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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...
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...
News stories tagged with "nature"
by Brian Mann
Apr 15, 2008 — Scientists say a deadly disease that has ravaged bat populations in northern New York and Vermont is spreading faster than expected. Federal researchers have confirmed fresh outbreaks of "white nose syndrome" in Connecticut and eastern Vermont on the far side of the Green Mountains. They now suspect that the ailment may have reached caves in Pennsylvania. Researchers fear that some species of bats could be wiped out. As Brian Mann reports, pro-environment groups say the government should be doing more to protect the animals. NOTE: Jonathan Brown contributed to this report. Go to full article
Apr 07, 2008 — As we've reported, thousands of bats in New York and parts of New England are dying of a mysterious illness that causes a pale fungus to grow around their snouts. It's called white nose syndrome. Researchers across the country have been scrambling, but they still don't know what's causing it. Some new information is emerging; wildlife rehabilitators working with New York biologists are saving some bats with just food, water and warmth. Biologist Chris Ray tells Jonathan Brown white nose syndrome kills bats in at least two ways. Go to full article
Feb 21, 2008 — How many pinecones does a squirrel eat in the winter? It depends on the pinecone, but a single squirrel can eat thousands of pinecones in the winter. Learn more about squirrels and their pinecones with Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager. Go to full article
Feb 15, 2008 — Bird watchers are out in force this weekend for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count. This year's event calls on birders to "Count for Fun, Count for the Future." Backyard reports this weekend will help biologists spotlight changes in bird populations and distribution from year to year. Todd Moe spoke with avid birder John Thaxton, in Keene. He and his wife became serious bird watchers after a bike trip and a stop at a bed of wild roses, 25 years ago. Go to full article
Jan 22, 2008 — For the 108th year, volunteer birders fanned out across the country for the annual birding census earlier this winter. The all-volunteer effort takes a snapshot of bird populations to monitor their status and distribution across the Western Hemisphere. The Audubon Society started the Christmas Bird Count in 1900 as an alternative to a Victorian-era holiday hunting tradition of shooting the greatest number of birds. Today, data collected during the Christmas Bird Count helps researchers monitor bird behavior and bird conservation. You could call it bird watching with a benefit. Todd Moe tagged along with some Adirondack bird enthusiasts who began their avian adventure at first light. Go to full article
Jan 10, 2008 — A class asked Martha Foley and Curt Stager about the snakes of the region. There are about 10 indigenous species, only one poisonous. The most elusive is the worm snake, which looks like--and feeds on--its namesake. Go to full article
Dec 28, 2007 — The state Department of Conservation is launching a new nature magazine for kids, filled with photos, articles and tips on activities designed to encourage children to reconnect with the outdoors and the natural world. DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis says Conservationist for Kids will be published three times a year. He told Todd Moe that the new magazine is part of a plan to connect more New Yorkers to nature. Go to full article
Dec 24, 2007 — The 108th annual Christmas Bird Count is underway across North America. Todd Moe talks with Adirondack birder and naturalist Larry Master. He's been participating in the annual Saranac Lake area census for 35 years. Master says the Bird Count began in 1900 as a protest against an annual holiday bird hunt. Go to full article
Nov 08, 2007 — Evolution as a theory has more going for it than sheer speculation. Darwin's ideas about how new species arise are supported, for example, by the recent development of a distinct species of marsh grass. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager look at the scientific evidence supporting evolution. Go to full article