John Cooney

Natural World Host

John Cooney has been a volunteer at KLCC since 1979.  His current work on Natural World began in 1999. 

Listen to archived shows previous to October 2013 here.

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Natural World
12:01 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Natural World: Intertidal Life

Extreme tides reveal a world of unfamiliar plants and animals.

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Natural World
7:48 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Natural World: Last Remnant of the Wetland Prairie

The endangered Fender's Blue Butterfly at Willow Creek Nature Preserve.
Credit Matthew Benotsch / The Nature Conservancy

Willow Creek Nature Preserve is one of the last relatively intact examples remaining of Willamette Valley wetland prairie habitat.  The plants and animals found here have been living together for centuries.  Many cannot survive outside of this environment.

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Natural World
5:37 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Natural World: Swifts at Agate Hall

Swifts entering the chimney at Agate Hall in Eugene.
Credit wikimedia commons

During spring and fall migrations Vaux's Swifts have been using the tall chimney at Agate hall for an evening roost.  How these birds know where to congregate remains a mystery.  The evening spectacle when they enter the chimney is easily accessible to anyone taking the time to observe.

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Natural World
4:35 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Natural World: Early Spring in the Water Garden

Early spring in Western Oregon is often wet, cold and windy.  As soon as temperatures begin to warm you can almost feel the rush to grow and claim sunlight in the riparian forest.

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Natural World
3:33 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Natural World: Goshen Fossil Bed

Drastic changes in climate have occurred many times in Earth's history.  There is direct fossil evidence of global cooling that took place 35 million years ago, when a tropical climate shifted to a temperate one.

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Natural World
4:43 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Natural World: McCartney Landing

McCartney County Park and Boat Ramp.
Credit www.linnparks.com

Upriver towns in the valley depended on the Willamette River for a connection to the outside world for decades before the railroads were built.  Today much the the hustle and bustle of early city life has been replaced by agriculture.  Periodic flooding has taught people to remove permanent structures from the floodplain.

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Natural World
6:00 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Natural World: Early Signs of Spring on the Marsh

The earliest signs of spring can be observed at the marsh.  The return of Turkey Vultures, Tree Swallows and the amorous croaking of Pacific Tree Frogs signal the retreat of winter.

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Natural World
5:40 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Natural World: Freezing Rain

A snowy winter storm has, once again, blanketed the southern Willamette Valley.  Freezing rain has followed in its wake, causing tree branches to snap and fall.  The valley's creatures struggle to survive during these extreme weather events.

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Natural World
5:10 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Natural World: Central Coast Sunset

A ridge of high pressure has created freezing, overcast weather in the valley, while the Oregon Coast is sunny and warm.  A large pod of Gray Whales are easily visible, as they pass at sunset.

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Natural World
6:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Natural World: Starlings

Agriculture has changed the character of the Willamette Valley significantly.  There is much less diversity.  Introduced species and surviving natives have formed a new order and a balance of sorts.

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