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A mute swan. Photo: NYS DEC
A mute swan. Photo: NYS DEC

NY senator pens bill banning mute swan slaughter

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A state senator from Queens is trying to stop the slaughter of mute swans proposed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

A bill introduced last week by Sen. Tony Avella would put a two-year moratorium on DEC's plan to eradicate all 2,200 wild mute swans in the state by 2025.

The environmental agency is seeking to have the birds declared a "prohibited invasive species."  Go to full article
One grumpy black bear. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/8749778@N06/12033862626/">Eric Kilby</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
One grumpy black bear. Photo: Eric Kilby, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Wildlife officials warn of restless, grumpy bears

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont Fish and Wildlife officials are warning the public to beware of grumpy bears.

Wildlife experts say the fickle winter weather has exposed bear dens, prompting the bears to awaken from hibernation routines.  Go to full article
Will cougars occupy caves and cliffs in the Adirondack woods (Source:  Brian Mann)
Will cougars occupy caves and cliffs in the Adirondack woods (Source: Brian Mann)

Protect the Adirondacks seeks reports of cougars

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) An environmental group has started a database of public sightings of cougars in the Adirondacks in an effort to determine whether there's any truth to rumors that have circulated over the years about the big cats.  Go to full article

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Adirondack biologist Nina Schoch bands a Saw-Whet Owl near Lake Placid during fall migration.  Photo:  Costa Boutsikaris.
Adirondack biologist Nina Schoch bands a Saw-Whet Owl near Lake Placid during fall migration. Photo: Costa Boutsikaris.

Fall migration's special rewards

The fall migration is underway, a great time for birders to be outdoors watching the skies and treetops. Todd Moe spoke with Lake Placid bird watcher Larry Master about what he's seeing on his farm: lots of sparrows and finches. It's also a great season for up-close-and-personal views of birds -- Master is hosting a crew of birders busy banding Saw-Whet owls this week.  Go to full article

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Kid's around a life-size model of a whale heart at the Carnegie Museum. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/nosuchuser/4152475705">feral godmother</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Kid's around a life-size model of a whale heart at the Carnegie Museum. Photo: feral godmother, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Natural Selections: Animal hearts

From worms to whales, most creatures have hearts. In a worm it's a simple tube, in a whale it can pump 60 gallons of blood per minute.

Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley discuss the variety of hearts in the animal kingdom.  Go to full article
Bicknell's Thrush.  Photo:  Jeff Nadler
Bicknell's Thrush. Photo: Jeff Nadler

Adirondack birder says summer visitors are in short supply

A Long Lake birding expert is doing her part to keep track of the Bicknell's Thrush, a rare songbird that nests on top of mountains in the Adirondacks, New England and Canada. And that often means getting out of bed in the pre-dawn hours.

Joan Collins says scientists have predicted that 98 percent of the thrush's U.S. habitat could be lost due to climate change. Experts have already documented annual population declines of nearly 20 percent in parts of the bird's range.

Todd Moe talked with Collins about her spring and summer early morning birding treks on Whiteface Mountain. She tracks the Bicknell's thrush, and many other species on the mountain, for a bird monitoring survey as part of Mountain Birdwatch, a volunteer science initiative run by the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. Collins says the woods are quiet this summer and bird numbers are down.  Go to full article
Monarch larva feed on Milkweed, which grows in abundance along North Country roadsides. Photo: Wikipedia
Monarch larva feed on Milkweed, which grows in abundance along North Country roadsides. Photo: Wikipedia

Adk group fights to protect Monarch butterflies from road mowing

A non-profit group in the Adirondacks is urging highway departments to avoid mowing roadsides whenever possible over the next two months.

The group Adirondack Action says mowing can disturb areas used by Monarch butterflies as part of their summer reproduction cycle.  Go to full article

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