Started in Vermont in partnership with the Tree Farm forestry certification program and other agencies, the warbler effort aims to knock some of the Northeast’s dense forests back into an earlier succession that favors certain birds and the insects they eat.
Every fall snow geese from the Arctic pass through the Lake Champlain region during their fall migration to warmer places in the southern U.S.
In early October, Wildlife Veterinarian and Biologist Nina Schoch led a group of enthusiasts to catch, study and band Northern Saw-whet owls after dark at the John Brown Farm state historic site in Lake Placid in the Adirondacks.
Eastern monarch populations have decreased by at least 80 percent in the past two decades, according to Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. The Western monarch, which migrates only on the coast of California, has declined by 99 percent. The entire North American population is currently under review to be placed under the Endangered Species Act.
This summer the state Department of Environmental Conservation released spruce grouse in the area of Blue Mountain Road. The birds were captured in Maine and Ontario.
Two river otters that were first captured by crayfish farmers in Louisiana have found a home at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake.
For the past 44 years a small group of hardy volunteers has encamped each May on the peninsula at the Crown Point State Historic Site in the shadow of ancient forts—ground where Samuel de Champlain, Benedict Arnold, Ethan Allen and great Native American chiefs once trod.
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.