Episode 41-Bald Eagles with Supervising Zoologist Kathy Clark

January 27, 2017

As a result of the use of the pesticide dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane, commonly known as DDT, the number of nesting pairs of bald eagles in New Jersey declined to only one by 1970 and remained there into the early 1980s. Kathy Clark, Supervising Zoologist for the Endangered and Nongame Species Program, joined Bob Bostock to discuss how our national bird, the bald eagle, has successfully recovered in the Garden State as well as provide insightful information on this majestic bird’s habits, habitats, and life cycle.

For more information on bald eagles, please visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/ensp/raptor_info.htm.

2016 Eagle Report: http://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/ensp/pdf/eglrpt16.pdf

NJN’s Survival of Species Program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHZoTJQHOaE

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Episode 40-The Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park at Rowan University with Dr. Ken Lacovara

January 19, 2017

The Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park at Rowan University contains thousands of 65-million-year-old fossils and provides a unique window into the Cretaceous Period – the heyday of the dinosaurs. Dr. Ken Lacovara, founding dean of the School of Earth and Environment at Rowan University, joined Bob Bostock to dig into the story behind this up-and-coming fossil park, its captivating history, and its boundless future.

Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park: http://www.rowan.edu/fossils/
Dr. Lacovara’s website: www.kennethlacovara.com
TED talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/kenneth_lacovara_hunting_for_dinosaurs_showed_me_our_place_in_the_universe
TED RadioHour: http://www.npr.org/2016/09/30/495638072/whats-the-anthropocene

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Episode 39-Oh Freedom! with Olivia Glenn

January 13, 2017

With Black History Month quickly approaching, DEP will be hosting the exhibit Oh Freedom!: Blacks on the Battlefront and in the Aftermath of the American Revolutionary War in New Jersey. This exhibit powerfully portrays the role African Americans played in the Revolutionary War in New Jersey. Olivia Glenn, South Jersey Metro Regional Manager of the New Jersey Foundation and creator of the Oh Freedom! exhibit, joined Bob Bostock to discuss the discoveries of her research and the impact that this important point in history has had on New Jersey.

For more information on the Oh Freedom! exhibit, please visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/historic/oh_freedom/.

Oh Freedom! will be on display in the cafeteria hallway in DEP’s 401 building from January 17-30.

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Episode 38-Radon Action Month with Anita Kopera

January 5, 2017

January is Radon Action Month. Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that cannot be seen, smelled or tasted. This unwelcome gas can seep into homes and accumulate in enclosed places. Anita Kopera, supervisor of DEP’s Radon Section, joined Bob Bostock to discuss radon in New Jersey and DEP’s role in radon prevention, regulations, outreach and education.

For more information on radon and DEP’s Radon Protection Element, please visit http://www.njradon.org/.

You can also call the toll free information line at 800-648-0394 or DEP’s Radon Section office at 609-984-5425.

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