All Things Wild

The Wolverine Way (with Douglas Chadwick)

April 27, 2022 Martin Episode 40
All Things Wild
The Wolverine Way (with Douglas Chadwick)
Show Notes

Today’s interview is with Douglas Chadwick, an American wildlife biologist, author, photographer and frequent National Geographic contributor. He has also written several books, most interestingly in this case he wrote a book called The Wolverine Way! You guessed it, it’s all about wolverines! Listen as Douglas tells us the unbelievable stories he’s experienced with Wolverines, why they are in so much danger and how he is pushing to save the natural world with a slightly different approach to most people. 


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Important Times:

  • 00:10 Intro
  • 02:05 Welcome Douglas!
  • 02:40 Glacier National Park is still one of the wildest places
  • 04:25 The original food chain
  • 05:50 Public lands are important
  • 06:35 Wolverines in Glacier, how did they get there?
  • 07:20 I just finished reading The Wolverine Way! How did you start studying them?
  • 13:00 Trapping and tagging
  • 19:30 They can take down much larger animals
  • 20:45 They are mostly scavengers
  • 24:50 Handling the Wolverines
  • 27:20 Attacking humans
  • 32:20 Mountain climbers, why do they climb mountains?
  • 35:40 We didn’t expect they were climbing over mountains
  • 36:50 They are extremely territorial and one animal can cover huge areas of land
  • 38:25 The problem with National Parks -  they don’t solve the conservation problem!
  • 41:15 They have very unexpected family dynamics
  • 49:45 We need to connect conservation lands to eachother
  • 45:15 Are Wolverines on the endangered species list?
  • 57:35 Meeting captive Wolverines
  • 01:01:00 They can be breakout artists
  • 01:03:35 Reading a passage of The Wolverine Way
  • 01:07:20 Four Fifths a Grizzly: A New Perspective on Nature That Just Might Save Us All
  • 01:16:35 Outro