Steve Munsen

In The Moment ... January 10, 2019 Show 492 Hour 2

Kelly Hepler stays on as the Secretary of Game Fish and Parks into the Noem administration.

Hepler discusses current issues important to his department and the GF&P's legislative agenda in a visit with In The Moment host Lori Walsh at the State Capitol in Pierre.

In The Moment ... December 13, 2018 Show 479 Hour 1

When the emotions settled down, Frank Carroll was able  to call it a "clash of expectations."

He also called it "bad PR."

It happened just down the hill from Carroll's house in the northern part of Custer - a deer hobbled by garden wire was shot and killed by South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department officials.

Read more on Kevin Woster's SDPB blog On the Other Hand.

In The Moment ... December 21, 2017 Show 245 Hour 1

SDPB's Kevin Woster joins us for a conversation about life in the wild and the quest to see a mountain lion in South Dakota. Find his blog here.

Redlin Art Center

Terry Redlin, a renowned South Dakota artist, died on Sunday night at age 78.   Redlin retired from painting nine years ago. He died in a Watertown care center after a long-term battle with dementia.

Redlin is known for his oil paintings of wildlife and outdoor scenes. The Redlin Art Center in Watertown features his original work. 

Julie Ranum is the Executive Director of the Redlin Art Center. She says Redlin became an artist thanks to a college scholarship.   

The South Dakota Chapter of The Wildlife Society is celebrating 50 years in the state. Shane Mahoney is keynote speaker for their annual meeting. He’s the president and CEO Conservation Visions Incorporated. He’s a scientist, a film maker, a writer, a wildlife manager, and a policy innovator.

Great Kiskadee Loses Fight With SD Winter

Jan 8, 2016
K.C. Jensen / SDSU

A tropical bird living outside Brookings has lost his struggle to survive an eastern South Dakota winter.
The appearance of a Great Kiskadee in 2015 captured the attention of bird watchers around the region.  Many were rooting for the underdog to make it through the cold and snowy season.

Bird Counts: Citizen Science Documents Climate Change Impacts

Dec 30, 2015
Courtesy Wind Cave National Park

The 116th annual Christmas Bird Count is happening across the country again this season.  The counts include volunteers who fan out around communities and document as many birds as they can on a given day.

There are over a dozen bird counts happening in South Dakota from late December into early January.

Lost Tropical Bird Eats Cat Food To Survive SD Winter

Dec 21, 2015
K.C. Jensen / SDSU

A tropical bird that doesn’t often make it farther north than Texas is toughing out the winter in South Dakota.   

The Great Kiskadee normally calls Mexico home, but birdwatchers confirmed one living in South Dakota this fall, and they’ve even photographed it in the snow.  The bird is finding some creative solutions to survive a South Dakota winter.

Finding a Great Kiskadee in South Dakota is a little bit like having a penguin pop up on a beach in Jamaica.


A new initiative aims to help South Dakota landowners maintain wildlife habitat on their property. Habitat Pays is a joint venture between the state departments of Agriculture and Game Fish and Parks.

Beavers are ecosystem engineers that alter the landscape by cutting down trees, building dams and creating ponds. Many other species, from frogs to moose, rely on the habitat created by beavers. The animal is a “keystone species,” meaning they have a disproportionately large effect on their environment relative to their abundance.

Karl Gehrke SDPB

A few weeks ago I was at Lake Poinsett in northeast South Dakota’s Glacial Lakes and Prairies region watching four white pelicans silently swimming about thirty feet from shore. It was a cloudy morning with a light wind blowing from the south. Every minute or so, one the large birds would plunge its long bill under the water, pull its heads back up and swallow a fish. As I watched them, several questions popped into my head. How do they find the fish? What kind of fish do they eat? Where do they breed? Where do they go during the winter?

Photographer Dick Kettlewell

Dec 19, 2013
Dick Kettlewell

Dick Kettlewell has spent a lot of time over the last 15 years on the rolling prairie of western South Dakota.  His favorite subject to capture is the North American Pronghorn Antelope.  He has a new book, set to hit shelves in March, featuring a number of his photographs and stories.  SDPB's Charles Michael Ray followed Kettlewell into the field to view a heard of antelope on a recent winter afternoon.

Dr. Helene Van Doninck is speaking at the South Dakota Wildlife Federation's annual meeting in Rapid City this Saturday afternoon at 1:00 pm Mountain. Her program addresses the scientific rationale for changing the use of lead ammunition as a way to protect wildlife populations. Van Doninck is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Central Nova Animal Hospital in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada. She is also co-founder and now runs Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, where they rehabilitate anything from field mice to birds of prey.

New Wild Kingdom Host

Jul 18, 2013

South Dakota State University graduate Stephanie Arne was recently selected as the new "Wild Guide" for Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom.  She was chosen in a competition that began with over 200 applicants.  Currently, Arne serves as a wildlife educator for the Honolulu Zoological Society and has spent the past decade exploring the world, learning about wildlife and teaching about conservation.  Arne joins the ranks of legends like Marlin Perkins and Jim Fowler as the next host to take viewers on wildlife adventures.

Stephanie Arne: Next Wild Guide?

Jun 27, 2013

In 2005, South Dakota State University senior Stephanie Arne was about to graduate with a degree in human development. Her plan had been to go on to get her master's degree and become a counselor. But in her heart was a passion to work with wildlife. A trip to West Africa with Zeno Wicks, a now retired professor of plant science; Sally Gillman, then an assistant professor in human development and family studies; other faculty and about 15 fellow SDSU students convinced Arne to go with her heart.

SDSU Grad Is Finalist For Wildlife Show

Jun 5, 2013

A local South Dakotan and SDSU alumnus has been selected as a finalist for a wildlife competition. The winner of the contest becomes host of a new Wildlife show beginning this fall.  A staff member at SDSU says this is an example of how powerful the study abroad program can be.