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Every so often some new sinkhole makes the news. This week the local hole worth knowing about opened up in West Quebec and closed Highway 148 between Luskville and Quyon. That got me poking around the Internet on the subject of sinkholes in...
Several converging experiences over the last week got me to thinking about the role predators play in the food chain and even, it turns out, on the shape of our landscape. It began with my hen house, led to the ridge at the top of my hay field, and...
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...
News stories tagged with "nature"
by Brian Mann
Jul 03, 2006 — 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
Jun 01, 2006 — 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
May 25, 2006 — 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
May 11, 2006 — 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
Apr 13, 2006 — 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
by Todd Moe
Nov 02, 2005 — 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
by NCPR News
Jun 16, 2005 — 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
by Brian Mann
May 04, 2005 — Dr. Bernd Heinrich is one of the country's most prominent nature writers. Based in Burlington, Vermont, and Western Maine, Heinrich teaches biology at the University of Vermont. He has written classic nature books like Bumblebee Economics and Ravens in Winter. Over the weekend, the Adirondack Center for Writing hosted a seminar with Heinrich at the Paul Smiths Visitor Interpretive Center. Heinrich was joined in a public conversation by Dr. Curt Stager, a professor at Paul Smiths College. He was also joined by Chris Shaw, Vermont-based author of Sacred Monkey River, who teaches writing at Middlebury College. Their conversation treated the art of writing and the value of science as we look for the meaning and beauty in nature. Go to full article
by Todd Moe
Jul 12, 2004 — Officials broke ground on the Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks in Tupper Lake yesterday. The $20-million dollar project, on 31 acres of land, will feature an observation tower, a picnic area, nature trails and a 20-foot waterfall. Todd Moe spoke with some of those who attended Sunday's groundbreaking, including museum board trustee Jim Ellis, who says it's expected to boost tourism, while educating people about the natural, historical and cultural resources of the Adirondacks. Go to full article