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Colorado Edition: Not-so-endangered species; wildlife migration; depleting air quality

WildEarth Guardians

After decades on the endangered species list, the humpback chub, a fish native to the Colorado River, has been upgraded to “threatened” status. KUNC’s Alex Hager tells us more about the gradual recovery of the species and what this means for the Colorado River.

Back in September, Colorado state officials released the Big Game Migration and Wildlife Connectivity Policy Report, which proposes more migration routes for big game animals while preserving as much land a possible. Michelle Cowardin, wildlife movement coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, tells us why more migration routes are needed.

While many U.S. cities have seen success in lowering harmful levels of ozone, many Western cities recorded some of the worst air quality levels on the planet last year. Kaiser Health News’ environment reporter Jim Robbins helps explain why.

This episode of Colorado Edition was hosted by Henry Zimmerman (@kombuchacowboy) and edited by Tess Novotny (@tess_novotny). Our production team includes Alana Schreiber (@ayyschreib) and Rae Solomon (@raedear1). KUNC news director Brian Larson is our executive producer. Web was edited by digital editor Jackie Hai. 

The mission of Colorado Edition is to deepen understanding of life in Northern Colorado through authentic conversation and storytelling. It's available as a podcast on iTunesSpotifyGoogle PlayStitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.

You can hear the show on KUNC, Monday through Friday at 2:30 and at 6:30 p.m.

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

Our theme music was composed by Colorado musicians Briana Harris and Johnny Burroughs. Other music in the show by Blue Dot Sessions.

KUNC's Colorado Edition is a daily look at the stories, news, people and issues important to you. It's a window to the communities along the Colorado Rocky Mountains.