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Bald Eagle Found Shot in Rossie

Authorities are offering a $2500 reward for information leading to identification of the person who shot a bald eagle in Rossie. Officials with the US Fish and Wildlife Service say the eagle was found recently in a field. The eagle was seen alive in the same area several times in November and may have been shot in December before being covered by snowfall. The eagle's decomposed carcass was taken to the state's Wildlife Pathology Laboratory outside Albany, where experts were able to determine that the bird had been shot. It's against state and federal law to kill, injure or harassing bald eagles and other threatened and endangered wildlife. Gerry Smith is an ornithologist in Lewis County. He told Gregory Warner that its not just bird-lovers who are outraged.  Go to full article
Ed Robertson paddles on Butterfield Lake, one of the largest of the Indian River Lakes.
Ed Robertson paddles on Butterfield Lake, one of the largest of the Indian River Lakes.

Preserving the Low Profile of the Indian River Lakes

Between the high profile destinations of the Thousand Islands and the Adirondacks, there's a hidden gem of a region. It's called the Indian River Lakes. Black Lake is the most famous and popular, but 14 other little bodies of water straddle the St. Lawrence-Jefferson County line, just several miles inland from the St. Lawrence River. It's rugged country, part of a granite strip called the Frontenac Arch that links the Adirondacks with the Canadian Shield. A conservancy formed several years ago to protect the area. David Sommerstein went kayaking with the group's president and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Listening for Bicknell's thrush
Listening for Bicknell's thrush

On Lyon Mountain, an Increasingly Rare Songbird Makes Itself Heard

Every summer, birders across the Adirondacks and the Green Mountains climb high looking for alpine songbirds. The annual census helps researchers to track the health and population of rare and endangered birds. Brian Mann joined a group on Lyon Mountain last month searching for the Bicknell's thrush. He sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
One of the Sibley series of Audubon guidebooks.
One of the Sibley series of Audubon guidebooks.

Birding With David Allen Sibley

All a birdwatcher needs, really, is a patch of the outdoors - or a window -- and something to sit on. Patience and binoculars help. But there ARE certain skills that earn SERIOUS birders treasured sitings of rare or shy species, and a deeper understanding of bird behavior. A couple of years ago, Martha Foley got an early morning lesson in the best practices from ornithologist and artist David Allen Sibley, author of the new series of Sibley bird books from the Audubon Society. Her story first aired last October.  Go to full article

Re-Creating the Raquette

The Raquette River has seen several incarnations of economic development in the North Country: first fishing and logging, then sandstone mining and hydroelectric generation. A group of businesses and citizens want to start a new economic era for the state's second largest river based on tourism and recreation. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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