Nature

Up To Date
10:36 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Fighting Off Allergies

Pollen is just one of the perpetrators of seasonal allergies, as 'Up to Date' host Steve Kraske well knows.
Credit Brooke Novak / Flickr-CC

There's one topic that keeps on giving year after year: allergies. From seasonal, to year-round, gluten to peanuts, allergies affect over 65 million people in the United States alone.

In the first segment of Thursday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske discusses all things mold, pollen, and food protein with Dr. Jay Portnoy​, who heads the allergy and asthma department at Children's Mercy Hospital.

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Central Standard
12:35 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Precariousness For Pollinators: Monarch Butterflies & Honeybees In Decline

Insect ecologist Chip Taylor gets up close and personal with monarch butterflies.
Credit Catherine L. Sherman and Monarch Watch

Insect ecologist Chip Taylor is a friend to both the monarch butterfly and the honeybee. He's been tracking monarchs and restoring their habitats since 1992. And he's worked with bees in French Guiana, Venezuela and Mexico.

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Central Standard
5:33 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Nature In The City: Autumn Is Here

Credit changr / Flickr - CC

It's starting to actually feel like fall. Daylight is slipping away sooner, mornings are brisk and nights are chilly. As the temperature starts to cool, leaves start to slowly change to those beautiful warm colors of yellow, orange and red and will soon fall to the ground. Critters scamper about preparing for who knows what kind of winter. From bird migrations, strange insects, frog populations and more, autumn is certainly making her place in Kansas City. 

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Trekking The Trails

Christine Byl, author of Dirt Work, has worked in Glacier National Park, Denali National Park and Prince William Sound.

Building bridges, swinging an axe and living in a yurt are all part of normal life for a trail worker at Glacier National Park.

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KC Currents
5:28 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Getting To Know Your Neighborhood Crow

Credit Suzanne Hogan / KCUR

The American Crow is a smart and wary social bird with all black feathers, black talons and a black beak. Every once in a while during the winter, you can see thousands of these crows gathering in certain spots around parts of Kansas City.  Over the past 50 years, crows have been congregating more and more in urban environments – and if you’ve been in the middle of a dive-bombing murder, you know they create quite the disturbance.

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Central Standard
1:32 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Nature In The City: Drought Edition

Mickl Pickl Flickr

This summer's drought is affecting everyone: from farmers to daily commuters to animals. Especially animals.

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Up to Date
5:53 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

NFL Cheerleader To Ph.D.: National Geographic Explorer Mireya Mayor

Often described in the media as “a female Indiana Jones,” Mireya Mayor is not your typical scientist.

Both as an anthropologist working in the jungles of Madagascar, and as a wildlife correspondent for National Geographic, the city girl and former Miami Dolphins cheerleader has found herself sleeping in a rain forest hammock amid poisonous snakes, being charged by gorillas, scaling rocky cliffs, and diving with great white sharks.

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Up to Date
5:30 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Photographer Mattias Klum: Rare...And Dangerous Shots

'When I came to Borneo for the first time in 1988 as a 20-year-old this is the Borneo I imagined ... mist-drenched rainforest, incredible trees and rich vegetation ... '
Mattias Klum

Mattias Klum makes a living by shooting photographs of some of the world's most endangered species and places.

A photographer for National Geographic, Klum might be considered an endangered species himself, given his recent work shooting closes ups of the venomous Chinese cobra, which can shoot its venom up to nearly 7 feet. Even a drop of that venom can blind you.

But there he sat....shooting away....nonetheless.

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Up to Date
2:40 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Spring Gardening: Help Grow Your Green Thumb

There may be no controlling Mother Nature, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your garden to cooperate. But keeping your gardening blossoming instead of browning is easier said than done.

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