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.

Fox Squirrel

Nov 5, 2007

Andy Wood finds comfort in the natural setting he's chosen to live in.

Wilmington, NC – Living within a long leaf pine ecosystem offers Andy Wood endless opportunity for nature observation, including some that offer curatives for what ails him.

Bird Survey

Oct 22, 2007
Northern Harrier

Andy Wood describes a recent bird survey at the Mason Inlet Waterbird Management Area.

Wilmington, NC – Throughout the year, Audubon staff and volunteers visit the north end of Wrightsville Beach to conduct bird surveys in and around the Mason Inlet Waterbird Management Area.

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Sep 24, 2007

Andy considers the ancient migratory patterns of birds.

As the annual fall migration of birds begins, commentator Andy Wood thinks about how our human civilization may be affecting it.

Drought

Sep 11, 2007

Andy Wood discusses the current drought of North Carolina.

Wilmington, NC – The drought of 2007 is what we will call it some years from now, but according to commentator Andy Wood, we may be able to look back on this period with wonder at nature's resilience.

Commentator Andy Wood had a chilling view of our nation from an airplane.

Wilmington, NC – Perspective is a wonderful thing, especially while flying cross-country at 30,000 feet in the air...as commentator Andy Wood recently experienced.

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Aug 13, 2007

garden spiders at work

This past week commentator Andy Wood watched two garden spiders at work capturing their prey.

Mud Daubers!!

Jul 30, 2007

You do NOT want to be hunted by one of these buggers.

Wilmington, NC – Commentator Andy Wood was examining a small rain pool near his house when he chanced upon a construction crew busy at work...

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Jul 2, 2007

Commentator Andy Wood considers the survival status of the bald eagle.

07/02/07 – Commentator and naturalist Andy Wood wonders why the government wants to take the bald eagle off the endangered species list.

State of the Birds

Jun 18, 2007

Andy Wood talks to us about the waning songbird population and the consequences this will have on our lives.

Wilmington, NC – Last week the National Audubon Society released a state of the birds report. The purpose was to draw attention to many bird species' rapidly disappearing population, with the hopes of reversing it. Commentator Andy Wood works for the National Audubon Society, and he has all the details.

Running Low on Resources

Jun 4, 2007

Commentator Andy Wood discusses Earth's dwindling resources.

Wilmington, NC – Commentator Andy Wood has been watching water tables in his yard and studying a bit of history, and has pieced together a little framework to help understand how we keep coming up resource-short.

Doodlebugs

May 7, 2007

Commentator Andy Wood talks about doodlebugs, more correctly known as ant-lions.

Wilmington, NC – The spring drought we are experiencing may be a boon to a curious little insect that goes by the popular name of doodlebug.

Earth Day!

Apr 23, 2007

Commentator Andy Wood talks about small rare birds in honor of Earth Day.

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Warm Spring

Apr 9, 2007

Commentator Andy Wood remarks on are unusually warm weather this spring.

04/09/07 – The UN has released its latest report on global warming. Commentator Andy Wood wonders if our unusually warm spring is part of it.

spring turtle

Mar 12, 2007

Naturalist Andy Wood finds a box turtle fresh out of hibernation.

Naturalist Andy Wood encounters a box turtle fresh out of hibernation.

mudminnow

Feb 14, 2007

Andy tells us about the enigmatic little mudminnow fish.

Andy Wood explains some of the mysteries surrounding the little mudminnow fish.

switchgrass

Jan 29, 2007

Naturalist Any Wood explores the potential of switchgrass for creating ethanol.

Naturalist Andy Wood considers the potential od switchgrass for creating alternative fuel.

Bomber Beetles

Nov 10, 2006

Some curious little beetle climbed up near commentator Andy Wood recently, leaving him thinking about the little creature.

Wilmington, NC – Andy Wood is education director for Audubon North Carolina.

Here Come The Toads!

Oct 23, 2006

The sudden arrival of a very small amphibian around local small ponds can be traced back to Tropical Storm Ernesto and our wet autumn, says commentator Andy Wood.

Wilmington, NC – Andy Wood is education director at Audubon North Carolina.

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Commentator Andy Wood was recently on the road traveling to and from a small rocky island off the coast of Maine when he witnessed monarch butterflies in the midst of their annual migration.

Wilmington, NC – Andy Wood is education director for Audubon North Carolina.

Remembering 9/11

Sep 13, 2006

As we mark five years since the attacks on 9/11, commentator Andy Wood goes back to that time when nature both comforted him and reminded him how vulnerable we are.

Wilmington, NC – Andy Wood is education director for Audubon North Carolina.

Remembering 9/11

Sep 12, 2006

Wilmington, NC – Andy Wood is education director for Audbon North Carolina.

Lessons Learned?

Aug 27, 2006
NOAA

It has been one year since the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, and commentator Andy Wood wonders if we have learned enough from the experience.

Wilmington, NC – Andy Wood is education director for Audubon North Carolina.

The Golden Silk Spider

Aug 14, 2006

Commentator Andy Wood was outside looking at a heat-stressed dogwood in his yard when he was called away to look at a spider suspended from the rearview mirror of his son's car.

Wilmington, NC – Andy Wood is education director for Audubon North Carolina.

Last week commentator Andy Wood took a trip to Brunswick County with his son Robin and his son's friend Aaron in search of a rare bird that has been hanging around the marshes behind Sunset Beach.

Wilmington, NC – Andy Wood is education director for Audubon North Carolina.

About two weeks ago, commentator Andy Wood had a small yet very colorful spider take up residence right outside his front door.

Wilmington, NC – Andy Wood is education director for Audubon North Carolina.

Ants on the Beach

Jun 19, 2006

Commentator Andy Wood was on the beach last week following that period of unsettled weather, and discovered a world view while walking the beach's tidal strand line.

Wilmington, NC – Andy Wood is education director for Audubon North Carolina

When a band of severe lightening storms passed through the area a few weeks back. Commentator Andy Wood found himself spellbound by the light show.

Wilmington, NC – Andy Wood is education director for Audubon North Carolina.

A Turtle in the Cooler

May 8, 2006

When WHQR commentator Andy Wood pulled into his driveway and parked, he was greeted with a surprise in the form of a very disconsolate reptile in a bucket.

Wilmington, NC – Andy Wood remains Education Director for Audubon North Carolina.

Andy Wood was at his desk at home when his older son Robin burst in with a great excuse for a distraction.

Wilmington, NC – Andy WOod is education director for Audubon North Carolina.

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