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12:36pm

Tue May 13, 2014
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Working Together For A Common Goal

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.

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12:30pm

Thu February 27, 2014
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Nature Centers Coming Of Age

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.

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12:25pm

Thu January 30, 2014
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Like A Cock Grouse Drumming In An Open Field

This archived broadcast, Like A Cock Grouse Drumming In An Open Field is from November 4, 1988. It talks about how nature is a complex energy system but it is also interesting and beautiful. Everything flows from quirks of energy. It talks about the landfill problems and how communities notice the landfill that is in their backyards and what they need to do about these problems.

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4:00pm

Thu December 5, 2013
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On Bellwethers In Nature

John Weeks talks about bellwethers. In previous episodes he used the term, but never actually defined it. He reveals that term refers to a sheep, usually a gelded male. He wears a bell around his neck and is a leader for a flock of sheep and an indicator for the whereabouts of the flock in extremely foggy weather conditions. This was all he could find about the term and it was not even in the encyclopedia or other resources he looked in for the term. He had to “wing it” from there and elaborated on the definition based on his own experiences.

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3:23pm

Wed December 4, 2013
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How Some Insects Pass in the Winter

This is an archived broadcast from October 28, 1988. John Weeks talks about where insects go in the winter and he talks about how he use to teach a class in CNY and every year he would explain to the students where the insects go in the winter. He talks a lot about butterflies and some other insects hibernating.

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4:05pm

Wed November 20, 2013
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How Some Insects Pass The Winter

In this, broadcast from 1988, John Weeks talks about how insects act during the winter. He mentions that some insects hibernate during the winter while other insects do not. He talks about the different bugs and then he tells a story about when he used to occasionally teach in Central New York and talked about some things that he asked his students. Weeks goes into detail about some of the insects especially the caterpillar.

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4:00pm

Tue November 19, 2013
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The Black Bear- Powerful As A Truck, Smart As A Pig

John Weeks informs us about one of the most intelligent bears, the black bear. This bear was known to pioneers as attacking their mammals and taking them as food. He talks about fear he felt while in the woods. While making his way back home on a camping trip he heard a lot of noise, and thought it was a pig. Only the end trail of a bear was left behind when he went to the location where the scuffling was heard. He describes bears as a big appetite wrapped up in a powerful body. He found that even a dead bear is hard to handle because of its weight.

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4:14pm

Tue November 12, 2013
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Along the Road and at Roadside

John Weeks discusses reliving taking trips down roads to see the wildlife we will not see until next season as the weather gets colder.  Stopping at major vistas he has previously visited he can always predict what he is going to see. As the hunting season carries on there are more white tail deer seen during the day. Deer are most interesting during these days as winter sets in. There is always a tad bit of new learning or reinforcing of something he thought he knew at these vistas. Weeks tells us of his interesting findings.

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4:00pm

Tue October 29, 2013
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The Legend & Audubon

John Weeks discusses his reaction to an article in The National Inquirer about Audubon. The article talks about pioneer Audubon killing thousands of birds for sport. Many were shocked by this startling revelation but because Weeks has read portions of Audubon’s diaries in the past he was not surprised at all. It is hard to put ourselves in the lives of a pioneer during hunting season in the 1780s. Living in an era where hunting skill was vital to successful living Audubon’s actions were typical of his day though.

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4:00pm

Tue September 24, 2013
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(Road Names) Do They Really Reflect Locality?

John Weeks discusses the significance of road names. He talks about which road names really reflect the natural history of the area and which reflect the names of residences or simply reflect uncoordinated labels applied to housing develops. Different areas of Central New York have different names and we are going to find out how these roads got their names and the stories behind them.

This episode of Nature of Things was originally aired on September 23rd, 1988.

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4:00pm

Tue September 17, 2013
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The Only Good Hawk is a Dead Hawk?

John Weeks discusses the commonality of the red tail hawk and the open territory to hunt for these birds in the wild. His continues to talk about his personal observation of the red tail and hunting for them.

This episode was originally aired on September 16th, 1988

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4:00pm

Tue September 10, 2013
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Moving Back to Frontier Conditions

John Weeks revisits some of his favorite wide open vistas for the first time in 20 years. He explains to us what he saw when he revisited what he thought was still going to be the beautiful vista he last remembers. Weeks discusses the history of our relationship with the lands in Onondaga and Oswego counties.

This episode was originally aired on September 4th, 1987.

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12:01pm

Sun June 16, 2013
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Watching What's Underfoot

John Weeks reveals how he spent his not so typical Fathers Day! He also explains the importance of paying attention to nature.

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11:00am

Mon June 10, 2013
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The Calico Fields

John Weeks explains the significance of plant life within the Calico Fields.

11:28am

Wed June 5, 2013
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An Interesting State of Bee-ing

John Weeks gives a brief explanation on the history and lifestyle of the Honey Bee.

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3:05pm

Tue June 4, 2013
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A Word For The Golden Dandelion

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

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2:18pm

Thu May 2, 2013
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A Visit to Baltimore Woods

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.

8:25am

Fri March 15, 2013
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Bluebird: Our State Bird

John Weeks talks at length about the bluebird and the effect the bluebird has had on his love of nature in general.

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8:25am

Fri February 22, 2013
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Winter Wonders Under This Snow

Much of nature is covered by snow each winter. John Weeks dispels the rumor that the winter landscape without snow is baron and uninteresting.

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11:00am

Tue October 9, 2012
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Dedications and Spectacles in Nature

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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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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2:36pm

Mon June 18, 2012
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The Melting Pot of Nature

John Weeks discusses  the many unique and beautiful local plants that are not native to U.S. soil. Weeks explains the multitude of ways these plants arrived in the Americas. Some came to be used for food (Dandelion), while some came because of their pretty appearance (the Daisy). Others weren't actually meant to be brought here at all.

Originally aired on Jun 22, 1984.

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.

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.

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.

10:00am

Tue March 6, 2012
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How to Tap Maple Trees

John Weeks explains how to tap a maple tree step by step.

Originally aired March 9th, 1984.