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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
John Weeks talks about Tent Caterpillars and their effect on apple and cherry trees. Weeks explains how these insects, usual thought of as pests, serve a necessary role in the ecosystem. In fact, the Tent Caterpillars are not really harmful to the trees at all.
John Weeks encourages his listeners to stop and study the ferns. Ferns can be confusing and difficult to identify. Still, Weeks believes that their elegant form and unusual lifecycle make these plants worth your time and energy.
John Weeks discusses the the plants and creatures in the wild that don't enjoy the random April snows of Oswego spring weather. Weeks also talks about what's best for the wild world and what humans need to understand about it.
John Weeks talks about what usually happens during the first week after birth in the season of spring. Some birds tend to leave their young for a short time and some never leave their side. Weeks talks about being careful with baby nestlings and mammals and to leave them alone because their adult protectors could get angry.
John Weeks talks to listeners about baby wildlife that are left alone during the spring and how we should not worry about them. Weeks explains that departure of the young should not be taken as a sign of abandonment and what to do if you see a wildlife baby animal.
John Weeks describes the differences between a black duck and a mallard by describing their unique appearances. Weeks also brings up the topic of mites and the diverse ones that exist, including the green-winged teal.