Nature of Things

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

Lessons In The Lakes

May 13, 2014

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.

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.

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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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.

As the Earth Turns

May 1, 2014

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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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.

Cloud Watching

May 1, 2014
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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.

An Episode With Deer

Apr 29, 2014
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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.

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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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.

The Sunflowers of Summer

Apr 17, 2014
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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.

The Sunflowers of Summer

Apr 17, 2014
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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.

The Red Fox

Apr 10, 2014
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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.

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.

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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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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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.

Finding Trout Food

Mar 13, 2014
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wishing In Spring

Mar 6, 2014

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.

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.

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.

The Horned Lark

Feb 27, 2014
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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.

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.

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.

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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