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Left to right: Passenger Pigeons, juvenile, male and female. Artist: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ectopistes_migratoriusAAP042CA.jpg">Louis Agassiz Fuertes</a>, circa 1910.
Left to right: Passenger Pigeons, juvenile, male and female. Artist: Louis Agassiz Fuertes, circa 1910.

Natural Selections: Passenger Pigeons

Once so numerous they darkened the sky for days while migrating, passenger pigeons arrived in this region in early May each year. Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley remember this once ubiquitous species wiped out by human hunting in the nineteenth century.  Go to full article
<i>The Wild Life</i> fills most of the gallery spaces at View in Old Forge.  Photo: View
The Wild Life fills most of the gallery spaces at View in Old Forge. Photo: View

Preview: "The Wild Life" in Old Forge

A new art display at View in Old Forge puts nature and animals front and center. The Wild Life exhibit includes work in a variety of media: watercolors, photography, sculpture, taxidermy.

Todd Moe spoke with curator Linda Weal, who says our wild neighbors are the focus: owls, trout, bears and more.  Go to full article
Snow geese off Point au Roche on Lake Champlain. Photo: Tom Cohen
Snow geese off Point au Roche on Lake Champlain. Photo: Tom Cohen

Heard Up North: masses of snow geese

Thousands of geese are crowding the North Country's skies, lakes, and cornfields on their way south for the winter. A first-hand listen to Snow Geese massing in one Lake Champlain bay reveals a phenomenal din as the birds are constantly moving, taking off and landing, talking all the time.

They often seem to act in unison, as if they are choreographed. When they do take off they look like a white cloud. That's when the sound explodes.

Jack Downs says you can hear them from a mile away or more. And when they lift off or become agitated, it is deafening.  Go to full article
Adirondack black bear. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thewildcenter/">The Wild Center</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/">some rights reserved</a>
Adirondack black bear. Photo: The Wild Center, CC some rights reserved

NY expects good season for bear hunters

Bear hunting season is underway in New York. And it's probably no surprise that the Department of Environmental Conservation is expecting a larger take than last year: a quick online search shows there have been bear sightings this year stretching from the Southern Tier to the North Country.

Jeremy Hurst is a wildlife biologist with New York's Department of Environmental Conservation. He says there are more bears in New York now than in previous decades, especially in the southern part of the state.  Go to full article
Cullen Rose of Inlet (left), his brother, Andy Quodomine of Clifton Park (center), and moose-calling contest emcee Ed Kanze (right). Photo: Andy Flynn
Cullen Rose of Inlet (left), his brother, Andy Quodomine of Clifton Park (center), and moose-calling contest emcee Ed Kanze (right). Photo: Andy Flynn

Moose callers gather in Indian lake

There are more moose living in the Adirondacks every year. Scientists put the population at about 800 this year.

One town is hoping its local moose will be a draw for visitors: Indian Lake is already capitalizing on moose tourism with an annual Moose Festival, which includes a moose calling contest.

But even with numbers up and moose sightings on the rise, nobody had reported seeing one on the first day of the Great Adirondack Moose Festival--except Bloomingdale resident Debbie Kanze.  Go to full article
Striped skunks. Photo: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Tomfriedel">Tomfriedel</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
Striped skunks. Photo: Tomfriedel, CC some rights reserved

Natural Selections: Skunks

This nocturnal nuisance can spray its cruel brew about as far as it can see: Ten feet. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager get down to the basics: "How do you get rid of the skunk under the porch?  Go to full article
Bicknell's Thrush. Photo: Larry Master
Bicknell's Thrush. Photo: Larry Master

Endangered status considered for Bicknell's thrush

The Fish and Wildlife Service says a rare songbird that nests atop mountains in the Adirondacks and Green Mountains may need protection as an endangered species. Todd Moe spoke with Long Lake birder Joan Collins, who has been tracking the Bicknell's Thrush for more than a decade. She says biologists are alarmed by the decline in the bird's numbers over the past year.  Go to full article
Red-backed salamander. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/ndw/">Norman Walsh</a>, cc <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
Red-backed salamander. Photo: Norman Walsh, cc some rights reserved

Natural Selections: Red-backed Salamanders

This northern forest species is so common that its biomass would outweigh all the large mammals and birds in its habitat combined. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager look at forest amphibians.  Go to full article
White nose syndrome in a New York cave (Photo:  Al Hicks, NYS DEC)
White nose syndrome in a New York cave (Photo: Al Hicks, NYS DEC)

White nose syndrome ravages bat populations as it spreads west

White Nose Syndrome is a deadly bat disease that continues to spread rapidly across the U.S. It was first identified in a cave near Albany in 2006. In the six years since, it's wiped out 90% of the population of bats in many caves across northern New York and Vermont. Researchers have made headway identifying the fungal disease, but they've found no way to stop it from infecting new sites as far away as western Ontario and Missouri.

Brian Mann checked in with Mollie Mattieson, with the Center for Biological Diversity in Vermont, which has been one of the leading environmental groups working on white nose syndrome. She is just back from a national conference on the disease and says much of the news is still bleak.  Go to full article

DEC surveys waterbird populations on Little Galloo Island

Every 10 years or so, the Department of Environmental Conservation goes out to Little Galloo Island, which is 20 miles off the coast of Cape Vincent in Lake Ontario, to survey waterbird populations there.

The island, with a few dead trees, some grass and a rocky shoreline, is a haven for colonial waterbirds. It has nests of Caspian terns, herring gulls and tens of thousands of ring-billed gulls, the standard seagull seen throughout the north country.

It's a wildlife management area owned by the DEC. Reporter Joanna Richards accompanied the state biologists out to the island this spring to get a look at this special nesting ground and see how the DEC does its work.  Go to full article

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