Episode 29-Bats with Mackenzie Hall

October 28, 2016

October is a popular month for bats – in fact, October 24-31 is Bat Week. However, these mammals have more to offer than just being a symbol for Halloween. Mackenzie Hall, biologist in DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife Endangered and Nongame Species Program, joined Bob Bostock to discuss her experiences with these incredible creatures. Mackenzie is a recipient of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation’s Women & Wildlife Inspiration Award and has been involved in a number of projects spanning bat colonies, migrating amphibians, and grassland birds.

For more information on bats in New Jersey, please visit http://www.conservewildlifenj.org/protecting/projects/bat/. For more information on Bat Week, please visit http://www.batweek.org/

Mackenzie was featured in a Creature Show episode on bats, which can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/142893399.

Episode 28-Office of Emergency Management with Director Bob Van Fossen

October 21, 2016

No matter where you’re from, environmental emergencies inevitably occur. From droughts to hurricanes to hazardous spills, New Jersey has dealt with it all. Bob VanFossen, Director of DEP’s Emergency Management Program, joined Bob Bostock to discuss the role of DEP’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in assessing environmental emergencies as they arise and addressing them as quickly and thoroughly as possible.
For more information on DEP’s Office of Emergency Management, please visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/emergency/.

To report an environmental incident or submit a complaint, call 1-877-WARNDEP, use the Warn DEP app, or visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/warndep.htm for more essential numbers.

Download the Warn DEP App through Apple, Google Play, and Windows stores.

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/warn-njdep/id1133675885?mt=8
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nicusa.NJI.WARNNJDEP&hl=en
Windows: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/warn-njdep/9nblggh4v0px


Episode 27-Drought with Jeff Hoffman, New Jersey State Geologist

October 14, 2016

This year has been particularly dry, which caused DEP to issue a drought watch in late July for most northern and central regions of New Jersey. With continued dry weather, there is now a possibility that the watch may become a warning. Jeff Hoffman, New Jersey’s State Geologist, joined Bob Bostock to discuss the current drought watch and DEP’s role in public awareness, water conservation, and prevention of droughts.

For more information the drought watch and DEP’s involvement, please visit http://njdrought.org/

A Drought Warning Public Hearing will be held on October 20. It will be at 10 a.m. in the Millburn Free Public Library auditorium, 200 Glen Avenue in Millburn, NewJersey.  View Notice


Episode 26-Deer Rutting Season with Principal Biologist Dan Roberts

October 6, 2016

Fall marks the beginning of deer rutting season, a time of year when deer are especially active. New Jersey is home to over 101,000 deer, which can cause problems for motorists especially during their morning and evening commutes. Dan Roberts, principal wildlife biologist and leader of the white-tailed deer project here at DEP, joined Bob Bostock to discuss deer in New Jersey, DEP’s deer management policies, and how people can stay safe while on the road.

For more information on white-tailed deer in New Jersey and deer rutting season, please visit: www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/deer.htm