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On Natural Selections each week, join a short conversation on the natural world. Topics range from evolutionary biology to geology and wildlife, from climate science to animal and human behavior.

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The program is hosted by NCPR news director Martha Foley joined by naturalist Dr. Curt Stager of Paul Smith's College.

Support for Natural Selections is provided by the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park, and by Paul Smith's, the College of the Adirondacks.

New Book: Deep Future

"The course we take in the coming decades will affect not just the next hundred years, but the next hundred thousand years of life on this planet." --Curt Stager

Deep Future
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Nature features

Curt Stager on On Point

Curt StagerListen to Dr. Curt Stager as the guest on On Point, 3/24/11, talking about his new book, Deep Future: the Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth.

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Natural History
Maybe it was messier than we thought, some scientists now say. Big brains, long legs and long childhoods may have evolved piecemeal in different spots, in response to frequent swings in climate.
 
Passenger pigeons used to be the most abundant bird in North America. But hunters drove them to extinction, and by 1914, only one was left. A century later, that pigeon, named Martha, is on exhibit.
 
This bird likes livers, kidneys, entrails — anything it can pluck that's freshly dead. But what if you served it ... a painting?
 
Museums are filled with dead insects, birds, fish, mammals and reptiles meticulously gathered worldwide in the name of scientific discovery. But some researchers now say scientists should think twice.
 
A secretive, nocturnal species that lives on a remote island off the coast of Mexico had not been spotted since 1936. Scientists have concluded it is genetically distinct from mainland neighbors.
 
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Natural Selections with hosts Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager airs Thursday mornings during The Eight O'Clock Hour.

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Natural Selections: "Frozen" Fish

Frozen fish that come back to life when thawed? Find out with Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Dark-eyed Juncos

Dark-eyed Juncos are abundant winter visitors to the North Country. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss their habits and habitats.  Go to full article

Narural Selections: Meteors

What can you tell about meteors from how they look? Find out what they're made of with Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Gemstones

What is it about diamonds and other jewels that make them so special? Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about gemstones.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Properties of Snow

The more one lives in the snow, the more words one has to describe snowfall and snow conditions. Dr. Curt Stager shares some terms for the forms snow can take.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Eastern Hemlock

Stands of eastern hemlock can be kind of gloomy, and its bark is more prized than its lumber. Find out more about this North Country native from Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Biodiversity, part 2

Is it more important to keep a wild area as diverse as possible or simply maintain the plants and animals native to that habitat? A discussion about the difference between biodiversity and biointegrity with Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Biodiversity, part 1

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss our diverse biosphere. Is there a bias towards different species?  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Ospreys

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss the osprey--a large, black and white bird of prey that eats almost exclusively fish.  Go to full article

Natural Selctions: Bumblebee Fuzz

Are bumblebees actually furry? Martha asks Dr. Curt Stager to explain the nature and purpose of bumblebee fuzz.  Go to full article

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