wildlife http://nhpr.org en Power Lines, Railroads May Help New England Cottontail Population http://nhpr.org/post/power-lines-railroads-may-help-new-england-cottontail-population <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">DNA analysis of the endangered New England cottontail shows that power line rights of way, railroad edges and roadsides may help support their diminishing habitat.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:52:52 +0000 Associated Press 52431 at http://nhpr.org Power Lines, Railroads May Help New England Cottontail Population Saturday Brings 'The Great American Backyard Camp-Out' http://nhpr.org/post/saturday-brings-great-american-backyard-camp-out <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Few things are as nostalgic for many Americans as the idea of sitting around a campfire, roasting marshmallows, and looking for constellations or listening to scary stories. It’s these memories that the National Wildlife Federation hopes to rekindle with the </span><a href="http://www.nwf.org/Great-American-Backyard-Campout.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;">Great American Backyard Camp-Out</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on Saturday, June 28.</span></p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 13:00:46 +0000 Molly Donahue 50972 at http://nhpr.org Saturday Brings 'The Great American Backyard Camp-Out' Second Reward Offered For Information In Case Of Loon Shootings http://nhpr.org/post/second-reward-offered-information-case-loon-shootings <p style="line-height: 11.25pt; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><br /><em>Initial coverage by Sam Evans-Brown <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/fish-and-game-seeking-information-loon-poachers"><strong>here</strong></a>.</em></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:50:28 +0000 Associated Press 49827 at http://nhpr.org Second Reward Offered For Information In Case Of Loon Shootings Red-Winged Blackbirds http://nhpr.org/post/red-winged-blackbirds <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Move over robins; r</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ed-winged blackbirds are the real harbingers of spring.</span></p><p>The male’s scratchy “oak-a-lee” songs are heard when the world is still blanketed with snow and maple sap is just beginning to flow.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Males return north well before females, and the early bird does get the worm.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In this case the metaphorical worm is prime breeding territory.</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Chris Martin 45721 at http://nhpr.org Red-Winged Blackbirds Spring Sunlight http://nhpr.org/post/spring-sunlight <p>Daylight floods a rural NH valley. A rooster crows in the village. The morning songbird chorus features mourning doves, red-wing blackbirds, a cardinal. The symphony will soon swell with grouse drumming, wood thrush flutes and a crescendo of warbler songs.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Strong sunlight of lengthening days is the catalyst that controls circadian rhythms influencing production of hormones - in birds, wild mammals </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>and people</em></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 45592 at http://nhpr.org Spring Sunlight Saw-Whet Owls http://nhpr.org/post/saw-whet-owls <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are a lot of unusual sounds out there in the natural world.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here’s one from the nighttime forest, often heard this time of year.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">No, it’s not a school bus backing up.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s a tiny owl, the northern saw-whet, and it’s a lot more common than bird surveys suggest. As you might imagine, s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">mall birds active only at night are not easy to survey.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Also important to note is that </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">because</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> they're the favorite meal of the much larger barred owl, their survival depends on keeping a low profile—usually under cover of dense conifers.</span></p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Chris Martin 45589 at http://nhpr.org Saw-Whet Owls 4.2.14: Exotic Pets, NH Bats, Handwritten Bible & Humaira Awais Shahid http://nhpr.org/post/4214-exotic-pets-nh-bats-handwritten-bible-humaira-awais-shahid <p></p><p>Today on Word of Mouth, lions and tigers and bears - in cages. We're delving into the exotic pets debate. Then, on to a truly wild animal, but one whose population is dwindling. In the second half of the show, we hear from a man who spent seven years - yes, <em>seven - </em>transcribing the entire King James Bible by hand. Finally, Virginia sits down with <strong>Humaira Awais Shahid, </strong>journalist and human rights activist fighting for women's rights in Pakistan.</p><p>Listen to the whole show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:54:38 +0000 Word of Mouth 46059 at http://nhpr.org 4.2.14: Exotic Pets, NH Bats, Handwritten Bible & Humaira Awais Shahid The Exotic Pets Debate http://nhpr.org/post/exotic-pets-debate <p>From kangaroos bred in captivity to trained tigers, exotic pets come from all walks of wildlife…and ownership of wild animals is increasingly becoming a hot debate.&nbsp; Exotic pet owners defend their right to care for critters from venomous snakes to angry chimps. Animal rights advocates meanwhile, are doing what they can to stop the purchase of exotic pets and place current ones into safe, accredited sanctuaries.&nbsp; Both camps appear to share a love of wild animals. <strong>Lauren Slater&nbsp; </strong>joined us to talk about the exotic animal ownership debate. She wrote <a href="http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2014/04/exotic-pets/slater-text" target="_blank">"Wild Pets: The Debate Over Owning Exotic Animals"</a> for <em>National Geographic.