About Cayte Bosler

Cayte Bosler is an investigative journalist covering the intersections of climate change, wildlife and community resilience in the Adirondack wilderness. Throughout her career, she has researched ecology and wildlife biology in protected areas in the Bolivian Amazon and in Cuba, trekked to an extreme altitude ecosystem in the Peruvian Andes, and boated through the mangrove-filled estuaries of Guatemala — all to chronicle solutions for conserving the natural world. She holds a master of science from Columbia University’s sustainability program and is a fellow of the Explorer’s Club.

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  1. Gina McCarthy says

    Wow. This article is so informative and really shows how the Adirondacks fit into the global picture. Easy to understand and grounded in specific examples. Finally some more relevant reporting in this magazine. Way to upgrade, from “jet-ski in my lake” and endless interviews. Please publish more of this type of stories and I’ll consider donating more.

  2. David Cahill says

    Those graphs! I’ve surely noticed the hotter summers + the bugs that go with it including ticks. I don’t see the same animals around either. It would be cool if you could do this same thing for other towns in the park besides Saranac. Nobody else does this. Great service to the residents!

  3. JB says

    Another consequence of warming temperatures: changes in plant phenology. An impressive local study to this effect from the folks at New York Phenology Project was published last month: https://besjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2745.13926.

    I was happy to see that a major theme of the paper (similarly to this story) was an emphasis on the importance of looking at many different variables, in addition to average temperature. There was a correlation, for example, between phenological changes over the past 200 years and localized urbanization. Interestingly, leafing and flowering times have changed in urban locales more than would be expected, even when considering the heat island effect on temperatures.

    This idea — that things are more complicated than they may seem — is not something that should be limited to statistical analysis. It needs to be a guiding principle for urban planners and conservation managers, who struggle to find a healthy balance between the extremes of “we know everything” and “we know nothing”. …And modern-day humans in general, whose attitudes about our natural environment tend towards either “all is lost” or “ignorance is bliss”.

  4. LeRoy Hogan says

    Using ice as a Co2 amount time table, we are are at the level when there was no ice caps. Explains why our ice is now melting away.

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