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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

Natural Selections: Pinecones

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
Grosbeaks near a backyard feeder in Bloomingdale
Grosbeaks near a backyard feeder in Bloomingdale

Counting birds in the backyard

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
Perhaps the most unusual bird on the count was a leucistic black-capped Chickadee at a Bloomingdale feeder (photo: Larry Master)
Perhaps the most unusual bird on the count was a leucistic black-capped Chickadee at a Bloomingdale feeder (photo: Larry Master)

Volunteers flock to annual bird count

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

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