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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.

  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?


Aug 19, 2014

  Monarch butterflies are famous for their southward migration and northward return in summer from here to Mexico.

Black-eyed susans are known as "pioneer plants," and are an important component in preventing erosion in critical areas like road cuts and hillsides.


Aug 5, 2014

  "I’m covered in mosquito bites," a friend says. "Aren’t you?"  Is it just dumb luck?  Or is there science behind which of us the mosquitoes prefer?

  Starting now and going into the later part of the summer season, you might come across Indian Pipe in the dense forest understory near the beech trees it prefers.

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.

Scientists at the University of Georgia found that poison ivy’s growth and potency has doubled just since the 1960s. They believe it’s because poison ivy is particularly sensitive to CO2 levels. 

Fish ranging from small minnows to striped bass several feet long can be found in our listening area. 


Jul 1, 2014

  Bats perform a true ecological miracle every night.