Nature of Things

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

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

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.

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.

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

CNY's Colorful Past

Feb 5, 2013

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.

The Fruit of the Vine

Jan 25, 2013

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.

Nature's Vineyard

Jan 18, 2013

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.

Snowshoeing

Jan 11, 2013

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

Weeks describes that within branches, seeds, soil, and creatures exist promises of the approaching season.

John Weeks discusses the types of scenes he sees on the Christmas cards he gives and receives. He notes a lack of ecological accuracy and an emphasis on cuteness.

John Weeks shares everything there is to know about the flying squirrel and recounts an experience with one earlier on in his life.

John Weeks discusses behaviors and preparations of animals and plants in nature during the winter months. He suggests that the wild world has no time for "cabin fever."

John Weeks describes weasels as beautiful, fearless, and efficient. He points out that weasel's are our ally against rodents, and that every weasel killed equals 100 deer mice saved.

John Weeks discusses how the activities of both humans and wildlife are climate regulated. Wildlife, however, only change their clothes a couple of times per year.

While he has never been convinced of any steadfast signs that a particularly rough winter is ahead, John Weeks shares some speculative short and long-term weather prognostications.

Did you know that snow acts as an insulator and can provide protection to many animals, even those who do not typically burrow? John Weeks discusses the pros and cons of snow.

The First Snowfall

Nov 23, 2012

Weeks discusses exploring during the first snowfall in order to discover anything new. He shares stories of the puzzles in the snow he has encountered during past walks.

The First Thanksgiving

Nov 20, 2012

John Weeks touches on the embellishment of the current version of Thanksgiving. He recounts the true origin of the holiday through the words of Governor William Bradford.

John Weeks suggests using the found hour brought on by "falling back" late in the year to do things you otherwise couldn't do. Take advantage before your body adjusts and the found hour is lost.

John Weeks discusses critters (good and bad) who may decide to take up residence in your home or garage during the cold, winter months. He offers tips on how you can control the flow of unwanted pests from making your home their home.

John Weeks talks about the sadness of the autumn leaf fall that is tempered by the wonderful colors and the knowledge of the beauty that lies ahead. He explains why leaves fall and the benefits of the yearly occurrence.

Love of Earth

Nov 6, 2012

John Weeks discusses societal changes that have occurred throughout the course of his life. One thing that has remained constant, however, is his love for nature and the planet.

Gifts of the Glacier

Nov 2, 2012

John Weeks discusses lands that are rich in glacial history, chiefly Chicago Bog. He touches on the aesthetics of the bog, from surrounding shrubbery to bog inhabitants.

November's Open Book

Oct 30, 2012

Weeks talks about the creative genius involved in autumn leaves falling, only to bloom again in the spring. He also suggests that the late fall environment, especially the month of November, is an open book full of choice reading.

John Weeks discusses the first widespread freeze of the year, and the gorgeous day that proceeded it. He also explains the significance of microclimates and their undetected presence nearly everywhere we turn.

Weeks remembers his first encounter with the fall crocus. He talks about how light wavelength effects plant growth and touches on photoperiodism as it relates to the blooming of various plants.

Evening Pond Watch

Oct 19, 2012

Weeks recounts a walk along Rice Pond and the interlacing of the sounds coming from various species of waterfowl. He also provides information regarding the colorful ensembles sported by different types of birds that were seen on the hike.

Passing the Catskills

Oct 16, 2012

John Weeks discusses revisiting his favorite vistas more than 30 years after he first discovered their beauty. He notes that despite the changes in these areas, they maintain the magic and charm they have always had.

Outside Influences

Oct 12, 2012

John Weeks discusses the influence of the moon on bird migration and reproduction. He explains how day length have been demonstrated to trigger reproductive cycles and stimulate hormone production.

John Weeks talks about the parallel between the operation of a wild thing and the function of a computer chip. Weeks makes the point that in both cases, a lot of what happens may be the result of stored messages or directives, as in the case of bird migration.

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