From NCPR Blogs:
Sorry for the pessimistic headline, but this item is just plain gloomy. The already-precipitous decline of migratory monarch butterflies just got worse. As reported this past week by the New York Times, the most current measurement of the...
Bats are struggling to survive white-nose syndrome. Bees are battling several problems, known and unknown. Monarch butterfly numbers have plummeted this year. These creatures are small in size, but important in the larger scheme of life. Now come...
This follows an earlier post by Ellen Rocco on NCPR-types getting down and dirty. (Yeah, we like to mix things up and dig deep!) Worm composting is nothing new. I was sort of slow to try it out, but about two years ago a friend shared some extra...
This comes from the National Post about a new fad in which “…the hunters become the hunter in Algonquin Park as packs of tourists race around the woods to catch a glimpse of the lupine.” Yup. Move over pub crawl. Here comes the...
This past April, Americans were horrified by a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas - which killed 15 and injured close to 160 residents. Now the small Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic has experienced similar devastation...
News stories tagged with "ecology"
May 25, 2006 — Why does St. John's Wort do better when there are fish in the pond? What does the sea otter population have to do with the quality of surfing? Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley follow some of the thinner strands of the web of life. Go to full article
by Martha Foley
Sep 27, 2005 — Ten million dollars from the New York Power Authority that was to have gone to a failed effort to build an aquarium and ecological center on the St. Lawrence River will now be used for economic development in the North Country. The Power Authority asked Tony Collins, president of Clarkson University, to pull community leaders together to explore how the money could be used. He spoke with Martha Foley. Go to full article
May 18, 2005 — Some natural areas need fire. A number of prairie plants and pine trees must have fire for their seeds to pop open or germinate. But burning a natural area can quickly turn into a wildfire without a team to keep it under control. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Mark Brush spent a day with a burn crew, and brings us this audio postcard. Go to full article
Nov 13, 2003 — The distribution of plant and animal species can be shaped by many factors. Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley look at the ways trees distribute themselves in the rainforest, and how avalanches affect the ranging habits of bear. Go to full article
Oct 11, 2002 — In the wake of the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, there's been a lot of talk about how to balance human needs with the health of the planet. Ecologists have been trying to measure the impact of humans on the environment for a number of years, with some sobering results. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Daniel Grosssman went to the New York Botanical Garden recently to take the pulse of the planet. Go to full article
Sep 27, 2002 — Most of us think of earthworms as beneficial creatures. Gardeners are always happy to spot a worm in the flowerbed because they add fertilizer to the soil. And many anglers say they're the best thing for catching fish. But scientists are beginning to learn worms aren't so friendly to Great Lakes forests. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Stephanie Hemphill reports. Go to full article
Aug 05, 2002 — 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
by Martha Foley
Feb 08, 2002 — St. Lawrence River advocates gather in Alexandria Bay for "Winter Environmental Weekend 2002." The conference will address the health of the natural community and environment of the St. Lawrence River. Martha Foley talks with Save the River president John Farrell, a research associate at Syracuse University. Go to full article