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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
Surface and cave species of <i>astyanax</i>
Surface and cave species of astyanax

Natural Selections: Evolution or Devolution

When creatures lose organs they once had, such as cave-dwelling fish that lose functional eyes, is this evolution or devolution? Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley look for what is gained when something's lost in nature's accounting.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Complex Connections

Why does St. John's Wort do better when there are fish in the pond? What does the sea otter population have to do with the quality of surfing? Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley follow some of the thinner strands of the web of life.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Adirondack Cougar?

Reported sightings of cougars in the Adirondacks persist, though the native breeding population was wiped out nearly a century ago. While some sightings are suspect, others come from reliable witnesses. Are cougars returning from areas in Canada? Are these "extreme" pets, escaped or returned to the wild? Martha Foley and Curt Stager talk about big cats.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Maple Seeds

Some years trees put out huge quantities of seed. Naturalists are unsure whether this results from certain weather conditions, tree stress or some combination of factors. But this sudden bump in the food supply can have ripple effects throughout the ecosystem. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Animal Music

Birds and whales sing, but is it really music? Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley discuss the differences between animal and human music.  Go to full article

Writing Contest Celebrates Nature and Memoirs

Once again this fall, NCPR and the Adirondack Center for Writing, are offering a literature award to regional writers. The "2005 Writing Contest for Young and Adult Writers" welcomes submissions from anyone over 12 years old and living in the Adirondacks and/or NCPR listening area. Nathalie Thill, Adirondack Center for Writing Executive Director, told Todd Moe that this year's contest will focus on nature writing and memoir.  Go to full article

Call-in on the Natural World

Martha Foley was joined in the studio by her Natural Selections co-host Dr. Curt Stager and NCPR resident astronomer Dr. Aileen O'Donoghue to engage with callers in a wide-ranging discussion of the natural world. Everything from earwigs to Bermuda Highs.  Go to full article

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