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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"
Oct 31, 2007 — Crows are garrulous, clubby birds. Good fliers, fun to watch. But they have their place. Flocks (proper name "murders") can provide human-like entertainment in the countryside. But in cities...not so much. Some cities like Watertown bring in professionals to get rid of crows, particularly at this time of year. Mary Corriveau is city manager of Watertown. She tells Jonathan Brown the birds are starting to flock downtown where asphalt and heated buildings help keep them warm through the winter. Go to full article
Oct 12, 2007 — Red is this fall's color, at least in the North Country's woods. How leaves change color is pretty well understood; just why they do so remains something of a mystery. And why red, especially? Good question... for our commentator, Paul Hetzler. Go to full article
Sep 28, 2007 — State wildlife officials say New York's moose population is growing exponentially. Based on field work and sightings reported by the public, the Department of Environmental Conservation estimates as many as 500 moose could be living in the state, mostly in the Adirondacks. It's a dramatic increase from a decade ago, when the DEC put their number between 50 and 100. Only a handful of moose were in New York in the 1980s. It's now breeding season for moose and that means the animals are roaming far and wide looking for mates. This week, a bull moose broke through a fence at the Great Escape amusement park in Queensbury and trotted through the parking lot of Aviation Mall before DEC officers arrived to move the animal away from the area. DEC wildlife biologist Ken Kogut tells Jonathan Brown that as the number of moose increase so do the amount of car accidents they cause. Go to full article
by Brian Mann
Aug 28, 2007 — Former Governor George Pataki was in Tupper Lake Monday to tour the Wild Center. It was his first visit to the facility which he helped to build by earmarking more than $14 million in taxpayer funds for the project. Museum officials showed their gratitude, announcing that the main exhibition hall will be renamed in Pataki's honor. Brian Mann reports. Go to full article
Aug 23, 2007 — Various species of swallowtail butterfly are a common sight in fields and woodlands early in the year. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about their varieties, and how apparently different forms can occur within the same species. Go to full article
by Brian Mann
Jul 25, 2007 — A group of volunteers based in Queensbury say they hope to build a new aquarium in the southern Adirondacks. The project comes two years after a similar proposal on the St. Lawrence River failed to meet its fundraising goals. Brian Mann spoke with organizer Danelle Dessaint, who says an aquarium would be a natural fit for the Adirondack Park. Go to full article
Jul 05, 2007 — This week, we heard Brian Mann's story from the goose roundup in Saranac Lake. Scientists are studyng the geese to see why more and more of them don't make the storied migration north to nest. One reason may be that shorefront lawns and parks create habitat that's just too good to pass by. Creatures change their patterns for lots of reason. A new study in the journal Ecology finds those changes don't always work out to the animal's advantage. Rebecca Williams reports. Go to full article
by Dale Hobson
May 31, 2007 — Poets are often asked "Where do you find your inspiration?" Sometimes the answer is a person--a mentor or teacher whose words and example are life-changing. We hear poet Maurice Kenny talk about the century-old Mohawk elder, teacher, storyteller, activist and naturalist Ray Fadden, and hear a few of the poems he inspired. Go to full article