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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2:51pm

Wed June 20, 2012
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Powerline Bird Watching

John Weeks explains that keeping an eye out for birds while driving can be both relaxing and informative. The power lines bordering highways provide an abundance of opportunities to sight beautiful birds. Bird watching in the car can be a good way to observe local nature without trekking through rough terrain.

2:36pm

Mon June 18, 2012
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The Melting Pot of Nature

John Weeks discusses  the many unique and beautiful local plants that are not native to U.S. soil. Weeks explains the multitude of ways these plants arrived in the Americas. Some came to be used for food (Dandelion), while some came because of their pretty appearance (the Daisy). Others weren't actually meant to be brought here at all.

Originally aired on Jun 22, 1984.

3:02pm

Wed June 13, 2012
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Highways of Silk

John Weeks talks about Tent Caterpillars and their effect on apple and cherry trees. Weeks explains how these insects, usual thought of as pests, serve a necessary role in the ecosystem. In fact, the Tent Caterpillars are not really harmful to the trees at all.

Originally aired June 19,1987.

2:51pm

Mon June 11, 2012
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Focusing on the Ferns

John Weeks encourages his listeners to stop and study the ferns. Ferns can be confusing and difficult to identify. Still, Weeks believes that their elegant form and unusual lifecycle make these plants worth your time and energy.

2:47pm

Wed June 6, 2012
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Be Kind To Young Wildlife

John Weeks talks about the importance of not interfering with wildlife. Weeks explains why it is best to leave young wild animals alone.

Originally aired on June 6th, 1987.

3:04pm

Mon June 4, 2012
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Strange Ways to Cope In The Nesting Season

John Weeks discusses the many unusual ways birds construct makeshift nests in the spring. Weeks shares stories of birds using "wildlife ad-libbing" to survive in inhospitable weather.

3:47pm

Tue May 29, 2012
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An Interview with Richard A. Noise About His Sanctuary

John Weeks talks with Richard Noise about his sanctuary. Noise bought the property in 1926 and continued developing the gardens, trails and cottage for many years.

2:44pm

Tue May 29, 2012
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The Vernal Apple Tree

John Weeks explains his affection for the apple tree. Weeks discusses the trees' natural beauty, their relationship with songbirds and how they must be treasured and maintained.

3:53pm

Thu May 24, 2012
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Understanding Thunderstorms

John Weeks broadcasts from the middle of a thunderstorm. Weeks explains the science behind thunder, lighting and storm clouds while describing how people throughout history have made sense of them.

2:38pm

Tue April 24, 2012
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Maintaining a Fresh Face for Wildlife

John Weeks discusses his adventures in Baltimore Woods and the disadvantages and advantages of his neighborhood and living closer to nature.

 

Originally aired on April 23rd, 1993.

2:28pm

Tue April 24, 2012
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A Message For Earthday 21

John Weeks discusses the the plants and creatures in the wild that don't enjoy the random April snows of Oswego spring weather. Weeks also talks about what's best for the wild world and what humans need to understand about it.

10:47am

Tue April 24, 2012
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Sight and Sounds of Spring

John Weeks talks about the new blooming flowers and plants of spring and how to fully enjoy the start of the new season.

Originally aired on April 21st, 1989.

10:41am

Tue April 24, 2012
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Crows and Great Horned Owls

John Weeks talks about his experience with crows and great horned owls one day in the woods and the unique birds' reactions to each other's appearances.

 

Originally aired on April 25th, 1987.

10:35am

Tue April 24, 2012
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Birth and Protecting the Young

John Weeks talks about what usually happens during the first week after birth in the season of spring. Some birds tend to leave their young for a short time and some never leave their side. Weeks talks about being careful with baby nestlings and mammals and to leave them alone because their adult protectors could get angry.

