Anyone know good nature podcasts?

Here’s the few science-related podcasts from my feed that may or may not be relevant:

Story Collider: a storytelling podcast focusing on stories from various people, relating to science.

Any of the HowStuffWorks family of podcasts. I don’t think they have any that are specifically limited to nature topics, but many of the shows have had episodes dealing with nature.

Drunk Safari - Comedy podcast where the host and a guest choose two animals to research, then get drunk(?) and talk about them. Not scientific, but definitely funny.

Most in my feed are human interest based, but I think I just may add a few of these suggestions to my list. :blush:


@vermfly I’m glad you suggested Urban Wildlife Podcast. One of my fave podcasts out there!

I’d also suggest giving Naturalistics a listen, tons of great content discussed there, including a few episodes that touch on iNaturalist.


I’ve been enjoying the Fisheries Podcast, good interviews with professionals, and sometimes non-professionals, of the fisheries management world. Link here:

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I enjoy Herpetological Highlights.

Two more:

  • SquaMates Podcast (about herps in general, irreverent but great)
  • Tetrapod Zoology Podcast (often off-topic and very irreverent but also excellent)
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@reuvenm, thanks for the suggestions! I tried the first episode of Tetrapod Zoology and couldn’t maintain interest about halfway through. Then I tried the first episode of SquaMates and loved it. I’m quickly working my way through those, and am going to give Tetrapod Zoology another chance after reading elsewhere that the first episode is particularly in-the-weedsy.

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This is great, guys, thanks for the list! I sampled most of the ones posted.

I have to second the American Birding Podcast, probably the best produced and most focused one I listened to. Great conversations on there and cool notables from eBird. Nate Swick is a phenomenal host.

Not sure if anyone mentioned RadioLab. Kind of goes without saying, but they have done many fascinating nature-science episodes, and they are the gold standard of audio production and narrative journalism.

I also stumbled on The Music of Nature Podcast, but recordist Lang Elliott. Each episode is an audio postcard from his travels to birding hotspots throughout North America, with high-quality binaural (stereo) recordings to put listeners in the soundscape with some narrative between scenes. 10-30 mins long each. He posted several episodes from 1/26/17 to 12/18/18. Listened to the first one and I’ll definitely do them all.

This is tangentially nature related, but the show Sandra is an audio drama that comically features birds.

The Dirtbag Diaries. Not a nature podcast, per se, but an adventure podcast with a high view of nature and conservation/access activism.

Outside/In by New Hampshire Public Radio.
HumaNature by Wyoming Public Media.
Threshold. About bison.
Mountain and Prairie. Interviews with interesting people in the West.
Outlandish. Part of the USFS Your Forests Your Future project.

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Those of you who subscribe to Spotify are probably aware that several of these nature podcasts as well as a whole host of other podcasts are available there.

I’m a fan of Exploreastory, hosted by Emily Graslie of the Field Museum.
I’ve been a fan of Emily for a while; her YouTube videos helped deepen my appreciation for, and enthusiasm about, nature and natural history museums/collections.

It’s general science/nature. I enjoy the humour. Available on Spotify now (and probably other places).


The Nature Guys!
I find their podcasts to be a well-balanced mix of scientific “hard facts” and history, folklore, and personal stories.
Description from their about page: “Nature Guys podcast connects you to the exciting natural world right in your own neighborhood. These nature connections will help you be cool, calm, collected and ready to make a positive difference in the world.”

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Welcome to the forum, @elizamess!

“Off Track” wins hands down:


I just found one called The Wild Life.

They even have their own project here on iNaturalist.

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I’m kind of surprised that no one has mentioned this one yet:

Science Rules - Host Bill Nye the Science Guy!

Also, for survival in general:

The Survivalist Preppers Podcast

Stuff You Should Know (general information that people should know about)

Blackout (it’s a drama story about America going without electricity - does have explicit language though) - I’ve listened to the first episode (it’s pretty good).

Also, the Chernobyl Podcast for the mini-series on HBO.

13 Minutes to the Moon - BBC World Science (About the Apollo missions).

All of these should be on iTunes and any other podcasts service.

Does anyone know of any for fungi?

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Fungi Town (it’s also available on Apple Podcasts and presumably others)


hi, welcome to the forum! :)

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Adding a few more to the thread:

  • Several fascinating episodes on This Is Love. Yellowstone Wolves. Aggressive bison near SLC. Love of nature and Prairie Warblers. Must listen.

  • Cryptinaturalist. Zany monologues featuring a variety of cryptids. I can barely tell what is going on but it’s hilarious.

  • I second Off Track @oneanttofew! Some of the best around. If you don’t listen to the underwater acoustic episode and then run out and buy an underwater microphone, I don’t even know what.

  • Common Land. Creation stories of protected landscapes.

  • Brain On Nature. If you like Florence Williams, you’ll like this. Brain injury. Nature. Great audio production.

  • The Wild. On location nature stories from around the world.


I’ve been listening to:
Trees are Key with Paul Johnson.
For the Wild with Ayana Young

Crime Pays But Botany Doesn’t — this guy is amazing and hilarious. He also has a youtube channel. Those are even better than the podcast.


There are several.

Bird Note
Laura Erickson’s For the Birds
Johnathan Byrd’s Blue World
The American Birding Association pod cast
Roger Tory Peterson Podcast field guide