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
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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Monday Commentary
1:09 pm
Sun February 8, 2009

Earth Snake

"When not hiding under logs and other debris, earth snakes burrow amid leaf litter with the aid of their rather pointed snout."

A new trend is growing in communities across our nation with more and more people turning to gardening as a means to reduce food costs, and for some, home gardening can provide assurance of pesticide-free fruits and vegetables. There are lessons a simple garden can offer.

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Monday Commentary
12:40 pm
Sun January 25, 2009

Rare Predators in the Snow

"Calling (the Venus' Fly Trap) rare is an understatement any time of year; but rarest indeed is a fly trap surrounded by snow."

Wilmington, NC – Snow is a rare treat in this part of the world, and it is a great excuse to wander around outdoors when cold temperatures might dictate otherwise.

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Monday Commentary
10:28 am
Sun January 11, 2009

Micro Moths

"I have long fancied the moths...their great diversity of color, size and shape, especially the tiniest among them, make for interesting observation and study."

Wilmington, NC – The wonders of nature come in all shapes and sizes.

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Monday Commentary
3:45 pm
Sun December 28, 2008

Signs of Spring

"I encourage each of us, if you have not already, to step outside and revel, as the wrens do, in this New Year splendor and promise."

Wilmington, NC – With much of our nation locked in the grip of wintry weather, commentator Andy Wood took a stroll in search of spring and found just what he was hoping for.

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Monday Commentary
2:28 pm
Sun December 14, 2008

Happy Solstice and Welcome Spring

"Many leading economists now see green as the new silver and gold and they envision an economic upswing resulting from new technologies that create chambers of commerce and employment, based on, of all things, efficiency."

Wilmington, NC – As 2008 draws to a close, commentator Andy Wood has a few thoughts to offer for 2009, and beyond.

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Monday Commentary
12:19 pm
Mon November 17, 2008

Monster of the Pond

The Giant Water Bug

"(The Giant Water Bug)...stabs, then injects its victim with venomous saliva that liquefies muscle and organs that the bug later sucks out, as if its prey were little more than a "slurpy."

Wilmington, NC – Soon after a drenching rain last week, commentator Andy Wood wandered down to see what the rain added to a small pond he dug on his property last winter that he hopes will serve as a nursery for a rare amphibian called the Carolina gopher frog.

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Monday Commentary
2:23 pm
Mon November 3, 2008

Indian Pipe

"Indian pipe bears a striking resemblance to a 16th century smoker's clay pipe."

Andy Wood advises that when shaping the communities of the 21st century, our elected officials should look no further than the pipe.

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Monday Commentary
3:21 pm
Sun September 7, 2008

The Time to Conserve Energy is NOW

"Making fun of changing light bulbs from incandescent to fluorescent, or keeping car tires properly inflated, is not helpful and is actually damaging to our economy."

Wilmington, NC – Commentator Andy Wood is education curator for Audubon North Carolina and author of "Backyard Carolina," a collection of his WHQR commentaries.

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