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
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  Today much the the hustle and bustle of early city life has been replaced by agriculture.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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Natural World
5:09 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Natural World: Birds of Winter

Thus far it has been a dry and cold winter in the Pacific Northwest.  Some birds find the Oak savanna and the riparian woodland surrounding the Coast Fork of the Willamette a hospitable place to spend the winter months.

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Natural World
6:00 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Natural World: Big Freeze at the Marsh

A snowy field in West Eugene.
Credit Rachael McDonald

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
5:32 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Natural World: Cottonwood Floodplain Forest

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.

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