Welcome to our monthly ‘That’s Wild!’ video series. Produced in partnership with Sonicle Media

Mike Skagerlind is the founder of Sonicle Media, a podcast development and production company focusing on social and environmental issues, working with non-profit organizations, as well as creating its own original productions.

Previously, Mike was an entertainment executive, variously at Nickelodeon, Barnes & Noble, and NBC iVillage, where he and his teams created several award-winning digital content productions. Mike has also produced and/or conducted video interviews with many notable authors, including Pulitzer Prize-winners Annette Gordon-Reed and Junot Díaz, documentary film maker Ken Burns, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and former President Bill Clinton.

December 2021

That’s Wild! with Virginia Rose of Birdability

Virginia Rose is the founder of Birdability, an Austin, Texas-based national non-profit dedicated to encouraging mobility-challenged folks to get outside and experience nature. She started Birdability because she loves to share her joy of birding with others. Virginia was paralyzed in a horseback-riding accident at the age of 14, and has been a manual wheelchair user ever since. She began birding 18 years ago and believes that she discovered her best self and greatest happiness in nature. Virginia is also on the Board of Directors for Travis Audubon.

May 2021 – Born To Be Wild

That’s Wild! Tales from the Human Side of Nature with Dr. Tricia Miller

Dr. Trish Miller has been studying birds for over 20 years and has been tracking and studying eagles for more than 15 years. She has a long standing interest in bird conservation and spatial ecology. Dr. Miller works as a senior research wildlife biologist and the executive director of Conservation Science Global where she studies movement ecology and conservation of raptors, especially eagles. Her research integrates telemetry and spatial modeling to address conflicts with human development. She is adjunct faculty at West Virginia University and received her B.S. in biology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in ecology from Penn State. Her Ph.D. research focused on the eastern North American population of Golden Eagles.

April 2021

That’s Wild! Tales from the Human Side of Nature with Dr. J. Drew Lanham

Dr. J. Drew Lanham is an American author, poet and wildlife biologist. Dr. Lanham earned his PhD in Forest Management at Clemson University, where he is currently an Alumni Distinguished Professor at the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences. In 2019 he was awarded the National Audubon Society’s Dan W. Lufkin Prize for Environmental Leadership, recognizing “individuals who have dedicated their entire lives to the environment”. Dr. Lanham is also a widely published author and award-nominated poet, writing about his experiences as a birder, hunter and wild, wandering soul. In 2017 he published the award-winning memoir The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature.

February 2021 – Born To Be Wild

That’s Wild! Tales from the Human Side of Nature – Featuring Joe “The Naturalist” Hernandez

Joe is an avid enthusiast of all things wildlife, with a particular passion for fishing and birding. With his brothers, he helped forge the NJ Young Birders Club in 2009 when he was 11 years old and was a columnist writer for the NJ Audubon website for 2 years. After graduating Stockton University with a Bachelors in Marine Biology, he devotes his free time towards his developing YouTube Channel titled “Joe the Naturalist” which has vlogs and videos dedicated to educating the public on wildlife and natural history.

January 2021 – Two More Days

That’s Wild! Tales from the Human Side of Nature – Featuring Eliana Ardila Kramer

Hailing from Colombia, Eliana Ardila Kramer has an unrelenting passion for birds, butterflies, and biology. Her ornithological endeavors have taken her from her home in South Florida to many corners of the world. She’s served as a bird bander with the Cape Florida Banding Station, tromped through vast expanses of Alaskan tundra tracking Steller’s Eiders and Emperor Geese, and managed a misty cloud forest nature reserve in Ecuador. In 2018, she and her husband Marc set out on an epic 25,000-mile birding road trip from Florida to Alaska in their 1978 VW Bus. So began the “Birding by Bus” project, through which she and Marc have been speaking at birding festivals, guiding birding tours, and educating the public about nature, conservation, and the art of maintaining a 43-year old Volkswagen van.

September 2020

That’s Wild! Tales from the Human Side of Nature – Featuring Dr. Ismael Calderon

Dr. Ismael Calderon served as the Director of Science of the Newark Museum from 1996 to 2016. This 110 year old institution in the heart of Newark’s Downtown Arts District is devoted to the interpretation of science and art.

August 2020

That’s Wild! Tales from the Human Side of Nature – Featuring Emma Price

Emma Price, an active member of the NJ Audubon Young Birder’s Club, tells her story of how she found birds and how birds have changed her life.

July 2020

That’s Wild! Tales from the Human Side of Nature – Featuring Randy Jones

Randy Jones, former Board Chair of New Jersey Audubon, tells a story of a walk in nature from years ago that resonates with the times we live in now.

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