On The Thursday, February 7, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Feb 7, 2019
  • A Boise mom builds a special place for kids with sensory sensitivities.
  • A falconing couple dedicates their lives to serving birds of prey.
  • Idaho graduate students polish off elevator pitches for research money.
  • Idaho's official state insect is in danger of becoming endangered.

- The Sensory Playce was designed by the mother of two special needs kids who demonstrated sensory sensitivities. Jen Johnson's boys found most activity centers were overwhelming to the senses so she designed a space that caters to the comfort levels of special needs kids while still providing tons of fun. Johnson joins Idaho Matters to talk about creating an all-inclusive play space.

- Cordi and Joe Atkinson have been caring for birds of prey for nearly four decades. From hunting with falcons to rehabilitating injured eagles, the Atkinsons have become the faces of predatory bird preservation. The Atkinsons join Idaho Matters to discuss their work and the role the birds play in the Idaho ecosystem.

- The 3MT competition originated at the University of Queensland in 2008 and now the research funding competition takes place at more than 200 universities around the world. Graduate students are given three minutes and one graphic slide to present their projects to a panel of judges. The winner takes home money for further research and on Thursday's Idaho Matters we'll talk with a Boise State graduate coordinator about the statewide 3MT competition coming up in Boise.

- Researchers have been concerned about dwindling bee populations for decades, now scientists are worried about massive reductions in monarch butterfly populations. We'll find out why Idaho's official state insect is in trouble and how scientists are working to preserve the butterfly.