September 16, 2021

Update!

Hey everyone! It's your buddy Paul.

You may have noticed that there has been no episodes lately and if you don't follow us on Twitter or Facebook you might not know why so here I am to tell you.

Back on September 3rd I found out that my someone at my day job tested positive for COVID-19. The next day I also tested positive for COVID-19. I had a breakthrough infection which means that I was fully vaccinated at the end of April and got sick anyway. Which is fine. I knew that was a possibility. There are nine employees at my job and seven of us tested positive and one employee's wife tested positive as well and we are all dealing with varying degrees of symptoms. I am happy to tell you that as of this morning, September 16th, I am about 85% healthy, I tested negative for COVID-19 and even though I had some pretty rough days and nights I think the vaccine did its job and kept my symptoms mild enough that I could stay here at home in almost total isolation for 10 days. I think in ten days I left my room for six hours maybe? For walks outside and going to the pharmacy to get tested. Lots of cotton swabs in my nose there for a while. Anyway I have no doubt that if I hadn't been vaccinated that this would have been much, much worse. So if you haven't been vaccinated already please go do that. I told people that I'm glad that instead of Original Recipe Covid that I had Diet Covid instead. It's no fun. It's not like any cold or flu you've ever had. Losing your senses of taste and smell is one of the most bizarre things I've ever experienced. 0/5 stars on Travel Advisor. Do not recommend.

I decided shortly after I tested positive that I would take the month of September off as far as podcasting and even though I'm feeling much better I still have a lot of fatigue and I can't talk that much which is pretty important if the content you create involves talking into a microphone for an hour or more at a time. My voice gives out. My hope is that we can publish the second part of our episode about pigeons and doves sometime in October. I don't know when because we haven't recorded it yet. And we have other episodes planned after that but I just need to get a little more healthy.

We are going to do our second annual Fat Bear Week tournament in the Varmints Discussion Group on Facebook. The Katmai National Park does a Fat Bear Week tournament and in the group we play along and we give the winners of the tournament prizes and it's a lot of fun. You'll hear trailers for that in the next couple of weeks but if you're on Facebook look us up. It's the Varmints Discussion Group. We ask you a couple of questions about the show. And it's just a nice, positive group where we share funny animal memes and news stories and I hope you check it out. The Fat Bear Week Tournament starts on September 29th and we'll remind you about it next week.

It's also time for the Discover Pods awards! We won the award for Best Kids and Family podcast a couple of years ago and it would be cool to do that again. You can go to awards.discoverpods.com and nominate us for Best Kids and Family. It's super easy and that would be amazing.

If you are a Patreon supporter first of all thanks for your support. We're not going to bill you on October 1st. You're getting a free month which means that if you join our Patreon now you'll get all of the bonus content and you won't be billed until November 1st. If you've been kicking the idea around of helping the show through Patreon it's a great time to do that.

I'll put the links to everything I've talked about here in the show notes. And that's it. I'm really looking forward to giving you a proper show in the next month or so but I'm not 100% and I'm probably going to go lay down after I publish this so thanks for listening. Thanks for all of your support. Thanks for your patience. Just thanks. Until we talk again, be nice to animals. Take care.

Links:
patreon.com/varmints

awards.discoverpods.com

The Varmints Discussion Group on Facebook

September 2, 2021

Pigeons and Doves Part One

Flap on over and join Paul and Donna for a coo episode about those head-bobbin', saucy-walkin', statue-poopin' pigeons and doves!

Did Thousands of Pigeons Poop on Spectators at 1936 Olympic Games?

Quiz for Paul: Pigeon or Dove?

https://birdfeederexpert.com/pigeon-diet-list/

https://www.amesgroup.uk.com/blog/what-do-pigeons-eat/

https://pigeonpedia.com/why-do-pigeons-poop-so-much/

A Pocket Guide to Pigeon Watching

Mighty Bird Brains

How Two Pigeons Helped Scientists Confirm the Big Bang Theory

 

Featured image is:

"Pigeon" by RG in TLV is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Technical support by Matthew Csomo, bed music by Kevin MacLeod, our logo was created by Imran Javed. Our vocal talent was by Kari McGinnis, Jennifer Csomo, and Stacey and Frosty.

August 12, 2021

Krill

Wanna hear one person talk about a krillion of something? Paul goes solo this week to talk about the planet's biggest, coolest swarm: krill!

