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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3:06pm

Tue June 4, 2013
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More Words In Favor of Weeds


John Weeks explains his reaction his the previous Essay "A Word For The Golden Dandelion". He goes into great detail about his perspective on lawn/garden care.

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3:05pm

Tue June 4, 2013
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A Word For The Golden Dandelion

John Weeks reveals  what the National Lawn Institute had to say about his Garden.

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2:18pm

Thu May 2, 2013
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A Visit to Baltimore Woods

John Weeks tells the story of Baltimore Woods while examining the changes that take place each year.  He also discusses the beauty within the woods and its ability to grow richer each season.

2:17pm

Thu May 2, 2013
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Taking A Country Trip In Spring

John Weeks goes on a spring time journey. He takes us on a tour to the country side and examines wildlife in his favorite areas.

2:15pm

Thu May 2, 2013
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Planting For Wildlife

John Weeks explains the value of plants to Wildlife and how to attract wildlife to your environment.

11:00am

Tue April 2, 2013
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Winter Bluebirds

John Weeks discusses bluebirds and other thrushes that may remain in the area during the winter months as long as a food source is available.

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8:25am

Fri March 29, 2013
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In the Shadow of Captain Cook

John Weeks remembers the first great voyage of Captain James Cook and his oft-forgotten travel partner, naturalist Joseph Banks. He describes how Cook has received all the glory for the historical voyage, while Banks is known only to botanists and biologists.

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11:00am

Tue March 26, 2013
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What the Blizzard of '93 Told Me

John Weeks describes his explorations following the Great Blizzard of '93. March of 2013 marks the 20 year anniversary of the Storm of the Century.

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8:25am

Fri March 22, 2013
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The Saga of the Disappearing Snowbanks

Snowbanks perform many functions, but it is a liberating event when they show signs of disappearing. John Weeks discusses everything that is coming to life within snowbanks and everything that is left behind after the final ones melt.

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11:00am

Tue March 19, 2013
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Spring is Right Around the Bookshelf

John Weeks recommends various nature-related literature to be read while waiting for spring to fully bloom.

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8:25am

Fri March 15, 2013
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Bluebird: Our State Bird

John Weeks talks at length about the bluebird and the effect the bluebird has had on his love of nature in general.

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11:00am

Tue March 12, 2013
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What is so Rare As a Mild Day in March?

John Weeks discusses the arrival of various bird species beginning in late February and continuing through the spring months. Migration timetables are rarely disrupted by fickle March weather.

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8:25am

Fri March 8, 2013
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The Energy of Spring

John Weeks sees spring as an episode rather than an event. He describes how the energy required for springtime life comes from the generosity of previous seasons.

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11:00am

Tue March 5, 2013
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On Pain and Alertness

John Weeks discusses an uncomfortable pain he experienced during a walk at Baltimore Woods Nature Center. He advises getting out in nature as much as you can before old age begins to limit your chances.

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8:25am

Fri March 1, 2013
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It's Maple Sugar Time

John Weeks sits down for an interview with professional maple sugar maker Karl Wiles. Wiles describes the process of extracting sap and the variety of confections that can be made thanks to the maple tree.

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11:00am

Tue February 26, 2013
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The Refining Process

John Weeks discusses works of literature and authors that have influenced him over the course of his life, including Henry Thoreau, Donald Peattie, and Aldo Leopold.

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8:25am

Fri February 22, 2013
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Winter Wonders Under This Snow

Much of nature is covered by snow each winter. John Weeks dispels the rumor that the winter landscape without snow is baron and uninteresting.

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11:00am

Tue February 19, 2013
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Weather...Whether or Not

John Weeks discusses how pressure systems coming from all over the continent can mean plenty of snow in upstate New York during the month of February.

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8:25am

Fri February 15, 2013
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Soil is More Than a Handful of Dirt

Dirt and soil can be a nuisance. However, John Weeks describes how soils have an amazing influence on our native environment.

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8:25am

Fri February 8, 2013
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Butcherbird

John Weeks discusses the shrike or "butcherbird." So called because of its eating habits, the shrike violently feeds on large insects, small rodents, and small songbirds.

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11:00am

Tue February 5, 2013
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CNY's Colorful Past

Central New York has undergone many physical changes in its history. John Weeks discusses the transformation of the local landscape and remembers the species that once roamed the area.

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8:25am

Fri February 1, 2013
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Coyote - the Latest Menace in Suburbia

John Weeks discusses the transformation of the coyote into a suburban menace. He suggests that the tension between human and coyote is bound to grow and spread.

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11:00am

Tue January 29, 2013
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In Defense of Slow Driving

John Weeks has great patience with slow drivers. He explains the function of slow driving, describing the people behind the wheel as "philosophers."

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8:25am

Fri January 25, 2013
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The Fruit of the Vine

John Weeks sits down for an interview with a grape grower to discuss the grape culture in the Finger Lakes Region of Central New York.

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11:00am

Tue January 22, 2013
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Close the Door, I Feel a Draft!

John Weeks discusses the history of Fahrenheit and Celsius. He points out that there are some detectable differences which a simple thermometer cannot detect.

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8:25am

Fri January 18, 2013
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Nature's Vineyard

John Weeks discusses plant life that is rarely found in the index or glossary of nature books: the vine. Some are very important to wildlife, including grape, poison ivy, and morning glory vines.

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11:00am

Tue January 15, 2013
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Even a Blizzard Has Some Lessons for Us

Wildlife does not stay hidden for long after a blizzard passes. John Weeks suggests that there are plenty of lessons to be learned while exploring after a big storm.

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8:25am

Fri January 11, 2013
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Snowshoeing

John Weeks discusses his limited experience with snowshoeing and recounts various encounters with wildlife while out on the winter trails.

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11:00am

Tue January 8, 2013
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When It Gets This Cold

John Weeks suggests that both man and wildlife need to know their limitations in order for maximum productivity in cold weather.

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8:25am

Fri January 4, 2013
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Giving a Bird an Identity

John Weeks discusses what the conventional thinking regarding bird migration used to be, and how it has advanced in recent centuries through the use of "banding."

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