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Lindsey Joins ‘Car talk’

Aug. 15, 2011 – Adjunct Professor Kieran Lindsey has added a new entry to her resume — she is now the official animal-vehicle biologist for the famed Tappet brothers, Click and Clack, on “Car Talk,” one of the most popular shows on National Public Radio. Whether it’s bats in the garage, escaped pet hissing cockroaches, or deer-vehicle collisions, Lindsey tackles questions and explains what listeners can do about their animal problems, posting some of the most common automotive-animal conundrums on the show’s Wildlife and Your Car web page.

“‘Car Talk’s’ definition of wildlife is very broad, basically anything that’s alive and not human,” Lindsey explained, so she expects questions to run the gamut. She will also lend a hand to answering wildlife questions in “Car Talk’s” nationally syndicated newspaper columns and its newsletter. “I look at this role as an opportunity to educate the public about the natural world and to frame answers within an ecological context so people can appreciate what is outside their door,” Lindsey said.

Lindsey is no stranger to educating the public about urban wildlife. She headed a nonprofit wildlife center in Houston, hosted a weekly radio program, “Wild Things Radio,” on public radio in Albuquerque, N.M., and writes a blog, Next-Door Nature, that focuses on the benefits and challenges of interacting with wildlife in urban and suburban settings. “People have an innate interest in wildlife and the natural world, but they don’t always know where to look. I’m trying to open some eyes by pointing out that nature is all around us — it doesn’t stop at the city limit sign.”

Lindsey directs the Natural Resources Distance Learning Consortium for the college and teaches graduate courses in urban wildlife management, human-wildlife conflicts, and human dimensions of natural resource management in the college’s natural resources program in the National Capital Region.

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