David Chanatry

Waterfowl migration at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge.
Andy Saunders

If you drive on the Thruway between Syracuse and Rochester you'll go right through the Montezuma National Wildlife refuge, a giant wetland that every spring is filled with huge flocks of migrating waterfowl and other birds. David Chanatry from the New York Reporting Project at Utica College recently visited the refuge and spoke with the director of the Audubon Center.

Bill McKibben
Bill McKibben

For the past 17 months, demonstrators periodically have been blocking the entrance to a planned natural gas storage facility on Seneca Lake.  Yesterday, in the biggest protest yet, police arrested 57 people including writer and climate activist Bill McKibben. 

Details Emerge In Court After Church Killing

Oct 19, 2015

New Hartford police say the “counseling sessions” at the Word of Life church that ended in the beating death last week of 19-year-old Lucas Leonard may have stemmed from the victim’s desire to leave the secretive church. Leonard and his 17-year-old brother Christopher suffered extensive injuries to the torso, back, legs and genitals. Their parents Bruce and Deborah Leonard have been charged with manslaughter, and four other church members including Lucas Leonard’s half sister, have been charged with assault. On Friday, they all appeared in New Hartford Town Court.

Seeing Utica Through A Different Lens

Feb 13, 2015
Arian Horbovetz/ariandavidphotography.wordpress.com

A Rochester wedding photographer recently trained his lens on a different kind of subject. Now he finds himself one of the most talked about people in central New York.

At State Of State, Gratitude Over Fracking Ban

Jan 23, 2015
David Chanatry

 For the past few years, the State of the State address has given anti-fracking activists a high-profile platform to get their message out in Albany. This week,  the message was different.

David Chanatry

For many people, Veterans’ Day serves as a reminder that recovery from war is often a long and difficult process. Some veterans have found help in the simple acts of tying a fly and dropping a hook.

Gas Debate Divides Finger Lakes Region

Jul 28, 2014
David Chanatry

The debate over proposals to store natural gas, propane and butane in salt caverns under Seneca Lake has become increasingly vocal, especially after a federal agency approved part of the project last May. Opponents recently organized the biggest rally yet in the Finger Lakes village of Watkins Glen.

Tom Crist

Earlier this summer, a group of students from Utica College and a few other schools spent three weeks at an ancient archeological site in southern Albania. It was the most recent group to take part in an unlikely collaboration between the college and a national park in a little known part of the world.

Heroin Opioids The Latest Challenge Upstate

Apr 9, 2014
Matthew Kang, flickr

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration approved a prescription device that can inject a fast acting antidote to heroin and other opioid drugs. It’s the latest response to a surge in opioid abuse. Heroin use has doubled between 2007 and 2012. It’s no longer just an urban street drug—it’s now common in small town America.

Another Church Shuttered In Mohawk Valley

Feb 12, 2014
David Chanatry

Lutheran Bishop Marie Jerge closes the last service for the Christ Lutheran church in Little Falls with its few remaining members in attendance. The dwindling number of church members might be a reason for its closing, but the religious veterans who have been attending for decades remember Christ Lutheran playing a huge part in their lives.

Triin Q's photostream Flickr

On election day this Tuesday, if voters pass the proposed amendment to the state constitution to allow casino gambling, New York will become the 21tst state to legalize commercial Las Vegas-style casinos. Across much of the country nowadays, gambling seems like the natural state of things. But it wasn't always that way.

David Chanatry: The American Chestnut Tree

Oct 3, 2013

The American Chestnut tree was once known as the king of the eastern forest. It grew more than 100 feet tall and six feet across, and accounted for a quarter of the timber in the woods. Its straight-grained wood was remarkably resistant to rot, and its nuts were a reliable source of food.  The Chestnut was wiped out by blight in the early 20th century, but now scientists in Syracuse think they’re close to bringing it back.