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Natural Selections: Northern Shrike

Sometimes the bird at your feeder is looking to feed on other birds. Dr. Curt Stager tells Martha Foley about a recent rare visitor outside his window, the northern shrike.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Camel Spiders

Like Martha Foley, you, too, may have seen a picture of this spider in your e-mail inbox. Is it real, or an imaginary creature come-to-life on the computer? Dr. Curt Stager gets the facts.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Whale anatomy

From the bones of their fins to the free-floating and functionless pelvis, the bodies of cetaceans show clear signs of having once lived on land. Why go back to the sea? Dr Curt Stager and Martha Foley examine the tale of the whale.  Go to full article
She wolf and pups
She wolf and pups

Wolf pups debut at Watertown zoo

Over the weekend, four wolf pups made their debut to visitors of the Thompson Park Zoo in Watertown. Jonathan Brown reports.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Adirondack Trout, pt. 1

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about trout biology and habitat in the Adirondacks.  Go to full article
Dragonflier Nick Donnelly searches a Franklin County pond
Dragonflier Nick Donnelly searches a Franklin County pond

Dragonfly devotees swarm for the hunt

A new display on dragonflies and their close relatives, damselflies, opens this week at the Paul Smiths VIC. The photography exhibit, "Damsels and Dragons - Flying Jewels of New York State" continues through August 1. It includes photos and text by Vici Zaremba and Stephen Diehl of Antwerp. Last summer, Todd Moe followed Vici, Stephen and a group of biologists on a dragonfly trek in Franklin County. The DEC and Nature Conservancy are hoping to foster public interest in the conservation of the colorful, winged insects and their aquatic habitats.  Go to full article
A Kasuga lantern, found in many Japanese gardens.
A Kasuga lantern, found in many Japanese gardens.

A garden for solace and studies

St. Lawrence University unveils a new sacred space this weekend. The North Country Japanese Garden, designed and built by students and faculty, will serve as an outdoor classroom and a place for quiet reflection. It's open to the public and includes quadrants with traditional Zen landscape elements - a grassy "strolling" garden, a dry stream and a shady moss garden. The Canton garden is based on a design made by several students who visited Zen gardens in Kyoto, Japan, in 2006 as part of a class project and research grant. Todd Moe toured the redesigned inner courtyard of Sykes Hall and found a blend of nature, art, East Asian and Adirondack aesthetics.  Go to full article

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

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