SUNY ESF is working to bring back a tree that once made up one quarter of the standing timber in forests in the Eastern United States. Now, researchers have come up with a variety of the tree that resists the blight that killed billions of American chestnut trees.
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.
Tree lovers are uniting behind a plan by a biologist from Salisbury University in Maryland to preserve and encourage old growth Forests . The goal, is to create a network of over two-thousand undisturbed, yet accessible, forests across the country.
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.
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.
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.
Every spring, a state Department of Environmental Conservation biologist drives along north country highways at dawn or dusk, stopping every so often to pull over and listen to the nature sounds.
She's listening for the distinctive “peent” of the singing American woodcock, a brown speckled bird a little larger than a songbird with a long, narrow beak for pulling earthworms out of the newly thawed ground.