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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.

If you’ve ever wanted to be involved in the great work that scientists do, this is your chance.

Terrapins

May 20, 2014

Many of our local students are graduating from University of Maryland this week. And likely all of them know that the name of their famous mascot, Testudo, is the Latin word for tortoise.

Orioles

May 13, 2014

The rich, whistling song of the Baltimore oriole, echoing from treetops near homes and parks, is a sweet herald of spring in eastern North America.

Coyotes

May 6, 2014

Coyotes are a relatively new addition to our local ecosystems, and were first documented in Maryland in 1972.

  My family and I grow some of these in our home garden, but we supplement what we can do ourselves with what’s called a CSA share.

It might be hard to imagine, but before 1970, all factories could unendingly spew black, toxic clouds into the air.

Small, round thrushes, eastern bluebirds are a symbol of happiness and cheer really are a delight to see; but are bluebirds really blue?

For many people, the sight of a white-tailed deer bounding gracefully through the forest is an exciting and memorable experience that they would like to see more often.

There’s no doubt technology has changed our lives and, sadly, the result has been a huge disconnect from the natural world.  Many people have lost their sense of wonder and respect for it simply due to lack of exposure. But there is room for families and adults to embrace both technology and nature.

When was the last time you were barefoot in the grass?
Do your kids know what it’s like to pencil roll down a meadow’s hillside?
How often are you laundering a little mud out of the bottom of your jeans?

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