Several converging experiences over the last week got me to thinking about the role predators play in the food chain and even, it turns out, on the shape of our landscape.
It began with my hen house, led to the ridge at the top of my hay field, and...
WCAX reports that Vermont governor Peter Shumlin was chased by 4 bears in his back yard. The bears were feasting on his bird feeders Wednesday night, and it seems the governor interrupted their midnight snack.
Did you get a chance to take part in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count this past weekend? I admit I put it off until Monday afternoon – the last day of the count – and decided to count birds during the first part of an afternoon...
Atlantic Sturgeon now listed as Endangered Species. You might have heard this story on NPR’s Weekend Edition this past Saturday (Feb. 4).
Now this New York Times article takes a look:
The sturgeon, in decades long past, commonly exceeded 14...
Apr 12, 2001 — Opossums are very ancient, as mammals go. These marsupials have spread their range into Northern New York over the last few decades. Martha Foley talks with Dr. Curt Stager about opossums. Go to full article
Feb 05, 2001 — Despite frigid temperatures, more than a thousand fishermen crowded onto a pond near Tupper Lake Saturday, for the second annual Northern Challenge. The event is a fundraiser for a local charity, and a chance for ice fishermen to match skills chasing northern pike. Brian Mann was there and sends this audio postcard. Go to full article
Jan 19, 2001 — Bird watchers have been gathering in the Adirondacks in recent days, hoping to catch a glimpse of a rare "hawk-owl". The bird usually stays close to home in remote parts of northern Quebec or Labrador. Local experts say out of state bird watchers are traveling from as far away as New Jersey and Kentucky. Brian Mann reports. Go to full article
Jan 18, 2001 — Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley talk about snow flies. This tiny wingless fly likes the cold, making their own antifreeze to survive the weather. They are a pest only to rodents, carrying the roundworm parasites that infect them. Go to full article
Jan 11, 2001 — Anyone who has had pets has heard of fleas. But snow fleas--that's a different story! As Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley explain, these tiny critters look like pepper on the snow on days just above freezing. Go to full article
Dec 28, 2000 — Cats are pretty smart--the whole setup proves that. But just how smart are they? Dr Curt Stager and Martha Foley stack up man's second-best friend against other mammals. Go to full article
Nov 23, 2000 — If you've ever had a bird feeder in your yard, perhaps you've had the chance to admire blue jays hungrily munching away. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about the habits of this year-round resident of the North Country. Go to full article
Pine Bush, NY, May 22, 2000 — The Hollis family lives along the shore of the St. Lawrence River in Red Mills, New York. Along with a generations-old passion for fishing and hunting, the family is known for their popular handbuilt wooden "Hollis punts" and for superbly carved duck decoys. Go to full article
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