Paul Smiths, NY, Apr 25, 2013 — Once so numerous they darkened the sky for days while migrating, passenger pigeons arrived in this region in early May each year. Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley remember this once ubiquitous species wiped out by human hunting in the nineteenth century. Go to full article
Altamont, NY, Dec 29, 2010 — The deadly bat disease known as 'white nose syndrome' was first identified in northern New York over three years ago. It's still spreading rapidly, with outbreaks confirmed this year in Ontario and as far away as Tennessee.
Here in the North Country, biologists now say the disease has wiped out 95% of the largest bat colonies.
Brian Mann was with a team of biologists when they returned early last spring to the cave near Albany where the first bats infected with white nose were discovered. He sent this audio postcard. Go to full article
Oct 04, 2007 — Reintroduction of animals--such as the coyote--to certain areas has been a hot topic recently. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager take the idea one step bigger, asking "what if we brought back the elephant to North America?!" Go to full article
Dec 22, 2005 — Extinction is a natural process. But scientists point out that humans have sped that process up. A new study maps out the places on Earth where species are in the greatest danger of going extinct. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Rebecca Williams reports. Go to full article
Oct 06, 2005 — An effort was made to reintroduce the lynx into the Adirondacks, where the native population had gone extinct, but its habitat was still largely intact. Most of the imported felines were killed along roads as they dispersed over surprisely wide areas. Martha Foley, who thinks she saw one of the rare predators, asks Dr. Curt Stager for an update. Go to full article