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Herring doing the deed.
Herring doing the deed.

Natural Selections: Fish Flatulence and Squirrel Alarms

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
Ottawa's greenbelt
Ottawa's greenbelt

Going wild in Ottawa

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

Backyard count captures "real time" snapshot of bird populations

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

Natural Selections: the merlin

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

Natural Selections: Diamonds and Rubies

Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley talk about what makes a gemstone instead of a lump. How do high-school chemistry terms such as carbon and aluminum oxide become the stuff dreams--and bling--are made of?  Go to full article
Bust of Neanderthal
Bust of Neanderthal

Natural Selections: Prehistoric Humans

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

Natural Selections: the Adirondacks in 300 years, part 2

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

Natural Selections: the Adirondacks in 300 years, part 1

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

Natural Selections: Echolocation

The sound a bat emits to navigate by echolocation is so loud, it would deafen the bat, if the inner ear bones didn't disengage during the couple of microseconds the sound lasts. Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley discuss the remarkable adaptations that allow bats to fly "blind."  Go to full article
Edward Kanze
Edward Kanze

Conversation with naturalist Ed Kanze

Ed Kanze has made a career writing about the natural world in far-off places like New Zealand and Australia. His new book: "Over the Mountain and Home Again", is a collection of essays about life in the Adirondacks. Ed and his wife settled near Bloomingdale seven years ago. Brian Mann visited recently:  Go to full article

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