Nature of Things

8:25am

Fri November 9, 2012
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Now That the Leaves Have Fallen

John Weeks talks about the sadness of the autumn leaf fall that is tempered by the wonderful colors and the knowledge of the beauty that lies ahead. He explains why leaves fall and the benefits of the yearly occurrence.

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11:00am

Tue November 6, 2012
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Love of Earth

John Weeks discusses societal changes that have occurred throughout the course of his life. One thing that has remained constant, however, is his love for nature and the planet.

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8:25am

Fri November 2, 2012
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Gifts of the Glacier

John Weeks discusses lands that are rich in glacial history, chiefly Chicago Bog. He touches on the aesthetics of the bog, from surrounding shrubbery to bog inhabitants.

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11:00am

Tue October 30, 2012
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November's Open Book

Weeks talks about the creative genius involved in autumn leaves falling, only to bloom again in the spring. He also suggests that the late fall environment, especially the month of November, is an open book full of choice reading.

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8:25am

Fri October 26, 2012
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Little Climates and the First Forest

John Weeks discusses the first widespread freeze of the year, and the gorgeous day that proceeded it. He also explains the significance of microclimates and their undetected presence nearly everywhere we turn.

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11:00am

Tue October 23, 2012
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Why Do Flowers Bloom When They Do?

Weeks remembers his first encounter with the fall crocus. He talks about how light wavelength effects plant growth and touches on photoperiodism as it relates to the blooming of various plants.

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8:25am

Fri October 19, 2012
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Evening Pond Watch

Weeks recounts a walk along Rice Pond and the interlacing of the sounds coming from various species of waterfowl. He also provides information regarding the colorful ensembles sported by different types of birds that were seen on the hike.

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11:00am

Tue October 16, 2012
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Passing the Catskills

John Weeks discusses revisiting his favorite vistas more than 30 years after he first discovered their beauty. He notes that despite the changes in these areas, they maintain the magic and charm they have always had.

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8:00am

Fri October 12, 2012
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Outside Influences

John Weeks discusses the influence of the moon on bird migration and reproduction. He explains how day length have been demonstrated to trigger reproductive cycles and stimulate hormone production.

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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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11:00am

Tue October 2, 2012
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Ecology, Conservation and People's Minds

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.

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8:00am

Fri September 28, 2012
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Mallard Duck, Waterfowl Commoner

Weeks discusses watching wetland wildlife as a younger man and his growing interest in waterfowl. He talks in depth about the mallard and the interbreeding between the mallard and the black duck.

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11:00am

Tue September 25, 2012
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Mysteries of Sight, Sound and Other Senses

From birds using celestial navigation, to salmon using chemical sensors to "smell" their way home, John Weeks discusses the migration phenomenon of various species. Weeks notes that many migration patterns hold mysteries that are still unexplained.

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8:25am

Fri September 21, 2012
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Recycling

John Weeks discusses the early days of Onondaga County's recycling program. He also talks about the shortfalls of the recycling program from an environmental standpoint and urges listeners to tighten the balance between that which is discarded in total and that which is recycled.

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11:00am

Tue September 18, 2012
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Fall Colors & Emotions

John Weeks discusses the phenomenon of early autumnal coloration and the importance of color when it comes to communicating about nature. He also talks about the emotions that certain colors evoke, specifically the colors of fall.

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8:25am

Fri September 14, 2012
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Sounds That Are Fading Away

John Weeks recounts the delicate choral movements that can be heard when listening to, what he calls, a "symphony" of bird sounds. He urges us to seek out the dawn and dusk choruses while they still ring out, before they fade away forever.

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9:19am

Wed September 12, 2012
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What Autumn Contributes to My Enjoyment Of Winter

As the equinox approaches, Weeks explains the rules of winter ecology and the basic rules of supply and demand as they apply to the critters gathering food in preparation for the winter months. He also describes how, for him, enjoyment of winter depends upon bounty of the growing season which proceeded it.

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4:03pm

Wed July 25, 2012
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The Great Lakes Week

John Weeks discusses the events of the 1984 Great Lakes Week. This festival included Native American storytelling, water sports, film screenings and concerts.WeeksThis essay describes the activities and goals of this free (and now extinct) celebration. Weeks explains how each citizen should be well aware of the history and uses of the 193 mile-long Lake Ontario.

3:30pm

Mon July 23, 2012
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Revisiting My Past and Finding Something Rare

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.

Originally aired on July 22, 1988.

3:52pm

Wed July 18, 2012
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Nature's Viewpoints on Drought

While we like to assign value to weather conditions, such as considering a drought being bad, John Weeks explains that in nature extreme weather is simply part of a cycle. He discusses how it is the extremes in climate that determine what vegetation grows. Drought is a gift to some life and a distraction to others. Locally, dry years are extremely beneficial to pheasants and wetland nesting birds.

Originally aired July 15, 1988.

3:51pm

Fri July 13, 2012
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Reminiscing About Gardens

John Weeks discusses his mediocre gardening ability and the grief it often causes him. Still, Weeks continues to garden every year. Why? Weeks claims it's because of his fond memories of gardening and small town life in his formative years.  Weeks goes on to explain the benefits of gardening. "I genuinely believe that a society in which human concerns become paramount to the exclusion of concern to natural community is seriously flawed - if not doomed," explains Weeks. Gardening help Weeks keep in touch with this natural community.

Originally aired on July 20, 1984.

3:24pm

Fri July 13, 2012
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Super Flowers

From the Rice Creek Field Station, John Weeks contemplates the bright flowers that speckle summer grass. Many of the flowers reveal beautiful, subtle details upon closer inspection. Weeks describes the incredible "super flowers." Each petal of these flowers is actually made up of smaller petals which, in turn, are also made up of petals. Weeks gives ideas on how to find these "super flowers" in just about any lawn.

Originally aired on July 12, 1985.

2:49pm

Mon July 9, 2012
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The Red Fox

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.

Originally aired on July 8, 1988.

2:50pm

Fri July 6, 2012
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The Screech Owl: A Bird That Insists On It's Rights

John Weeks discusses the appearance of young Screech Owls. Normally hatching in early June, by Independence Day these fuzzy small owls begin venturing out of the nest. Weeks explains the interesting (and often aggressive) life style of the Screech Owl and how to get a better view of these monogamous creatures.

Originally aired July 10, 1987.

3:26pm

Mon July 2, 2012
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Finding Beauty in Abandoned Fields

John Weeks describes how the open fields and roadside ditches of Central New York can be a beautiful sight in early July. A vast array of colorful flowers blooms in these usually ignored spaces. Weeks encourages everyone to take notice of the incredible sights along the local country roads.

Originally aired on July 6, 1984.

2:38pm

Wed June 27, 2012
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On Hayfields... Past, Present and Future

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.

Originally aired on June 17, 1988.

2:42pm

Mon June 25, 2012
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When a Rail... It's Dry

Inspired by the sight of a rail bird, John Weeks discusses local marshes. These "pea soup pastures" are growing drier and drier, destroying their complex and diverse life cycle. However, when the wetlands are replenished by rain, these ecosystems can recoup quickly.

Originally aired on June 26, 1987.

2:51pm

Wed June 20, 2012
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Powerline Bird Watching

John Weeks explains that keeping an eye out for birds while driving can be both relaxing and informative. The power lines bordering highways provide an abundance of opportunities to sight beautiful birds. Bird watching in the car can be a good way to observe local nature without trekking through rough terrain.

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.

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