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Earlier this month I had the pleasure of a small behind-the-scenes tour of the collections facility of the Canadian Museum of Nature, officially known as The Natural Heritage Campus, in Gatineau, Quebec. The invitation arose from an earlier post...
OK, talking about Easter eggs now is a just a little ahead of the game. But there’s no time like the present if you want to make any by Easter Sunday. Matter of fact, if anyone is tempted to turn his or her apple tree into something like this...
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...
News stories tagged with "ecology"
by Brian Mann
Aug 06, 2008 — Huge conservation deals over the last decade have protected nearly a million acres of land in the Adirondacks. The deals allow timber harvesting to continue. But scientists say they also protect crucial habitats and eco-systems. In part two of his report on the Finch, Pruyn easement negotiated by the Adirondack Nature Conservancy Brian Mann sends an audio postcard from a bog near Blue Mountain Lake. Go to full article
by Todd Moe
Jan 22, 2008 — For the 108th year, volunteer birders fanned out across the country for the annual birding census earlier this winter. The all-volunteer effort takes a snapshot of bird populations to monitor their status and distribution across the Western Hemisphere. The Audubon Society started the Christmas Bird Count in 1900 as an alternative to a Victorian-era holiday hunting tradition of shooting the greatest number of birds. Today, data collected during the Christmas Bird Count helps researchers monitor bird behavior and bird conservation. You could call it bird watching with a benefit. Todd Moe tagged along with some Adirondack bird enthusiasts who began their avian adventure at first light. Go to full article
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