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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
Aimee Hurt has trained dogs for conservation work for nine years
Aimee Hurt has trained dogs for conservation work for nine years

A dog's job: studying moose in the Adirondacks

Wildlife biologists say that New York state is home to more than 500 moose. Their population has surged in recent years. Researchers would like to know a lot more about the animals: what they're eating, where they're going, and why their numbers are growing so rapidly. A new project organized by the Wildlife Conservation Society aims to gather some of that data using trained tracking dogs. Brian Mann spent a day with a research team in the northern Adirondacks and has our story.  Go to full article
Native plant expert Jane Desotelle inspects a plot of mullen, or "Quaker's Rouge", on Falls Island in Canton.
Native plant expert Jane Desotelle inspects a plot of mullen, or "Quaker's Rouge", on Falls Island in Canton.

Eating the North Country: wild food foraging

For nearly 30 years, Jane Desotelle has been collecting herbs in the Adirondacks for teas and sometimes an entire meal of found food. Desotelle owns "Underwood Herbs" and also runs a botanical sanctuary. She's a gardener, artist and plant expert. She recently led a plant walk for TAUNY on Falls Island in downtown Canton. Todd Moe tagged along to learn more about weeds that are good for you. Reminder: It's often illegal to pick wild plants on public lands, and always ask permission before venturing onto someone else's property.  Go to full article
Robin Rhodes-Crowell digs up leeks in her woods near Canton
Robin Rhodes-Crowell digs up leeks in her woods near Canton

Stalking a celebrated spring staple

This year, NCPR is celebrating its 40th anniversary and food in the North Country. As part of "Local Flavor", our occasional series on growing, cooking and eating locally, Todd Moe heads into the woods near Canton in search of wild leeks. It's planting season in many backyards, but not all local food is cultivated. Sometimes it's nice to reap delicacies from nature's garden.  Go to full article
Robin Rhodes-Crowell digs up leeks in her woods near Canton
Robin Rhodes-Crowell digs up leeks in her woods near Canton

Stalking a celebrated spring staple

This year, NCPR is celebrating its 40th anniversary and food in the North Country. As part of "Local Flavor", our occasional series on growing, cooking and eating locally, Todd Moe heads into the woods near Canton in search of wild leeks. It's planting season in many backyards, but not all local food is cultivated. Sometimes it's nice to reap delicacies from nature's garden.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Signs of Spring

This hour-long Natural Selections special was recorded live before a studio audience at Paul Smith's, the College of the Adirondacks. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager host.  Go to full article

"White nose" syndrome spreads fast, alarming scientists and environmentalists

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

Saving bats with food, water and warmth

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

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