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First Aired - 02/28/2011 12:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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The Naturalist returns to the airwaves after a short break, and Carol A. Butler recaps her wonderful Winter NY Cruise. Tune in and learn more about the hidden natural world of New York City including some fun facts about seals and cormorants. Later in the show, Carol & Bernie preview some new projects and talk about the various eye functions of different birds and insects. This episode was sponsored by Route 11 Potato Chips / Tabard Inn. For more information visit www.TabardInn.com


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First Aired - 12/21/2009 12:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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On a "holiday" edition of The Naturalist, Bernie Wides gives us some well timed history on the winter solstice celebration.
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Bernie Wides, Heritage Radio Network, Bushwick, Roberta's, Tekserve, winter solstice, Yale University, what causes winter and summer?, everybody thought it was because of the distance between the Earth and the Sun, if that were true we would die, the sun is at the center of the solar system, Galileo Galilei, the axis of the Earth, its tilted 23 and a half degrees, summer occurs in the Northern Hemisphere when the axis points up, the sun does not move, ecliptic, four checkpoints, when the sun crosses from south to north it's the first day of spring, vernal equinox, when the sun reaches the furthest point north in the ecliptic its summer solstice, when it crosses the equator going back south its the autumnal equinox, when the sun goes furthest south on the ecliptic its the winter solstice,
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Northern Europe, wine and beer, holidays we celebrate are based on ancient holidays, cold and darkness, gatherings are valued for emotional comfort, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Russia, depressive psychological effect of winter, tied to cold, tiredness, inactivity, seasonal affective disorder, insufficient sunlight, melatonin, circadian rhythm, tanning salon, increased negative ion exposure, serotonin, traveling across time zones, jet lag, take melatonin to avoid this, Southern Africa, mid winter festivals, forever greens, large ongoing fires, evening physical excursion, dancing, drinking, singing, when we celebrate the holidays we are dealing with light, burma, Christmas, the timing was adopted from Pagan tradition, substituted festivals with religious overtones,

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Who doesn't want insider access? Napa Valley is famous for being America's ultimate wine destination and if you want the VIP experience - winter is the time to go!

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