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Birders' Passion Helps Scientists

Every year, tens of thousands of avid birdwatchers wander through frozen fields and marshy swamps. Their job is to record as many birds as they can find in a given area. For birders, it's a day to enjoy the outdoors while doing what they love most. But as the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly reports, that passion serves another purpose, it helps scientists.  Go to full article

Winter Bird Feeding: Welcoming Feathered Friends

Horticulturist Amy Ivy knows a lot about seeds, even the seeds you feed the birds during the winter months. Martha Foley talks with Amy about bird seed, feeders and attracting birds to your backyard.  Go to full article

Bird-feeding Necessary This Winter?

Some bird enthusiast clubs around the Great lakes region are calling on their members to put out extra bird feeders this winter. But as the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Jonathan Ahl report, the move might not be necessary.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Birds in Flight

Some kinds of birds look so alike that it is hard to tell them apart, but Dr. Curt Stager reveals how you can sometimes distinguish birds from each other by their flight patterns.  Go to full article

Avoiding West Nile Virus

There are several reports of West Nile Virus in the North Country, but health officials say some common sense steps can be taken to avoid contracting the disease. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Trumpeter Swans' Comeback?

Efforts to reintroduce the trumpeter swan in the Great Lakes region are exceeding expectations. In fact, officials in one state are trying to find out if the swan population can now grow on its own. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium?s Mike Simonson reports.  Go to full article

Bug-eating Birds Avoid Development

Researchers have found that building housing along lakeshores affects the kinds of birds drawn to the area. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium?s Lester Graham reports.  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

Unraveling Mystery Of Birds' Night Calls

Many North American birds are in serious decline. But scientists aren't sure what's wrong because birds are hard to count. The problem is partly that birds often migrate long distances between wintering sites and summer breeding grounds. Usually they fly unobserved at night. And in many cases scientists don't know what route they take. However, a new technique promises to solve this problem. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Daniel Grossman has our story.  Go to full article

Hummingbirds: The Tropical Connection

Martha Foley talks with naturalist Bill Hilton Jr. about how to protect hummingbirds in North America and the tropics. Hilton is Executive Director of the Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History in South Carolina. He'll give a lecture at 4:00 this afternoon in St. Lawrence University's Hepburn Auditorium.  Go to full article

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