Beyond Blathers

Olivia deBourcier & Sofia Osborne

The podcast where we dive deeper into the insects, fish, and fossils you can find in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game! @beyondblathers on Instagram and Twitter, email: beyondblathers@gmail.com.

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This week we're going to talk about the huge (and not-so-terrifying) goliath beetle! Tune in to learn more about where they live, what they eat, and why it's so hard to figure out the real weight of insects! If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store over on Etsy where we sell stickers, postcards, keychains, and hand-made needle-felted ornaments. We're having a holiday sale where you can get 30% off everything in our store until December 15, so make sure to take a look! Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game.

Nov 26

20 min 47 sec

Come along with us as we explore the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at the University of British Columbia! We're on the hunt for the insects, fish, and fossils you can find at Blathers' museum. If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store over on Etsy where we sell stickers, postcards, keychains, and hand-made needle-felted ornaments. Olivia is also open for commissions for adorable pet portraits, pins, and custom illustrations — take a look at the highlight on our Instagram! Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game.

Nov 12

24 min 2 sec

This week we're talking about the huge and beautiful Queen Alexandra's Birdwing Butterfly! Join us as we talk about this butterfly's biology, and go off on tangents into conservation and the fascinating Wikipedia page of Walter Rothschild.  If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store over on Etsy where we sell stickers, postcards, keychains, and hand-made needle-felted ornaments. Olivia is also open for commissions for adorable pet portraits, pins, and custom illustrations — take a look at the highlight on our Instagram! Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game.

Nov 5

35 min 34 sec

This spooky Halloween weekend, we're bringing you an episode on the slithery, slimy moray eel! What is up with their jaws and teeth? Are they as fierce predators as they seem? Listen to find out! If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store over on Etsy where we sell stickers, postcards, keychains, and hand-made needle-felted ornaments. Olivia is also open for commissions for adorable pet portraits, pins, and custom illustrations — take a look at the highlight on our Instagram! Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game.

Oct 29

25 min 8 sec

This week we're talking about an interesting fossil — the acanthostega! Were they an evolutionary stepping stone to get from water to land? The answer is a bit more complicated than that! Listen to find out more. If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store over on Etsy where we sell stickers, postcards, keychains, and hand-made needle-felted ornaments. Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game.

Oct 22

22 min 16 sec

This week we're talking about the Mantis Shrimp, a crustacean that's gained a lot of popularity recently, and for good reason! But with fame comes gossip, and we're here to unpack all the flim flam, from their deadly punch to their renowned eyesight. If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store over on Etsy where we sell stickers, postcards, keychains, and hand-made needle-felted ornaments. Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game.

Oct 15

33 min 43 sec

This week we're diving into the violin beetle, an insect that is as cool as it is mysterious! Not a ton is known about these critters, but we get into what has been discovered. If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store over on Etsy where we sell stickers, postcards, keychains, and hand-made needle-felted ornaments. Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game.

Oct 8

20 min 11 sec

This week we're excited to talk about the sea anemone, a beautiful and prolific ocean predator! Listen to learn more about how they bud, hunt, and even fight each other! If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store over on Etsy where we sell stickers, postcards, keychains, and hand-made needle-felted ornaments. Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game.

Oct 1

34 min 27 sec

This week we're talking about the lovely clownfish! Is Finding Nemo scientifically accurate? And what really is the nature of the relationship between clownfish and anemones? Listen to find out! If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store over on Etsy where we sell stickers, postcards, keychains, and hand-made needle-felted ornaments. We're currently having a 15% off sale on our stickers and postcards! Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game.

Sep 24

31 min 46 sec

This week we're excited to be talking about the iguanodon, a dinosaur who is very important to palaeontological history! Listen to learn more about its discovery and impact. You may have noticed that this episode came out on a Friday, that's because we will be releasing our new episodes on Fridays instead of Wednesdays for the foreseeable future as it works better for our schedules. So catch you here next Friday for a new episode! If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store over on Etsy where we sell stickers, postcards, keychains, and hand-made needle-felted ornaments. We're currently having a 15% off sale on our stickers and postcards!  Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game.

