The WyoBio Minute

The WyoBio Minute is here to bring you stories of the natural world. From the smallest pika to the biggest black bear, every creature and plant plays a role in making Wyoming a place we like to call home. The WyoBio Minute is a weekly short format radio broadcast and podcast on the incredible biodiversity of the state of Wyoming and the Front Range.

Do you love the chirping of Meadowlarks in the morning? Or has a moose ever showed up in your backyard? In Wyoming humans often interact with nature, so wouldn’t you want to learn more about your neighbors, even if they are a different species?

The University of Wyoming’s Biodiversity Institute is here to bring you stories of the natural world. From the smallest pika to the biggest black bear, every creature and plant plays a role in making Wyoming a place we like to call home. So stay tuned for this and more with Wyo Bio minute.


The WyoBio Minute is produced by Brian Barber and the Biodiversity Institute.
Contributors include:
Kennan Oyen, Douglas Eddy, Sara Kirkpartrick, Dan Albrecht-Mallinger, Zoë Nelson, Beth Wommack, Dorothy Tuthill, and Steve Buskirk

The WyoBio Minute, is brought to you by the University of Wyoming Biodiversity Institute, Fostering appreciation of our natural world through science and education.

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The WyoBio Minute Podcast Archive

# Episode 21: Desert Yellowheads

Wyoming is home to one of the world’s rarest plants, the desert yellowhead. This unusual plant defies all expectations—its shiny, dark green leaves contrast with the rough and…

# Episode 20: Dermestid Beetles

Vertebrate bones are a treasure trove of information. From what an animal eats, to how they move, or how they died, scientists can extract myriad data from a skeleton.

# Episode 19: Vampire Bats

Vampires evoke dreams of cool nights and warm blood. For the vampire bat these dreams are reality. These nocturnal denizens of the tropics acquire their liquid nourishment…

# Episode 18: Tiger Salamander

It’s spring in Wyoming, and you’re walking home on a chilly, rainy night. To your surprise, on the sidewalk in front of you is a squirming black and yellow creature. What is…

# Episode 17: Pika

The American Pika is an alpine member of the rabbit family. It has a small round body with peppery fur, rounded ears and a stubby tail. They live at elevations between 6,000…

# Episode 16: Mammal Dispersal - Part 2

Last week we talked about mammal dispersal. We told the story of a male mountain lion that had travelled 1500 away from home and ended up in Connecticut.

# Episode 15: Mammal Dispersion - Part 1

Mountain Lions are usually associated with the mountainous west, including Wyoming. But this story takes us to the east coast. Connecticut to be exact, where in June 2011 a…

# Episdode 14: Trumpeter Swans

Wyoming is home to one of the largest waterfowl in North America the Trumpeter Swan. Trumpeters can measure 6 feet long and weigh up to 25 pounds. They are easily identified…

# Episode 13: Scientific Names

Catamount, painter, panther, lion, and cougar are just a few of the common names for the Mountain Lion but scientists the world over call this member of the cat family Puma…

# Episode 12: Christmas Bird Count

Tis the season for food and cheer and many other holiday traditions. Wyoming bird watchers take part in a unique holiday tradition. The Christmas Bird Count.

# Episode 11: Insect Freeze

Wyoming’s all time low temperature was -63°F recorded in 1933 in Moran. So it may not surprise you that Wyoming insects have some truly improbable methods for dealing with…

# Episode 10: Pack Rats

What do pack rats and botanists have in common? Both collect plants, and both have played important roles in understanding what the vegetation of Wyoming was like in the past.…

# Episode 9: The Blowout Penstemon

One of Wyoming’s most showy wildflowers was lost for 140 years. A striking plant, blowout penstemon has large, scented, pink flowers, and turquoise green leaves. Its most…

# Episode 8: The Subnivean

Wyoming winters can be harsh. Although many animals are hibernating or have left for warmer places, each year and entirely new world is born beneath the snow. Specifically in…

# Episode 7: Pronghorn

It’s a sunny day in spring, and you’re driving down a highway. You look out your window and you see a herd of pronghorn keeping pace with you. The whole herd is pushing 60,…

# Episode 6. Bird Migration

As winter approaches we may look up to the sky and find geese flying in a V formation, a hallmark of migration season. For centuries scientists have attempted to understand…

# Episode 5. Bears, Hibernation & Medicine

As winter approaches bears are heading into hibernation. Bears have developed adaptations to that allow them to be immobile for 5-7 months without getting sick. The polar bear…

# Episode 4. The Elk / Wapiti

The elk or wapiti, is one of the largest species with the deer family, Cervidae. Elk typically inhabit forest and forest edge habitats. Elk are found natively in North…

# Episode 3. Aspens

This WyoBio Minute was written and narrated by Sara Kirkpatrick. During this time of year a drive through the mountains is colored with the vibrant colors of aspen leaves.…

# Episode 2. The Clark's Nutcracker

This episode of the WyoBio Minute introduces you to the Clark's Nutcracker, sometimes referred to as Clark's crow or woodpecker crow. Living high in the mountains of the West,…

# Episode 1. Wyoming the Headwaters State

Wyoming is known as a headwater state. Headwaters are common due to the mountainous landscape. 70% of Wyoming’s surface water originates as snowmelt, giving life to streams…