John Weeks

Host, The Nature of Things

John Weeks studied ornithology and wildlife management at Cornell University and earned a graduate degree in plant ecology from Syracuse University. He has served as Conservation Biologist for the NYS Conservation Department; Associate Professor of Biology at SUNY Oswego; Founding Director of The Rogers Environmental Education Center at Sherburne, NY; and Director of the Onondaga Nature Center and Center for Nature Education at Baltimore Woods, Marcellus, NY.  He assisted in the creation of the Cayuga Nature Center and the Sterling Nature Center in Cayuga County near Fair Haven, NY.

Over the years John has written hundreds of nature columns for regional newspapers, and in 1982 began writing and narrating The Nature of Things, his weekly radio program that aired on WRVO for many years and is now available as a series of podcasts at the WRVO website.

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3:54pm

Thu September 11, 2014
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South Carolina Sunrise

John Weeks describes the sounds of nature and the animals that come out of the woods as the sun rises. He comments on how the activity level of nature changes as the sun comes out.

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3:29pm

Tue September 9, 2014
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When The Bird Chorus Runs Out of Breath

John Weeks takes a walk through the woods and describes the different birds he hears and what their songs mean. He discusses the different pitches of the birds as they interact with each other.

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3:58pm

Thu September 4, 2014
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The Story of a Maple Part Two

John Weeks continues the story of a maple tree near his house. He describes how the tree was cut and how old the tree was. He tells the story of the trees life and growth. He explains even though trees offer shade and beauty, they are much more important than that.

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1:21pm

Tue September 2, 2014
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We All Ought To Return Home Soon

John Weeks discusses visiting home and returning to sentimental places. He comments on all of the changes since his last visit. The changes in nature offer a look into what the environment will be like for future generations.

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3:33pm

Thu August 28, 2014
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The Story of a Maple Part One

John Weeks tells a story about a tree close to his house. He appreciates this tree because it shades his house from the hottest days of the summer. The tree was damaged earlier in it's life and never recovered. The tree might be cut down for a highway.

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3:11pm

Tue August 26, 2014
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The Twin Miracles of Flight and Frenzy

John Weeks talks about different kinds of birds, especially robins, and the fruits they eat. Fruit is important this time of year as a main source for the energy they need to migrate in the Fall. Their behavior changes towards the end of the summer as they prepare for their long flight.

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1:58pm

Thu August 21, 2014
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Artist Eyes, Teaching Heart

John Weeks explains how he views nature as art and compares it to a painting. He describes how it changes throughout the day and how the height of the sun is key to the "perfect picture." The height of the sun and the presence or lack of clouds create different hues of colors and shadows that create contrast.

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1:15pm

Tue August 19, 2014
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Park Systems in Onondaga County

John Weeks talks with director of recreation and public programs, Bob Geraci, about the different parks in Onondaga county. They address how the various parks are classified and different activities that go on at each one. 

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2:23pm

Thu August 14, 2014
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Rewards of Roadside Nature Watching

John Weeks talks about the approaching fall season and the summer sunlight cycle. He discusses the relationship between the sun and plants and how that changes as we go through the different seasons.

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1:43pm

Mon August 11, 2014
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Natural Insect Control

John Weeks discusses different kinds of birds and their foraging habits that he witnesses in his own yard. He talks about how many trips they make in a day from their nest to the yard and how with each trip, they are acting as a form of insect control. He argues that birds are better to depend on for insect control because insects do not develop an immunity to them.

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3:56pm

Thu August 7, 2014
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The Herons: A Little Known Clan

John Weeks tells a story about a woman who found a Heron in her yard. He talks about the various types of Herons which are often unknown by many people. Each Heron differs in size and color to help it blend in to specific surroundings.

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12:38pm

Tue August 5, 2014
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As The Earth Turns

John Weeks talks about his hometown of Albion, NY. He reflects on what it was like when he lived there and how it has changed from what he remembers. He discusses how people who live there now see the town differently because their experience is different due to the world turning and the seasons changing.

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4:02pm

Tue July 29, 2014
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In Nature What Goes Around, Comes Around

John Weeks discusses how the different predators and prey find their food. He also talks about how different animals communicate and warn each other of danger. He expresses that upon entering the woods, a person never knows what just occurred between the creatures that make up the forest.

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3:57pm

Wed July 16, 2014

12:45pm

Tue May 13, 2014
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Lessons In The Lakes

In this archived broadcast from August 3, 1984, John Weeks talks about a ride his wife and him took on one of the lakes as an anniversary gift from his children. He talks about the boat tour that they went on and what the lake is like compared to different lakes. Weeks says that he wishes they heard more about the lake and what makes it what it is.

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12:36pm

Tue May 13, 2014
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Working Together For A Common Goal

In this archived broadcast from September  25, 1992, John Weeks talks about how he has 33 years of professional service and had more than 500 episodes of the Nature Of Things. He was awarded the conservation educator of the year and how he was surprised to get this award.  Weeks also talks about someone else that he meets at the award ceremony.

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12:56pm

Thu May 8, 2014
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South Carolina Sunrise

In this archived broadcast from September 11, 1992, John Weeks talks about waking up early one morning and how he wanted to see what difference a shift of 12 degrees in latitude would make. Weeks said that he woke up too early and that the stars were still shining in the sky but eventually the fog and dew were heavy enough to blur the street lights. He talks about the different sounds that he hears from the birds as well as the grasshoppers and the flowers that he sees.

