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
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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 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

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.