Nature of Things

8:25am

Fri February 22, 2013
-Nature of Things

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.

Read more

11:00am

Tue February 19, 2013
-Nature of Things

Weather...Whether or Not

John Weeks discusses how pressure systems coming from all over the continent can mean plenty of snow in upstate New York during the month of February.

Read more

8:25am

Fri February 15, 2013
-Nature of Things

Soil is More Than a Handful of Dirt

Dirt and soil can be a nuisance. However, John Weeks describes how soils have an amazing influence on our native environment.

Read more
Tags: 

11:00am

Tue February 12, 2013
-Nature of Things

The Water Cycle

Water exists in liquid, solid, and gaseous form, making the water cycle a truly fascinating event. However, the cycle does not exist without multiple Achilles' heels.

Read more

8:25am

Fri February 8, 2013
-Nature of Things

Butcherbird

John Weeks discusses the shrike or "butcherbird." So called because of its eating habits, the shrike violently feeds on large insects, small rodents, and small songbirds.

Read more

11:00am

Tue February 5, 2013
-Nature of Things

CNY's Colorful Past

Central New York has undergone many physical changes in its history. John Weeks discusses the transformation of the local landscape and remembers the species that once roamed the area.

Read more

8:25am

Fri February 1, 2013
-Nature of Things

Coyote - the Latest Menace in Suburbia

John Weeks discusses the transformation of the coyote into a suburban menace. He suggests that the tension between human and coyote is bound to grow and spread.

Read more

11:00am

Tue January 29, 2013
-Nature of Things

In Defense of Slow Driving

John Weeks has great patience with slow drivers. He explains the function of slow driving, describing the people behind the wheel as "philosophers."

Read more

8:25am

Fri January 25, 2013
-Nature of Things

The Fruit of the Vine

John Weeks sits down for an interview with a grape grower to discuss the grape culture in the Finger Lakes Region of Central New York.

Read more

11:00am

Tue January 22, 2013
-Nature of Things

Close the Door, I Feel a Draft!

John Weeks discusses the history of Fahrenheit and Celsius. He points out that there are some detectable differences which a simple thermometer cannot detect.

Read more

8:25am

Fri January 18, 2013
-Nature of Things

Nature's Vineyard

John Weeks discusses plant life that is rarely found in the index or glossary of nature books: the vine. Some are very important to wildlife, including grape, poison ivy, and morning glory vines.

Read more

11:00am

Tue January 15, 2013
-Nature of Things

Even a Blizzard Has Some Lessons for Us

Wildlife does not stay hidden for long after a blizzard passes. John Weeks suggests that there are plenty of lessons to be learned while exploring after a big storm.

Read more

8:25am

Fri January 11, 2013
-Nature of Things

Snowshoeing

John Weeks discusses his limited experience with snowshoeing and recounts various encounters with wildlife while out on the winter trails.

Read more

11:00am

Tue January 8, 2013
-Nature of Things

When It Gets This Cold

John Weeks suggests that both man and wildlife need to know their limitations in order for maximum productivity in cold weather.

Read more

8:25am

Fri January 4, 2013
-Nature of Things

Giving a Bird an Identity

John Weeks discusses what the conventional thinking regarding bird migration used to be, and how it has advanced in recent centuries through the use of "banding."

Read more

11:00am

Tue January 1, 2013
-Nature of Things

New Year's Resolutions in Nature

Weeks describes that within branches, seeds, soil, and creatures exist promises of the approaching season.

Read more

8:25am

Fri December 28, 2012
-Nature of Things

Let It Snow

John Weeks discusses the effect snow has on shrubs, trees, and animals. He makes the point that a tape measure snowstorm effects man far more than the creatures in nature.

Read more

11:00am

Tue December 25, 2012
-Nature of Things

Moose - a Deer Designed by a Committe

John Weeks tells you everything there is to know about the moose.

Read more

8:25am

Fri December 21, 2012
-Nature of Things

Commentary on Christmas and Nature

John Weeks discusses the types of scenes he sees on the Christmas cards he gives and receives. He notes a lack of ecological accuracy and an emphasis on cuteness.

Read more

11:00am

Tue December 18, 2012
-Nature of Things

Exploring a Pond in Winter

John Weeks discusses all aspects of a pond in winter with the help of a reliable guide, the muskrat. While some creatures remain tethered beneath the ice to wait out the winter, there are fewer signs of life than in other seasons.

Read more

8:25am

Fri December 14, 2012
-Nature of Things

Mysterious Spirit of the Night

John Weeks shares everything there is to know about the flying squirrel and recounts an experience with one earlier on in his life.

Read more

11:00am

Tue December 11, 2012
-Nature of Things

The "Winter Blahs" in Nature

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."

Read more

8:25am

Fri December 7, 2012
-Nature of Things

The Weasel, an Unloved Ally

John Weeks describes weasels as beautiful, fearless, and efficient. He points out that weasel's are our ally against rodents, and that every weasel killed equals 100 deer mice saved.

Read more

11:00am

Tue December 4, 2012
-Nature of Things

Winter Reflection on Cold and Clothing

John Weeks discusses how the activities of both humans and wildlife are climate regulated. Wildlife, however, only change their clothes a couple of times per year.

Read more

8:25am

Fri November 30, 2012
-Nature of Things

Signs of a Tough Winter Ahead?

While he has never been convinced of any steadfast signs that a particularly rough winter is ahead, John Weeks shares some speculative short and long-term weather prognostications.

Read more

11:00am

Tue November 27, 2012
-Nature of Things

Snow - Blessings & Hardships

Did you know that snow acts as an insulator and can provide protection to many animals, even those who do not typically burrow? John Weeks discusses the pros and cons of snow.

Read more

8:25am

Fri November 23, 2012
-Nature of Things

The First Snowfall

Weeks discusses exploring during the first snowfall in order to discover anything new. He shares stories of the puzzles in the snow he has encountered during past walks.

Read more

11:00am

Tue November 20, 2012
-Nature of Things

The First Thanksgiving

John Weeks touches on the embellishment of the current version of Thanksgiving. He recounts the true origin of the holiday through the words of Governor William Bradford.

Read more

8:25am

Fri November 16, 2012
-Nature of Things

In November, We Fall Back

John Weeks suggests using the found hour brought on by "falling back" late in the year to do things you otherwise couldn't do. Take advantage before your body adjusts and the found hour is lost.

Read more

11:00am

Tue November 13, 2012
-Nature of Things

Invaders From Our Own Back Yard

John Weeks discusses critters (good and bad) who may decide to take up residence in your home or garage during the cold, winter months. He offers tips on how you can control the flow of unwanted pests from making your home their home.

Read more

Pages