Tue May 20, 2014


Mon May 12, 2014

New living lab experiment at SU studies climate change impact on trees

The new living lab at Syracuse University.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Last week's federal report on climate change puts the spotlight on how increasing global temperatures will affect the world. One Syracuse University professor is trying to localize that by creating a climate garden on campus that will show the effects of climbing temperatures on trees in central New York.

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Thu April 10, 2014
-Nature of Things

Revisting My Past & Finding Something Rare

In this archived broadcast from July 22, 1988 John Weeks talks about taking a trip to the flat fields of Ontario Lake Plain. He grew up in this area and he describes what his house used to look like along with the woods that were in his backyard. He mentions the different birds and how things have changed over the years that he has moved.

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Sat December 21, 2013

Christmas tree farm branches out to grow new species

Turkish fir trees grow at Empire Evergreens in Painted Post, N.Y.
Matt Martin WSKG

Every year Christmas tree farmers lose a portion of their crop to a fungus that attacks the root of the tree.  One tree farm in the Southern Tier has started planting a species that seems to be more resistant to the disease.

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Fri July 5, 2013

Wasp watchers being recruited

Cornell University Cooperate Extension Onondaga County

The emerald ash borer is getting closer to Onondaga County. The Asian beetle infests and kills North American ash trees, and are as close to central New York as Rochester.  Now, Cornell Cooperative Extension is recruiting volunteers for a program in Onondaga County that could  let wasps sound the alarm that the devastating bugs are here.

So how does a wasp tell us that the Emerald Ash Borer is in town?  Simple. They eat them.

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Mon May 20, 2013

SUNY ESF working to bring back the American chesnut tree

SUNY ESF professor Bill Powell at the planting of an American chestnut tree on the campus
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

SUNY ESF is working to bring back a tree that once made up one quarter of the standing timber in forests in the Eastern United States. Now, researchers have come up with a variety of the tree that resists the blight that killed billions of American chestnut trees.

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Thu January 10, 2013

Central New York prepares for the Emerald Ash Borer

A section of tree showing the serpentine galleries of the emerald ash borer larvae.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Flickr

It's only a matter of time before the ash tree population in central New York is decimated by the Emerald Ash Borer. A task force is at work getting ready for the invasion of the deadly insects, that are now in massive numbers only two counties away from Onondaga County.

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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.

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Sat September 1, 2012


Sat September 1, 2012


Sat September 1, 2012


Mon July 23, 2012
-Nature of Things

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.


Wed June 13, 2012
-Nature of Things

Highways of Silk

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.

Originally aired June 19,1987.


Tue May 29, 2012
-Nature of Things

The Vernal Apple Tree

John Weeks explains his affection for the apple tree. Weeks discusses the trees' natural beauty, their relationship with songbirds and how they must be treasured and maintained.


Tue April 17, 2012
-Nature of Things

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.


Tue April 17, 2012
-Nature of Things

A World for Roadside Patriarchs

John Weeks discusses plants and trees and the first spurt of spring growth and how the April sunlight affects the blooming buds of the season.


Orignally aired on April 22nd, 1988.



Tue April 17, 2012
-Nature of Things

A Visit To Baltimore Woods

John Weeks takes a trip to Baltimore Woods, seeking signs of the upcoming spring season, exploring all kinds of things involved in nature including plants, animals and trees.


Originally aired on April 19th, 1985.


Tue March 6, 2012
-Nature of Things

How to Tap Maple Trees

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

Originally aired March 9th, 1984.