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Nature of Things

WRVO presents an archived edition of the popular weekly essay, The Nature of Things, from Naturalist John Weeks.This re-issue of the Nature of Things is available as a podcast. You can download episodes individually to listen to or subscribe to the podcast.John Weeks was born on August 21, 1924, on a little farm in West Webster, NY. His father was a commercial artist, his mother a writer and reciter of dialect essays. His early interest in nature was fostered by his parents, his 5 siblings and his teachers. Over the years, John helped create several nature centers in upstate New York. John Weeks passed away in March 2021.

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What We're Doing to Our Environment Threatens Our Survival

Flourishing green pastures have been transformed by towns and neighborhoods into swampy inhabitable forests. In this episode from May 21, 1992, John Weeks shares his experience returning wetlands to their natural state.


21 May 2017

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What's New at the Zoo with Jim Aiello, Former Curator of Education at Burnett Park Zoo

The former curator of education at Burnett Park Zoo, Jim Aiello, talks with John Weeks about upcoming events and new birth taking place at the Zoo. This episode is from May 20, 1988.


20 May 2017

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Spring and A Native Return

Over the years, John Weeks' affinity for springtime and birds has become apparent. In this episode, from May 5, 1992, Weeks reflects on the lives of wild turkeys roaming the Cayuga Nature Center with depth and curiosity.


5 May 2017

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The Awesome Machinery of Spring

The swirling winds of spring are clearing away winters’ wrath. In this episode from April 15, 1993, John Weeks shares his Baltimore Woods Nature Center experience observing song sparrows, woodpeckers, bloodroots and magenta lilacs emerging to face the sun.


15 Apr 2017

Rank #4

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April Sunshine

April is truly a superlative month through the eyes of John Weeks. In honor of the months rare sunlight, Weeks expresses his appreciation for the lively rebirth of nature produced by the golden rays throughout the month. This episode originally aired April 8, 1993.


11 Apr 2017

Rank #5