Nature of Things

4:04pm

Wed December 4, 2013
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Reading the Message

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.

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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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4:00pm

Tue December 3, 2013
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The Opossom - Southern Gentleman - Northern Scoundrel

John Weeks talks about his knowledge of the opossum. During an early morning road trip he saw an opossum about to cross the road where cars were steadily driving and quickly turned around to avoid getting hit. Anybody that drives and has seen a possum on the road knows that there slow pace makes them vulnerable which increases their rate of road kill. At one point they were so rare that people did not believe he actually saw them, but that has changed now.

This episode of Nature of Things was originally aired December 12th, 1991.

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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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4:00pm

Thu November 14, 2013
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Just One Move Road Trip

John Weeks discusses the change in a duck’s body from season to season. He recognizes the differentiations between female ducks and male ducks. He observes ducks playing in a pond before these ponds freeze due to the cold weather. He observes other animals that will be in hiding very soon as winter is approaching rapidly.

This episode of Nature of Things was originally aired November 21st, 1991.

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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

Thu November 7, 2013
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Cruising for Wildlife! Again!

John Weeks looks back on an old Nature of Things program where he reviewed an old past time he calls cruising for wildlife. He's been cruising for wildlife for the past 50 years and talks about the number of kills he found while on the road. He was so interested that he was able to find out the reason for the casualty by observing the animal. Though it may sound gruesome it was yet very educational and he takes us down the evolution of that journey.

This episode was originally aired October 25th, 1991.

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4:00pm

Tue November 5, 2013
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Skaneateles Lake - A Coral Reef?

John Weeks recalls his trip to Skaneateles Lake. He describes to us what the lake looks like and the troubles he endured during this venture. He tells us about the mountains he climbed and the magnificent red and white oaks he saw while trying to his way back until a motorist rescued them and returned them to the doorstep they started at.

This episode of Nature of Things was originally aired on November 8th, 1991.

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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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1:57pm

Tue October 15, 2013
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Moving into the 21st Century

John Weeks discusses the richness of virgin lands and forests. In the turn of a century the removal of forests have reached the point where the lands no longer supported the pigeons. It is a sobering thought that today our land can not support what it has in the past virgin years. The land was once in a virgin condition and has permanently lost important species of food producing trees. But the land is resilient and can rebuild it's rich potential if allowed to.

This episode of Nature of Things was originally aired on November 6th, 1987.

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4:00pm

Tue October 1, 2013
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Corn: Ancient Boon to Man & Nature

John Weeks talks about the many messages from the wildlife that are written directly in the snow. Future growth can even be seen in fruits like berries and in vegetables. Promises are found in blood streams and generative tissues in mammals. The promise of future growth is in wildlife, we just have to dig a bit to find those relationships.

This episode of Nature of Things was originally aired on October 2nd, 1987.

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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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12:00pm

Mon June 17, 2013
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Fifteenth Anniversary

John Weeks reflects of the previous fifteen years of this program. He shares his experiences along his journey and responds to negative criticism.

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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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11:58am

Fri June 14, 2013
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Doug Whitman: Bird Banding Research


Four years after their first interview, John Weeks sits down with Douglas Whitman again to discuss the research and purpose behind Bird Banding.

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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.

10:00am

Fri June 7, 2013
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Banding Birds with Douglas Whitman

John Weeks talks with his guest Douglas Whitman about the process of banding birds.

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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3:06pm

Tue June 4, 2013
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More Words In Favor of Weeds


John Weeks explains his reaction his the previous Essay "A Word For The Golden Dandelion". He goes into great detail about his perspective on lawn/garden care.

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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.

2:17pm

Thu May 2, 2013
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Taking A Country Trip In Spring

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.

2:15pm

Thu May 2, 2013
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Planting For Wildlife

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

11:00am

Tue April 2, 2013
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Winter Bluebirds

John Weeks discusses bluebirds and other thrushes that may remain in the area during the winter months as long as a food source is available.

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8:25am

Fri March 29, 2013
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In the Shadow of Captain Cook

John Weeks remembers the first great voyage of Captain James Cook and his oft-forgotten travel partner, naturalist Joseph Banks. He describes how Cook has received all the glory for the historical voyage, while Banks is known only to botanists and biologists.

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11:00am

Tue March 26, 2013
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What the Blizzard of '93 Told Me

John Weeks describes his explorations following the Great Blizzard of '93. March of 2013 marks the 20 year anniversary of the Storm of the Century.

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8:25am

Fri March 22, 2013
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The Saga of the Disappearing Snowbanks

Snowbanks perform many functions, but it is a liberating event when they show signs of disappearing. John Weeks discusses everything that is coming to life within snowbanks and everything that is left behind after the final ones melt.

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