plants and trees en-us Copyright © Mountain Lake PBS 2014. All rights reserved. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:10:24 GMT 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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