</em> Listen to Virginia's interview with Lauren Slater <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/4214-exotic-pets-nh-bats-handwritten-bible-humaira-awais-shahid" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:52:39 +0000 Word of Mouth 46065 at http://nhpr.org The Exotic Pets Debate Snowy Owls In The Granite State... And Beyond! http://nhpr.org/post/snowy-owls-granite-state-and-beyond <p><a href="http://ericmasterson.com/"><strong>Eric Masterson</strong></a> joined us in studio to talk about the rare influx of snowy owls to The Granite State.</p><p>Interested in tracking snowy owls? Check out this <a href="http://ebird.org/ebird/map/snoowl1?neg=true&amp;env.minX=-138.26975428300784&amp;env.minY=8.643406811898442&amp;env.maxX=-11.707254283007842&amp;env.maxY=59.78816050385405&amp;zh=true&amp;gp=false&amp;ev=Z&amp;mr=on&amp;bmo=11&amp;emo=3&amp;yr=range&amp;byr=2013&amp;eyr=2014">bird tracking tool.</a> The difference in number along the eastern seacoast from 2013-2014 is <a href="http://ebird.org/ebird/map/snoowl1?neg=true&amp;env.minX=-138.26975428300784&amp;env.minY=8.643406811898467&amp;env.maxX=-11.707254283007842&amp;env.maxY=59.78816050385405&amp;zh=true&amp;gp=false&amp;ev=Z&amp;mr=on&amp;bmo=11&amp;emo=3&amp;yr=range&amp;byr=2012&amp;eyr=2013">readily apparent</a>.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:06:02 +0000 Word of Mouth 45352 at http://nhpr.org Snowy Owls In The Granite State... And Beyond! Sick Of Snow? Use It To Track Some Winter Wildlife! http://nhpr.org/post/sick-snow-use-it-track-some-winter-wildlife <p>While it may be March, it’s still very much wintertime. If you’ve been cursing the snow and ice and desperately longing for spring, you’re not alone. But let’s look at the bright side - all that frozen water offers certain opportunities that just aren’t available in the spring. And I’m not talking about expensive and time consuming snow-sports, I’m talking about wildlife tracking. To give you an introduction to tracking, We&nbsp; headed for the woods of Barrington, New Hampshire with <strong>Dan Gardoqui, </strong>one of the founders and directors of <a href="http://www.whitepineprograms.org/" target="_blank">White Pine Programs</a>, a nature connection non-profit in Southern Maine.</p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:09:14 +0000 Logan Shannon & Sam Evans-Brown 44629 at http://nhpr.org Sick Of Snow? Use It To Track Some Winter Wildlife! Snow: An Ally For Winter Survival http://nhpr.org/post/snow-ally-winter-survival <p>Got snow? That's probably a sore subject for many in New England this time of year, but in the woods, snow is not an enemy--a scourge to be shoveled, scraped and plowed out of the way. In nature, snow is a trusted ally to plants <em>and</em> wildlife. Snow acts as a blanket, a source of camouflage,<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;a form of concealment,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and even a sponge.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 42584 at http://nhpr.org Snow: An Ally For Winter Survival A Snowy Invasion http://nhpr.org/post/snowy-invasion <p>This year is being referred to as an "<a href="http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/gotsnowies2013/" target="_blank">invasion year</a>" for snowy owls, and it might be one for the <a href="http://stokesbirdingblog.blogspot.com/2013/12/snowy-owls-historic-irruption-underway.html" target="_blank">record books</a>. &nbsp;</p><p>Most of the snowy owl sightings have been along the coast where a flat, open landscape resembles their native tundra. Reports from New Hampshire birders include sightings of up to nine in a single day. On Nantucket, the annual <a href="http://www.nhaudubon.org/birding/christmas-bird-count" target="_blank">Christmas Bird Count</a> found 33, far surpassing the previous count record of four.</p><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 42310 at http://nhpr.org A Snowy Invasion Tree Bark: Winter Food Pantry & Shelter http://nhpr.org/post/tree-bark-winter-food-pantry-shelter <p>In the frozen fastness of a winter forest, devoid of green plants and insects, winter tree bark provides important winter insect habitat and a food pantry for forest birds and small mammals hunting for tiny insects or seeds.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 41732 at http://nhpr.org Tree Bark: Winter Food Pantry & Shelter New Hampshire Osprey Face Many Hazards On Trip To Amazon http://nhpr.org/post/new-hampshire-osprey-face-many-hazards-trip-amazon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Ospreys, also called sea hawk or fish eagle, are found all over the world including here in New Hampshire, But wherever they live, when the temperature drops the birds head for the tropics. For juveniles that first migration is a crucible that only 25 to 40 percent survive.</p><p>A project in New Hampshire is tracking Granite State birds and learning about the many misadventures they have between their departure in the fall and return in the spring.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 22:27:27 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 40118 at http://nhpr.org New Hampshire Osprey Face Many Hazards On Trip To Amazon Virus May Be Responsible For Wild Turkey Deaths http://nhpr.org/post/virus-may-be-responsible-wild-turkey-deaths <p></p><p><a href="http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/">New Hampshire Fish and Game</a> biologists say wild turkeys in the Newington area may have been infected with a couple of viruses.</p><p>They've sent specimens from dead turkeys found last week to the <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/">Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</a></p><p>Biologists tell the <a href="http://bit.ly/1e5u6ur"><em>Portsmouth Herald</em></a> the turkeys may be been infected with the avian pox virus or one referred to as LPDV.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 12:31:42 +0000 Associated Press 34817 at http://nhpr.org Virus May Be Responsible For Wild Turkey Deaths