Top 10 Nature Podcasts

By Maria Rainier

Thanks to the fact that we live in a world where there is a podcast for just about every topic under the sun, if you’re truly interested about the latest developments in research and news about nature then why not check out some of the best nature podcasts on the web?

Here are ten podcasts that are considered to be the top nature podcasts online that are free and available to download on a daily or weekly basis:

1. NPR: Environment Podcast

Each week this educational talk show discusses the latest in scientific research and news, and some of the many topics covered in the episodes include global warming, extinct species, and various other global issues everyone should be aware of.

2. Nature Podcast

The name of this podcast says it all. Each week various journalists, scientists, researchers and other environmental experts are interviewed to conduct an in-depth podcast on the latest in nature’s news.

3. 60-Second Earth

We all know how difficult it can be to find the time to stay up to date on the latest in environmental news, especially if you work up to 40 hours a week and you have a family to take care of. But the podcasts of this episode are a mere sixty seconds, and all you have to do is take a minute out of your busy schedule to get updated on the latest in environmental news.

4. TERRA: The Nature of Our World

This podcast covers everything from climate change to environmental issues, to the latest news surrounding various animals and species in our oceans, forests, deserts, swamps and skies.

5. Science and the Sea

From the University of Texas’ Marine Science Institute comes a podcast that covers topics that touch on a variety of different species of animals that live in the sea, such as sharks, dragonfish, whales and much more.

6. NOAA’S National Ocean Service: Making Waves

This podcasts covers a variety of different news articles and topics that are causing a stir in the environmental world.

7. Pulse of the Planet

Each day this podcast covers various topics and news surrounding animals ranging from dolphins to red-cockaded woodpeckers.

8. BirdNote

Take your fascination with birds to a whole new level by listening to this daily podcast on a regular basis. For each episode the hosts cover a different species of bird and load the viewers with a ton of information regarding where they live, what they look and sound like and much more.

9. Animal House

Each day the hosts of these podcasts bring you three to four new episodes which cover a wide range of different animals like zebras, Chihuahuas, horses, birds, or even stink bugs.

10. Living Planet

And last but certainly not least, this award-winning podcast is actually a weekly radio magazine that covers various reports, interviews, news, features and much more.

Bio: Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and blogger for First in Education where she’s recently written about online forestry programs along with a guide to forest and conservation careers. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, traveling, and working with origami.

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  1. Maria, Thank you for the information. I had no idea there were so many podcasts available. You have provided a valuable service.

  2. Like Emma I had no idea there were so many interesting podcasts available. Thank you for the information.

  3. Maria, Thanks for the info and links. This is new to me.


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