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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.


Oct 28, 2014

Commonly known as striped bass and locally referred to as rockfish, this anadromous or migratory fish spends the majority of its time in salt water returning to brackish estuaries and rivers to spawn each spring.

Stuck in a Rut

Oct 21, 2014

Right now, white tailed deer hunters all over the state are talking about the deer "rut."

Walking Stick

Oct 14, 2014

As its name suggests, the curious-looking walking stick or “stick insect” resembles the twigs among which it lives, providing it with one of the most efficient natural camouflages on Earth.


Oct 7, 2014

Through all the autumn hype about pumpkin-spice lattes, pumpkin-chocolate muffins, spooky pumpkin carving and picking from pumpkin patches, it seems the origin of all our orange finery – the humble pumpkin plant – is forgotten.

  At the Conowingo Dam, you can find bald eagles year round, but the largest population of them hits in September and October when northern birds arrive in search of water sources that have not frozen over. Some reports say that more than 200 of the large raptors visit the area each autumn day.


Sep 23, 2014

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

  In 2007, our listening area experienced what is known as a "mast" year for acorns.  It was the largest we have seen in quite a long time, and we’re overdue for another one like it.  What should you expect?

Northern copperheads can be found in forested hillsides and wetlands, and will even occupy wood or sawdust piles from the Eastern Shore west to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

  Many assume that nature is at its peak and glory only in the sunny seasons of spring and summer. But if you observe carefully, you’ll find that autumn has quite a few things you thought were reserved only for warmer months.

  One of the most crucial parts of a species’ survival is its ability to reproduce. For many plants, this means creating some kind of seed or pod that can travel away from itself. But when a plant is stationary, how can it get its seeds to move?