John Cooney

Natural World Host

11/19/14 - KLCC lost one of our family. Natural World producer John Cooney has died. His family says, "John left us this morning with a taste of wine and a smile on his lips." John had lung cancer. He was at home surrounded by family.

10/30/14  - The KLCC family regrets to announce that our dear friend and long time volunteer John Cooney is currently in hospice care, and will no longer be creating Natural World segments. 

John Cooney has been a vital part of KLCC since 1979.  He has entertained listeners with the Natural World since 1999 but his legacy starts much earlier. Among other accomplishments, John was the creator and first host of "Straight Street" which remains one of KLCC's top music shows (Fridays 6:30 pm). He also created a long-running weekend program called "This Sunday Morning." John's life-long dedication to public radio is inspiring and his distinctive voice and commitment to quality programming and production will be terribly missed.

Listen to Natural World:

October 2013-October 2014 shows listed below.

Shows prior to October 2013 available here

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Natural World
7:42 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Natural World: Revisits The Big Freeze at the Marsh

Last winter's snows affected wildlife in the West Eugene's Wetlands.
Credit Rachael McDonald

This archived recording of the Natural World is from December 2013.

Extreme weather events define which plants and animals can live in a place.  Last week's big freeze defined the limits of cold weather in our area.  The West Eugene Wetlands is now recovering from the freezing weather but there may be more to come.

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Natural World
6:37 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Natural World Archives: Cottonwood Floodplain Forest

Credit wikipedia Commons

As the fierce, icy heart of winter approaches plants and animals find shelter and food in newly created spaces.  The leaf litter in the Cottonwood forest harbors an abundance of life during the wet, cold months.

This episode of John Cooney's Natural World originally aired in December 2013.

John Cooney died November 19, 2014 of cancer. He was at home surrounded by family.

You can send words of condolence to his family care of KLCC, 136 West 8th Ave., Eugene, OR 97401.

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Natural World
6:00 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Natural World: Autumn at Finley National Wildlife Refuge

Credit US Fish & Wildlife

Summer birds have left the valley and winter birds are beginning to arrive.  Finley Wildlife Refuge is a wonderful place to experience the change of seasons.

This Natural World was originally aired on November 7, 2013.

John Cooney has cancer and is receiving hospice care. He will no longer be creating Natural World segments. Listeners can send words of support to John and his wife Angela at klcc@klcc.org Cards can be sent to KLCC, 136 West 8th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401.

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Natural World
6:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Natural World: Chanterelles

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Recent Rains have created perfect conditions for mushroom gathering.  The forests of the Coast Range and Cascades are yielding an abundance of fungi.  The rainforest near Cougar Reservoir is a pleasant place to hunt.

This Natural World originally aired in October 2013.

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Natural World
6:00 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Natural World: Orcas Island

Orcas Island
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Seasonal change can be abrupt in the Pacific Northwest.  Without much warning a beautiful sunny day can be followed by a violent storm.  The San Juan Islands have, over time, been connected and isolated from the mainland.  This creates a unique, dynamic environment.

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Natural World
5:00 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Natural World: Snag Boat Bend

This summer was the warmest on record.  Life has retreated toward water.  This week world leaders are meeting to address Human caused climate change.

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Natural World
5:29 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Natural World: Rock Creek Wilderness

Rock Creek Wilderness is one of three small virgin coastal rainforest areas preserved by the Wilderness Act of 1984 on the Central Oregon Coast.  This meeting of land and sea is dramatic and inspiring.

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Natural World
5:36 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Natural World: Alsea Falls Trail

The Alsea River and its tributaries are one of the last free-flowing watersheds in Oregon.  This Coast Range hike offers a cool escape from the searing heat of summer.

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Natural World
6:35 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Natural World: Perigee Full Moon

A full moon that coincides with the moon's closest approach to earth is known as a "perigee full Moon" to astronomers or a "super Moon" to the media.  At this time the full moon is at its largest and brightest as viewed from earth.

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Natural World
6:41 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Natural World: Mary's Peak

The summit of Mary's Peak is an island refuge of a retreating Ice Age.  The sub-alpine plant communities found here are unique in the Coast Range.

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