Our sources:
https://www.theonion.com/red-lobster-celebrates-return-of-annual-all-you-can-eat-1819576667
https://www.superbakrill.com/blog/5-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-krill

https://happyfeet.fandom.com/wiki/Will

https://www.edexlive.com/news/2021/jan/29/aussie-scientists-embark-on-voyage-with-new-technology-to-count-antarctic-krill-17748.html

https://www.ccamlr.org/en/fisheries/krill-%E2%80%93-biology-ecology-and-fishing

With technical support by Matthew Csomo, bed music by Kevin MacLeod, our logo was created by Imran Javed. Our vocal talent by Kari McGinnis, Chris “The Toph” Green, Stacey and Frosty, Justine and Santiago.

Featured Image:

"Antarktický krill" by Norkrill is licensed under (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

 

July 29, 2021

Armadillos

Join Paul and Donna this week to learn about the many and varied species of audacious, adventurous, and adorable armadillo!

San Antonio man's backyard invaded by pack of adorable armadillos

Nine-Banded Armadillo — Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

LiveScience - Armadillo Facts

Armadillomon | Ultimate Pop Culture Wiki | Fandom

Armadillo (comics)

Armadillos Carrying Leprosy Bacteria Spreading in Southern US

21 Pink Fairy Armadillo Facts

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"Nine-banded Armadillo" by LandBetweentheLakesKYTN is marked with CC PDM 1.0

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July 15, 2021

Musk Ox

All right everybody, let's not butt heads; it's time to stand in a circle and learn about musk ox! 

Ice Age Musk Ox? Nevada Man Finds Bones in Backyard | Nevada News | US News

https://www.nps.gov/gaar/learn/naMusk Ox: Circle Defense by the National Park Serviceture/muskox-circle-defense.htm

Inside the Mind of a Musk Ox

How Musk Oxen Make It Through Arctic Nights and Never-Ending Days

Featured Image:

Image from Public domain images website, http://www.public-domain-image.com/full-image/fauna-animals-public-domain-images-pictures/musk-ox-pictures/adult-musk-ox-bulls-animals.jpg.html

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Take a dip into the sea with Donna and special guest Megan "Danger" Hesse to talk about the weird and wonderful sponge!

Sea Sponges: Nature's Disinfectants

Unusual Sea Sponge Movement in the Arctic Ocean is Remarkable But Comes at a Horrific Price

“Sleezy” sponge sexuality

Spongebob Squarepants Theme Song

Sea Sponges Facts

 

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Sponges in Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands ,Twilight Zone Expedition Team 2007, NOAA-OE, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

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June 16, 2021

Livestream 4 the Cure!

Paul's segment on the Livestream for the Cure telethon for cancer research recorded on May 21, 2012. Edited for time and content. 
Please be advised that this episode has mild and bleeped swearing and a little bit of adult subject matter and may not be suitable for very young children.

May 19, 2021

Robins

Hop on down to Robin Town with Paul and Donna and hang out with us while we talk about Robins! 

Why do Robins have Red Breasts?

The Beauty and Biology of Egg Color | All About Birds All About Birds

How Birds Get Berry, Berry Drunk | HowStuffWorks 

Weatherwatch: how robins became a symbol of Christmas

 

With technical support by Matthew Csomo, bed music by Kevin MacLeod, our logo was created by Imran Javed. Our vocal talent by Kari McGinnis, Chris Braaten, Josh Hallmark, Chris “The Toph” Green, Jennifer Csomo, Stacey and Frosty, Justine and Santiago.

Featured Image:

"American robin (Turdus migratorius)" by Lip Kee is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

"European robin (Erithacus rubecula), Parc du Rouge-Cloître, Bruxelles" by Frank.Vassen is licensed under CC BY 2.0

 

 

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May 5, 2021

Cicadas

It's Brood X emergence time, everyone! Join Paul and Donna to chat about cicadas and their buggy, buggy ways. 

US researchers seek citizen scientists as billions of Brood X cicadas set to emerge

https://cicadasafari.org/

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/14-fun-facts-about-cicadas-180977361/

https://www.cicadamania.com/cicadas/category/pop-culture/

https://youtu.be/0ThPKyYG4hQ

How to eat cicadas: Just in time for the swarm, tips on cooking the bug-eyed bugs

 

 

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"Periodical Cicada" by treegrow is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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April 1, 2021

Hippogryphs

Join us for a special episode with Roswell, New Mexico rancher, Cotton Shorts, as we take advantage of the short window of internet availability to chat about Hippogryphs!

