Thursday • October 21
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Wild Animals in our Backyards
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Beginning with the Midwest of the United States for this weeks show, we will start a series over the next number of months looking at what lives in our backyards. Most of us are aware of the common animals that live in our neighborhoods, such as certain birds and mammals like robins and squirrels, but there are also many others that live nearby mostly remaining hidden from our view. Can you guess what some of these animals may be? Join us to find out what they are, see if your guesses were right and hear both fun facts and relevant information about a number of our wild residents.
Episode Segments:
Surprises in Your Backyard
Lee Hansen tells Susan about some animals that are in your backyard that you might not even know about, including the flying squirrel and the screech owl. Then the unusual behavior of the opossum explained!
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More from Your Backyard
More information on some of the common animals in the Midwest area, such as the vole, the Coopers hawk, and the bald-faced hornet. Also, learn the reason for the explosion of the deer population, and how the coyote is helping with that issue. Plus, different kinds of squirrels you may encounter.
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Oh Deer! (And Bears!)
Lee Hansen shares some fun facts and information about deer and the black bear. Plus why you shouldnt be surprised to see a mink, and why do you see so many dead skunks on the side of the road.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Lee Hansen
Lee Hansen is the Facility Manager at Emily Oaks Nature Center in Skokie Illinois, where she has overseen the programming and operations of this 13-acre natural oasis for over 20 years. As a student in the Fisheries and Wildlife Biology program at Iowa State University, she earned the nickname, Ranger Lee. While she took every "-ology class" imaginable - entomology, ichthyology, ornithology and mammalogy, among others - her true passion lies in sharing the wonders of the natural world with people of all ages through innovative educational opportunities and outdoor adventures. Lee finds wild places and the creatures with which we share this planet to be a constant source of inspiration, awe and joy.

Click here for the Skokie Park District Website