Sep 17

46 min 24 sec

This week we're talking about the pondskater, an insect that can literally walk on water! How do they do that???? Listen to learn more. If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store over on Etsy where we sell stickers, postcards, keychains, and hand-made needle-felted ornaments.  Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game.

Sep 8

24 min 13 sec

This week, we're airing an episode that Sofia helped write and produce for Terra Informa, an environmental news radio show/podcast on CJSR 88.5 FM in Edmonton, Alberta.  Sofia and Lizzy talked with Dr. Anne Bissonnette, a professor and fashion historian, about athleisure, fast fashion, and sustainability.If you like Beyond Blathers, make sure to check out Terra Informa for more environmental stories!If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store over on Etsy where we sell stickers, postcards, keychains, and hand-made needle-felted ornaments.Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter.Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game.

Sep 1

30 min 22 sec

Olivia's busy in the field at the moment so we're re-releasing our dung beetle episode from January! If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store over on Etsy where we sell stickers, postcards, keychains, and hand-made needle-felted ornaments. We're currently having a sale so make sure to take a look! Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game.

Aug 25

26 min 55 sec

This week we're talking about sea grapes, an amazing single-celled organism that is also a very tasty snack!If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store over on Etsy where we sell stickers, postcards, keychains, and hand-made needle-felted ornaments. We're currently having a sale so make sure to take a look!Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter.Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game.

Aug 18

16 min 19 sec

This week we're talking about the giant clam, the second largest invertebrate in the world (after the giant squid)! These babies can grow up to nearly 500 pounds and live for 100 years! Listen to find out more about their reproduction, conservation status, and symbiotic relationship with algae.If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store over on Etsy where we sell stickers, postcards, keychains, and hand-made needle-felted ornaments. We're currently having a sale so make sure to take a look!Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter.Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game.

Aug 11

23 min 22 sec

This week we're talking about the juramaia, the first placental mammal, and learning all about the evolutionary history of mammals! If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store over on Etsy where we sell stickers, postcards, keychains, and hand-made needle-felted ornaments. Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game.

Aug 4

28 min 12 sec

This week, we're airing an episode that Sofia wrote and produced for Terra Informa, an environmental news radio show/podcast on CJSR 88.5 FM in Edmonton, Alberta.  Sofia talked to experts about how walking and getting out into nature helps mental health, especially during the pandemic, and why access to green spaces is so important.If you like Beyond Blathers, make sure to check out Terra Informa for more environmental stories! If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store over on Etsy where we sell stickers, postcards, keychains, and hand-made needle-felted ornaments. Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game.

Jul 28

31 min 34 sec

This week we're talking about the remora, AKA suckerfish, those cool fish that attach themselves to the back of sharks, whales, and other marine animals! Listen to learn more about what they eat, how humans use them for fishing, and how they evolved to have their cheese grater suction cups! Also make sure to support Minorities in Shark Sciences and check out our episode on the great white shark. If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store over on Etsy where we sell stickers, postcards, keychains, and hand-made needle-felted ornaments. Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game.

Jul 21

22 min 17 sec

This week we're getting a bit ~spooky~ and talking about the pufferfish — a toxic, inflatable fish that makes alien-like crop circles on the ocean floor! If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store over on Etsy where we sell stickers, postcards, keychains, and hand-made needle-felted ornaments. Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game.

Jul 14

32 min 27 sec

This week we're talking about the bagworm, a type of caterpillar that makes its case from poop wallpaper and materials like leaves and sticks! Listen to learn more about this interesting insect, its life cycle, and why it's seen as a major pest in many parts of the world. If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store over on Etsy where we sell stickers, postcards, keychains, and hand-made needle-felted ornaments. Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game.

