Sep 01, 2014 — About 40 guests and staff gathered at the butterfly house at the Paul Smith's Visitors Interpretive Center, the VIC, in Paul Smith's N.Y., for an end-of-the-season monarch butterfly send-off on Saturday.
Native Species Butterfly House manager Sue Grimm Hanley gave a presentation on monarch migration, and then released a small group of monarchs that were raised, from caterpillar to chrysalis to adult, at the VIC.
It's hoped that most of the monarchs will complete the 2,500 mile migration to Mexico. Next spring, their offspring will begin a multi-generational return trip to the northeast. Todd Moe spoke with Hanley about monarch migration and citizen scientist aspects of butterfly conservation. Go to full article
Sep 01, 2014 — It's not easy to control invasive species like Eurasian watermilfoil and spiny water flea once they've established themselves in a waterbody. But scientists have learned how to control some of the region's other water-borne pests, including sea lampreys.
Lampreys attach to fish and suck out their body fluids. Environmental officials from Vermont and New York regularly treat rivers and deltas leading into Lake Champlain with lampricides to control the lamprey population.
Two years ago reporter Sarah Harris joined scientists as they treated the Saranac River delta in Plattsburgh, N.Y. She sent this report. Go to full article
Aug 29, 2014 — BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The state Department of Environmental Conservation has launched a yearlong study of air quality in the neighborhood near the Peace Bridge in Buffalo.... Go to full article
Aug 28, 2014 — MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is getting a federal grant of nearly $43,000 to support bat research and monitoring related to white nose... Go to full article
Aug 27, 2014 — BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is visiting Vermont on Thursday to discuss funding related to improving water quality... Go to full article