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Colorado Edition: In Their Natural State

Bob Wick
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The sage grouse lives in the sagebrush habitat of the Intermountain West.

Today on Colorado Edition: We hear about one of the most controversial birds in the American West: the endangered sage grouse and the fight over the bird’s future. We look at how the desert tortoise is adapting to climate change. We talk with a local author about her book featuring a veterinary student who also happens to be an animal empath. And we explore how fine art models — whose work relies on being in the three-dimensional world — are making their way during the virtual Zoom world of the pandemic.

Today’s guests include Colorado author of the novel Other People’s Pets, R.L. Maizes; and Ashley Ahearn, host and producer of the podcast Grouse. This episode features reporting from KUNC’s Luke Runyon and arts reporter Stacy Nick.

Colorado Edition is made possible with support from our KUNC members. Thank you!

Colorado Edition is hosted by Erin O'Toole (@ErinOtoole1) and Henry Zimmerman. The web was edited by digital editor Jackie Hai. KUNC news director Brian Larson is our executive producer. We get production help from Rae Solomon and Adam Rayes.

Our theme music was composed by Colorado musicians Briana Harris and Johnny Burroughs.

KUNC's Colorado Edition is a news magazine taking an in-depth look at the issues and culture of Northern Colorado. It's available on our website, as well as on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. You can hear the show on KUNC, Monday through Thursday at 6:30 p.m., or Tuesday through Friday at 8:30 a.m.