Birds, Hawks And Hanging Out In Nature

Aug 14, 2020
Cooper's Hawk in Maine.
Fyn Kynd / Flickr

This episode originally aired on Aug. 10, 2020.

They terrorize the patrons of backyard bird feeders. No matter where you live in the United States, the likely suspect is either a Cooper’s Hawk or Sharp Shinned Hawk.

It could have ended up between fried shrimp and seared scallops, or squeezed between a cheesy biscuit and a mound of garlic linguine Alfredo. But a rare lobster has a new home at the Akron Zoo after being discovered at a Red Lobster last week.

On Tuesday, the staff at a Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, location of the restaurant chain were unpacking an air-lifted delivery of live lobsters when Lora Jones noticed a strangely colored shape mixed in the mottled bunch.

Kora The Red Panda Found Safe In Columbus Zoo

Jul 24, 2020
Kora The Red Panada was found in a tree at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Thursday.
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium / Facebook

A red panda that disappeared from its habitat at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium “is home safe and sound.”

The pandas in D.C., the grizzlies in Oakland, the gorillas in the Bronx are all getting reacquainted with human visitors. As of a month and a half ago, the pandemic had forced 90% of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums' members to close. Today, the AZA reports, about 80% of them have reopened.

The Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., opens its gates to the public for the first time in 19 weeks on Friday — and this week, I was one of the lucky few humans allowed in for a preview.

Columbus Zoo Searching For Missing Red Panda

Jul 23, 2020
A red panda was discovered missing from her habitat at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Wednesday.
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Staff at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium still searching for Kora, a red panda that disappeared from its habitat.

Ohio's bald eagle population is making a strong comeback, according to the 2020 nest census from the Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

Kyle Schmitz adopted a dog named Dexter after losing his medical school placement during the coronavirus pandemic.
Courtesy of Kyle Schmitz

At the end of a coronavirus press conference earlier this month, Gov. Mike DeWine was grilled by a Dayton Daily News journalist.

“In reporting, you always want to get the dog’s name,” asked reporter Laura Bischoff. “Can you tell me the dog’s name? Your new puppy?”

An elephant at the Columbus Zoo, which is closed under the state's coronavirus orders.
Columbus Zoo / Facebook

Columbus Zoo officials already had their pandemic plan in action when the Bronx Zoo reported a tiger tested positive for the coronavirus. Three other tigers and several lions at that zoo are showing symptoms.

Hippos can get hungry. Very hungry. So when zoos shut their doors to the public because of the coronavirus, zookeepers keep showing up to work to make sure everyone is fed.

Jenna Wingate feeds Fiona, the Cincinnati Zoo's 3-year-old, 1,300-pound hippo. Fiona was born premature, and Wingate has been looking after her since two hours after she was born.

Animal shelters are doing what they can to take care of their populations while closing their doors to the public and limiting volunteers. Employees are still allowed to care for animals as they're considered "essential" under Ohio's stay-at-home order.

Tech Tuesday: Saving Disappearing Species

Feb 25, 2020
The ground pangolin in South Africa.
David Brossard / Flickr

Transformative technologies expand the ways that wild animals can be tracked and monitored, providing new hope for conservation efforts.

Bald eagles were once almost wiped out of Ohio. Now, the state has more than 220 nesting pairs.
Jim Kaftan

On a recent weekday morning, Ohio Division of Wildlife biologist Laura Kearns used her binoculars to spot a bald eagles’ nest high in the tree branches on Columbus’ Northwest Side.

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When you're the darling of Cincinnati a simple sheet cake just won't do. Fiona the hippo turns three on Friday and she celebrated a day early with a tiered confection combining all her favorite treats.

Snowy Owl
Jongsun Lee / Wikimedia Commons

Researchers at Black Swamp Bird Observatory near Toledo are studying the migration patterns of snowy owls as part of a research effort called “Project SNOWstorm.”

A white lion famously donated to the Cincinnati Zoo by magicians Siegfried & Roy has died. The zoo says the lion named "Prosperity" was "humanely euthanized" Monday.