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"Hippogriff" by Benimoto is licensed under CC BY 2.0

 

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March 17, 2021

Cuttlefish

Swim on down to Cuttlefish Town with Paul and Donna as they find out all sorts of interesting things about these adorable cephalopods!

But first, the news!

Cuttlefish show self-control, pass 'marshmallow test'

Tricky Cuttlefish Put on Gender-Bending Disguise

NOVA: Kings of Camouflage, Anatomy of a Cuttlefish

Animal Guide: Cuttlefish

Filipino Tales: Cuttlefish and Squid

ZeFrank: True Facts about the Cuttlefish

Cuttlefish learn from watching potential prey even before they are born

Yes, this Cuttlefish is Wearing 3-D Glasses

 

With technical support by Matthew Csomo, bed music by Kevin MacLeod, our logo was created by Imran Javed. Our vocal talent by Kari McGinnis, Chris Braaten, Josh Hallmark, Chris “The Toph” Green, Jennifer Csomo, Stacey and Frosty, Justine and Santiago. 

 

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"A winsome cuttlefish. P4181345" by wbaiv is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

 

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March 3, 2021

Crickets

Hop on over and join Paul and Donna for the bounciest, chirpiest conversation about the tiny insect musicians, crickets!

 

But first, the news!

RHOD Recap: Dr. Tiffany's Party Ends in Disaster as Brandi Falls Ill After Eating Tiffany's Crickets Pizza

 

How Do Crickets Talk?

 

Cricket acoustic communication

 

IUCN Crickets

 

The Crickets

 

Sonorous Science: Have a Cricket Tell You the Temperature!

 

Crickets are invading Texas with a fury, as weather conditions are ‘perfect,’ experts say

 

Technical support by Matthew Csomo, bed music by Kevin MacLeod, our logo was created by Imran Javed. Our vocal talent by Kari McGinnis, Josh Hallmark, Stacey and Frosty

 

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"File:Gryllus pennsylvanicus female 01.jpg" by Kevinjudge is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

 

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February 10, 2021

Aye-Ayes

Weird. Misunderstood. Funny looking. This is not an episode about Paul. This is a solo episode about aye-ayes.

Sources:
https://theconversation.com/new-discovery-madagascars-bizarre-aye-aye-has-six-fingers-on-each-hand-126520

https://ielc.libguides.com/sdzg/factsheets/ayeaye/taxonomy

https://youtu.be/3k2m2xIvSik

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSWIHyVeoig

https://www.madamagazine.com/en/das-tier-das-den-tod-bringt/

With technical support by Matthew Csomo, bed music by Kevin MacLeod, our logo was created by Imran Javed. Our vocal talent was Stacey and Frosty and Justine and Santiago.

Featured images:
"Aye-Aye 1" by Mark Dumont is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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January 27, 2021

Porcupines

Join Paul and Donna for this pokey, thrilling and quilling episode where we talk about the many and varied porcupines of the world!

 

https://www.wibw.com/2020/12/23/topeka-zoo-responds-to-fake-news-their-porcupine-has-been-kidnapped/

 

https://cincinnatizoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Prehensile-Tailed-Porcupine-complete1.pdf

 

https://www.livescience.com/47169-animal-sex-porcupines.html

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znhf46fjQ00

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wShTzKRNC-M

 

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/1/150130-porcupine-animal-behavior-mating-biology-plants/#:~:text=The%20quills%20of%20the%20North,%2Dquilling%2C%22%20Roze%20says.

With technical support by Matthew Csomo, bed music by Kevin MacLeod, our logo was created by Imran Javed. Our vocal talent by Kari McGinnis, Chris Braaten, Josh Hallmark, Chris “The Toph” Green, Jennifer Csomo, Stacey and Frosty, Justine and Santiago.

 

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"Porcupine" by GrandTetonNPS is marked with CC PDM 1.0 
 "Porcupine" by USFWS Mountain Prairie is licensed under CC BY 2.0

 

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Seems like a good day to put 15 minutes of complete nonsense out there. The funny kind of nonsense. Not the scary kind of nonsense. This is for you, April.

 

January 6, 2021

Tiny Wild Cats

Join Paul and Donna for the Tiny Wild Cats Variety Extravaganza on today's episode of Varmints! We'll be discussing four little wild kitties, and their adorable, but deadly ways. 

