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For 9 years running, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has spent part of his summers touring Canada’s Arctic regions, including this year’s Operation Nanook 14. He goes to wave the flag and bolster territorial claims in the area. He...
A progressive I know steadfastly maintains mainstream media is enslaved by tiresome voices from the right and the left. Just so much Tweedledum and Tweedledee, no real choice at all. There’s lots of room to debate the state of choice in...
The list of dangerous topics best avoided in polite company often includes religion, politics, money and sex. But what would be left to blog about if we honored that wisdom? So today I’ll hit up money. Specifically my new guilty pleasure,...
Slightly over a year after the July 6, 2013 inferno which claimed 47 lives in the Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic, the Canadian Press reported the locomotive from that rail disaster was up for auction. It was to have been included in an sale of...
“Navigable waters” is an awkward mouthful. Not a very sexy topic to the average layperson. But for some landowners and paddlers, them’s fighting words. Why? Because if a waterway is considered navigable, that comes with...

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Aug 31, 2014 — Alarmed by the rapid decline of wild salmon populations, a company has invented a novel way to help migratory fish over blocked rivers. It uses air pressure to fire them out of a cannon.
Aug 29, 2014 — Rick Scott, Florida's GOP governor, has come under criticism for his record on the environment. Now, he's rolling out his own proposals for safeguarding the state's water and wildlife preserves.
Aug 29, 2014 — Two eruptions a half a world apart have caused evacuations and aviation warnings, but so far no injuries.


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Spiny water fleas. Photo: National Park Service
Spiny water fleas. Photo: National Park Service

Invasive spiny water flea confirmed in Lake Champlain

Spiny water flea has officially officially arrived in Lake Champlain.

Spiny water flea is an invasive species, a small crustacean that fouls fishing lines, eats other zooplankton, and can disrupt the food web.  Go to full article
Sea lamprey larvae that washed up on shore. The longer they are, the older they are. Inset: mouth of adult lamprey, courtesy US Fish and Wildlife Service. Photo: Sarah Harris

Combating sea lamprey on Lake Champlain

It's not easy to control invasive species like Eurasian watermilfoil and spiny water flea once they've established themselves in a waterbody. But scientists have learned how to control some of the region's other water-borne pests, including sea lampreys.

Lampreys attach to fish and suck out their body fluids. Environmental officials from Vermont and New York regularly treat rivers and deltas leading into Lake Champlain with lampricides to control the lamprey population.

Two years ago reporter Sarah Harris joined scientists as they treated the Saranac River delta in Plattsburgh, N.Y. She sent this report.  Go to full article
One of the monarchs released Saturday at the Paul Smiths VIC rests on a Black-eyed Susan.  Photo:  Todd Moe

Paul Smith's VIC bids "adios" to monarchs migrating south

About 40 guests and staff gathered at the butterfly house at the Paul Smith's Visitors Interpretive Center, the VIC, in Paul Smith's N.Y., for an end-of-the-season monarch butterfly send-off on Saturday.

Native Species Butterfly House manager Sue Grimm Hanley gave a presentation on monarch migration, and then released a small group of monarchs that were raised, from caterpillar to chrysalis to adult, at the VIC.

It's hoped that most of the monarchs will complete the 2,500 mile migration to Mexico. Next spring, their offspring will begin a multi-generational return trip to the northeast. Todd Moe spoke with Hanley about monarch migration and citizen scientist aspects of butterfly conservation.  Go to full article
Blue Mountain Lake. Archive Photo of the Day: Laurie Dirkx

This weekend in the Adirondacks

John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack looks at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for the Labor Day Weekend.

With nice weather in the forecast...  Go to full article
Idling motors waiting to clear customs and the Peace Bridge have a big impact on air quality. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/chapstickaddict/974237114/">chapstickaddict</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY launches yearlong air study at Peace Bridge

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The state Department of Environmental Conservation has launched a yearlong study of air quality in the neighborhood near the Peace Bridge in Buffalo....  Go to full article
The Mangrove rivulus, a species of Caribbean killifish, can survive out of water for months, hiding inside damp mangrove logs. Photo: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mangrove_rivulus.jpg">USGS</a>

What can fish do when the water goes away?

From walking catfish, to snakeheads, to species of killifish, some fish actually survive outside of water for a surprising length of time.

Martha Foley and Dr....  Go to full article
Bat with white nose syndrome. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/microbeworld/6021646303">Microbe World</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont getting nearly $43K for bat research

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is getting a federal grant of nearly $43,000 to support bat research and monitoring related to white nose...  Go to full article
The creation of energy plans for NY cities is one measure of of the program. Pictured; Buffalo, NY. <a href=" <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougtone/7031756383/">Doug Kerr</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved">John Peircy</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Energy efficiency saves NY state, cities $4M

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Energy efficiency programs are leading to big savings for state and local governments in New York state.

The New York Power Authority reported...  Go to full article
Brian paddles down the Ausable River on a hot summer day. Photo: Susan Waters

Canoe trek on the Ausable Marsh on a hot summer day

We've reached that time of year when summer is at its ripest. The first smells of fall are in the air, the first signs of fall color in the trees.

But late...  Go to full article
Sprayer booms on the treatment boat apply the lampricide in the Saranac River delta leading into Lake Champlain. Photo: Sarah Harris

Lake Champlain lamprey treatment set

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Federal fish and wildlife officials along with their counterparts in Vermont and New York have set the fall schedule for treating Lake Champlain...  Go to full article

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