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Tagging Loons in the Adirondacks

For five years, the Adirondack Cooperative Loon program has been studying one of the North Country's most iconic birds. Loons have been tested for mercury contamination. They've also been tagged with radio transmitters and satellites to help scientists understand their migrations to the Atlantic Coast. Brian Mann reports that capturing and testing loons is a tricky and time-consuming job. Tomorrow he'll talk with loon program director Nina Schoch about this winter's findings.  Go to full article

Monarch Butterflies from North Country Winter in Fragile Mexican Forests

The monarch butteflies that visit the North Country are part of a remarkable continent-wide migration. Butterflies banded in our region have been found in the highlands of central Mexico. Brian Mann followed the monarchs to their winter habitat three years ago. He sent this special report.  Go to full article

The Ins & Outs of Carp Fishing

Many anglers consider carp the mucky, ugly bottom-feeders of the fish world in this country. But in Great Britain and Europe, carp are prized fighters and millions of anglers fish day and night to haul in a trophy catch. The World Carp Championship kicks off Sunday on the St. Lawrence River near Waddington and runs through next week. Hundreds of anglers will compete from more than 20 countries. David Sommerstein spent time with a carp guide and a British angler to find out what carp fishing's all about. This story first aired in 2003.  Go to full article

Garden Tour: Life Among the Irises

There are gardeners who delight in growing a variety of annuals, perennials and veggies each year. Then there are those who devote most of their botanical careers to one particular flower or plant. For years, Paul Johnson who lives in Upper Jay in the northeastern Adirondacks, has found joy in growing irises. It's hereditary -- he's a third generation iris enthusiast and breeder. Last year, Todd Moe toured Johnson's plethora of iris gardens.  Go to full article

People: Brock McElheran

Near the end of World War Two, Germany unleashed its so-called weapons of vengeance on the British population, the V-1 flying bomb, or "doodle-bug", and the V-2 rocket. Todd Moe's interview with SUNY Potsdam professor emeritus Brock McElheran about his book V-Bombs and Weathermaps, first aired in 2002. It contains his memories of London during World War Two. McElheran was born in Winnipeg, educated in Toronto and served with the Royal Canadian Navy as a meteorological officer in England. A V-1 attack on his rooming house in Greenwich is his most vivid memory.  Go to full article

ATV Trail Would Link Four Counties

An ATV trail network is in the planning stages in St. Lawrence County. County lawmaker Alex MacKinnon made the announcement at last night's meeting in Colton. He said an ATV trail will run from the Jefferson and Lewis County borders across to Franklin County.  Go to full article
Summer day on the Carry Falls Reservoir.
Summer day on the Carry Falls Reservoir.

Canoe Journey into Contested Terrain

Tonight in Colton, the Adirondack Park Agency will hold a public hearing to discuss the future of state forest lands east of the Carry Falls Reservoir. Environmental groups want the parcel in St. Lawrence County included in a future wilderness area, designed to protect boreal plants and birds. Local sportsmen say roads and trails through the area should remain open to snowmobile traffic. In 2002, Brian Mann spent a day exploring the area, twenty miles south of Potsdam. He traveled on foot and by canoe and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Bear Canister Rule Proposed for High Peaks

New York state wants overnight campers to carry bear-resistant canisters in the eastern High Peaks. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Cathy and Frank Stepnoski at the Malone farmers' market
Cathy and Frank Stepnoski at the Malone farmers' market

Making a Living at the Farmers' Market

The farmers market season is getting underway. The Canton market opens on Friday, and many other markets across the North Country will open in the next month. Farmers markets and other direct-to-consumer sales, like roadside stands, and U-picks are a growing part of agriculture in the North Country and statewide. In 2000, local markets and stands sold more than $230 million in products in New York. Today, there are 30 farmers markets just in the North Country. But making a living on the land by selling locally isn't easy. Last summer, David Sommerstein visited a family farm north of Malone to see how the business works.  Go to full article
Russell Banks
Russell Banks

Clarkson Honors Writer Russell Banks

Russell Banks is currently the state author of New York. He is the author of many novels including the Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1985, Continental Drift and a second Pulitzer Prize finalist, Cloudsplitter. Two of Banks' books, The Sweet Hereafter and Affliction have been adapted for film. There are also five short story collections to his credit. Banks has won many awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the John Dos Passos Award, and election to the American Academy of Fine Arts and Sciences. The weekend, Russell Banks will receive an honorary degree from Clarkson University. A couple of weeks ago he spoke with Chris Robinson, co-host of "Readers and Writers On-the-Air" and Professor in the School of Arts and Sciences at Clarkson.  Go to full article

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