Andy Wood


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.


Monday Commentary
12:28 pm
Mon November 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."

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Monday Commentary
4:19 pm
Sun October 4, 2009

Flying Ants

"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.

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Monday Commentary
4:05 pm
Mon September 21, 2009

Sulphur Butterflies

"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."

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Monday Commentary
9:55 am
Mon August 24, 2009

Climate Legislation is Needed Now

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.

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Monday Commentary
4:53 pm
Sun July 12, 2009

Call Me an Optimist

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...

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Monday Commentary
3:06 pm
Mon June 1, 2009

Plight of the Great Cormorant

"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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Monday Commentary
4:00 pm
Sun May 17, 2009


"Once secured this way, the ant-lion injects digestive juices into its prey and sucks the animal dry before casting the empty corpse up and out of the pit trap."

You don't have to go too far to find some of the most interesting creatures on Earth.

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Monday Commentary
2:46 pm
Fri May 1, 2009

Bird Nesting Season

"It's best to observe young birds from a distance and not intervene because birds know best about rearing their babies... Hands-off is the best policy when it comes to birds."

It's May and that means bird nesting season. Almost everywhere you look, from bare sandy beaches, to dense shrub and forest habitat, and even on and around our homes and businesses, birds are busying themselves with nest making, egg laying and baby rearing.

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Monday Commentary
1:08 pm
Sun April 19, 2009

Earth Day

"Sea level rise, melting glaciers, fluctuating weather patterns and shifting ecosystems are all pieces of a complex puzzle being reassembled by a changing planet. And with these changes comes opportunity for our own renewal."

Wilmington, NC – This April marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, a celebration of planet Earth that began as an awareness-building campaign with teach-ins at schools and other public places around the country.

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Monday Commentary
10:15 am
Sun February 22, 2009

Recap: The Great Backyard Bird Count

The endangered red-cockaded woodpecker

"...I guess there were some ten to twenty thousand (robins and red-winged blackbirds) in all... it was an awesome spectacle."

Wilmington, NC – The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual winter event designed to connect bird watchers to the science that goes into bird conservation, and it seems to be working. It took place over President's Day weekend. View the statistics here.

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