Jul 7

23 min 20 sec

This week we're talking about the venus flower basket, a species of glass sponge that can tell us a lot about engineering, and even romance! Listen to learn more about this living work of art. If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store over on Etsy where we sell stickers, postcards, keychains, and hand-made needle-felted ornaments. Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game.

Jun 30

20 min 59 sec

And we're back with the final instalment of our special on the mammoth! This week, we're talking about how mammoth fossils are discovered, the controversy around mammoth ivory, and whether mammoths can be brought back from the dead.  For more information on mammoths, check out PBS Eons and The Brain Scoop on YouTube! You can also find Sofia's full episode on de-extinction here. If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store over on Etsy where we sell stickers, postcards, keychains, and hand-made needle-felted ornaments. Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game.

Jun 23

38 min 59 sec

We're celebrating our fiftieth episode and one year anniversary (!!!) by sharing a special two-part episode on the mammoth! Check out the first part here and make sure to tune in next week to hear part two. If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store over on Etsy where we sell stickers, postcards, keychains, and hand-made needle-felted ornaments. Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game.

Jun 16

39 min 37 sec

This week we're going far far back in time to talk about the anomalocaris, a strange looking arthropod from the Cambrian Period. They may look straight out of Star Wars, but they're actually an example of one of the first ever apex predators. Listen to learn more! If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store over on Etsy where we sell stickers, postcards, keychains, and hand-made needle-felted ornaments. Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game!

Jun 2

20 min 54 sec

This week we're talking about one of the cutest creatures in existence, the umbrella octopus! This deep-sea dwelling octopus has big eyes, ear-like fins, and no ink! Listen to learn more about their habitat, reproduction, and how much we love them.  If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store where we sell stickers and postcards featuring Olivia's illustrations. Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game!

May 26

23 min 54 sec

This week we're talking about the common bluebottle, a beautiful blue and black butterfly that is a lot more interesting than its name suggests! Listen to find out more about this butterfly's blue pigment and amazing ability to see colour, and to hear Olivia and Sofia chat about cake. Thanks to Acey for the suggestion for this week's episode! If you have an animal you'd like to see us cover, don't hesitate to reach out on Instagram or Twitter. If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store where we sell stickers and postcards featuring Olivia's illustrations. Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter.Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game!

May 19

19 min 49 sec

This week we're joined by Adele Pentland, a PhD Candidate at Swinburne University of Technology and Research Associate at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History, to talk about amber! Tune in to learn more about how amber is formed, how palaeontologists use amber, and why there is controversy around the use of Burmese amber. Adele also shared so many great stories about being a palaeontologist in the Australian outback! Make sure to take a look at Adele's Etsy shop for amazing jewelry, and follow her on Instagram @strangemagicshop! If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store where we sell stickers and postcards featuring Olivia's illustrations. Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game!

May 12

1 hr 18 min

This week we're re-releasing our King Salmon episode from September 23! Buckle in for a talk about the importance of salmon to coastal ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest. And we'll be back next week with a new episode that we're really excited about! To learn more about Chinook salmon conservation, take a look at Raincoast's great wild salmon program.  If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store where we sell stickers and postcards featuring Olivia's illustrations.  Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game!

May 5

27 min 55 sec

This week we're answering listener questions! Listen to hear Olivia's lemur stories and Sofia's whale adventures, get music recommendations, and find out what the hosts have been up to lately. If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store where we sell stickers and postcards featuring Olivia's illustrations.  Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game!

Apr 28

52 min 31 sec

This week we're talking about the barreleye, a deep sea fish with a transparent head and huge green eyes! Why is its head transparent??? Listen to find out! If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store where we sell stickers and postcards featuring Olivia's illustrations.  Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game!