10:28am

Tue April 24, 2012
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Leave the Baby Wildlife Alone

John Weeks talks to listeners about baby wildlife that are left alone during the spring and how we should not worry about them. Weeks explains that departure of the young should not be taken as a sign of abandonment and what to do if you see a wildlife baby animal.

Originally aired on April 26th, 1985.

10:22am

Tue April 24, 2012
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What To Look For When Observing Waterfowl

John Weeks describes the differences between a black duck and a mallard by describing their unique appearances. Weeks also brings up the topic of mites and the diverse ones that exist, including the green-winged teal.

 

Originally aired on April 27th, 1984.

2:33pm

Tue April 17, 2012
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A Spring Dialogue

John Weeks talk about his obsession of spring and how his childhood affected him today and his love and experiences for nature.

 

Originally aired, April 19th , 1991.

2:15pm

Tue April 17, 2012
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Gaylord Nelson and an Enviromental Ethic

John Weeks talks about Gaylord Nelson, also known as "the father of Earth day" and his history of how he became to be know what he is today. Weeks also talks about how consistent Nelson in developing an environmental ethic and protecting nature.                      

Originally aired on April 19th, 1990.

11:12am

Tue April 17, 2012
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A World for Roadside Patriarchs

John Weeks discusses plants and trees and the first spurt of spring growth and how the April sunlight affects the blooming buds of the season.

 

Orignally aired on April 22nd, 1988.

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10:58am

Tue April 17, 2012
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Viewing East Coast Wildlife - Part 2

John Weeks talks about some of the National Wildlife refugees along the East Coast in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. Weeks shares his experiences of the sprouting spring life he discovered on his voyage and the different types of birds he viewed in places such as Bombay Hook in Delaware.

 

Originally aired on April 18th, 1987

10:47am

Tue April 17, 2012
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Bright Spring Sunlight

John Weeks talks about the first light of spring and the siren call it sends to all types of species about the beauty of spring. He discusses how the signs of spring sun affect everyone to get ready for the new season.

Originally aired April 18th, 1986.

10:51am

Tue March 6, 2012
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The Energy of Spring

John Weeks discusses the beauty of spring and the roots and seeds that influence the many spouting plants of the warm season.

 

Originally aired March 9th, 1989.

10:40am

Tue March 6, 2012
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Dick Taylor: Director of Cayuga Nature Center

John Weeks interviews Dick Taylor and chats about the kind of services provided at the the Cayuga Nature Center and the range of ages these services are provided for.

 

Originally aired on March 4th, 1988.

10:32am

Tue March 6, 2012
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A Look at the Birds... Roadside

John Weeks tells all about winter birds and the many that are often found on roadsides. Different type of winter birds go unnoticed, Weeks discusses the numerous type of birds spotted all over the country through the cold season.

Originally aired March 6th, 1987.

10:24am

Tue March 6, 2012
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Spring Time Birds

John Weeks talks about a range of birds from robins to bluebirds and how they're appearance and singing gives us hint that spring is just around the corner.

Originally aired March 7th, 1986.

10:16am

Tue March 6, 2012
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Frank Bivel on the Lifestyle of the Native American

John Weeks interviews Frank Bivel and his idea to put a program together that would further explain the lifestyle of a Native American. Bivel discusses the details of his plan and how he hopes to make the life of a Native American physically come to life to modern day people by working with the same resources Native Americans once did.

 

Originally aired on March 8th, 1985.

10:00am

Tue March 6, 2012
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How to Tap Maple Trees

John Weeks explains how to tap a maple tree step by step.

Originally aired March 9th, 1984.

2:54pm

Tue February 28, 2012
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Hazards of a Drop of Water

John Weeks discusses  heavy precipitation and winter snowfall in Central New York, sharing his personal experiences with the snowstorms of 1957, 1958, and 1966.

 

Originally aired on February 21st, 2003.

Nature of Things

Archived weekly essays from naturalist John Weeks. Originally broadcast from 1984 to 2006 on WRVO.

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