wildlife http://wamc.org en Brook Flowing Freely For First Time In More Than 80 Years http://wamc.org/post/brook-flowing-freely-first-time-more-80-years <p>Environmentalists celebrated the removal of a dam on a wildlife sanctuary in Pittsfield on Thursday.</p><p>Water is flowing naturally in Sackett Brook for the first time in more than 80 years. In October, <a href="http://blogs.massaudubon.org/yourgreatoutdoors/a-stream-set-free/" target="_blank">a dam and a bridge were removed</a> from the 8.5-mile stream. Tom Lautzenheiser, a scientist with <a href="http://www.massaudubon.org/" target="_blank">Mass Audubon</a>, oversaw the four-year project.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 16:40:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 90587 at http://wamc.org Brook Flowing Freely For First Time In More Than 80 Years Sue Aikens From National Geographic Channel's "Life Below Zero" http://wamc.org/post/sue-aikens-national-geographic-channels-life-below-zero <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The National Geographic Channel’s documentary series, <a href="http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/life-below-zero/"><em>Life Below Zero</em></a>, follows 7 people as they struggle to survive the treacherous and remote lives they’ve made for themselves near or above the arctic circle in the Alaskan bush.</p><p>Some of them are lone wolves; others have their families beside them. They fish, forage, and freeze in a wild-world that doesn’t care if they get through the winter or not. &nbsp;The premiere of Season 2 of&nbsp;<em>Life Below Zero</em> will air this Thursday, April 17th&nbsp;at 9pm.&nbsp;</p><p>Sue Aikens lives by herself at <a href="http://www.kavikrivercamp.com/">Kavik River Camp</a>,&nbsp;a place so remote the address is given in latitude and longitude, located a few miles from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The ground is frozen year round so there is no way to dig a well yet - Sue has internet and telephone service - even if it does often drop in extreme weather.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 88265 at http://wamc.org Sue Aikens From National Geographic Channel's "Life Below Zero" Flying Deer Nature Center http://wamc.org/post/flying-deer-nature-center-1 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Flying Deer Nature Center is a wilderness school in New Lebanon, NY that has been connecting children and adults to nature and community since 1996. They offer school programs, programming for homeschooled children, adult programs in animal tracking, bird language, women’s retreats and more.</p><p>Executive Director Michelle Apland and Programs Director Devin Franklin join us to tell us more.</p><p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 72860 at http://wamc.org Flying Deer Nature Center Berkshire Volunteers Help Identify Roadkill Hotspots http://wamc.org/post/berkshire-volunteers-help-identify-roadkill-hotspots <p></p><p>A group of grassroots volunteers in Western Massachusetts is working to identify where animals are more likely to be struck by passing vehicles.</p><p> As the weather warms, wildlife becomes more active, and you might be more likely to spot more animals by the side of the road. But before an animal can detect an approaching car, it might be too late. So a group of volunteers recently organized to help pinpoint roadkill hotspots across Western Massachusetts and the Berkshires.</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 22:07:30 +0000 Lucas Willard 61212 at http://wamc.org Berkshire Volunteers Help Identify Roadkill Hotspots Report Assesses Climate Change Impact on Region’s Wildlife http://wamc.org/post/report-assesses-climate-change-impact-region-s-wildlife <p></p><p></p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 20:01:59 +0000 Pat Bradley 57386 at http://wamc.org Report Assesses Climate Change Impact on Region’s Wildlife "Nature Wars" by Jim Sterba http://wamc.org/post/nature-wars-jim-sterba <p></p><p>Journalist Jim Sterba joins us to discuss <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307341968/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0307341968">Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0307341968" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1"></em>. Sterba says, believe it or not, it is very likely that more people live in closer proximity to more wild animals, birds and trees in the eastern United States today than anywhere on the planet at any time in history. But, is that a good thing?</p><p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 16:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 55366 at http://wamc.org "Nature Wars" by Jim Sterba Work Begins To Remove Dam In Pelham Massachusetts http://wamc.org/post/work-begins-remove-dam-pelham-massachusetts <p> Work began Wednesday&nbsp; in the western Massachusetts town of&nbsp; Pelham to remove a public safety threat and at the same time provide an ecological benefit to the region.&nbsp; WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.</p><p></p><p> Environmental officials, and others celebrated as work began to remove a stone dam on the Amethyst Brook. It will result&nbsp; in better water quality and open a corridor for the migration of aquatic wildlife, according to&nbsp; Wendi Weber, the northeast regional director for the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service.</p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 20:32:12 +0000 Paul Tuthill 50058 at http://wamc.org Work Begins To Remove Dam In Pelham Massachusetts Brian Underwood - SUNY College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry http://wamc.org/post/brian-underwood-suny-college-environmental-sciences-and-forestry <p>We expect to see bears in the woods, but now the bears are showing up in the suburbs and the cities. for more on why the number of encounters with bears is up, WAMC&rsquo;s Brian Shields spoke with research biologist Brian Underwood, &nbsp;an adjunct professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Sciences and &nbsp;Forestry in Syracuse, who also does work for the U.S. Geological Survey.</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 13:15:00 +0000 Brian Shields 45147 at http://wamc.org