why our environment benefits from bipartisan legislation.

Episode 8: Natural Leaders

Ashley Rey, the youngest ever Chair of the New Jersey Audubon Board of Directors, discusses conservation leadership as the Millennial and Gen Z generations become increasingly influential.

Episode 7: A Conversation With Olivia Glenn

Olivia Glenn, the Director of the Parks and Forestry Division of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, explains how the Garden State’s natural and historic gems anchor all New Jerseyans with a sense of place and belonging.

Episode 6: The Atlantic Flyway

Dr. David Mizrahi, a leading expert on migratory birds and VP of Research and Monitoring at New Jersey Audubon, in conversation on shorebird conservation, the relationship between the Horseshoe crab and the Red knot, and the busy avian flight path that is the Atlantic Flyway.

Episode 5: Outside In

Kelly Wenzel and Brendan Schaffer sit down with Eric and Mike and give us their Top Ten Tips on staying close to nature during the Coronavirus lockdown.

Episode 4: Children Of Nature

Dale Rosselet sits down with Eric and Mike and tells us why reconnecting kids to nature is so vital, and why outdoor kids are the future of both our environment and our society.

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Children & Nature Network

Natural Learning Initiative

Nature Play Spaces

Natural Start Alliance

Outdoor Participation Report 2019

Episode 3: For the Forest and the Trees

John Cecil joins Eric and Mike to explain why New Jersey’s forests and woodlands are middle-aged, how their structure and function interact, and why they are so important to humans as well as wildlife. 

 

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Private Lands Forest Management & List of State Foresters

NJ Forest Fire Service & Info on being Firewise 

Life in the City: Living Near a Forest Keeps Your Amygdala Healthier (Max Planck Institute)

NJ Audubon’s Hovnanian Sanctuary 

Gardening for Wildlife 

Episode 2: Farming The Wind

Eric and Mike discuss New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s recently announced goals for creating 7500 Megawatts of wind-generated power off the New Jersey coastline, what it means for local wildlife, as well as the concept of the Negawatt.

Find Out More
Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Offshore Wind Energy (Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy)

US Public Views On Climate And Energy (Pew Research Center)

How Do Offshore Wind Farms Affect Ocean Ecosystems? (Deutsche Welle)

Renewable Electricity Overtakes Fossil Fuels In UK For First Time (The Guardian)

 

Episode 1: Canaries In The Coal Mine

Eric and Mike discuss the North American bird loss crisis, how New Jerseyans can help fight back, and reasons for hope.

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Survival by Degrees: 389 Bird Species on the Brink
Three billion North American birds have vanished since 1970

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