RICHARD S. OSTFELD is the Senior Scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystems Studies. For many years now he has been studying the ecology of Lyme Disease. What he and his fellow researchers have discovered will change the way you view this disease. Tune in and learn what animal vectors are the most competent reservoirs for spreading the disease and what habitats are the most productive for Lyme to spread to humans. This is also research that shows that “biodiversity, achieved by preventing forest fragmentation, protects us from Lyme Disease.” Professor Ostfeld’s important book is titled LYME DISEASE: THE ECOLOGY OF A COMPLEX SYSTEM.
Tonight, Inquiry welcomes back prolific author, teacher, tour leader and originator of the Kaufman Field Guide Series KENN KAUFMAN. His new book is a wonderful study guide on how to improve your field skills as a birder. Tonight Kenn talks about why looking at the common birds around us is important; the pitfalls of expectation and desire, why it’s a useful thing to learn taxonomy and why the best birders always leave some birds unidentified. Whether you are a person who is just starting out birding or are a seasoned hardcore, be sure to listen to tonight’s show. Kenn’s new book is titled THE KAUFMAN FIELD GUIDE TO ADVANCED BIRDING: UNDERSTANDING WHAT YOU SEE AND HEAR.