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It’s a common procedure at the state fair: step right up and try to win a prize at one of the midway’s many carnival games.

Pop a balloon with a dart; sink a basketball shot; hook a ring around a bottle. Do so, and spend the rest of a day at the fair slinging an oversized plush gorilla over the shoulder, or carrying a stuffed monkey under an arm.

But one game, and an iconic fair prize, is missing this year.

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.

Reading the Message

Dec 4, 2013

This archived broadcast was from September 11, 1987. John Weeks talks about the journey across the seasons. He talks about the weather and the different animals and plants that are around during the different seasons.

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."

Wildlife ecologist Danielle Garneau is making a habit of tracking down roadkill. She actually seeks it out, hunting for clues about larger ecological trends. Garneau records it all on a free smartphone app, EpiCollect.

Standing by the side of the road in upstate New York, phone in hand, Garneau peers down at a dead, bloody and smelly skunk.

Bright Spring Sunlight

Apr 17, 2012

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.