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Pitcher plants at Beaver Lake Nature Center, Baldwinsville NY. Photo: Don Rogers via Flickr, some rights reserved
Pitcher plants at Beaver Lake Nature Center, Baldwinsville NY. Photo: Don Rogers via Flickr, some rights reserved

Natural Selections: Pitcher Plants

Most carnivorous plants, such as the pitcher plant commonly found in Adirondack bogs, live in poor soils. Unwary insects are drawn to a sweet bait to supplement their diet. Curt Stager and Martha Foley discuss these botanical oddballs, which may live as long as 50 years.  Go to full article
Northern Short-tailed Shrew. Photo: Giles Gonthier
Northern Short-tailed Shrew. Photo: Giles Gonthier

Natural Selections: More on Shrews

Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley revisit this feisty predator, whose fierce reputation comes from a high metabolism and the need to consume 80-90 percent of their body weight in food each day to survive. The small insectivore is active throughout the winter, shrinking in size until spring.  Go to full article

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