Episode 8: #TrashFreeAssateague

In today's episode, I talk with Billy Weiland of Assateague Coastal Trust, about ACT's #TrashFreeAssateague project, its genesis, and the upcoming TFA event at Assateague Island National Seashore on June 2 from 9am to 1pm. Read Billy's May 8 blog post on Trash Free Assateague, "Be the Change," for more information. We also talk about Hands Across … Continue reading Episode 8: #TrashFreeAssateague

AV Field Trip: May 16

I'm taking a few days to talk to folks for upcoming Assateague Voices podcast episodes. This morning, I had the great good fortune to talk with both Ashlie Kozlowski of the Assateague Island Alliance, and NPS Ranger Kelly Taylor, who manages the Assateague Island Visitor Center. In the days ahead, I'll speak with Billy Weiland … Continue reading AV Field Trip: May 16

AV Science Club: Tracking Wild Horses at Assateague Island National Seashore

Brains On! is a science podcast for kids from Minnesota Public Radio News and Southern California Public Radio. A friend of mine sent me a link to a podcast episode from the end of December, 2016, all about Assateague's Maryland herd. The episode delves into, among other things, the science behind population control and protecting … Continue reading AV Science Club: Tracking Wild Horses at Assateague Island National Seashore

Episode 7: Beach Voices

Assateague offers solitude and surf, but it also offers something else: community. Day use visitors, Eurovan travelers, Mother's Day celebrants, weddings, proposals, surfers and surf fishers, horse lovers, stargazers, and lots of families of all shapes and sizes: They create a vibrant community of voices that connects us to the island and to each other, … Continue reading Episode 7: Beach Voices

AV Book Club: “Stormy Weather”

It's been a heartbreaking year on Assateague. Five horses have died or been killed, including Jester, who I learned about during the interviews for Episode 5, "Wild Horses." The sadness pouring off posts on Facebook shows just how intimately connected we are with the life of the horses and the island. If you're looking for … Continue reading AV Book Club: “Stormy Weather”

AV Video Club: “Saving Assateague”

One of the most remarkable events in Assateague's history is the Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962. The devastation that the island, and Chincoteague in particular, experienced is chronicled dramatically in "Stormy, Misty's Foal," Marguerite Henry's sequel to "Misty of Chincoteague." The storm brought tremendous destruction in particular to Ocean Beach,  a development that, had it been … Continue reading AV Video Club: “Saving Assateague”

Bonus: Billy Weiland, “Strawberry Moon”

If you stayed after the credits for Episode 6, "Native Son," you heard Billy Weiland perform his guitar composition, "Muir." Here's another one of his picks from his collection of songs on SoundCloud. Okay, so here's a challenge to Billy and all Assateague lovin' musicians. When I would listen to Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring," I … Continue reading Bonus: Billy Weiland, “Strawberry Moon”

Bonus: How Do Horses Get Fresh Water?

This video accompanies Assateague Voices, Episode 5, "Wild Horses." It illustrates how the island's wild horses are able to drink fresh water from the surface the the saltwater Sinepuxent Bay. Science! In the episode, Chris explains how it works, and we thought it would be fun to have some show to go with the tell. … Continue reading Bonus: How Do Horses Get Fresh Water?