Natural World

Natural World Revisits Birds of Winter

Jan 1, 2015
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This Natural World was originally broadcast on January 2nd, 2014.

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.

Natural World: Revisits The Big Freeze at the Marsh

Dec 18, 2014
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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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.

Natural World: Great White Egrets At Fern Ridge

Nov 20, 2014
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John Cooney reports from Kirk Park just below Fern Ridge Dam. This episode was recorded in November 2013.

John Cooney died Wednesday, November 19th of lung cancer. He was at home surrounded by family. A memorial service is being planned.

 

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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.

 11/19/14 - KLCC has lost one of our family today. 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. A memorial service is being planned.

 

Natural World: Chanterelles

Oct 23, 2014
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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.

Natural World: Orcas Island

Oct 9, 2014
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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.

Natural World: Snag Boat Bend

Sep 25, 2014

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

Natural World: Rock Creek Wilderness

Sep 11, 2014

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.

Natural World: Alsea Falls Trail

Aug 28, 2014

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.

Natural World: Mary's Peak

Jul 31, 2014

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.

Natural World: Berggren Watershed Conservation Area

Jul 17, 2014

Nearly all of the meandering back channels in the Willamette Basin have been drained and filled to create more agricultural land.  Unfortunately, this vanishing habitat is critical for the survival of a number of indigenous species.

Natural World: Great Snakes!

Jul 3, 2014

Early summer can be blustery in the Pacific Northwest.  Our native snakes have emerged from hibernation and are out hunting for a meal.  These cold-blooded animals often need to bask in the sun to bring their bodies up to a temperature that allows them to function efficiently.

Natural World: Horse Rock Ridge

Jun 19, 2014

Horse Rock Ridge sits at the bald summit of the Coburg Hills.  This time of year the wildflower show is spectacular.

Natural World: Cosumnes River Preserve

Jun 5, 2014

The Cosumnes River is the only remaining large undammed river flowing into California's Great Central Valley.  The Nature Conservancy, along with other conservation and government groups have preserved 46,000 acres near the river's confluence with the Mokolumne River, south of Sacramento. 

Natural World: Intertidal Life

May 22, 2014

Extreme tides reveal a world of unfamiliar plants and animals.

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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.

Natural World: Swifts at Agate Hall

Apr 24, 2014
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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.

Natural World: Goshen Fossil Bed

Mar 26, 2014

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.

Natural World: McCartney Landing

Mar 12, 2014
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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.

Natural World: Early Signs of Spring on the Marsh

Feb 27, 2014

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.

Natural World: Big Freeze at the Marsh

Dec 19, 2013
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.

Natural World: Cottonwood Floodplain Forest

Dec 5, 2013

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.

Natural World: Winter

Nov 21, 2013

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.

Natural World: Autumn at Finley Wildlife Refuge

Nov 7, 2013
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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.

Natural World: Stonefield Beach

Oct 24, 2013

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.

Natural World: Chanterelles

Oct 9, 2013

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.