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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

Natural Selections: Adirondack snakes

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

New magazine connects kids and nature

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
A male Common Redpoll (photo: Larry Master, Lake Placid)<br /><br />
A male Common Redpoll (photo: Larry Master, Lake Placid)

Counting birds in the winter

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

Natural Selections: Bird Feathers

What can we learn from a single feather about a bird or about the purpose of that feather? Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about these unique and remarkable natural structures.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Seeing Evolution

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

Watertown tries to shoo crows out of the city

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

Natural Selections: Tree Shapes

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager explain how tree shapes, like our own physical shapes, are determined by both genetics and environment.  Go to full article

The whys of fall colors

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

Natural Selections: Curiosity

It may be what killed the cat, but Dr. Curt Stager maintains that curiosity (or noseyness, as Martha Foley puts it) has survival value in humans and other species.  Go to full article

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