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 10/22/21

Dan Lazar and Carlton Burke take an autumn walk in the woods at the NC Arboretum in Asheville, NC

Nature News 10/16/21

Dan Lazar and Carlton Burke walk along the path by Cane Creek in Bill Moore Community Park in Fletcher, NC and comment on their various nature observations

Nature News 10/9/21

Dan Lazar and Carlton Burke record their program today at Mills River Park where they discuss various seasonal topics including a recent bear/human/dog incident in the Asheville area, migration of hummingbirds, monarch butterflies and others, Carlton identifies some animal scat found at

Nature News 10/2/21

Dan Lazar and Carlton Burke report today on migrating birds, upcoming predictions for fall color, caterpillars, and spiders, and much more

Nature News 9/25/21

Dan Lazar and Carlton Burke walk on an old logging road trail of Pisgah National Forest off Yellow Gap Road to visit the site of an old clear cut from back in the 1970’s.