May 22, 2014 — Climate change is in the news, from the recent update by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and its detailed report on national and local impacts, to the news of the melting Antarctic ice sheet.
Dr. Curt Stager, author of "Deep Future: the Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth," joins Martha Foley for a special Natural Selections call-in on climate change and other topics. Go to full article
Paul Smiths, NY, Dec 26, 2013 — Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about the role of individuals once they are past fertility. Elders help hold communities together by acting as the living histories and resource libraries. Go to full article
Beaver meadows are slow to reforest because they lack a soil fungus needed by black spruce. Photo: Putneypics, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Paul Smiths, NY, Jul 25, 2013 — Tall trees may be the kings of the forest, but there is another kingdom of forest life that passes unnoticed. Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley talk about the arboreal network of fungus. Go to full article
A salt formation at Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda. Photo: notphilatall, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Jun 27, 2013 — It's a delicious flavor, for humans and deer alike...but it's also so much more.
There's just something special about salt, a naturally occurring mineral that humans and many animals crave. Found naturally in its crystalline solid form sea water and rock deposits left behind by ancient oceans, this chemical compound is among those that many of our cells need to survive. Go to full article
Aug 16, 2012 — The Adirondacks may be "new," but the rock is a billion years old, pushed up through the newer rock of the Champlain region. Mixed in, the remains of even older rock can be found in pockets and veins--blue calcite laid down by warm oceans before the evolution of coral. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager get geological. Go to full article
Snapping turtle crossing the road. Photo: Matt Foley (submitted to NCPR's Hurricane Irene album)
Paul Smiths, NY, May 31, 2012 — Snapping turtles aren't really that vicious, unless they are provoked. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about their peculiar anatomy, safe ways (for turtle and human) to help them across highways, and more. Go to full article
Texas blind salamander. Photo: Joe N. Fries, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Paul Smiths, NY, Apr 19, 2012 — Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss the varieties and habits of American robins. There are half a dozen different kinds, including albinos. How do they arrive so early in the spring? Sometimes it's because they never leave. Go to full article
Paul Smiths, NY, Jul 23, 2009 — Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about the Emerald Ash Borer, the insect behind those purple traps we're seeing hanging from trees all over the North Country. Go to full article