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.


The Nature of Things
5:00 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Invasive Species

Credit Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission

What do purple loosestrife flowers, large fuzzy nutria, emerald ash beetles, chestnut tree blight and the nefarious snakehead fish have in common? They are all non-native, invasive species in our listening area. Invasive species can cause damage that far outweighs their numbers.

The Environment In Focus
12:00 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Luna Moths


Moths are often regarded as country-mouse cousins of butterflies. Moths are night-flying pests that tangle in our hair and eat holes in our clothing. Their relatives, the butterflies, steal all the glory, flitting through flowery fields and delicately sipping nectar from colorful flowers.

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The Nature of Things
2:27 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

Garden Pests

Credit Wikipedia

In my home garden, now’s the time of the season when there's some really amazing growth. But it seems like I find a different garden pest to combat each week.  Slugs, rabbits, tomato hornworms, corn earworm. What's a gardener to do?

The Nature of Things
5:15 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Red Tailed Hawks

Credit Cornell Lab of Ornithology,

Right now, it’s breeding season for our local red-tails. And this time period initiates a spectacular sequence of aerial acrobatics. Learn more about what to expect to see in the skies.

The Nature of Things
3:26 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Leave No Trace

Credit Leave No Trace,

With so many of us headed into the Great Outdoors, now is also a great time to brush up on the seven important principles of "Leave No Trace."

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