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 7.20.24

Today on NATURE NEWS, Dan and Carlton discuss a new State Park planned for the Asheville area, Dan has an interesting close encounter with a mother black bear and her cubs, summer silk moths, and more.


Nature News 7.13.24

Today on NATURE NEWS, Dan and Carlton broadcast from Etowah Park in Transylvania County and discuss cicadas, japanese beetles, katydids, and also some reports from outside the local region concerning spotted owls vs barred owls in the Pacific northwest


Nature News 7.6.24

Carlton Burke and Dan Lazar report on some new scientific taxonomy information concerning armadillos, a Roadkill Report, fawns and baby birds, and more


Nature News 6.29.24

Carlton Burke and Dan Lazar take a hike in Pisgah National Forest and discuss what they see along the way


Nature News 6.22.24

Host Carlton Burke discusses what to do when finding baby birds and fawns  in the woods this time of year, also Two Roadkill Reports, listener questions on rabbits and snakes, and much more.