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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

Ed Kanze: Indian Summer in the North Woods

Ed Kanze is one of the most prolific nature writers in the Adirondacks. His columns appear in a dozen newspapers and magazines, including Adirondack Life and the Adirondack Explorer. In his new collection of essays, Over the Mountain and Home Again, Kanze recounts his journeys through the Park and its seasons. In this excerpt, he describes a day in late fall.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Trout variations, pt. 2

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager continue a discussion about trout biology and habitat in the Adirondacks.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Trout variations

Native brook trout developed in genetically isolated communities, producing variations from one watershed to the next. Through human interventions such as stocking programs and lakeside and streamside development, those distinct communities have been lost in many areas. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss some restoration efforts.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Black Flies

This pest of the northern spring targets other species than humans. Some varieties annoy deer and some live in the tree canopy to bedevil the birds. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager enumerate the victims.  Go to full article
Ruby-throated Hummingbird engaging in a little pollination. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/puttefin/5976511704/">Kelly Colgan Azar</a>, CC some rights reserved
Ruby-throated Hummingbird engaging in a little pollination. Photo: Kelly Colgan Azar, CC some rights reserved

Natural Selections: Pollen

Is a bad year for pollen allergy sufferers a good year for plants? Why does some pollen cause stronger reactions? Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager look at the birds and bees, as practiced by the flowers and trees.  Go to full article
Wild Center Great Hall at night
Wild Center Great Hall at night

Interview: "Wild Center" Founder Betsy Lowe

Tomorrow in Tupper Lake, the new Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks will open its doors to the public for the first time. Billed as "The Wild Center" by its founders, the museum includes massive aquarium tanks, a live otter exhibit, and interactive displays that show the geology and ecology of the Adirondacks. Hundreds of people have donated and volunteered time to make the museum possible. But the vision came from one woman, Betsy Lowe, who hatched the idea of a new facility in 1998. Lowe -- who lives in Lake Placid and Long Lake -- gave an early tour to Brian Mann.  Go to full article

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