Apr 21

26 min 55 sec

This week we're joined by fossil preparator Myria Perez, AKA Paleontologica on Instagram and YouTube, to talk about the plesiosaurus! Listen to learn more about this amazing prehistoric aquatic reptile, the broader group of plesiosaurs it belongs to, and what it's like to work as a fossil preparator.Make sure to follow Myria on Instagram @paleontologica and subscribe to her Youtube channel for more great info on fossils, working in paleontology, and women in STEM! If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store where we sell stickers and postcards featuring Olivia's illustrations. Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter.Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game!

Apr 14

44 min 22 sec

This week we're talking about horses — no not land horses, sea horses! Get ready to rethink everything you know about these very cool fish. If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store where we sell stickers and postcards featuring Olivia's illustrations.  Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game!

Apr 7

41 min 54 sec

This week we're talking about the beautiful tiger butterfly! Listen to learn more about their life cycle, habitat, and how to catch butterflies yourself! If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store where we sell stickers and postcards featuring Olivia's illustrations. And if you want to listen to our favourite podcasts, head to podyssey.fm/blathers! Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game!

Mar 31

28 min 7 sec

This week we're talking about the Brachiosaurus, a huge herbivorous dinosaur that has inspired many iconic pop culture moments. Listen to learn more about how they got so big, how much they had to eat, and why their necks were so long! If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store where we sell stickers and postcards featuring Olivia's illustrations. And if you want to listen to our favourite podcasts, head to podyssey.fm/blathers! Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game!

Mar 24

35 min 22 sec

This week we're talking about one of the coolest fish in Animal Crossing, the arapaima! These bad boys can grow up to 15 feet long and weigh over 400 pounds! And ... they sometimes eat monkeys! What??! We know. Listen to find out more about these amazing creatures! If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store where we sell stickers and postcards featuring Olivia's illustrations. And if you want to listen to our favourite podcasts, head to podyssey.fm/blathers! Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game!

Mar 17

27 min 47 sec

This week we're joined by Just the Zoo of Us host Ellen Weatherford to talk all about snails! From escargot to love darts to volcano snails, there's a lot to discover about these slow, slimy friends. Make sure to check out Just the Zoo of Us wherever you listen to podcasts, and don't forget to follow them on Twitter for great science content. And if you want to check out our favourite podcasts, head to podyssey.fm/blathers! If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store where we sell stickers and postcards featuring Olivia's illustrations. Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game!

Mar 10

1 hr

This week we're talking about the sea butterfly AND the sea angel, two beautiful pteropods who are vital to ocean ecosystems. Listen to learn more about the differences between them, as well as the conservation issues threatening their survival. If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store where we sell stickers and postcards featuring Olivia's illustrations. Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game!

Mar 3

23 min 29 sec

This week we're talking about the creepy, crawly centipede — a predatory bug with many many legs. Listen to find out how some centipedes hunt bats, and what the difference actually is between centipedes and millipedes.  If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store where we sell stickers and postcards featuring Olivia's illustrations. Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game!

Feb 24

19 min 56 sec

This week we're talking about the nautilus, a shelled cephalopod that some call a "living fossil." Although they're related to squids and octopi,  the nautilus has some really interesting key differences that we get into in this episode! If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store where we sell stickers and postcards featuring Olivia's illustrations. Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game!

Feb 17

41 min 22 sec

This week we're talking about the ammonite, a prehistoric cephalopod that came in many amazing shapes and sizes. Listen to learn more about how they moved through the water, who might have eaten them, and why they're so valuable to palaeontologists. If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store where we sell stickers and postcards featuring Olivia's illustrations. Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see our weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game!