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1:48pm

Thu May 1, 2014
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The True Meaning of Bird Song

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In this archived broadcast from June 18, 1992, John Weeks talks about the sound that birds make and how you can hear them everywhere. He especially talks about a tiny,  energetic bird called a wren. He mentions the kinglet as well. Both these birds are very high pitched. The wren is a retiring bird and they have a long song. Weeks then talks about what he is seeing and what the wren looks like.

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1:31pm

Thu May 1, 2014
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As the Earth Turns

In this archived broadcast from August 15, 1992, John Weeks talks about how some things never change. He talks about the town that he grew up in and how it has differed in the past years. He says that everything changes based on the seasons and in the spring everyone is in the fields preparing the lands and planning. By July there are peas in all the wagons and by late summer tomatoes are ripening everywhere pilling up the trucks.

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12:30pm

Thu May 1, 2014
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Bee Pastures in the Air

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In this archived broadcast from June 3, 1988, John Weeks talks about all the bee pastures that he sees. He said he notices all the flowers beginning to bloom and they are all hosting hundreds of bees on top of them that they are completely covered. Weeks mentions how on Beaver Lake it is surrounded by flowers and he talks about the different types of flowers especially the tulip tree.

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12:30pm

Thu May 1, 2014
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Cloud Watching

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In this archived broadcast from August 19, 1988, John Weeks talks about how he started to watch clouds when he was younger. He would see different scenes in the clouds as he laid on his back watching them move in the sky. When he became a boy scout he had a new dimension on the different clouds and was able to distinguish them all. He later on learned about pressure systems and fronts and tells about each of the clouds and how he grew up watching them.

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1:03pm

Tue April 29, 2014
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An Episode With Deer

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In this archived broadcast from May 17, 1991 John Weeks talks about a trail that he likes to walk on where he ends up seeing all different animals. The trail is part of a crop field, but it also winds through a wood lot and enters woods. While he enters the woods and smells the spring beauty he surprises a group of deer halfway through the woods. The deer look at him anxiously and nervously. Weeks talks about how he interacts with the deer and how they are acting when they see him.

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12:30pm

Thu April 24, 2014
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That First Best Walk of Spring

In this archived broadcast from April 12, 1991, John Weeks talks about his first walk through the spring fields. He says nothing compares to the first walk during the spring and then talks about different paths that are around the fields that he walks on. He then talks about the different things he see's on his walks and the different plants. Weeks said that there will be an eruption of flowers soon if the mild weather continues.

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12:30pm

Thu April 24, 2014
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Why Bird Watching Is Changing

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In this archived broadcast from June 4, 1992, John Weeks begins by saying that him and his one friend dedicate one day in May to capture the homeward movement of bird life every year. He talks about how there are all different types of birds and they all move to different locations based on the change in weather. He then compares his daughter moving to a new setting to birds migrating when they have to go find a new home somewhere.

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12:30pm

Thu April 17, 2014
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The Sunflowers of Summer

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In this archived broadcast from  August 8, 1990, John Weeks talks about how different types of flowers bloom because of different seasons and that throughout the different seasons things change. He also goes into how the haying and cropping is dangerous for the different birds but once certain flowers gain the land such as sunflowers you do not see as many issues. Towards the end of the broadcast Weeks describes the 10 different tribes that are also some of the different flowers and how they are categorized.

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12:30pm

Thu April 17, 2014
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The Sunflowers of Summer

Flowers
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In this archived broadcast from  August 8, 1990, John Weeks talks about how different types of flowers bloom because of different seasons and that throughout the different seasons things change. He also goes into how the haying and cropping is dangerous for the different birds but once certain flowers gain the land such as sunflowers you do not see as many issues. Towards the end of the broadcast Weeks describes the 10 different tribes that are also some of the different flowers and how they are categorized.

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12:30pm

Thu April 10, 2014
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Revisting My Past & Finding Something Rare

In this archived broadcast from July 22, 1988 John Weeks talks about taking a trip to the flat fields of Ontario Lake Plain. He grew up in this area and he describes what his house used to look like along with the woods that were in his backyard. He mentions the different birds and how things have changed over the years that he has moved.

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12:30pm

Thu April 10, 2014
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The Red Fox

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In this archived broadcast, The Red Fox, John Weeks talks about the latest issue of one of his magazine's he receives features and article on the red fox. The fox is only 10-15 pounds, 3 feet in length and 15 inches in height. The Red Fox does not compare to any other types of foxes. The foxes are not worthy of their reputation. The Red Fox are full of great tails and they are quick animals. Weeks then tells the story about the first time he saw a Red Fox.

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12:30pm

Thu April 10, 2014
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Nature's Viewpoints on Drought

In this archived broadcast from July, 15, 1988, John Weeks talks about how drought is bad for some plants compared to others. Drought has its cycles and it happens in nature. He talks about how this year it's a dry year and you see the plants changing based on the weather. He also talks about a study he did where many nests were flooded.

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1:49pm

Thu April 3, 2014
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Being Kind To Young Wildlife

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This archived broadcast is from June 5, 1987. Weeks starts by saying this is the time of year for young wildlife to appear. He says you see more adults with their young especially in birds. Adult birds and mammals rarely abandon their young. Weeks mentions that birds should be left alone and not bothered when they are still young. Then he talks about mammals and how their survival rates are higher.

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