Category Archives: Local Ecology

The Intelligence of Crows

I’ve always been fascinated by crow intelligence and at the same time amazed how few people recognize this intelligence especially since, according to some cognitive research, theirs exceeds that of dogs. This video lecture from a writer Joshua Klein, who …

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‘Deep Economy’

Bill McKibben latest book ‘Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future’ was released this month and is definitely something I look forward to. Here is some comments from a positive review in the LA Times: “Deep economy” …

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White Deer or Green Pork

A conflict is brewing over the Seneca Army Depot in Romulus and two different visions of economic development. And while I’m all in favor of developing alternative energy sources, I’m nonetheless pleased that there is a group vehemently advocating protecting …

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Global Warming Impacts in CNY

Sunday’s Post-Standard has some decent coverage on the local impacts of Global Warming on upstate New York. (I’ve copied the entire article by Delen Goldberg for archiving below). The print edition also has a half-page insert, “Central New York, Take …

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Great Backyard Bird Count

The 10th annual Great Backyard Bird begins Friday and continues February 16-19. Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology are challenging people everywhere to “Count for the Record”. You can take as little as 15 minutes and counts can be …

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Brook trout on decline in eastern USA, study finds

From USA Today:A three-year study of brook trout populations concludes that the popular sport fish has disappeared or markedly declined in nearly half of the eastern U.S. areas where it once thrived… “Brook trout are the canary in the coal …

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Environmental Preservation in Monroe County

Monroe County’s effort to preserve green space is reported in today’s Rochester D&C. In 1996 the Monroe County Environmental Management Council issued a report on The Preservation of Environmentally Sensitive Areas which “prioritized threatened sites in hopes of directing preservation …

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Economic Contribution of Insects

The warm weather finally seems to be settling in to central New York. But with warm weather comes the onslaught of “bugs” – I don’t know why this always catches me off gaurd. Well here’s some economic research that may …

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Urban Coyotes

Racing In The Street posts on some local coyote encounters that have been causing concern. The problem is not limited to Central New York; Phil points to a recent Smithsonian Magazine article that explains this phenomenon – City Slinkers: Why …

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Birds of New York Field Guide 2nd Ed. Available

In the Feb 06 New York State Conservationist (Feb 2006.Vol.60, Iss. 4; pg. 31), Janice Shafer has a short review of the Birds of New York Field Guide, 2nd edition By Stan Tekiela: The field guide is color-coded: black, black …

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