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
5:37 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Winter Constellations

Credit Aspen Nature

This time of year, the night sky tends to be the clearest and there’s less light pollution. Though the evenings might be cold, in winter constellations like the Big Dipper and Cassiopeia, are easier to see and identify.


The Nature of Things
5:42 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Gray Squirrels

Gray Squirrel

Five species of squirrels can be found in Maryland. There’s the red squirrel, the southern flying squirrel, the eastern fox squirrel and the Delmarva fox squirrel.


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The Nature of Things
5:25 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Pawpaw

Credit Photo from Eat the Weeds

I have a secret snack. When I’m hiking in damp, forested areas of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, I don’t look to my backpack for a granola bar or trail mix. Instead, I look to the trees for a pawpaw.


The Nature of Things
5:01 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Stink Bugs

Adult Female brown marmorated stink bug
Credit Rutgers University

Unfortunately, not many predators are interested in eating the ubiquitous brown marmorated stink bug we see so much of in our listening area. That’s because it’s not a native species.


The Nature of Things
2:41 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Winter Outdoors

Credit West YellowStone Montana

Need another reason to exercise outside? There’s nothing like returning to the warmth of indoors, pink-cheeked and tired, and sitting by a warm fire or sipping a mug of hot cocoa. There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes!


The Nature of Things
2:48 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Cottontail Rabbits

A light dusting of snow is an optimum time to look for signs of our native cottontail rabbits.  When hopping, rabbits' long hind feet come down in front of the smaller front feet – making them incredibly easy for kids and adults to spot.

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The Nature of Things
5:08 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Kudzu

 Kudzu grows extremely quickly. Under optimal conditions, it can grow a full foot per day. This fast growth combined with its climbing nature allows kudzu’s hairy vines to swiftly cover other plants, vehicles, utility poles, even whole houses when left unchecked.

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The Nature of Things
5:22 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Gray Squirrels

Grey Squirrel

Five species of squirrels can be found in Maryland. There’s the red squirrel, the southern flying squirrel, the eastern fox squirrel and the Delmarva fox squirrel.


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The Nature of Things
1:30 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Turkeys

Wild turkeys, once nearly extinct in Maryland, are back, and at least one wild turkey roams the property at Irvine.


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The Nature of Things
5:59 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Beneficial Bugs

Did you know that over 95% of the insects are not really pests? That means that the great majority of creepy crawlies we swat, squash and flush are actually beneficial.


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