plants and trees en-us Copyright © Mountain Lake PBS 2014. All rights reserved. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:59:00 GMT LISTEN: Finding Common Ferns I've been seeing lots of ferns lately, and maybe you have, too. Most are tricky to identify. Still, there are three big common ones that are easy to know: the bracken, the interrupted, and the cinnamon.

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LISTEN: On The Beech Frankly, they suck. And while they suck, they inadvertently introduce fungi into the inner bark. Listen here and meet the Bonny and Clyde of the beech tree decline: a hyperfeminine aphid and a lethal fungus.

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LISTEN: The Secret Life Of Pollen Snort it and sneeze, but don't hate it. Pollen, each grain essentially a plant sperm and some other odds and ends wrapped up in a sturdy waterproof container, makes the world go 'round.

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LISTEN: Birches in Winter Like you, I note birch trees when I'm out walking, even when I'm not looking for them. What makes it easy? Listen and learn what those dash-like markings on birch trunks are, and how to tell one birch from the next.

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LISTEN: A Brush With Nightshade Done anything stupid lately? As much as it pains me to admit it, I have. I've eaten wild foods all my life and never made a mistake identifying them. Until now.

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LISTEN: The Fruits of Winter Some winter days, I wouldn't mind being called a sour puss. My puss is sour because I have a longstanding habit of picking highbush cranberries when I'm out for walks.

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Undead Zombie Flowers of Skunk Cabbage! SUNY Plattsburgh’s Dr. Rachel Schultz teams up with former faculty member Dr. Chris Martine for a video about a wetlands plant known as skunk cabbage.

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LISTEN: Willows in Springtime PODCAST - All Things Natural with Ed Kanze: Willows in Springtime. They’re everywhere and they’re nowhere. As far as most of us are concerned they’re invisible. I’m speaking of our native willows.

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