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Charting a response to climate change in the Adirondacks

Researchers, local government leaders and state officials gathered this week in Tupper Lake to talk about the impact of global climate change in the Adirondacks. The conference at the Wild Center offered a snapshot of the best new science on global warming. Organizers also hope to chart local strategies for reducing carbon emissions in the region. As Brian Mann reports, they hope that cutting pollution can also lead to lower energy costs for businesses and governments.  Go to full article

Tupper Lake climate conference aims to push global warming debate

Scientists and policy-makers from around the world are gathering this morning in Tupper Lake. The "American Response to Climate Change Conference," held at the Wild Center, aims to develop an action plan for global warming. Brian Mann spoke with conference director Kate Fish. She says participants hope to translate scientific knowledge into action.

NOTE: This week's gathering is closed to the public. The Wild Center will reopen on Friday.  Go to full article
Former Gov. Pataki in the mail hall. Photo: The Wild Center
Former Gov. Pataki in the mail hall. Photo: The Wild Center

Wild Center's main hall renamed for Pataki

Former Governor George Pataki was in Tupper Lake Monday to tour the Wild Center. It was his first visit to the facility which he helped to build by earmarking more than $14 million in taxpayer funds for the project. Museum officials showed their gratitude, announcing that the main exhibition hall will be renamed in Pataki's honor. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article
Searching by canoe.
Searching by canoe.

Searching for the ivory-billed woodpecker

Leah Filo is a biologist with the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. She's spent most of her professional life doing field work with migratory songbirds. In January, she joined the search for a ghost among birds, the ivory-billed woodpecker - and she came back a believer. The ivory-billed was long thought to be extinct - but in April 2005, a partnership led by Cornell University's ornithology lab formally announced the rediscovery of the ivory-billed in an area of Arkansas bottom land swamp known as the Big Woods. They cited "visual encounters", a video clip, and sounds linked to ivory-bills. Not everyone believes. Since then, scientists and volunteers have been scouring likely habitat for more sightings. Leah Filo volunteered to help and found herself spending two weeks in the very Big Woods of the 2005 sightings -- along the White River in Arkansas. It was wet and chilly -- nights in the 30s, days in the 40s. It's bottom land forest, mostly deciduous woods that flood frequently. Leah spent most of her time in waders. She kept lots of notes, and kept an audio journal as well. She spoke with Martha Foley.  Go to full article
The Wild Center
The Wild Center

In Tupper Lake, A Wild Beginning

Tupper Lake's new "Wild Center" opened yesterday. The $25 million natural history museum has been more than eight years in the making. The massive celebration was attended by some of New York state's leading politicians, as well as more than 5,000 visitors. As Brian Mann reports, they found live otters, a miniature glacier, and a town eager for a fresh start.  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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