Andy Wood

Commentator

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.

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Tuesday Commentary
7:00 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Climate Metamorphosis

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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.

Tuesday Commentary
7:00 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Invasive Species

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Andy's Commentary, "Invasive Species"

'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.  

Tuesday Commentary
7:00 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Frankenstorm

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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.

COMMENTARIES HERE ON WHQR DON'T NECESSARILY REFLECT THE VIEWS OF WHQR RADIO, ITS EDITORIAL STAFF, OR ITS MEMBERS.

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Tuesday Commentary
10:42 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Porch Frogs

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.

COMMENTARIES HERE ON WHQR DON’T NECESSARILY REFLECT THE VIEWS OF WHQR RADIO, ITS EDITORIAL STAFF, OR ITS MEMBERS.

Tuesday Commentary
3:41 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

The Ugly Duckling (well, caterpillar)

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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. 

Tuesday Commentary
8:00 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Beryl Blessing

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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.

Tuesday Commentary
8:00 am
Tue April 24, 2012

A Note from Your Environmental Health Care Provider

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.

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Tuesday Commentary
10:00 am
Sun March 25, 2012

Azalea Blooms

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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.

Tuesday Commentary
7:00 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Spider Senses

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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."

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Tuesday Commentary
6:00 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Here's to 25 More Years!

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.

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