Feb 28, 2014 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State conservation officials are calling for New Yorkers to clean their bird feeders, noting that about this time last year they confirmed bacterial infections in common redpolls that frequented feeders across 13 counties.
While no cases have been confirmed so far in 2014, the Department of Environmental Conservation says proper feeder maintenance helps prevent the Salmonella infections, particularly in late winter when songbirds are especially vulnerable. Go to full article
Feb 28, 2014 — WASHINGTON (AP) New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is telling federal officials that the Empire State needs its bees to pollinate crops.
Gillibrand wrote Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to ask him to expand the department's efforts to revive bee populations in New York and the Northeast. Vilsack has already directed $3 million to study bee losses in the Midwest. Go to full article
Inlet, NY, Feb 28, 2014 — The cold doesn't stop a good share of birds from thriving in the North Country, and it's a good time for birders to get to know their local birds... one...you can see them without all those leaves in the way. And two...they probably get to know you, too, through your bird feeders.
Retired New York State Forest Ranger Gary Lee is one of northern New York's expert birders, and he takes it a step further. He spends much of his winters banding birds - chickadees, in particular - at his home in Inlet. A dozen bird feeders are scattered around the yard of his home in Inlet, NY.
Lee stretches what looks like a fine-meshed volleyball net to snag the birds. David Sommerstein stopped by to see bird banding up close and sent this Heard Up North, which first aired in May 2013. Go to full article
Feb 27, 2014 — Unlike frogs, turtles don't hibernate through the winter. In fact, sometimes you can see snappers and other species moving around under the ice. While their metabolism runs... Go to full article
Feb 27, 2014 — After battling local residents for years, energy company BP says it's killing its proposal for the Cape Vincent Wind Farm. Some of the project's most vocal critics are... Go to full article
Feb 21, 2014 — This winter's cold temperatures are creating tough survival conditions for honeybees. Come spring, the bees will be relied on to pollinate upstate New York apple, cherry, and... Go to full article
Feb 21, 2014 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Federal officials report removing 335,000 tons of PCBs, contaminated soil and other material from the shuttered General Motors factory in northern New York,... Go to full article
Feb 21, 2014 — Going organic offers a higher milk price for dairy farmers. But it's expensive to earn organic certification and learn a whole new mind set for producing milk without... Go to full article