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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

New "Deer Crossing" technology

Every year there are about 1.5 million deer-car accidents. Now highway officials are testing a new system to cut down on those accidents. Rebecca Williams has more.  Go to full article

Looking up: the winter sky emerges

We take advantage of the beautiful fall weather this week--the night-time weather that is. Astronomer Jeff Miller, Martha Foley and Brian Mann talk about the full moon and the planets.  Go to full article
(photo: Nina Schoch)
(photo: Nina Schoch)

Loon populations increasing in Adirondacks

The call of the loon in the Adirondacks might be heard more these days. Data collected by the Adirondack Loon Conservation Program show loon populations have increased and stabilized over the last eight years. Todd Moe talks with loon biologist Nina Schoch, who says loons are regularly spotted on 75% of the lakes in the region where the birds have been counted since 2001. She attributes part of their rebound to a recovery from the impacts of the pesticide DDT.  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

Take a paddle or hike along a stream, or spend some time gardening and you'll likely hear the familiar click of wings or glimpse a flying glint of blue or green. Dragonflies are a familiar and favorite sight in the North Country. And now, during the summer months, excitement is high among "dragonfliers" whose calendars are extra full because this is the time of year when dragonflies are most commonly seen. But researchers say there are more questions than answers about dragonflies. This is the fourth summer that the DEC and Nature Conservancy have seriously studied dragonflies and their close relatives, damselflies, in some of the more remote parts of the state. With the help of volunteers, biologists are out to foster public interest in the conservation of the colorful, winged insects and their aquatic habitats. Todd Moe found that, for a hobby that includes searching for large bugs in swampy areas, it has a lot of followers.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Salamanders and Newts

What's the difference between a salamander and a newt? Not too much, says Dr. Curt Stager. He talks with Martha Foley about how aquatic salamanders mature into the forest variety.  Go to full article
Halpern divides her time between Vermont and the Adirondacks
Halpern divides her time between Vermont and the Adirondacks

Author Sue Halpern: What we remember, why we forget

North Country writer Sue Halpern has spent decades exploring some of the most complicated tangles of science and human experience. She's written about the migrations of monarch butterflies, and the intimate experience of solitude. Her new book, Can't Remember What I Forgot, goes to the frontier of modern brain science. She decodes the way the brain stories memory and looks at new treatment for diseases like Alzheimer's. Halpern spoke this week with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

Online map of wildlife diseases available

There's a new online map for tracking wildlife diseases that threaten animals and people. Chuck Quirmbach reports.  Go to full article

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