Quick Questions About National Geographic’s Called to the Wild

Where Was Called to the Wild Filmed? Filming took place in the northwoods of Maine. How Were Contestants Selected? Contestants had to compile video applications to send to casting producers. They were then vetted on survival skills, psychological health, and had to pass a background check. Dogs and humans had to pass health screenings as well. Beyond that, I am …

Barley and Kayla Were Called to the Wild

My breath clouded around my face in the cold air as I paused outside the Missoula airport. I paused to put my mask on and readjusted my backpack before leading Barley into the airport. Barley was happy and confident, unaware of what we were in for. Pre-pandemic, we traveled all the time for work. But this trip was different. Rather …

When Your Dogs are Your Coworkers – And Work is Hard

In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla and Marissa Martino get personal discussing the woes of conservation work when handling your emotions while working! They discuss ways to balance how you’re feeling while trying to make the job as positive as possible for your K9 partner. Episode suggestion: Just train the dog!  I think many of us can relate to …

Working with a Teenage Detection Dog

In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla discusses what it is like working with a teenage dog and gives tips and tricks to get your young dog in the world of conservation work. Start small. Niffler searches in small plots, each search only commencing around 15 minutes at a time.  While conservation detection can be unpredictable, it’s best to find …

A Day in the Life of a Conservation Detection Dog Handler

In this episode, we discuss a day in the life of a conservation detection dog handler on a variety of projects that Kayla has worked on. We cover the daily schedule for projects ranging from wind farm work to jaguar surveys in Costa Rica. As always, you can join our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists to support the podcast, get stickers, and join …

Midseason Musings: 2021 Summer Update

We are halfway through our season of finding dead bats on wind farms. This work will help biologists understand trends in how the turbines affect bats, particularly during migration. I am handling Niffler for his first season as a K9 Conservationist, while Rachel Hamre handles Barley at another field site. We’re all loving this setup. Niffler is getting lots of …

Our Nearly-Homeless Detection Dog Teams Need Your Help!

One of the hardest parts about being a conservation detection doh handler is the travel. It’s not unusual for me to spend months on the road, living out of hotels and cooking on camp stoves in the parking lot. I may only have a few days at home to do laundry before packing again to head to a new field …