• An Introduction to Desert Shrubland Restoration with Matt Germino

    This is the first episode of Season 4 of Dedication Point! Season 4 will be focused on restoration in the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey NCA, and we're getting this conversation started with Matt Germino, supervisory research ecologist with USGS. Germino has been leading a research team focused on restoration strategies and techniques in the Intermountain West since 2011, and he shares his wealth of knowledge on this topic here in this episode!

    S4E1 - 1h 26m - May 13, 2024
  • Waterfowl and Upland Game Birds of the NCA and CJ Strike WMA

    A panel discussion featuring Brandon Flack and Zac Hulling from the Idaho Fish and Game Department and Aaron Utz from Idaho Power discussing management strategies and the population status of waterfowl and upland game species in the CJ Strike Wildlife Management Area (which is encompassed by the Snake River Birds of Prey NCA).

    S3E6 - 40m - Jun 7, 2023
  • Bats of the NCA

    Rita Dixon, the State Wildlife Action Plan Coordinator for the Idaho Fish and Game Department, discusses the diverse array of bat species that one can see in the NCA, as well as the the looming threat of white-nose syndrome, a devastating disease affecting bats across North America.

    S3E5 - 48m - May 11, 2023
  • Insects of the NCA

    Boise State University Professor Ian Robertson discusses the role of insects in the ecosystems of the NCA, as well as his research on insect-plant interactions.

    S3E4 - 44m - Apr 13, 2023
  • Reptiles of the NCA

    Herpetologist Kristina Parker discusses reptile surveys and rattlesnake research that she conducted in the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey NCA.

    S13E3 - 37m - Mar 9, 2023
  • The Black-tailed Jackrabbit

    In this episode we’re talking about Jackrabbits, and how improved survey methods designed to assess their populations in the NCA hold the potential to benefit wildlife survey efforts all across the globe.

    Guests for this episode are Dr. Jen Cruz, Assistant Professor at Boise State University, and her graduate student, Leticia Camacho.

    S3E2 - 49m - Feb 9, 2023
  • The Piute Ground Squirrel

    Welcome to Season Three of Dedication Point! We're extremely excited to bring you a new season of episodes about the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey NCA. 

    This season’s theme is prey. The Snake River canyon region was set aside as an National Conservation Area because of it’s uniquely high density of birds of prey - and while these raptors get a lot of attention - the prey species that the raptors rely on are often overlooked. We seek to amend this situation in Season 3 of this podcast - each episode will be focused on a different species, group or category of animals that serve as prey for the area’s raptors.

    We're starting with the Piute ground squirrel. This prey species lives in high abundance in the NCA and is a keystone species of this ecosystem. For this episode we spoke with Zoe Duran, a wildlife biologist who’s been involved with Piute ground squirrel research for close to ten years.



    S3E1 - 1h 17m - Jan 12, 2023
  • The Climate Atlas

    Danielle Murray and Andres Esparza from the Conservation Lands Foundation discuss their ongoing efforts to conserve public land through grassroots organizing, and how the new Climate Atlas mapping tool can help.

    S2E6 - 1h 1m - Jan 20, 2022
  • Climate Modeling in the Intermountain West

    Former Utah State University graduate student Scott Zimmer discusses his research on climate models that predict vegetation and habitat changes in the Intermountain West. We discuss what these projections tell us about our rapidly changing landscapes, and how these findings can be used by land managers.

    S2E4 - 34m - Nov 11, 2021
  • Wildfire, Climate Change, and Carbon Sequestration on the Snake River Plain

    Dr. Jen Pierce is an Associate Professor in the Geoscience Department at Boise State University. She is an expert on the impact of Climate Change on Wildfire, and is currently engaged in research about carbon sequestration in desert ecosystems. Dr. Pierce spoke with Dedication Point co-hosts about what the future may hold for sagebrush steppe ecosystems in Southwest Idaho.

    S2E3 - 52m - Oct 14, 2021
  • Resist-Accept-Direct (RAD) - A Climate-Conscious Approach to Land Management

    Patty Glick is the lead author of a new paper that lays out a framework for land management in our modern era of climate change. She explains how the framework was crafted and how it can help land managers adapt their practices to account for our rapidly changing climate.

