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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12:30pm

Thu April 10, 2014
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The Red Fox

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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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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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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12:30pm

Thu April 3, 2014
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Spring and A Native Returned

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In this archived broadcast from May 5, 1992, John Weeks talks about some of the previous interviews that he has had and the knowledge that he has learned over the past ten years. He talks about how spring takes over 6 months to generate and run's its course. The bluebird is ranked the first in wildlife and then the deer is followed by it. After he talks about Spring for a little while he mentions that he had a regular listener who said he wanted to hear more about turkeys. Weeks says that he has had several recent encounters with Turkeys and they are native to this part of the country.

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12:30pm

Thu March 13, 2014
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Viewing Spring From The Bookshelf

In this archived broadcast from March 22, 1991, John Weeks talks about how the damp cold and mud interfere with celebrating spring. He talks about how the weather during the March month is always different depending on the year. He then talks about how he subscribes to the National Wildlife magazines and just received his April/May issue. Weeks talks about the different articles that are in this issue and how his favorite article is about endangered predators.

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12:30pm

Thu March 13, 2014
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Finding Trout Food

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In this archived broadcast, Finding Trout Food, from March 30, 1984 John Weeks talks about how trout season is almost upon us. He says that not only does he like to fish for trout but he has become very interested in what trout feed on. In this broadcast he talks about some of the different foods that trout feeds on and talks about each of the different things including all the different flies.

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12:30pm

Thu March 6, 2014
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25 Years Of Something Special

In this archived broadcast, from April 6, 1990, John Weeks talks about the month of Spring. He mentions that not two springs are identical and that you can see many different things during the Spring months. In this broadcast Weeks decides to put together a calendar that has year round exposure to the different seasons with an environmental message on each month.

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12:30pm

Thu March 6, 2014
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25 Years Of Something Special

In this archived broadcast, from April 6, 1990, John Weeks talks about the month of Spring. He mentions that not two springs are identical and that you can see many different things during the Spring months. In this broadcast Weeks decides to put together a calendar that has year round exposure to the different seasons with an environmental message on each month.

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12:30pm

Thu March 6, 2014
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Tulip Tree & Baltimore Oriole

In this archived broadcast from June 29, 1990, John Weeks talks about flowers, birds, and spring weather. Weeks says how his favorite subject is flowers and birds and he tells the story about a painting that he did two years ago of a Baltimore oriole and some tulip trees. He said after studying more about the Baltimore oriole he decided to fix the painting that he created. Weeks also talks about his favorite places to go se flowers and birds.

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12:30pm

Thu March 6, 2014
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Wishing In Spring

In this archived broadcast, Wishing In Spring, from March 16, 1984, John Weeks talks about what it is like to have spring like weather. He says he is sitting down on a warm day wishing it was spring in late March. He talks about how spring is different in all different states that he's visited and the different almanac's that people can bring. He describes the day outside and how it will be different once spring finally arrives.

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1:24pm

Thu February 27, 2014
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March Winds And April Showers

In this archived broadcast from April 4, 1991, Weeks talks about sitting in a restaurant observing the countryside that is dusted with snow. He says that April and March are the most weather changing months and neither of them at ever the same. He talks about how there is a cold front now but it felt like spring a week ago. Also, Weeks' mentions how much snow they've had already this winter and compares it to the past winters.

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12:30pm

Thu February 27, 2014
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A Reprise On Roadside Viewing Of Wildlife

This archived broadcast, A Reprise On Roadside Viewing of Wildlife, from John Weeks',  Nature of Things, talks about a trip that he likes to take. Weeks says that he makes weekly trips to the Cayuga Nature Center on the west side of Cayuga lake and north of Ithaca. He talks about how he like's to get up  early and go and eat his breakfast on the way since there are many different things that he notices. Weeks' talks about during mid January the days are lengthened and there are birds everywhere as well as the different waterfall viewing that he notices.

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12:30pm

Thu February 27, 2014
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A Reprise On Roadside Viewing Of Wildlife

This archived broadcast, A Reprise On Roadside Viewing of Wildlife, from John Weeks',  Nature of Things, talks about a trip that he likes to take. Weeks says that he makes weekly trips to the Cayuga Nature Center on the west side of Cayuga lake and north of Ithaca. He talks about how he like's to get up  early and go and eat his breakfast on the way since there are many different things that he notices. Weeks' talks about during mid January the days are lengthened and there are birds everywhere as well as the different waterfall viewing that he notices.

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12:30pm

Thu February 27, 2014
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The Horned Lark

Horned Lark
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In this archived broadcast, The Horned Lark, John Weeks talks about roadside bird watchers but focuses on one bird in particular. The horned lark is a brown and white bird that has dark horns, yellow throat, white face and white margins on its dark tail. He talks about how exciting these birds are to watch and how you can even find them especially during the winter. He talks about the different populations of them throughout the four seasons and tells all about the different nests that they have.

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12:30pm

Thu February 27, 2014
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Nature Centers Coming Of Age

In this archived broadcast, Nature Centers Coming Of Age, John Weeks talks about the spring like conditions that he traveled through on his way to Ithaca for the maple festival. He tells about how he was selected to lead the nature walk and he talks about how thousands of people are at these events typically. Weeks also talks about how more places are visited more because of certain events. He also tells about the different nature centers.

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12:30pm

Thu February 20, 2014
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Lessons From The January Thaw

This archived broadcast, Lessons From The January Thaw, is from January 22, 1988. John Weeks talks about what it is like when all the snow begins to melt. Weeks' friend describes the January thaw as, "this January thaw is great but still an ugly time." Weeks' says that there is usually a variety of food sources when the snowbanks melt such as fruits, twigs, and berries. Also, some plants may or may not survive due to the January thaw. The January thaw is also described as mud and grit everywhere and it can also reak havoc in some places.

