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
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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Natural World
5:00 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Natural World: Winter

Winter weather has arrived in the Willamette Valley.  These new conditions are welcome by a great variety of plants and animals that are adapted to thrive in our moist, mild winters.

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Natural World
6:00 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Natural World: Autumn at Finley Wildlife Refuge

Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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.

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Natural World
6:00 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Natural World: Stonefield Beach

Stonefield Beach Wayside is an isolated section of beach south of Cape Perpetua.  Because of an abundance of food, areas like this were densely populated for many centuries.

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Natural World
6:53 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Natural World: Chanterelles

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.

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Natural World
4:53 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Natural World: Orcas Island

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

An evocative radio pastoral designed to transport you into the wilds of Western Oregon.  Listeners can e-mail host John Cooney at johncooney@msn.com

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ARCHIVED SHOWS previous to October 2013

 

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