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Left to right: Passenger Pigeons, juvenile, male and female. Artist: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ectopistes_migratoriusAAP042CA.jpg">Louis Agassiz Fuertes</a>, circa 1910.
Left to right: Passenger Pigeons, juvenile, male and female. Artist: Louis Agassiz Fuertes, circa 1910.

Natural Selections: Passenger Pigeons

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

Natural Selections: Animal Extinctions, pt. 2

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager continue discussion of animal extinction with a look at the book The Ghosts of Evolution.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Animal Extinctions

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss mass animal die-offs, such as the one ending the age of dinosaurs.  Go to full article

White nose syndrome in 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

Natural Selections: Bringing Back the American Elephant

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

Study: Epicenters of Extinction

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

Natural Selections: Reestablishing the Lynx

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

Natural Selections: The End of the World

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk Doomsday--how the sun and earth will die, how the universe will end.  Go to full article

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