The Nature of Things

Tuesday at 4:44 pm

The Nature of Things is a weekly broadcast about our area’s native flora and fauna, hosted by Irvine Nature Center’s Executive Director Brooks Paternotte.  At the start of each week, The Nature of Things offers an eco-friendly perspective on everything from our changing seasons to the sounds of our migrating birds to the plants invading our yards, fields and forests.

Tune in to 88.1 WYPR every Tuesday at 4:44 pm. as Brooks inspires us all to explore, respect and protect nature.

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The Nature of Things
2:10 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers

Credit Cornell Lab of Ornithology

  Because sapsuckers are one of the few animals capable of maintaining a flow of sap from trees, they make very desirable neighbors for a host of other animals.  Bats, squirrels, porcupines and many types of birds will eat sap made available by the sapsuckers.


The Nature of Things
5:32 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Nature Education in Preschools

Credit Irvine Nature Center

Nature-based preschools are re-focusing the lens on early childhood education. Join us for the fourth annual conference to address the unique benefits and challenges of nature-based curriculum in early childhood programs.

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The Nature of Things
5:33 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Snapping Turtles

Credit Wikipedia

  A snapping turtle's prehistoric appearance makes it an easy local species to identify.  It's an impressive reptile with a large head and a strong, hooked beak that makes it resemble a toothless yet ferocious old man.


The Nature of Things
5:49 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Credit Audubon.org

The glittering tones I noted as the a nearby bird turned sped past me were a dead giveaway. It was one of the season’s first ruby throated hummingbirds. They are little jewel-toned birds that are major players in the pollination cycle.

The Nature of Things
12:59 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Pet Turtles

Red Eared Slider
Credit Wikipedia

  Red-eared sliders are semi-aquatic turtles that get their name from the small red dash by their ears. They are the most popular pet turtle in the U.S., and are also the most popular type of turtle rescue organizations receive calls about.


The Nature of Things
12:59 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Shad

Credit The Bay Journal

Fishing for American shad, the largest member of the herring family, off Deer Creek was a spring rite of passage for me as a boy. My grandfather and I would spend hours catching the thin, metallic fish with dark spots on its shoulder.

The Nature of Things
3:45 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Credit Wikipedia

One of our listening area’s coolest native wildflowers comes with many names. Memory root. Brown dragon. Bog onion. Indian turnip. Pepper turnip. Cobra lily. American wake robin. Cuckoo pint.


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The Nature of Things
2:19 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Skunks

Credit Fairfax County Public Schools

Skunks are legendary for their powerful predator-deterrent – an oily, hard-to-remove, horrible-smelling spray.


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The Nature of Things
5:40 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Spring Ephemerals

Credit Wildflower.org

  With the arrival of spring’s warmth, buds and blooms begin to develop. Beauty blankets the floor of the deciduous woodlands in our listening area. The native wildflowers that come first known as spring ephemerals.


The Nature of Things
3:41 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Project Clean Stream

Project Clean Stream is a wonderful opportunity to learn, pick up litter and help everyone better understand their connection to the Chesapeake. Every day, our decisions affect the health of the Bay and its watershed.


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