From NCPR Blogs:
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"
by Martha Foley
Mar 23, 2007 — Leah Filo is a biologist with the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. She's spent most of her professional life doing field work with migratory songbirds. In January, she joined the search for a ghost among birds, the ivory-billed woodpecker - and she came back a believer. The ivory-billed was long thought to be extinct - but in April 2005, a partnership led by Cornell University's ornithology lab formally announced the rediscovery of the ivory-billed in an area of Arkansas bottom land swamp known as the Big Woods. They cited "visual encounters", a video clip, and sounds linked to ivory-bills. Not everyone believes. Since then, scientists and volunteers have been scouring likely habitat for more sightings. Leah Filo volunteered to help and found herself spending two weeks in the very Big Woods of the 2005 sightings -- along the White River in Arkansas. It was wet and chilly -- nights in the 30s, days in the 40s. It's bottom land forest, mostly deciduous woods that flood frequently. Leah spent most of her time in waders. She kept lots of notes, and kept an audio journal as well. She spoke with Martha Foley. Go to full article
Mar 12, 2007 — The US Fish and Wildlife Service plans to look at whether the Eastern cougar exists. The agency will be looking in 21 states from Maine to Michigan, and down to Tennessee. As Linda Stephan reports, the review could end with a recommendation to remove its endangered status. Go to full article
Mar 08, 2007 — Naturalists have observed telltale bubbles emitted by some fish and have even provided recordings. Others have detected secret alarm sounds in the cries of ground squirrels. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about the hidden sounds of nature. Go to full article
by Lucy Martin
Feb 19, 2007 — The city of Ottawa is encircled by a "greenbelt", an area of natural space protected from heavy development. It was intended to confine urban sprawl. But population growth simply leapt over, spawning homogeneous suburbs, which now ring the greenbelt. The Fletcher Wildlife Garden encompasses nearly 13 acres in the Greenbelt, next to the city's historic Experimental Farm. Besides offering tranquil wilderness trails minutes from Parliament Hill, it also features a scale model demonstrating ways to bring wildlife back into small suburban yards. Sandy Garland is a senior member of the Garden's steering committee. She spoke with Ottawa correspondent Lucy Martin, after presenting a how-to lecture and slide show. As tables and chairs were stacked away, Garland explained that even small steps can add up. Go to full article
by Martha Foley
Feb 16, 2007 — Tens of thousands of people will be outside (or looking out the window), counting birds this weekend. It's the tenth annual Great Backyard Bird Count. The idea is to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent, and how local birds fit into the larger landscape. Anyone can participate - last year participants reported a record-breaking 7.5 million birds of 623 species. Martha Foley talked with Joan Collins of Potsdam, who was watching her feeder as the count began this morning. Go to full article
Dec 21, 2006 — The merlin, or pigeon hawk, has long been absent from the North Country. But nesting pairs began to be discovered again beginning in the 1990s. Curt Stager recounts an encounter with the returning hunter to Martha Foley. Go to full article
Nov 23, 2006 — What sort of evolution has taken place in the human species in the last 100,000 years? Is an evolutionary change always beneficial? Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about Neanderthal and Cro-magnon Man. Go to full article
Nov 16, 2006 — Last week Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley discussed the future of Adirondack trees and forests. In part 2, they turn the crystal ball on fauna. The fortunes of the black bear look bad, due to the decline of a main food supply--beechnuts. Migrant songbirds may also decline, in part because of habitat loss elsewhere, and in part due to domestic cats who take an amazing toll of birds each year. It looks good for fish, but better for invasive than native species. Go to full article
Nov 09, 2006 — Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley gaze into the crystal ball to imagine the Adirondack Park in 300 years. The effects of invasive species may be more noticeable than those of global warming. Three of the commonest trees face disease threats--most severely, the beech. Southern hardwoods like hickory and oak will not likely move in, even with an increase in temperature, and native maples may do even better with a longer growing season. Go to full article