Ever just wondered about Nature? Join Renee and Christy of Red Oak Nature Center for ‘When Nature Calls’. A light-hearted, informational conversation all about Nature topics that range from the true to the silly to the bizarre. Each episode has a different topic or theme and is full of family friendly content. Have a topic or question you would like them to discuss? Send it to redoak@fvpd.net for them to respond to your call!

Episode 1: Covid calling and other viruses

An episode that launches our podcast in a time of Covid-19. Learn about viruses and have a good conversation with naturalists, Renee and Christy from Red Oak Nature Center. See the full show notes and resources below!

Episode 2: Spring calling

Enjoy some fun facts about spring plants and more with Renee and Christy of Red Oak Nature Center. See the full show notes and resources below!

Episode 3: The Bizarre Calling

In this episode, Renee and Christy focus on some bizarre happenings in Kane County. See the full show notes and resources below!

Episode 3 (mini-sode): Shark Challenge

A quick mini-sode where Renee ties in sharks to Episode 3’s podcast with Christy. See the full show notes and resources below!

Episode 4: Nocturnal insects and fireflies calling

It’s early June so time to have a call about some nocturnal insects including the popular firefly! These flies aren’t flies at all but a type of beetle! Click here to answer our poll on what you know them as: lightning bugs or fireflies? Of course there is a shark tie-in challenge for Renee and Christy offers details on an exceptional occurrence in the Smoky Mountains! Enjoy some nature calling today! See the full show notes and resources below!

Episode 5: Crayfish Calling

Crayfish are part of summertime fun! Learn about these water creatures with Renee and Christy and some of their not so welcome counterparts, the invasives! Learn about how you can help stop Rusty crayfish invaders at the Rusty Rodeo event on July 18th! In this conversation on crayfish, clones, fun facts, and of course a shark tie-in, this episode is chock full of the true to the silly to the bizarre! See the full show notes and resources below!

Episode 6: Turkey and Thanksgiving Calling

We’re back! Learn with Christy and Renée about the true, silly and bizarre of turkeys and Thanksgiving, Make sure to answer our podcast question on Facebook and gobble gobble. See the full show notes and resources below!

Episode 7: December and Different Traditions Calling

Happy holidays and December from Renee and Christy of Red Oak Nature Center at the Fox Valley Park District. Join us as we talk about some happenings in our woods and some different traditions from near and far! See the full show notes and resources below!

Episode 8: February Calling

Groundhogs, roses, love, animal adaptations, and eagles, oh my! Join Renée and Christy as they discuss the true to the silly to the bizarre of this short month, February! See the full show notes and resources below!

Episode 9: Aliens Calling

This episode focuses mostly on the bizarre with tales of Aliens both near and far. Join Renee and Christy as they delve into true tales and invasives in our woods. Let us know what YOU would like to hear about at redoak@fvpd.net. See the full show notes and resources below!



  • Episode 1 Show Notes
  • Episode 2 Show Notes
  • Episode 3 Show Notes
  • Episode 3 (mini-sode) Show Notes
  • Episode 4 Show Notes
  • Episode 5 Show Notes
  • Episode 6 Show Notes
  • Episode 7 Show Notes
  • Episode 8 Show Notes
  • Episode 9 Show Notes
  • Episode 1 Show Notes Episode 2 Show Notes Episode 3 Show Notes

    Resources:
    Piasa Bird
    The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization
    Kane County History
    Visit Southern Utah – Kane County History

    Audience Action Steps:
    Read up on your thunderbird!
    Do you think the Turkey Vulture was the what people saw?

    Photos:

    Episode 3 (mini-sode) Show Notes Episode 4 Show Notes Episode 5 Show Notes Episode 6 Show Notes Episode 7 Show Notes Episode 8 Show Notes

    Audience Action Steps:
    Come out and see the Eagles at Red Oak
    Watch the Decorah Eagle Cam live

    Photos:

    Episode 9 Show Notes

    Audience Action Steps:
    Come out and spot the invasives in our woods that we talk about in the podcast
    Listen to Frog calls

    Photos:

    Purple Loosestrife

    Norway Maple

    Kudzu

    Japanese Honeysuckle

    Japanese Barberry

    English Ivy