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NYPA Acquarium Fund Shifted

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

Up Close and Personal with a Prairie Fire

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

Natural Selections: In Brief?Rainforests and Avalanches

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
Passenger Pigeon
Passenger Pigeon

Natural Selections: The Effects of Extinction

Extinction of a species can influence the survival of others species within the same habitat. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager weigh the possible impact.  Go to full article

Taking the Planet's Pulse

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

Earthworms Alter Forest Ecology

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

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

Alexandria Bay Hosts River Environment Conference

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

Natural Selections: Biodiversity, part 2

Is it more important to keep a wild area as diverse as possible or simply maintain the plants and animals native to that habitat? A discussion about the difference between biodiversity and biointegrity with Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Biodiversity, part 1

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss our diverse biosphere. Is there a bias towards different species?  Go to full article

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