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The Nature of Things

Archived commentary from Naturalist John Weeks. Listen each week for an audio essay on conversation, biology, and wildlife.

Published: Fri, 29 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Last Build Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2017 13:23:50 GMT

Copyright: WRVO-2010

The Nature of Things

Fri, 29 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

The Nature of Things -- A trip to Cumberland Island, Part 2.

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A Flight Into Spring

Sun, 01 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Weeks comes to the realization that spring has finally come. He describes his "flight" into spring.

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Spring is Much More Than Dripping Icicles

Tue, 08 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Spring is more process than event. What we see is a culmination of a mountain of hidden events. Dynamic growth patterns create the new life of spring. Weeks describes the hidden events that define spring and the change that we all anticipate after a long, hard winter.

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A Bluebird Reminiscence

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMT

The state bird is discussed. The bluebird had been a part of New York State history and folklore. Weeks details his emotional responses to encounters with many bluebirds throughout his lifetime. Their migration patterns and nesting techniques are highlighted.

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About Springtails

Sat, 05 Feb 2011 05:00:00 GMT

This episode of Nature of Things describes a small wingless insect that you may be familiar with. This insect feeds on decomposing vegetation. It can sometimes be seen on shallow ponds, streams and frequently hopping on the snow during mild winter days. Very little is known about these insects- despite their abundance.

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January Spring Syndrome

Sat, 29 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMT

In this Nature of Things episode, "January spring syndrome" is discussed. This syndrome, Weeks explains, is expressed through the emotional lift he feels every morning with the rising sun. This feeling is caused by our psychological response to expanding daylight. January is also the time in which nature prepares for the annual cycle of reproduction. All of these feelings and occurrences lead to the energy explosion that is spring.

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Hunter's Perspective

Sat, 11 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Weeks stumbles upon a diner on the last weekend of deer season. He hears hunters sharing experiences and thoughts on the possibly unsuccessful season thus far. He realizes that sharp eyes, patience and skill are necessary traits of a hunter. Similarities are discussed between his perspective watching nature and their perspective hiding within it. Both the nature enthusiast and the hunter wait for a perfect opportunity.

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First Snowfall

Sat, 04 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Weeks discusses the first seasonal snowfall. He describes wildlife homes and tracks in the snow as nature's footnotes. Tracks in the snow leave the activities of the past visible until the wind carries them away.

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Dick Taylor, P.D. of Cayuga Nature Center

Sat, 20 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Dick Taylor is a guest on Nature of Things. He describes Cayuga Nature Center- it's location, purpose, goals, programs, and operation. Taylor also describes their acquisition of 40 acres of land. The Cayuga Nature Center is a nonprofit organization in Ithaca, NY.

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November's Balance Sheets

Sat, 13 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT

This episode of Nature of Things is a summary of November's dialogue. This month is a catalog of the bounty that once was. Despite the fallen leaves and barren landscape, birds are still able to find fruit and greens to dine on.

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A Sermon From the Bottom of the Bay

Sat, 30 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Weeks shares his views on environmental quality control and the conventional environmental abuse that is harming our world. The role of environmental issues in politics is also discussed. He stresses that environmental quality and the impact we have today is important for future generations.

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Sat, 16 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

John Weeks discusses his love of history and art in high school He paid special attention to nature paintings of birds. Birds are known for their migration habits, but why do they migrate in the first place? Weeks answers this question.

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Focusing on Real Issues

Thu, 07 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

The changing seasons are a significant time in our lives. Think of the change into autumn and winter as a time of rest and regeneration. The winter tells of the spring to come.

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Montezuma Wildlife Refuge

Sat, 02 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

The landscape north of Cayuga Lake was very different when the first Native American encountered it long ago. The area was full of wildlife and diverse vegetation. The first European may have seen it as a road block to expansion. Thankfully, some of the original splendor has been preserved with Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. Located 10 miles west of Auburn, the refuge welcomes visitors to spend some time with nature and enjoy the many species of bird that still remain.

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Staghorn Sumac - Winter Manna

Sat, 21 Aug 2010 04:00:00 GMT

WRVO presents The Nature of Things from our archive. This week an episode from August 21st, 1987

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