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News stories tagged with "biology"
Jul 25, 2008 — Take a paddle or hike along a stream, or spend some time gardening and you'll likely hear the familiar click of wings or glimpse a flying glint of blue or green. Dragonflies are a familiar and favorite sight in the North Country. And now, during the summer months, excitement is high among "dragonfliers" whose calendars are extra full because this is the time of year when dragonflies are most commonly seen. But researchers say there are more questions than answers about dragonflies. This is the fourth summer that the DEC and Nature Conservancy have seriously studied dragonflies and their close relatives, damselflies, in some of the more remote parts of the state. With the help of volunteers, biologists are out to foster public interest in the conservation of the colorful, winged insects and their aquatic habitats. Todd Moe found that, for a hobby that includes searching for large bugs in swampy areas, it has a lot of followers. Go to full article
Jun 03, 2008 — More than 140 species of birds were sighted during the 9th Annual Tug Hill Bird Quest last weekend. It was sponsored by Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust. Six teams trekked through the woods, fields and swamps in Jefferson, Oswego and Oneida counties to count birds and raise money for conservation efforts. Todd Moe asked Chris Reidy, an avid birder in Pulaski, to describe the birdathon. Go to full article
Jan 02, 2008 — The idea of reintroduction of wolves to the North Country has faded in recent years because of biological and political hurdles, though it continues to be the dream of some environmentalists. A controversial reintroduction program did go forward in Yellowstone National Park in the mid-90s, and wolves are now reestablished there after an absence of almost 70 years. According to the Yellowstone website, packs are now found in various parts of the park. Since the wolf returned to Yellowstone, the predator's had wide-ranging and unexpected effects on the ecosystem of the park. As Kinna Ohman reports, top predators such as wolves might be more important than biologists had realized. Go to full article
Sep 04, 2007 — Biologists from SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson University are in Costa Rica this semester studying the deadly impact of roads on frogs and other amphibians. Todd Moe talks with Potsdam biologist Glenn Johnson, who co-wrote the book The Amphibians and Reptiles of New York State. Go to full article
Nov 01, 2006 — Biologists in Canada are taking extreme measures to prevent the disappearance of a mysterious and fascinating fish. For the first time ever, they've stocked the St. Lawrence River with 144,000 American eels. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Feb 28, 2005 — The Great Gray Owl usually lives deep in the boreal forests of Canada. It's the official bird of the province of Manitoba. But due to scarce food and severe weather, thousands of the raptors have drifted south this year. They've invaded Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan, even southern Ontario and Quebec. But a Great Gray hadn't been spotted in New York State since 1996, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Until last Wednesday, that is, when ornithologist Gerry Smith spotted one in the farm fields between Clayton and Cape Vincent in Jefferson County. It so happened that David Sommerstein was there too and has the story. Go to full article
Nov 18, 2003 — Golf is booming - even in the North Country. New courses are being built, and in urban areas they can be valuable green space. When landscaped sensibly, golf courses can be ideal habitats for plants and animals. Besides well-tended greens, there are roughs and wooded areas, which are important for wildlife. Trees and hedges provide nesting and food sources for several species of birds and small mammals. St. Lawrence University biologists are using the local golf course to study "unseen" wildlife populations and habitat. Todd Moe reports. Go to full article