 

https://www.tunisiesoir.com/science/biology-rare-species-of-small-cats-inadequately-protected-25828-2020/

https://people.com/pets/uk-wildlife-park-two-rusty-spotted-cats-born/

http://www.porfell.co.uk/2020/two-of-the-smallest-babies-born-just-before-lockdown/

https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-porfell-wildlife-park-and-sanctuary?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet

 

https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Prionailurus_rubiginosus/

https://www.theanimalfiles.com/mammals/carnivores/cat_sand.html

https://allyouneedisbiology.wordpress.com/2015/11/01/felines/

https://bigcatrescue.org/margay-facts/

https://wildcatconservation.org/wild-cats/south-america/margay/

https://bigcatrescue.org/jaguarundi-facts/

https://wildcatconservation.org/wild-cats/south-america/jaguarundi/

 

https://mashable.com/2014/10/25/living-with-an-ocelot-in-a-manhattan-apartment/

https://pethelpful.com/exotic-pets/small-exotic-cats

https://www.sanpedrosun.com/pets-animals/2017/06/08/wild-animals-not-pets-captive-margay-rescued-turned-saga/#:~:text=Keeping%20a%20Margay%20in%20captivity,to%20humans%20and%20vice%20versa.

https://youtu.be/W86cTIoMv2U

https://youtu.be/0Sh4tu5Xfhw

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/phenomena/2010/04/02/margays-mimick-monkey-calls-to-lure-their-prey/

Our voice actors for this show were Kari McGinnis, Stacey and Frosty and Chris Green

Featured image "File:Rusty spotted cat 2, crop.jpg" by Davidvraju is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

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December 16, 2020

Dingoes

Join Paul on a solo episode this week to talk dingoes! 

Sources:
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/10/wacky-tube-men-could-keep-dingoes-away-livestock-australia

https://www.dingoden.net/facts.html

https://australian.museum/learn/animals/mammals/dingo/

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190305100635.htm#:~:text=Since%20the%20arrival%20of%20British,species%20in%20its%20own%20right

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/dingo-fence

https://daily.jstor.org/the-unexpected-result-of-australias-dingo-fence/

Featured image, "Dingo - Moonlit Sanctuary Park 3-20-2019 (2)" by Larry Koester is licensed under (CC BY 2.0) Public Domain

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About our voice actors:

With technical support by Matthew Csomo, bed music by Kevin MacLeod, our logo was created by Imran Javed. Our vocal talent was done by the wonderful and supportive Stacey and Frosty, Justine and Santiago, and Chris “The Toph” Green.

December 2, 2020

Viruses

Today's show is not about an animal, but we've had a number of requests over the years to talk about it, so we're going to give it a go!

Donna had a chat with two scientists about this topic and gave them a few of the questions from our discussion group, and it ended up being a great conversation.

Joining Donna were Dr. Seth Magle, is the Director of the Urban Wildlife Institute at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, and Dr. Tobin Magle, who is the Research Data Lifecycle Manager in the Division of Information Technology at UW-Madison. 

The image attached to this episode is available in the Public Domain, can be found at the CDC's website, and was generated by Hannah A Bullock; Azaibi Tamin.

We hope you enjoy the episode.

This episode was brought to you with technical support by Matthew Csomo. Our bed music is by Kevin MacLeod, our logo was created by Imran Javed and our vocal talent was Justine and Santiago and Curtis Craddock.

November 11, 2020

Peacocks

Join Paul and Donna to flounce around and learn about peacocks!

https://www.livescience.com/tasmanian-devils-return-australia.html

https://sciencing.com/peacocks-mate-4565678.html

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/12/peacock-crests-are-vibration-sensors/578656/

https://animals.mom.com/colors-male-peacock-reproduce-11329.html

https://www.peacocksuk.com/peacock-information/are-peacocks-endangered-2/

https://www.advertisingweek360.com/the-history-of-the-nbc-peacock/

https://lazyevaluationranch.tumblr.com/post/101718684710/11-2-today-goofus-the-peacock-killed-a-mouse-and

https://www.tampabay.com/life-culture/history/2020/09/23/why-do-peacocks-roam-tampa-bay/

https://www.9news.com/article/life/animals/denver-zoo-removes-free-roaming-peacocks/73-ffd31d78-59f4-4b7e-bb81-95d1ef1c7713

 

 

Featured image, "Peacock" by Mathias Appel is licensed under CC0 1.0 Public Domain

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About our voice actors:

With technical support by Matthew Csomo, bed music by Kevin MacLeod, our logo was created by Imran Javed. Our vocal talent was done by the wonderful and supportive Kari McGinnis, Stacey and Frosty, Justine and Santiago, and Chris “The Toph” Green.

 

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