Above is a video that I shot in May during a visit to the Crown Point Bird Banding Station. I visited the station with writer Tim Rowland, who wrote a feature about the activities there. Look for the article in the July issue of the Explorer.
In recent years, the number of black bears with mange appears to be on the rise in several Northeastern states, including New York and Pennsylvania, according to the DEC. As a result, wildlife biologists throughout the Northeast are monitoring the situation more closely, and searching for potential treatment options.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is advising the public to be alert for two captive black bears that escaped from the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge in Wilmington.
Reader-submitted photos of animal tracks.
State wildlife staff completed their annual winter aerial surveys for the animal in January.
The Snake and the Salamander is a wonderfully illustrated book about reptiles and amphibians, by a veteran New York Department of Environmental Conservation herpetologist.
A Morrisonville man is due in court later this month after he admitted to killing four bears over a bait pile, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The bears included a sow and her two cubs.
Crown Point bridge, Four Brothers Islands, and Rouses Point are a few of the places where you can find them in large numbers. The dark birds have also been showing up in interior Adirondack lakes. I noticed one myself in September on Mirror Lake. Explorer Editor Brandon Loomis noticed several cormorants on Raquette Lake during the same time period.
As the days are getting cooler and shorter, more and more monarch butterflies are starting their big migration to Mexico, where they will spend the winter before starting their migration northward in the spring.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation killed a black bear at a Saranac Lake Islands Campground in the northern Adirondacks last week.