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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9:19am

Wed September 12, 2012
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What Autumn Contributes to My Enjoyment Of Winter

As the equinox approaches, Weeks explains the rules of winter ecology and the basic rules of supply and demand as they apply to the critters gathering food in preparation for the winter months. He also describes how, for him, enjoyment of winter depends upon bounty of the growing season which proceeded it.

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4:03pm

Wed July 25, 2012
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The Great Lakes Week

John Weeks discusses the events of the 1984 Great Lakes Week. This festival included Native American storytelling, water sports, film screenings and concerts.WeeksThis essay describes the activities and goals of this free (and now extinct) celebration. Weeks explains how each citizen should be well aware of the history and uses of the 193 mile-long Lake Ontario.

3:30pm

Mon July 23, 2012
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Revisiting My Past and Finding Something Rare

John Weeks reminisces on his early life in the countryside of central New York. Since childhood, Weeks has studied nature. He recounts the plants and wildlife that left a lasting impression on him early in life.

Originally aired on July 22, 1988.

3:52pm

Wed July 18, 2012
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Nature's Viewpoints on Drought

While we like to assign value to weather conditions, such as considering a drought being bad, John Weeks explains that in nature extreme weather is simply part of a cycle. He discusses how it is the extremes in climate that determine what vegetation grows. Drought is a gift to some life and a distraction to others. Locally, dry years are extremely beneficial to pheasants and wetland nesting birds.

Originally aired July 15, 1988.

3:51pm

Fri July 13, 2012
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Reminiscing About Gardens

John Weeks discusses his mediocre gardening ability and the grief it often causes him. Still, Weeks continues to garden every year. Why? Weeks claims it's because of his fond memories of gardening and small town life in his formative years.  Weeks goes on to explain the benefits of gardening. "I genuinely believe that a society in which human concerns become paramount to the exclusion of concern to natural community is seriously flawed - if not doomed," explains Weeks. Gardening help Weeks keep in touch with this natural community.

Originally aired on July 20, 1984.

3:24pm

Fri July 13, 2012
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Super Flowers

From the Rice Creek Field Station, John Weeks contemplates the bright flowers that speckle summer grass. Many of the flowers reveal beautiful, subtle details upon closer inspection. Weeks describes the incredible "super flowers." Each petal of these flowers is actually made up of smaller petals which, in turn, are also made up of petals. Weeks gives ideas on how to find these "super flowers" in just about any lawn.

Originally aired on July 12, 1985.

2:49pm

Mon July 9, 2012
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The Red Fox

John Weeks dispels the myths surrounding foxes. These small mammals are not nearly as sly or cruel as Aesop's Fables would lead you to believe. Weeks discusses the curiosity and beauty of foxes. Not only are these animals exciting to observe but they also fulfill a crucial role in their ecosystem.

Originally aired on July 8, 1988.

2:50pm

Fri July 6, 2012
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The Screech Owl: A Bird That Insists On It's Rights

John Weeks discusses the appearance of young Screech Owls. Normally hatching in early June, by Independence Day these fuzzy small owls begin venturing out of the nest. Weeks explains the interesting (and often aggressive) life style of the Screech Owl and how to get a better view of these monogamous creatures.

Originally aired July 10, 1987.

3:26pm

Mon July 2, 2012
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Finding Beauty in Abandoned Fields

John Weeks describes how the open fields and roadside ditches of Central New York can be a beautiful sight in early July. A vast array of colorful flowers blooms in these usually ignored spaces. Weeks encourages everyone to take notice of the incredible sights along the local country roads.

Originally aired on July 6, 1984.

2:38pm

Wed June 27, 2012
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On Hayfields... Past, Present and Future

John Weeks reflects on how hayfields have changed since his youth on the family farm. While the technology of haying has evolved dramatically, hayfields still serve as a home for a wide variety of wildlife.

Originally aired on June 17, 1988.

2:42pm

Mon June 25, 2012
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When a Rail... It's Dry

Inspired by the sight of a rail bird, John Weeks discusses local marshes. These "pea soup pastures" are growing drier and drier, destroying their complex and diverse life cycle. However, when the wetlands are replenished by rain, these ecosystems can recoup quickly.

Originally aired on June 26, 1987.

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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