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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
Dr. Bernd Heinrich (Source:  UVM)
Dr. Bernd Heinrich (Source: UVM)

Conversation with Bernd Heinrich: A Scientist Explores the Patterns & Beauty in Nature

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
Kids with flags and Governor Pataki gather to break ground for the Natural History Museum in Tupper Lake
Kids with flags and Governor Pataki gather to break ground for the Natural History Museum in Tupper Lake

Ground Broken for Adk. Natural History Museum

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

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