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Outdoor Radio: Peep Show

At this time of year, when you drive past a pond in Vermont, you'll hear the familiar sound of spring peepers. On this first edition of Outdoor Radio, biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra are at the Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historic Park in Woodstock, Vermont to explain how that sound is like standing near a jet engine. We'll also learn about how peepers make that sound and the amazing way they survive the winter.

Outdoor Radio is a new monthly feature produced in collaboration with the Vermont Center for EcoStudies in Norwich Vermont. The program explores the sounds and science of our natural world. Biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra host the program, bringing you their expertise, knowledge of current trends and events that are impacting our environment, and love of the outdoors.

More information about peepers can be found on the VCE blog; The Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas; the VCE Vernal Pool Mapping Project, which is a prime natural breeding habit for peepers; and the Vermont Atlas of Life on iNatrualist gives you the best sightings of peepers

VPR’s Chief Production Engineer, Chris Albertine, is the audio engineer.

Outdoor Radio is made possible by the VPR Journalism Fund and by a grant to VCE from the Vermont Community Foundation.

VCE, a non-profit group of biologists based in Norwich, promotes wildlife conservation across the Americas with scientific research and citizen engagement. VCE Scientists study and protect birds, insects, amphibians and other wildlife from Canada to South America.

Broadcast Thursday, May 22 at 8:50 a.m.

Outdoor Radio is made possible by the VPR Journalism Fund.

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