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New York moose population growing "exponentially"

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
Former Gov. Pataki in the mail hall. Photo: The Wild Center
Former Gov. Pataki in the mail hall. Photo: The Wild Center

Wild Center's main hall renamed for Pataki

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

Natural Selections: Swallowtail Butterflies

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
Proposed trout pool (Source: Adk Aquarium)
Proposed trout pool (Source: Adk Aquarium)

Aquarium proposed for southern Adirondacks

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

Species avoids being prey

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
Mohawk elder Ray Fadden telling a story. Inset: poet Maurice Kenny
Mohawk elder Ray Fadden telling a story. Inset: poet Maurice Kenny

Giving Voice: Maurice Kenny on Ray Fadden

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

Heard Up North: An eerie mystery sound

This Heard Up North is a mystery - and an eerie one at that. A listener recorded a sound she heard recently in the middle of the night. We're hoping you can help identify what it is. If you think you know, please send an e-mail to  Go to full article

Call-in on regional climate change

Local weather and natural observations recorded for the region over many years give support for the claim that the North Country mirrors the rest of the world in experiencing a warming climate. What might that mean for the environment, the economy, and our way of life? Martha Foley, paleoclimatologist Curt Stager and physicist Aileen O'Donoghue discuss the possibilities and take calls from listeners.  Go to full article

Preview: Rachel Carson in the Adirondacks

Students, artists, writers and environmentalists in the Adirondacks will celebrate the 100th birthday of Rachel Carson with a series of events this month. Carson was a naturalist, biologist and writer whose 1962 book, Silent Spring, touched off a national environmental awareness. Todd Moe talks with Paul Hai, co-coordinator of the Rachel Carson in the Adirondacks Centennial Celebration, about the project's cross-disciplinary approach to celebrating her legacy.  Go to full article

Mysterious disappearing bees

Millions of honeybees across the country are dying mysteriously. Entire hives or colonies of bees are collapsing. Scientists say it's some new threat. They're scrambling to find answers. As Bob Allen reports, bees are crucial in pollinating billions of dollars worth of crops every spring.  Go to full article

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