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"Black" Eastern Grey Squirrel in Toronto.
"Black" Eastern Grey Squirrel in Toronto.

Natural Selections: Black squirrels

Black squirrels are becoming more common throughout the St. Lawrence Valley. They are a normal variation of the more familiar gray squirrel species. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss melanism, an increase in the pigmentation of some species that can be a response to environmental factors.  Go to full article
Snapping turtle crossing the road. Photo: Matt Foley (submitted to NCPR's Hurricane Irene album)
Snapping turtle crossing the road. Photo: Matt Foley (submitted to NCPR's Hurricane Irene album)

Natural Selections: Turtles

Snapping turtles aren't really that vicious, unless they are provoked. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about their peculiar anatomy, safe ways (for turtle and human) to help them across highways, and more.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Antlers and horns

Horns and antlers are more than different variations on animal head gear. Antlers are temporary and contain no actual bone. Horns are for keeps. Martha Foley and Curt Stager discuss pointy-headed creatures.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Porcupine Quills

While the porcupine quill is hollow, like a feather, and is made from the same material, it is actually a modified hair. African porcupines can weigh as much as 60 pounds and have quills as thick as soda straws. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about "prickly" matters.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Dragonflies, part 2

The Japanese trap dragonflies with weighted silk threads, treasuring their association with the virtues of happiness, courage and strength. Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley continue their discussion of dragonflies and their habits.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Dragonflies, part 1

Dragonflies, the largest flying insect predators, can be startling, but are not known for biting humans. As Dr. Curt Stager tells Martha Foley, however, one is reported to have killed a hummingbird.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Bird Monogamy

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss the manners and morals of avian mating.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Adirondack Trout, pt. 1

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about trout biology and habitat in the Adirondacks.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Salamanders and Newts

What's the difference between a salamander and a newt? Not too much, says Dr. Curt Stager. He talks with Martha Foley about how aquatic salamanders mature into the forest variety.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: The Pine Marten

The pine marten, or American marten, is an elusive member of the weasel family found in spruce/pine or mixed hardwood forests. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss how to make track prints and photographs of this nocturnal Adirondack hunter.  Go to full article

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