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Bug-eating Birds Avoid Development

Researchers have found that building housing along lakeshores affects the kinds of birds drawn to the area. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium?s Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

Loon Mercury Study Final Report

Martha Foley talks with Adirondack loon researcher Nina Schoch about the final report from the loon and mercury study, other threats to loons in the Adirondacks, and a census coming up later this month.  Go to full article

Restoring the Common Tern

The Common Tern is a bird best known for its graceful flight and dramatic dives. The shoals and nooks of the eastern Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shoreline have been some of the tern's best nesting habitat in North America. But over the past 50 years, the area's tern population has dropped dramatically, from 20,000 to only 2000. Now the tern's a threatened species in New York. David Sommerstein reports on efforts to restore the bird's numbers.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Tool-Using Animals

The ability to use tools has separated man from animals for many scientists. That line may not be as clear as once believed. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about animal intelligence and the use of tools by different animal species.  Go to full article
Going underground in search of endangered Indana bats.
Going underground in search of endangered Indana bats.

Endangered Species In A Cold Season: Tracking Indiana Bats In The Champlain Valley

The North Country's frosty spring is a nuisance for humans, but for wildlife the cold weather can be deadly. Researchers in the Adirondacks say bats are especially vulnerable. The tiny animals are just emerging from their caves weak and hungry after a long winter's hibernation. As Brian Mann reports, scientists are keeping a close watch on "Indiana" bats - an endangered species found in the Champlain Valley.  Go to full article

Unraveling Mystery Of Birds' Night Calls

Many North American birds are in serious decline. But scientists aren't sure what's wrong because birds are hard to count. The problem is partly that birds often migrate long distances between wintering sites and summer breeding grounds. Usually they fly unobserved at night. And in many cases scientists don't know what route they take. However, a new technique promises to solve this problem. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Daniel Grossman has our story.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Cowbirds

Cowbirds are one of the few birds to parasitize other birds' nests. Martha and Curt discuss its habits.  Go to full article

Trout Season Opener: The Joys of Cold, Frustration

Yesterday was the first day of trout season. It was cold and blustery, but Brian Mann decided to shake out his tackle box and go stand by the Saranac River for a couple of hours. Brian didn't catch any fish, but he tells us it was a great excuse to hang around in bait shops on a Monday afternoon.  Go to full article

Loon Study

Researchers in the Adirondacks are working to learn more about the common loon. The latest field study is raising questions about mercury contamination in the lakes and ponds where the loons live. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Ephemeral Wetlands

Biologists are becoming concerned about the disappearance of a habitat for wildlife that can be found in rural areas, in sprawling suburbs, and even in cities. The Environmental Protection Agency is trying to get city planners, farmers, and developers to stop draining small marshy areas that biologists call ephemeral wetlands. The EPA says in the rush to save big areas of wetlands these small temporary wet spots have been overlooked at the expense of some unique wildlife. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham has more.  Go to full article

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