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 May 14, 2013

Backdoor Dragon

Andy Wood

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. 

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

Tuesday Commentary
5:00 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Water—A Precious Resource

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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.

Tuesday Commentary
7:00 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Climate Metamorphosis

Andy Wood

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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'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

Andy Wood

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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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)

JD Wheaton Flickr Commons

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

Andy Wood

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.

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