Nature News

Every Saturday on WTZQ at 7am you can listen to Nature News with Carlton Burke and Dan Lazar.

Naturalist and educator Carlton Burke lives in Mills River, NC where he operates an educational service called “Carolina Mountain Naturalists” which specializes in presenting live animal and nature programs and displays for area schools, summer camps, and many other organizations. Carlton was also on staff for over 25 years as the Curator of Exhibits at the Western North Carolina Nature Center in Asheville, NC. He is also a state and federally licensed wildlife rehabilitator and can be heard each Saturday morning co-hosting NATURE NEWS, a local, hour-long radio program, featuring news from the natural world around the western NC region.

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The past month’s Nature News programs are below:

Nature News Podcasts


Nature News 4.20.24

Today, spring wildflowers and tree blooms, an unusual Roadkill Report story from Carlton, spring hummingbirds have arrived, Dan’s Ode to a Wild Turkey poem, and more


Nature News 4.13.24

Today on Nature News, Dan Lazar reports on his observations of the recent solar eclipse from Cleveland, Ohio, an area of totality, spring wildflowers, hummingbird sighting by one of our listeners, information about baby great horned owls, and much more


Nature News 4.6.24

On today’s program, host Carlton Burke has some do’s and don’ts for hummingbirds, some spring wildflower reports, discussion of tent caterpillars, an update on the upcoming solar eclipse and more


Nature News 3.30.24

On today’s program, host Carlton Burke  strolls the yard outside at the Nature News studio commented on spring topics such as wildflowers, birds, nesting boxes, and more


Nature News 3.23.24

News today about spring wildflowers, toads, bluebirds,hummingbirds, bounty program in Henderson County for removing Bradford Pear trees,and more