Feb 10

21 min 27 sec

This week we are so excited to have the amazing Emily Graslie with us to talk all about the archelon, the largest sea turtle to have ever lived! We also got to chat with Emily about science communication, online community, dung beetles, and — of course — Animal Crossing! Emily started the YouTube channel The Brain Scoop in 2013 where she unpacks the behind the scenes of natural history museums. She was also the Chief Curiosity Correspondent for the Chicago Field Museum of Natural History. This summer, Emily had a three-part documentary series air on PBS called Prehistoric Road Trip, where she journeyed back in time by exploring fossils from the Northern Great Plains region. Make sure to check it out here! And, for more from Emily, follow her on Twitter and Instagram. As mentioned in the episode: Bad Luck, Hot Rocks edited by Ryan Thompson & Phil Orr and Fossil Legends of the First Americans by Adrienne Mayor. If you'd like to support Beyond Blathers, please check out our merch store where we sell stickers and postcards featuring Olivia's illustrations. And, if you're a new listener, don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see Olivia's weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game!

Feb 3

1 hr 22 min

This week we're talking about the beautiful but surprisingly deadly orchid mantis! Tune in to find out how they trick pollinators into thinking they're flowers, how they can see in 3D, and more! If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store where we sell stickers and postcards featuring Olivia's illustrations. Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see Olivia's weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game!

Jan 27

26 min 47 sec

This week we're joined by Vikram Baliga of the amazing Planthropology and The Plant Prof podcasts to talk about the real science behind hybrid flowers! Make sure to check out Planthropology and The Plant Prof for more plant fun, and follow Vikram on Twitter and Instagram. Also, check out @texastechgreenhouse on Instagram and Facebook! If you'd like to support Beyond Blathers, please check out our merch store where we sell stickers and postcards featuring Olivia's illustrations. Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see Olivia's weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game!

Jan 20

34 min

This week we're talking about the sea pig, a very cute type of deep sea cucumber! Listen to find out more about these charismatic little critters. If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store where we sell stickers and postcards featuring Olivia's illustrations. Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see Olivia's weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game!

Jan 13

19 min 33 sec

This week we're talking about the dung beetle! Listen to find out why we should all aspire to be like this conscientious critter. If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store where we sell stickers and postcards featuring Olivia's illustrations. Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see Olivia's weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game!

Jan 6

26 min 55 sec

This week we're back and talking all about the snowy owl, which is not an insect, fish, or fossil, but IS technically in the game. Listen to learn more about this quintessential arctic animal!  Olivia was also a guest on the amazing podcast Just the Zoo of Us talking about caribou, so make sure to check that episode out here! If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store where we sell stickers and postcards featuring Olivia's illustrations. Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see Olivia's weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game!

Dec 2020

37 min 35 sec

We're taking a few weeks off for the holidays but we'll be re-visiting some of our favourite episodes from the past year! This week we're excited to share the archaeopteryx episode with you again.  Make sure to tune in next week for a new episode!This week, Olivia is also a guest on the amazing podcast Just the Zoo of Us talking about caribou, so make sure to check that episode out when it airs on December 25!If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store where we sell stickers and postcards featuring Olivia's illustrations. Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see Olivia's weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game!

Dec 2020

21 min 33 sec

We're taking a few weeks off for the holidays but we'll be re-visiting some of our favourite episodes from the past year! This week we're excited to share the ribbon eel with you again. If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store where we sell stickers and postcards featuring Olivia's illustrations. Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see Olivia's weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game!

Dec 2020

20 min 30 sec

This week we're talking about the beautiful moon jellyfish and it's causing us to question ~everything~! Listen to find out how moon jellies reproduce, what they're made out of, and why they've been to space. If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store where we sell stickers and postcards featuring Olivia's illustrations. Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see Olivia's weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game!

Dec 2020

33 min 27 sec

This week we're talking about dinosaur tracks, trace fossils that capture little snapshots in prehistoric time! What can we learn from these tracks? Listen to find out! If you'd like to support the show, please check out our merch store where we sell stickers and postcards featuring Olivia's beautiful illustrations. Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review. To stay up to date and see Olivia's weekly episode illustrations, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Beyond Blathers is hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, with art by Olivia deBourcier and music by Max Hoosier. This podcast is not associated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, we just love this game!

Dec 2020

27 min 49 sec