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With the Wild Things
Weekdays @ 7:20 AM

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With the Wild Things is hosted by wildlife biologist Dr. Jerry Jackson and produced by the Whitaker Center in the College of Arts & Sciences at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Funded by the Environmental Education Grant Program of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, With the Wild Things is a one-minute look at a particular environmental theme.

Dr. Jackson takes you through your backyard, and Southwest Florida’s beaches, swamps and preserves to learn about “the wild things”.

Latest Episodes
  • Ospreys are hawks that are specially adapted to catch fish. They are strong fliers and, as a result of their use of freshwater and marine habitats, have managed to span the world. They are found on every continent except Antarctica. Their diet of mostly fish resulted in a significant decline of Ospreys during the 1960s and early 70s as a result of accumulation of persistent pesticides in their brain and fatty tissues. With the banning of these pesticides in the 1970s, development of artificial nesting sites, and reintroduction of Ospreys to areas where they had disappeared, Ospreys have once again become birds we enjoy watching near our lakes, rivers, and coastal shorelines.
  • The Geiger Tree is a rarely more than 20-foot tall, evergreen tree with dense large oval leaves, and clusters of orange flowers that give rise to clusters of white, plum-sized fruit.