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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

Natural Selections: Flocking Behavior

Flocks of birds and schools of fish seem to move and respond as a single creature. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager explore what's known and what's guessed about the behavior of flocks.  Go to full article

Birders Flock to Save Crucial Habitat

Its that time of year again, when those who winter in warm, southern climates travel north for the summer. But for many birds, land development and habitat destruction are making migration an uncertain proposition. Some groups in the United States, Canada, and Central America are working together to protect land for the birds. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Julie Grant reports.  Go to full article

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