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Natural Selections: Robins

The American Robin is a type of thrush, while what Europeans call a robin looks more like a bluebird. Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley profile the iconic bird of spring.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Plant Toxicity

The pungent tastes and smells of many plants are the result of toxic compounds they produce for defence. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss chemicals produced by plants.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Stranded Whales

Some of the world's smartest creatures appear to become confused, beaching themselves in large numbers with tragic consequences. How can this happen? Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss stranded whales.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Global Warming

Scientists are increasingly convinced that human activity is raising the global temperature, with possible dire consequences. Global warming, climate changes... Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley take on this hot topic in environmental science.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Salamanders

Salamanders of different varieties are hugely abundant in the Adirondacks. Drive carefully the first warm rainy night of spring. They'll be migrating over many of the back roads. Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley talk about the secret life of salamanders.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Black Bear

Tha Adirondack black bear is numerous and far from timid. You may see one up close and personal if you are careless with camp food. Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley look at their lives and habits.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Plant Defenses

Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley pick up a topic from late spring--plant defenses. How do plant protect themselves from other plants that creep into their space? Cucumbers spray herbicide.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Hawkowls

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss hawkowls, a very rare arctic visitor to the Adirondacks. This daytime predator differs in many ways from its more temperate cousins.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Parasites

The relationships between parasites and their hosts is a complicated balance. Those that kill their hosts are failures in the long run. Dr Curt Stager and Martha Foley look at parasitism.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Roadkill

Most drivers have had the experience of being unable to avoid animals in the road. How much of a threat to wildlife are we and our vehicles? Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley tally the carnage.  Go to full article

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