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.

Seeing Green

Aug 30, 2011

"In Brunswick County, there's a community..."

Wilmington NC –

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

 

Narrowmouth Chorus

Aug 16, 2011

"It was glorious watching the rain..."

Wilmington NC –

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

 

A Turtle's Tool

Aug 2, 2011

"I was recently visiting with an old friend..."

Wilmington NC –

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

 

The Juniper Road Fire

Aug 1, 2011

"I'm sensitive about lightning in times of drought..."

Wilmington NC –

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

 

Invertebrate Justice

Jul 19, 2011

Charlotte was a slender young spider when she moved to our porch...

Wilmington NC –

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

 

Cowbirds

May 3, 2011

"Cowbird brood parasitism is likely an adaptation to living in the American Great Plains."

Wilmington, NC –

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

 

"The great backyard bird count is a volunteer-based science project designed so that people of all bird-watching skills can contribute their knowledge to scientists..."

Wilmington NC –

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

 

World Wetlands Day

Feb 1, 2011

"The word 'wetland' conjures many images for me because wetlands come in many forms..."

Wilmington NC –

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

 

Snowfall

Jan 18, 2011

"My home sits surrounded by open long leaf pine savanna, and when I looked out at what has become a familiar sight, I was immediately disoriented..."

Wilmington, NC –

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

 

Misidentification

Jan 4, 2011

"It was with a wholesome piece of humble pie that I admit I misidentified a bird during a recent and important Christmas bird count..."

Wilmington NC –

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

 

Christmas Bird Count

Dec 21, 2010

"The Christmas Bird Count is structured into survey areas called count circles, each 15 miles in diameter..."

Wilmington NC –

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

 

Lizard Thermometer

Dec 7, 2010

"Hanging from an overhead joist of my little work shed at home is a twiggy, leafless piece of a crepe myrtle branch..."

Wilmington, NC –

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

 

Woodpeckers

Nov 23, 2010

"My heart skipped a beat when I realized the tapping was coming from a special tree not far from our house, where a rare little bird has begun work on his own house..."

Wilmington NC –

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

 

Mosquito Season

Oct 25, 2010

"Considering we have now had two five hundred year rain storms in the past eleven years, the drought of 2007-2010 may not be of truly millennial significance..."

Wilmington NC –

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

 

Drought

Sep 15, 2010

"Back in June, a month that saw only one day below 90 degrees in our region, I saw signs of drought stress..."

Wilmington NC –

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

 

Sulphur Butterflies

Aug 31, 2010

"...when we will again enjoy bright yellow butterflies flitting across a late summer, early autumn landscape."

Wilmington NC –

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

 

Turtle Eggs

Aug 17, 2010

"My vigil ended on the morning of August 10th, when, without fanfare, I peered in on the eggs to see a pair of bright and shining hatchling box turtle eyes..."

Wilmington NC – "My vigil ended on the morning of August 10th, when, without fanfare, I peered in on the eggs to see a pair of bright and shining hatchling box turtle eyes..."

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

 

Hands Across the Sands

Jul 6, 2010

"...And walking to the meeting site, I couldn't help but think about similar beaches to out south, along the Gulf of Mexico."

Wilmington NC –

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

 

World Ocean Day, Tainted

Jun 8, 2010

"His note read like an old-time telegram, and I quote: 'I am sick over this; on vessel 13 miles south Dauphin Island this pm; it is weathered oil thick like molasses; my soul has been damaged.'"

Wilmington, NC –

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

 

Oil Spill

May 11, 2010

"Now is not the time for environmental or political gamesmanship. Nobody hopes for such an event as this."

Wilmington, NC –

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

 

El Ni?o and Frogs

May 3, 2010

"After two solid drought years that saw rain pools dry through our frog breeding seasons, 2010 is sure to be a bumper year for what must certainly be a bunch of pent-up amphibians."

Wilmington, NC –

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

 

Arbor Day: Birds & Trees

May 3, 2010

"Cardinals are woodland songbirds that begin their singing at the first hint of morning's light."

Wilmington, NC –

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

 

Christmas Bird Count

Jan 4, 2010

"We are collecting data about the presence of birds in early winter because birds tell us much about the changing face of our world. We know, for example, that many birds are now found further north in winter than just 40 years ago, testimony to a warming climate trend."

Andy shares his experience with this year's Christmas Bird Count.

"Outdoor exploration requires focused attention so it's best to leave distracting toys behind (yes, I refer to electronic games and other gizmos, which actually serve to disconnect children from the world around them)."

In the spirit of Winter Solstice, the heralding time of Spring, commentator Andy Wood has some suggestions for gift giving this time of year, that might help children, and adults, to connect with nature, especially outdoors.

Gillnets

Nov 2, 2009

"The sad truth about gillnets is they catch and kill animals indiscriminately, including undersized and non-target fishes, along with sea turtles, waterbirds and marine mammals."

Wilmington, NC – I was recently visiting Cedar Key, a coastal community on the Gulf Coast of Florida where I saw firsthand evidence of how well a community can adapt to change by escaping the economic trap of "business as usual."

Flying Ants

Oct 4, 2009

"The fire ants I was watching, also called imported fire ants, have origins in South America and they are more aggressive and invasive than our native fire ants."

Wilmington, NC – Following more than a week of off and on rainfall, some of it substantial, a change in the weather seemed to be in the making as I was taking an account of some wet places around my property.

Sulphur Butterflies

Sep 21, 2009

"After hatching, the larvae carry the flow of energy once again, hopefully to the fruition that we are now seeing and enjoying in the form of bright yellow sulphurs, along with other butterflies, flitting across an autumn landscape."

The rancor in town hall meetings during our legislator's August recess has reached a fever pitch, and I truly hope people will take time to separate fact from fiction, especially in discussions about climate and energy legislation.

Call Me an Optimist

Jul 12, 2009

An era of green inventions is now upon us...

Wilmington, NC – Commentator Andy Wood needed something to renew in him a sense of optimism, and he found it, in an up and coming generation of biologists...

"When a growing population of an apex predator such as the bald eagle started to prey on a finite population of cormorant, the predictable result has been a decline in the number of local cormorants surviving to adulthood."

Wilmington, NC – A beautiful seabird called the cormorant has seen a reduction in its population, at the hands of a larger predatory bird, the bald eagle. This is problem, not only for the cormorant, but for the fate of the eagle as well.

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