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Natural Selections: Exploring cave life

Curt Stager and Martha Foley do some imaginary spelunking and talk about the peculiar variations of animal life in caves.  Go to full article
Richard Louv
Richard Louv

Preview: Family Day at the Wild Center

Author Richard Louv visits the Wild Center in Tupper Lake tomorrow as part of its Family Day. Kids are encouraged to explore the 31-acre campus and all events are free. NCPR is media sponsor for the event. Louv is the author of Last Child in the Woods, and says it's time for the younger generation to get reconnected with nature. He coined to phrase, "nature-deficit disorder" and spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Tent Caterpillars

Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley take a look at the voracious caterpillars that make their homes in silky "tent" structures in trees.  Go to full article

Alleged Adirondack wildlife poachers nabbed by DEC

More than two dozen people are facing charges after a two-year undercover investigation in New York, Pennsylvania and Canada turned up the poaching and illegal sale of turtles and poisonous snakes. State Department of Environmental Conservation officials called the sting "Operation Shellshock." Two DEC officers posed as vendors at reptile shows in New York and Pennsylvania, where they spent time with poachers. Some of the evidence in this case includes dozens of endangered Massassauga rattlesnakes hidden in the door panels of a minivan and smuggled from Ontario in exchange for timber rattlesnakes. Those charged include 18 people in New York state, six in Pennsylvania, and one in Canada. Authorities also accuse a Maryland meat processor of buying hundreds of illegally trapped New York snapping turtles and a Louisiana turtle farm operator of buying thousands of New York snapping turtle hatchlings for export to China. Heidi Kretser is coordinator for the North America program of the Wildlife Conservation Society. She works out of the Adirondack field office. She told Jonathan Brown that China is the most likely destination for the animals targeted by poachers.  Go to full article

Nature Conservancy plans layoffs

The Nature Conservancy is reportedly planning to lay off 10 percent of its staff worldwide as it deals with a struggling economy and a drop-off in donations. But, the impact on the organization's Adirondack chapter is still unknown. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

APA gets Finch-Pruyn update

The head of the Adirondack Nature Conservancy says he thinks it'll be at least three years before his group completes a series of transactions with the state that will protect tens of thousands of acres of former Finch-Pruyn timberlands. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Deer in Winter

Deer usually yard up in the winter, living in groups in cedar swamps and other locales where browse is plentiful. But when the pickings (and the deer) grow thin, they'll graze as high as they can reach, right up to the wall of your house. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about whitetails and white weather.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Grouse in winter

The common upland game bird, the grouse, will usually roost in trees for safety. But in winter, they sometimes roost under the snow, providing an explosive surprise for the curious trespasser. Martha Foley and Curt Stager discuss.  Go to full article
A Northern Hawk Owl spotted in Potsdam
A Northern Hawk Owl spotted in Potsdam

A winter of counting birds

Birders around the region are still talking about this season's Christmas Bird Count - it's an annual event around the country when on one specific day, volunteers fan out over a 15-mile-diameter designated area to record all the birds they see. These hardy volunteers, usually avid birders, go out no matter what the weather may be. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article
Joan Collins and Mary Beth Warbuton scan the skies along the southwest face of Azure Mountain.
Joan Collins and Mary Beth Warbuton scan the skies along the southwest face of Azure Mountain.

An aerial pageant: the fall bird migration

Each fall, thousands of raptors -- hawks, eagles, and falcons -- leave their breeding grounds across North America and move to their southern wintering grounds. Most hawks are soaring birds and depend on updrafts to help them travel. For this reason, certain geographical locations are concentration spots for hawks moving north to south. Some parts of the North Country are excellent places to observe autumn migrating hawks. Todd Moe followed a couple of avid birders to the top of Azure Mountain in the northern Adirondacks.  Go to full article

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