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Natural Selections: Ravens

Ravens, once common in the Adirondacks, disappeared during the early 20th Century, but are now reviving in the region. Martha Foley gives an eyewitness report. Dr. Curt Stager posits that the regrowth of woodland habitat, combined with rising road kill and other scavenger opportunities, account for the return of the ominous avian.  Go to full article

Bird Songs & Folksongs in the Adirondacks

Birders from across the state will gather at the Paul Smiths VIC this weekend for the second annual Great Adirondack Birding Festival. The event will feature bird walks, lectures, art, photography and a loon calling contest. On Sunday, the Saranac Lake Jazz Band, Dan Berggren, Dan Duggan and Peggy Lynn will take part in the annual Adirondack Music Celebration. Paul Smiths VIC spokesman Andy Flynn says the two events this weekend have been dubbed, "Spring into Song".  Go to full article

Natural Selections: The Barred Owl

Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley discuss the commonest northern forest member of the owl family. Curt's impersonation of this night hunter's call is hair-raising, and should be practiced, like a beginning bagpiper, far from other ears.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: How Birds Breathe

Respiration in birds in different from mammals and reptiles. In addition to lungs, birds have air sacs throughout the body. As Dr. Curt Stager explains, birds breathe in a four-step process, one inhalation and exhalation each for lungs and sacs. The process is more efficient for oxygen absorption, and as a side benefit, give birds an "air-cooled engine."  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Urban Birds

After a dip in bird populations, Curt Stager reports that numbers have increased, and in addition to birds that you'd expect to find in the city, some newcomers have moved into New York City's Central Park in the last few years, such as the peregrine falcon.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Penguins

Penguins, the formally-attired fowl of Antarctica, are true birds. Their furry-looking tuxedos are real feathers, and their flippers are wings on the inside, bone for bone. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about birds that fly underwater.  Go to full article

Rolling Out the Welcome Mat for Winter Birds

Winter bird feeding is an increasingly popular activity. Horticulturist Amy Ivy has tips for winter bird feeding and attracting birds to the backyard.  Go to full article

The Fruits of Autumn and Winter

Autumn and winter are challenging seasons for birds as they search for food to fuel their long journey south or to help them survive the harsh North Country winter. Horticulturist Amy Ivy says not all birds will visit feeders. Some eat ornamental berries, like Winterberry and High Bush Cranberry. Amy has some planting tips to help attract winter birds to the backyard.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Canada Geese

Travel may broaden one's horizons, but varieties of Canada Geese content with the easy suburban life along the eastern seaboard are outbreeding their more traditional cousins who make the long semi-annual commute from Hudson Bay to Florida. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about stick-in-the-mud geese.  Go to full article
One of five Sibley guides out this fall.
One of five Sibley guides out this fall.

Birding With David Allen Sibley

A walk with ornithologist and artist David Allen Sibley, author and illustrator of the Audubon Society's new series of guides to bird identification and behavior. Sibley led a group of North Country birders along Clarkson University's nature trails last fall. Martha Foley went along.  Go to full article

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