Andy Wood

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Andy Wood, a WHQR commentator since February 1987, is an ecologist and conservation educator with an affinity for ecosystem habitats in and around southeastern North Carolina, and the plants, wildlife, and people they support. A collection of Andy’s commentaries is collected into his first book, Backyard Carolina: Two Decades of Public Radio Commentary.

Autumn Migration

Oct 7, 2014
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For the past week, commentator Andy Wood has been watching a songbird that has been using his yard as a rest stop during its southbound autumn migration.

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award-winning environmental educator.  He has been sharing his natural history thoughts and observations on WHQR for 27 years. 

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff , or its members.

See What We Want To See

Aug 5, 2014
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There is a saying that goes something to the effect of, “we see what we want to see, and we hear what we want to hear.”  Commentator Andy Wood finds himself vulnerable to this predisposition.

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award-winning environmental educator.

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff , or its members.

Deer Flies

Jul 8, 2014
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Following this year’s early visit from Hurricane Arthur, commentator Andy Wood thought about another sort of timing: this year’s late arrival of the deer fly population.

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award-winning environmental educator.

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff , or its members.

Pine Wood Tree Frogs

May 6, 2014
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  Last week's heavy weather swept up the Atlantic seaboard bringing storms and rain to our region; encouraging frogs to sing from their spring time breeding pools.  Commentator Andy Wood ventured into a rain flooded pocosin, recorder in hand, to get a closer listen. 

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award winning environmental educator.

WHQR commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

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Commentator Andy Wood speaks for many when he says the last couple of days have been glorious, and none more than the cold-blooded reptiles, otherwise known as sliders and cooters. 

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award-winning environmental educator.

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff , or its members.

Purple Pitcher Plant

Feb 11, 2014
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Commentator Andy Wood steps outside during last week's ice storm to explore a boggy place where several carnivorous plants dwell.

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award-winning environmental educator.

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff , or its members.

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Following one of his commentaries last April, on the subject of managing water as an essential natural resource, someone asked via this station’s website, “Andy, what’s the solution?” As we enter 2014, commentator Andy Wood offers these thoughts regarding the imperative issue of wise resource management.

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award-winning environmental educator.

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff , or its members.

Green Lynx Spider

Sep 10, 2013
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Our commentator and naturalist, Andy Wood recently observed another real-life natural drama in his own backyard.

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award-winning environmental educator.

You can hear more from Andy and our other commentators at our website: WHQR-DOT-ORG. Just click on “Commentary.

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff , or its members.

The Resilience of Frogs

Aug 13, 2013
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Abundant rains in 2013 have been a boon to frogs that use rain-filled ponds as nurseries for their tadpoles. Commentator, Andy Wood asks: Does the resilience of frogs have something to offer us as we plan for an unpredictable future?

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award-winning environmental educator.

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff , or its members.

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The recent poaching of a number of wild Venus fly traps from the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden has Commentator Andy Wood thinking about what has actually been stolen. Something precious has been invaded--our wild home--and Andy Wood thinks the incentive to protect that space is high.

Commentaries here on WHQR.org do not necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Public Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

Backdoor Dragon

May 14, 2013
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Few of us consider the day-to-day struggle for survival taking place around us—from mice dodging cats under houses to flies writhing in spider webs. The struggle continues in today’s commentary with our environmental expert, Andy Wood. 

Do you have an environmental question for Andy Wood? Leave it in the comment box below this post, and he will be sure to get back to you. 

Commentaries here on WHQR.org do not necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Public Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

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We turn on taps and it appears, jump into sparkling pools and it catches us. Too little can dry us into husks and too much can drown us. Water--life on Earth simply would not be without it, yet Commentator Andy Wood suggests we think too little of one of our most precious resources. In this commentary, he helps us get more familiar with that essential liquid and challenges us to learn more. 

Commentaries here on WHQR.org don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Public Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

Climate Metamorphosis

Jan 29, 2013
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Warm winter days might be  a welcomed treat for beach-goers, but for other, tinier Port City residents, they can be a real bugger. Commentator Andy Wood highlights the trouble with these warm days and cold snaps through the life of one brave pupa.

Commentaries here on WHQR.org do not necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

Invasive Species

Dec 4, 2012
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'Tis the season for holiday cheer--a time to celebrate new friends of all stripes. But there's a Port City inhabitant that most would rather not slide up to the dinner table. Like it or not, he could already be on his way. Commentator Andy Wood illuminates the debate over this invasive guest--the Burmese python.

Commentaries here on WHQR.org don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.  

Frankenstorm

Oct 30, 2012

The Halloween weather dubbed "Frankenstorm" has not yet left its full mark on a region still recovering from the aftermath of last year's Hurricane Irene. Commentary Andy Wood ponders the metaphor this storm provides.

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Porch Frogs

Aug 20, 2012

Commentator Andy Wood kicks back on a hot summer night and enjoys the soundtrack of sunset, as interpreted by hungry porch frogs humming about the colorful food chain in the yard.

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Commentator Andy Wood is a lover of all creatures, great and small. One small creature, the hornworm, is too great a lover of his tomatoes--destroying entire plants without mercy. Yet Andy still finds a reason to appreciate the dreaded glutton: it turns into a moth of immense beauty. 

Beryl Blessing

Jun 5, 2012
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One year ago, our area was parched and thirsty for rain following a rather dry winter, which came on the heels of a dry fall, and a hot (and, you guessed it) dry summer. It was so dry that when lightning struck a tree in Holly Shelter Game Land on June 19th, 2011, not only did a wildfire erupt to engulf trees and shrubs, the 30,000-acre fire also consumed the soil in which the plants were rooted.

With the 42nd Annual Earth Day just behind us, Commentator Andy Wood has been thinking about not just the health of our planet, but of its people.

Azalea Blooms

Mar 25, 2012
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With the Azalea Festival still weeks away, the celebrated flower is already in full bloom. Commentator Andy Wood suggests that this unseasonably early blossoming might have a good deal to say about climate change.

Spider Senses

Feb 28, 2012
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Peter Parker may have been the first to make that trademark tingling sense of danger popular, but he was not the first to flex his "spider senses."

Here's to 25 More Years!

Feb 7, 2012

When Andy Wood walked into WHQR's headquarters on Greenfield St. twenty-five years ago, he only wanted to record a few public service announcements.

When Birds Attack...

Jan 17, 2012
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When a local homeowner asked Commentator Andy Wood  for help with a tufted titmouse attacking her window, he wondered if there were others in the community facing a similar problem.

The Kiss of Mistletoe

Dec 6, 2011
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Mistletoe has been  a staple of the Christmas season for as long as we all can remember.

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For the typical American, Thanksgiving conjures up images of pilgrims, Indians, and Turkeys browning in the oven.

Global Awareness

Nov 8, 2011
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The wealth of  sometimes contradicting information about the health of our environment can be overwhelming.

Squirrely Like a Fox

Oct 25, 2011

"Not since the winds of hurricane Irene..."

The Big Year

Oct 15, 2011

"The Big Year has to be a refreshing..."

Wilmington NC –

Andy Wood is Education Director for Audubon North Carolina and author of Backyard Carolina, a collection of his WHQR commentaries.

 

The fire burned through more...

Wilmington NC –

Andy Wood is Education Director for Audubon North Carolina and author of Backyard Carolina, a collection of his WHQR commentaries.

 

Post-Irene Beaches

Sep 13, 2011

"When Sandy and I arrived at the beach..."

Wilmington NC –

Andy Wood is Education Director for Audubon North Carolina and author of Backyard Carolina, a collection of his WHQR commentaries.

 

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