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A male Common Redpoll (photo: Larry Master, Lake Placid)
A male Common Redpoll (photo: Larry Master, Lake Placid)

Birders prepare for annual count

Birders in the Northeast expect to see fewer robins and more redpolls as thousands of citizen scientists across North America get out their tally sheets for the 14th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, sponsored by Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Pat Leonard, of the Cornell Lab, helps coordinate the annual weekend count. She says the survey, which began this morning and continues through Presidents' Day, gives a snapshot of bird populations and migration trends. Leonard says the event typically records millions of observations.  Go to full article
Laura Rice with Hobart Roberts' cameras at the Adirondack Museum.
Laura Rice with Hobart Roberts' cameras at the Adirondack Museum.

Adirondack Attic: vintage wildlife photos

We continue our series, the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn. You may know Andy from his series of "Adirondack Attic" books on local history. He uses the objects people make, use and leave behind to tell stories about the life and times of the region. NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and museums in the region to bring these stories to air. Today, we hear the story of wildlife photographer Hobart Roberts.  Go to full article

Book review: "The Hidden Life of Deer"

In the North Country, we see whitetail deer grazing in fields and leaping across roads at dusk. Author Elizabeth Marshall Thomas sees far more than that. Betsy Kepes reviews her new book, The Hidden Life of Deer, Lessons form a Natural World.  Go to full article

Tips for enjoying the outdoors this weekend

John Warren, of the Adirondack Almanack, joins us Friday mornings with information about local outdoor and backcountry conditions.  Go to full article
Eldblom and Johnson's new book
Eldblom and Johnson's new book

A lifelong passion for wild plants

Take a nature walk with Nancy Eldblom and you'll learn that there's much to appreciate beyond landscape and wildlife.For Eldblom, what most of us ignore as just grass or weeds are botanical obsessions. She and colleague Anne Johnson have hiked fields and forests and paddled waterways in St. Lawrence County for decades to document some 1,347 native and alien plants. They're out with a new book, Plants of St. Lawrence County, NY -- An Annotated Checklist of Vascular Flora. Eldbloom says the user-friendly guide to the county's plant life is designed for amateur and professional naturalists alike. Eldblom now lives in California; Johnson, near Waddington. Todd Moe went for a walk with Nancy Eldblom in the meadow and along the pond behind his home. It's a field of green this season, splattered with yellow, white and purple wild flowers.  Go to full article
Researchers crawl under the ledge of rock, wading upstream
Researchers crawl under the ledge of rock, wading upstream

Hale's Cave near Albany is ground zero of a deadly bat disease

The deadly bat disease known as white-nose syndrome was first identified in upstate New York three years ago. It continues to spread fast, with outbreaks now confirmed as far away as Ontario and Maryland. Researchers still don't know how to stop the fungus from reaching new caves. Here in the North Country, biologists now say the disease has already wiped out 95% of the largest bat colonies. Brian Mann traveled recently with a team of biologists returning to the cave near Albany where the first bats infected with white nose were discovered. He sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Chuck Brumley
Chuck Brumley

Saranac Lake author Chuck Brumley: 1940-2010

We'll say goodbye now to a friend. Chuck Brumley, of Saranac Lake, was 70 years old. He passed away last week.

Chuck was an avid outdoorsman, and a guide. He was a musician and a writer. He wrote often about his love for the Adirondacks and his adopted hometown of Saranac Lake. His books include "Guides of the Adirondacks: A History," and a collection of stories: "Ripples from the Paddle."

He also wrote and recorded commentaries for North Country Public Radio -- always with a touch of humor. In 2003, Chuck wrote this -- about guiding tourists in the Adirondacks.  Go to full article
Wilson on the Baxter Mountain trail
Wilson on the Baxter Mountain trail

Leashes and hiking boots: A new book looks at dogs on Adirondack trails

For a lot of people in the North Country, a hike in the woods wouldn't be the same without a dog. A new guidebook published this summer offers a great list of trails in the Adirondacks that are dog-friendly, along with good advice for taking your pet into the woods. Brian Mann hit the trail this week with the book's editor, Libby Treadwell, and sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article

DEC opens wildlife refuges in St. Law, Jeff counties

For the next two weeks, the Department of Environmental Conservation will open normally closed-off refuge areas in three North Country Wildlife Management Areas. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article
Big Slide Mountain (Source:  Wikipedia)
Big Slide Mountain (Source: Wikipedia)

Audio postcard: A final taste of winter on Big Slide Mountain

Spring weather came early this year in the North Country, but there's still plenty of snow in the higher elevations of the Adirondacks. Brian Mann spent a recent weekend snow-shoeing and climbing in the mountains near Keene Valley. He sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

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