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12:30pm

Thu February 20, 2014
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Talking About Spring

In this archived broadcast, Talking About Spring, John Weeks talks about how the weather is becoming nicer and all the snow is beginning to melt. He mentions that the rapid disappearances of snow is causing green brown pasture and weed fields all over. He also talks about how flooding can occur due to the amount of snow melting and he talks about different questions that he has received about the spring weather.

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12:30pm

Thu February 13, 2014
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More About Recycling

This archived broadcast, More About Recycling, is from September 28, 1990. John Weeks talks about recycling in Onondaga County. He noticed that people who were paying weekly for the removal of their garbage were only filling it halfway or not at all. He did notice some overfilling bins on his way home one day though and it made him wonder some questions about recycling. He talks about a meeting that he attended about waste in his area and he found out that newspapers are recyclable and there was 1500 tons in just July.

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12:30pm

Thu February 13, 2014
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The Invasion Of Snowy Owls

In this broadcast, The Invasion of Snowy Owls, John Weeks sits down with his friend Jerry Smith at Rice Creek discussing the snowy owls in the area. Weeks talks about how the snowy owls appear every few years when the population is up and they usually nest on the arctic tundra. He also mentions that the owls are large and white but sometimes they appear with black spots on them. In this broadcast, Weeks and Smith discuss where the best place is to see the owls and information about them.

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12:50pm

Thu February 6, 2014
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Phantoms Of The Marsh

This archived broadcast, Phantoms of the Marsh, is from October 4, 1990 by John Weeks. In this broadcast Weeks talks about when he was at Cornell he would make frequent trips to a marsh south of Ithaca. He would go during all different seasons and he described the marsh as a dark, mysterious jungle. In this broadcast he talks about the different animals that he see's especially during May and June when there are plenty of birds around.

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12:25pm

Thu February 6, 2014
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Reading The Message

This archived broadcast, Reading the Message, John Weeks talks about a trip that he took and he talks about all different things that he saw that were changing depending on the season that it was. Weeks talks about a 5 pointed star that one of the cities brought in that they placed on a hill. The star is impressive and it is surrounded by a park but in the evening the city is very impressive. He also talks about the community of nature.

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12:25pm

Thu January 30, 2014
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Like A Cock Grouse Drumming In An Open Field

This archived broadcast, Like A Cock Grouse Drumming In An Open Field is from November 4, 1988. It talks about how nature is a complex energy system but it is also interesting and beautiful. Everything flows from quirks of energy. It talks about the landfill problems and how communities notice the landfill that is in their backyards and what they need to do about these problems.

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1:46pm

Tue December 17, 2013
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Storms and Wildlife

John Weeks tells us about the signs of winter we can find so early on. Sitting at the shore on Lake Ontario he is able to define trends with only one week of winter to go by. Wildlife is remarkably good at giving signs of the weather that will soon approach and John Weeks discusses them.

This episode of Nature of Things was originally aired December 23rd, 1990.

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4:00pm

Thu December 12, 2013
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Preparing For Winter in the Wild

John Weeks discusses deep winter weathers that arrive around times of the year like this one. Animals have to face severe conditions to survive in these cold harsh winters. The sub-freezing temperatures characterize the weather conditions upstate New York. Seasonal shedding is an annoyance to pet owners but it is an adaption to this weather. Wild animals find way to adapt to the weather too. Just like we have clothing that helps us adapt to weather, animals too have natural adaptions to weather that help them prepare for the seasons to come.

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4:00pm

Thu December 5, 2013
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On Bellwethers In Nature

John Weeks talks about bellwethers. In previous episodes he used the term, but never actually defined it. He reveals that term refers to a sheep, usually a gelded male. He wears a bell around his neck and is a leader for a flock of sheep and an indicator for the whereabouts of the flock in extremely foggy weather conditions. This was all he could find about the term and it was not even in the encyclopedia or other resources he looked in for the term. He had to “wing it” from there and elaborated on the definition based on his own experiences.

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4:04pm

Wed December 4, 2013
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Reading the Message

This archived broadcast was from September 11, 1987. John Weeks talks about the journey across the seasons. He talks about the weather and the different animals and plants that are around during the different seasons.

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3:23pm

Wed December 4, 2013
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How Some Insects Pass in the Winter

This is an archived broadcast from October 28, 1988. John Weeks talks about where insects go in the winter and he talks about how he use to teach a class in CNY and every year he would explain to the students where the insects go in the winter. He talks a lot about butterflies and some other insects hibernating.

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4:00pm

Tue December 3, 2013
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The Opossom - Southern Gentleman - Northern Scoundrel

John Weeks talks about his knowledge of the opossum. During an early morning road trip he saw an opossum about to cross the road where cars were steadily driving and quickly turned around to avoid getting hit. Anybody that drives and has seen a possum on the road knows that there slow pace makes them vulnerable which increases their rate of road kill. At one point they were so rare that people did not believe he actually saw them, but that has changed now.

This episode of Nature of Things was originally aired December 12th, 1991.

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4:05pm

Wed November 20, 2013
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How Some Insects Pass The Winter

In this, broadcast from 1988, John Weeks talks about how insects act during the winter. He mentions that some insects hibernate during the winter while other insects do not. He talks about the different bugs and then he tells a story about when he used to occasionally teach in Central New York and talked about some things that he asked his students. Weeks goes into detail about some of the insects especially the caterpillar.

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