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Every so often some new sinkhole makes the news. This week the local hole worth knowing about opened up in West Quebec and closed Highway 148 between Luskville and Quyon. That got me poking around the Internet on the subject of sinkholes in...
Several converging experiences over the last week got me to thinking about the role predators play in the food chain and even, it turns out, on the shape of our landscape. It began with my hen house, led to the ridge at the top of my hay field, and...
Public radio: it’s your go-to source for important, hard-hitting topics so often ignored by main-stream media. Such as the annual Christmas Bird Count, a popular event in environmental circles in the U.S. and Canada, as shown by this map of...
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...
News stories tagged with "nature"
May 01, 2009 — 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
Mar 20, 2009 — 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
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Feb 19, 2009 — 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
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Feb 16, 2009 — 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
Feb 12, 2009 — 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
Feb 05, 2009 — 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
Jan 21, 2009 — 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
Oct 29, 2008 — 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