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Public radio: it’s your go-to source for important, hard-hitting topics so often ignored by main-stream media. Such as the annual Christmas Bird Count, a popular event in environmental circles in the U.S. and Canada, as shown by this map of...
Think back to fall. We started spending more time inside, but talked (happily) about the crisp air, holidays and family gatherings. It’s always a sentimental season. Now, that crisp air that dries out everything but our floor mats,...
Canada geese have been a problem for communities across the North Country for years. Last year, Saranac Lake’s high school called off an effort to round up and destroy a gaggle of birds that had settled on sports fields, after some residents...
We raise laying hens and, occasionally, turkeys on our farm. Last year, we kept a few turkeys after the fall sell off: a tom and four hens, hoping to hatch some of our own turkey chicks. Finally, one of the Narragansetts wandered down the road,...
From a morning walk in my tiny corner of the north country, signs of the new season–spring–just before Barb talked about summer-like temperatures. There were lots of sounds, too–including snipe calls, which makes me think of the...
News stories tagged with "birds"
Feb 28, 2005 — Great Gray Owl invasions, also called "irruptions", happen about once every ten years. But this one is the largest on record. Brian Sullivan is the project leader of the website, ebird.org, at the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology. Birders have posted Great Gray sightings from Minnesota to Montreal. Sullivan says it was only a matter of time until one was spotted in New York. Great Grays are one of the largest owls in North America, and they have a mysterious air about them. They're also known as the "Great Gray Ghost" and the "Phantom of the North". Sullivan told David Sommerstein despite those monikers, they're active during the day as well as night. Go to full article
Jan 12, 2005 — 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
by Martha Foley
Oct 11, 2004 — 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
Jul 15, 2004 — 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
by Todd Moe
Jun 03, 2004 — 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
May 13, 2004 — 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
May 06, 2004 — 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
Apr 29, 2004 — 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
Dec 18, 2003 — 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