Nature of Things

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

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8:00am

Fri October 5, 2012
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Disasters Can Be Beautiful

In the wake of Hurricane Isabel, John Weeks discusses how the aftermath of a storm can provide opportunity despite devastation. Nature always makes the necessary adjustments after a natural disaster, begging the question of whether these events are really disasters at all.

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11:00am

Tue October 2, 2012
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Ecology, Conservation and People's Minds

John Weeks discusses influential figures from his past and shares some excerpts from a book written by one such man, Aldo Leopold. Weeks relays some strategies to "preserve the sanity of our wild world," including the need to know our world at least as well as the Native Americans.

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8:00am

Fri September 28, 2012
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Mallard Duck, Waterfowl Commoner

Weeks discusses watching wetland wildlife as a younger man and his growing interest in waterfowl. He talks in depth about the mallard and the interbreeding between the mallard and the black duck.

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11:00am

Tue September 25, 2012
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Mysteries of Sight, Sound and Other Senses

From birds using celestial navigation, to salmon using chemical sensors to "smell" their way home, John Weeks discusses the migration phenomenon of various species. Weeks notes that many migration patterns hold mysteries that are still unexplained.

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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.

10:38am

Tue April 17, 2012
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A Visit To Baltimore Woods

John Weeks takes a trip to Baltimore Woods, seeking signs of the upcoming spring season, exploring all kinds of things involved in nature including plants, animals and trees.

 

Originally aired on April 19th, 1985.

10:47am

Tue April 3, 2012
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25 Years of Somethings Special

John Weeks discusses the past of Nature of Things and how they gained their listeners and on air cast. He also talks about the creation of their Nature calendar when it happened. Weeks advises listeners to take a look at the beautiful nature of Central New York.

10:38am

Tue April 3, 2012
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The Mating Dance of the Salamanders

John Weeks discusses the amphibians, Salamanders and helps us understand their mating process and their efficient method of fertilization and behavior pattern.

10:31am

Tue April 3, 2012
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100 Miles Of Spring

John Weeks talks about animal preparations for Spring and how they react to Oswego's different  weather daily. He also discusses birds' arrival in spring g from his own experiences, including the Woodcock.

 

Originally aired on April 3rd, 1987.

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10:00am

Tue April 3, 2012
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Nature Walk Through Rice Creek

John Weeks take a walk through the back of Rice Creek Field Station looking for signs of spring, examining rocks, insects and even finds a pair of mating birds.

Originally aired April 6th, 1984.

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.

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