wildlife http://nhpr.org en 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 USDA Airdrops Vanilla-Flavored Rabies Vaccines Over Eastern Forests http://nhpr.org/post/usda-airdrops-vanilla-flavored-rabies-vaccines-over-eastern-forests <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The United States Department of Agriculture is distributing vanilla flavored rabies vaccine packets from airplanes over New Hampshire. The packets will show up in Coos and Grafton counties as part of 5-state pilot study of a new rabies vaccine.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The vaccines are thrown from 500 feet from a small aircraft over rural areas and distributed by hand in towns. They’re vanilla flavored, which trials have shown to be a favorite flavor for critters.</span></p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 20:13:26 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 34295 at http://nhpr.org USDA Airdrops Vanilla-Flavored Rabies Vaccines Over Eastern Forests Howl of the Wild http://nhpr.org/post/howl-wild <p>During the late summer and fall, coyotes really "yip it up."&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Despite what you can learn on Youtube, their yips and howls are family communications that have nothing to do with bloodthirsty predators circling for the kill.&nbsp;</span><br>&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 04:00:00 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 30175 at http://nhpr.org Howl of the Wild The Fight For Frisky Hill http://nhpr.org/post/fight-frisky-hill <p>On her commute from Laconia to Pittsfield six days a week, Tobi Gray Chassie&nbsp;often stops at scenic spot in Gilmanton called Frisky Hill. When Chassie&nbsp;saw a sign telling of plans to develop the land, she felt that it was her duty to support the <a href="http://www.gilmantonlandtrust.org/" target="_blank">Gilmanton Land Trust</a> in their protection of the land which meant so much to her.</p><p></p> Sat, 17 Aug 2013 04:00:00 +0000 Deborah Schachter 32152 at http://nhpr.org The Fight For Frisky Hill The Company Of Cuckoos http://nhpr.org/post/company-cuckoos <p>Elusive, secretive birds often are the most satisfying to discover, and for me the black-billed cuckoo ranks near the top.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hearing a bird is usually the best way to find it, but attentive ears are needed to detect this cuckoo's song: a subtle, slow and hollow-sounding "</span>cucucu<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> – </span>cucucucu<span style="line-height: 1.5;">."&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The song in no way resembles the bold double notes of a cuckoo clock that mimic the song of the common cuckoo, a species that nests across Europe an Fri, 26 Jul 2013 04:00:00 +0000 Francie Von Mertens & Chris Martin 30171 at http://nhpr.org The Company Of Cuckoos