Other listening platforms may have already “wrapped” for the year, but your listening experience is not complete without WPC’s list of 12 essential podcasts for the curious mind.

These shows are what you can find playing in the headphones of our conservation biologists as they trek through fields,  scrub turtle tubs for hours, or comb through gigabytes of data – all in the name of science! 

If you are interested in wildlife, nature, conservation, or just what makes our planet tick, these 12 essential podcasts are for you!

1. Ologies with Alie Ward

Volcanoes. Trees. Drunk butterflies. Mars missions. Slug sex. Death. Beauty standards. Anxiety busters. Beer science. Bee drama. Take away a pocket full of science knowledge and charming, bizarre stories about what fuels these professional -ologists’ obsessions. Humorist and science correspondent Alie Ward asks smart people stupid questions and the answers might change your life.

2. Science Vs

There are a lot of fads, blogs and strong opinions, but then there’s SCIENCE. Science Vs is the show from Gimlet that finds out what’s fact, what’s not, and what’s somewhere in between. We do the hard work of sifting through all the science so you don’t have to and cover everything from 5G and Pandemics, to Vaping and Fasting Diets.

3. to know the land

A show about relationships with the landscape, striving to evoke resiliance, resistance, and reverence for the land. Interviews with authors, researchers, activists and students of the land.

4. How Do I Do This: An Environmental Career Podcast

People are waking up to the idea that climate change and the loss of nature is real and we need to become better stewards of our planet. Leading many to seek out careers in the environmental field. It is a growing field but it can be a tough one to break into. Hear from professionals about how they broke into the industry and what it’s really like to work in the environmental field. 

BONUS! Check out WPC Conservation Programs Director being interviwed on this episode:

Jessica Steiner with Emerging Leaders for Biodiversity

5. Quirks and Quarks

CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks covers the quirks of the expanding universe to the quarks within a single atom… and everything in between.

6. The Field Guides

Nature nerds rejoice! The Field Guides is a monthly podcast that will bring you out on the trail, focusing on the science of our North American wildlife.

7. Science Rules! With Bill Nye

Bill Nye is on a mission to change the world — one voicemail at a time. Bill and science writer Corey S. Powell take your burning questions and put them to the world’s leading experts on just about every topic in the universe. Should you stop eating cheeseburgers to combat climate change? Could alien life be swimming inside the moons of Jupiter and Saturn? Bill, Corey, and their special guests will answer those questions and convince you that… science rules!

8. Amazing Wildlife

The educational series highlights the wonders of the animal kingdom. Featuring fun and insightful facts about the world’s most fantastic animals.


9. Undiscovered

A podcast about the left turns, missteps, and lucky breaks that make science happen.

10. The Ecological Approach

Russ and Shane are biologists, bowhunters, and arborists. If you ask them, ecology and hunting are entwined so tightly that they are inseparable. Join them as they discuss all aspects of bowhunting, biology, conservation and other outdoor pursuits. Get closer to nature with an Ecological Approach.

BONUS! Check out WPC’s Jonathan Choquette being interviewed on this episode:

Episode 08: The Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake in Southwestern Ontario

11. In Defense of Plants

Plants are everything. They are also incredibly interesting. From the smallest duckweed to the tallest redwood, the botanical world is full of wonder. Tune in for a podcast celebrating botany.

12. Wild For Life By the Toronto Zoo

Wild For Life is the Toronto Zoo podcast that brings you behind the scenes and unveils the “hidden zoo”. Each episode brings you information on the critical conservation work that protects endangered species and works to preserve biodiversity. You will hear from nutritionists, ecologists, veterinarians, social scientists, wildlife biologists, and more that are working hard to help protect animals.