    S2E2 - 56m - Aug 17, 2021
  • The Full-Canyon Prairie Falcon Survey

    A panel of raptor biologists discuss the current effort to survey the Snake River canyon’s Prairie falcon population. As you’ll hear in the discussion, the Snake River canyon is a very special place for prairie falcons, and the full canyon survey that’s currently underway is part of a monumental effort to assess the size and health of this unique population.

    S2E1 - 1h 0m - Jun 10, 2021
  • NCA Oral History: Amanda Hoffman

    Amanda Hoffman is the current manager of the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey NCA. She took over this role in March of 2016, having previously served as the acting associate monument manager at Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. We talked with Amanda about the challenges that she’s faced since becoming the manager of this NCA, and how she’s taken lessons from the unique history of the area.

    E20 - 45m - Jan 13, 2020
  • NCA Oral History: Julie Heath

    Dr. Julie Heath is a professor in the department of Biological Sciences and the Raptor Research Center at Boise State University. Her research lab is focused on addressing questions about how birds respond to large scale environmental change. She has conducted numerous research projects within the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey NCA, working with a number of other researchers and graduate students. This research has documented how raptors are responding to some of the changes occurring within the NCA and the surrounding area.

    E19 - 59m - Jan 13, 2020
  • NCA Oral History: Kent Carnie

    Kent Carnie is a lifelong falconer, longtime board member of the Peregrine Fund, and the founder of the Archives of Falconry. His close friendship with Morley Nelson lasted for many decades, and Carnie played a central role in the decision to relocate the Peregrine Fund’s headquarters to its current home in Boise, ID. We discussed with Mr. Carnie the history of American falconry as well as the influence that Morley Nelson had on the sport. Carnie also explains the role that Morley played in the recovery of the peregrine falcon, and the influence that the Peregrine Fund exerted to support the establishment of the Snake River Birds of Prey NCA.

    E18 - 34m - Dec 19, 2019
  • NCA Oral History: Roger Rosentreter

    Roger Rosentreter is a retired BLM botanist – he spent 35 years working as the Idaho BLM state botanist. During that time Roger worked throughout Idaho and the Intermountain West, but always maintained a strong connection with the high desert ecosystems of the sagebrush steppe, and has spent quite a bit of time working in the NCA. He has amassed a wealth of knowledge about the introduction of invasive species such as cheatgrass, and has conducted numerous research projects analyzing the effects of these introductions on native species. He has authored close to 100 scientific publications over the course of his career.

    E17 - 2h 9m - Dec 17, 2019
  • NCA Oral History: John Freemuth

    John Freemuth is a professor of public policy at Boise State University, but he also serves as the Cencil Andrus endowed chair of Environment and Public Lands for the Andrus Center for Public Policy. During the Clinton administration, Freemuth served as the chair of the science advisory board for the BLM, so he has a vast depth of knowledge on how science can and should affect public policy. We talked with John Freemuth about the legacy of Cecil Andrus and how science should continue to affect policy in the Snake River Birds of Prey NCA.

    E16 - 1h 3m - Dec 17, 2019
  • NCA Oral History: Dean Hagerman

    Dean Hagerman is a historian, graduate student, and former National Guardsman who worked at the Orchard Combat Training Center within the Snake River Birds of Prey NCA. As someone with both direct experience working for the National Guard at their training area inside the NCA, and a graduate student studying the history of this very area, Dean is uniquely positioned to share the history behind this National Guard training center. And this history is quite unique – as Dean points out, there are no other examples on the planet of an active military training area operating from within an area protected for environmental reasons.

    E15 - 1h 0m - Nov 6, 2019
  • NCA Oral History: John Sullivan

    John Sullivan was the first manager of the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, serving in this role for over a decade. In our interview, Sullivan provides some fascinating insight into the issues that needed to be addressed during the early years of the NCA, including a contentious relationship with an Army National Guard training center.

    E14 - 58m - Nov 6, 2019
  • NCA Oral History: Tracy Andrus

    Tracy Andrus is the middle daughter of former Idaho governor and secretary of the interior Cecil Andrus. Tracy has a wealth of amazing stories about growing up in the Andrus household and traveling to Washington, D.C. for her father’s term as the Interior Secretary. She has become an advocate for public lands in her own right in her role as the president of the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State U, and her insight into the processes behind the establishment of the Snake River Birds of Prey NCA is invaluable.

    E13 - 1h 8m - Sep 5, 2019
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