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Newsflash for bird lovers: the Great Blue Herons are back on the nest at the Cornell webcam site. You can see the lovely big birds, hear the sounds of early spring at the Ornithology Lab (including the occasional heron honk and squawk) and follow...
UPDATE: another egg (that makes two!) this morning, and new greenery adorning the nest. This is too good not to share. During our special “Spring” call-in Tuesday, Curt Stager and I heard of early season sightings of Great Blue Herons...
New York state is taking comments on a plan that would allow hunters to take more bobcats in more parts of the state. This from the Plattsburgh Press-Republican. The plan is really calling for an expansion of many areas where we would like to...
There’s not a whole lot of white in our landscape this winter. In fact, none here today, though there is some ice build-up on some of the trees. As I write, it’s another rainy day outside our Canton studios, and looks like lots of the...
Sometimes it seems like the Adirondacks just can’t catch a break. Harsh winters, big storms, a tough economy And now? Yup, feral pigs. That photograph was taken by New York state biologists in Peru, just on the fringe of the blue...
News stories tagged with "nature"
Jul 05, 2007 — This week, we heard Brian Mann's story from the goose roundup in Saranac Lake. Scientists are studyng the geese to see why more and more of them don't make the storied migration north to nest. One reason may be that shorefront lawns and parks create habitat that's just too good to pass by. Creatures change their patterns for lots of reason. A new study in the journal Ecology finds those changes don't always work out to the animal's advantage. Rebecca Williams reports. Go to full article
by Dale Hobson
May 31, 2007 — Poets are often asked "Where do you find your inspiration?" Sometimes the answer is a person--a mentor or teacher whose words and example are life-changing. We hear poet Maurice Kenny talk about the century-old Mohawk elder, teacher, storyteller, activist and naturalist Ray Fadden, and hear a few of the poems he inspired. Go to full article
May 23, 2007 — This Heard Up North is a mystery - and an eerie one at that. A listener recorded a sound she heard recently in the middle of the night. We're hoping you can help identify what it is. If you think you know, please send an e-mail to email@example.com. Go to full article
by NCPR News
May 11, 2007 — Local weather and natural observations recorded for the region over many years give support for the claim that the North Country mirrors the rest of the world in experiencing a warming climate. What might that mean for the environment, the economy, and our way of life? Martha Foley, paleoclimatologist Curt Stager and physicist Aileen O'Donoghue discuss the possibilities and take calls from listeners. Go to full article
by Todd Moe
May 10, 2007 — Students, artists, writers and environmentalists in the Adirondacks will celebrate the 100th birthday of Rachel Carson with a series of events this month. Carson was a naturalist, biologist and writer whose 1962 book, Silent Spring, touched off a national environmental awareness. Todd Moe talks with Paul Hai, co-coordinator of the Rachel Carson in the Adirondacks Centennial Celebration, about the project's cross-disciplinary approach to celebrating her legacy. Go to full article
Apr 09, 2007 — Millions of honeybees across the country are dying mysteriously. Entire hives or colonies of bees are collapsing. Scientists say it's some new threat. They're scrambling to find answers. As Bob Allen reports, bees are crucial in pollinating billions of dollars worth of crops every spring. Go to full article
by Book Review
Mar 29, 2007 — It's almost time to get out hiking, but while we wait for the snow to melt and the mud to dry up, we still have time to learn more about our northern woods. Betsy kepes reviews two new books by knowledgeable Adirondack naturalists: Why the Adirondacks Look the Way They Do, by Mike Storey, and The Great South Woods II, by Peter O'Shea. Go to full article
Mar 29, 2007 — Dr. Curt Stager and Marth Foley talk about a new hominid species, Homo floresiensis, whose 18,000-year-old remains have been unearthed on an Indonesian island. The diminutive stature of this close relative of modern humans has earned it the nickname "hobbit." Go to full article
by Martha Foley
Mar 23, 2007 — Leah Filo is a biologist with the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. She's spent most of her professional life doing field work with migratory songbirds. In January, she joined the search for a ghost among birds, the ivory-billed woodpecker - and she came back a believer. The ivory-billed was long thought to be extinct - but in April 2005, a partnership led by Cornell University's ornithology lab formally announced the rediscovery of the ivory-billed in an area of Arkansas bottom land swamp known as the Big Woods. They cited "visual encounters", a video clip, and sounds linked to ivory-bills. Not everyone believes. Since then, scientists and volunteers have been scouring likely habitat for more sightings. Leah Filo volunteered to help and found herself spending two weeks in the very Big Woods of the 2005 sightings -- along the White River in Arkansas. It was wet and chilly -- nights in the 30s, days in the 40s. It's bottom land forest, mostly deciduous woods that flood frequently. Leah spent most of her time in waders. She kept lots of notes, and kept an audio journal as well. She spoke with Martha Foley. Go to full article
Mar 12, 2007 — The US Fish and Wildlife Service plans to look at whether the Eastern cougar exists. The agency will be looking in 21 states from Maine to Michigan, and down to Tennessee. As Linda Stephan reports, the review could end with a recommendation to remove its endangered status. Go to full article