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Natural Selections: Wild Cats

Cats have adapted to association with humans, but their wilder cousins can still be found, from Africa to Scotland. Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley talk about the history and habits of cats.  Go to full article
The "Phantom of the North", photo by Brian Sullivan
The "Phantom of the North", photo by Brian Sullivan

Great Gray Owl Glides Into NNY

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
SLU researchers check weight, gender and then tag mice living on the local golf course
SLU researchers check weight, gender and then tag mice living on the local golf course

SLU Biologists Hit the Links to Study Wildlife Habitat

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
Passenger Pigeon
Passenger Pigeon

Natural Selections: The Effects of Extinction

Extinction of a species can influence the survival of others species within the same habitat. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager weigh the possible impact.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Evolution (and Guppies)

Is the idea behind evolution to eventually form the "perfect" creature? Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about the directions evolution can take.  Go to full article

Water Watchers: Canton Students Monitor Grasse River

This month marks the 30th anniversary of Clean Water Act, a milestone in our nation's efforts to protect water resources. To honor the 30-year anniversary of that legislation, communities in every state celebrated Nation Water Monitoring Day last week. It was an opportunity for everyone to learn how to help protect local waterways by becoming citizen monitors. Todd Moe tagged along as Canton High School students scrutinized the physical, chemical and biological aspects of a river in their backyard  Go to full article

Preview: Indian Creek Nature Center's 30th Anniversary

Todd Moe chats with SLU Biology professor Ericka Barthelmess about the Indian Creek Nature Center's 30th anniversary celebration Saturday.  Go to full article

Restoring the Common Tern

The Common Tern is a bird best known for its graceful flight and dramatic dives. The shoals and nooks of the eastern Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shoreline have been some of the tern's best nesting habitat in North America. But over the past 50 years, the area's tern population has dropped dramatically, from 20,000 to only 2000. Now the tern's a threatened species in New York. David Sommerstein reports on efforts to restore the bird's numbers.  Go to full article

Native Pollinators

Martha Foley talks with biologist Bill Romey about native pollinators. They keep a low profile, but were here before the honey bees.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Handedness

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about "handedness" in people, lobsters and toads.  Go to full article

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