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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.


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.


  Low flow shower heads used to be synonymous with pitiful water pressure and a bad hair day.


Jun 17, 2014
Takashi Ota

Fireflies thrive in our forests and fields, and the margins between them.  But there just aren’t as many of these bioluminescent beetles as there once were.  Fireflies are disappearing.