Nature Conservancy


Mon July 7, 2014

Environmental group tests Erie Canal and Oswego River water for invasive species

The Nature Conservancy's Andrew Tucker empties water from a collection tube into a container held by Benjamin Wegleitener.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

The Nature Conservancy and other environmental groups are making use of a recently developed DNA sampling technique to determine whether or not any invasive species might be swimming, living or growing in the Oswego River and Erie Canal. By taking hundreds of water samples, the group believes it can slow the growth of invasive species in the state.

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Mon June 2, 2014

Upstate NY sightings of monarch butterfly in danger

Nature Conservancy of Western and Central New York

Early June is the time of year we should begin seeingĀ  the monarch butterfly fluttering about our flowers and plants in central and western New York. But, scientists are worried that a sharp decline in the population of the iconic insect could cut back local monarch sightings dramatically, or end them all together.

When you think about it, the migration of the monarch butterfly is pretty amazing.

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Wed June 27, 2012
-Nature of Things

On Hayfields... Past, Present and Future

John Weeks reflects on how hayfields have changed since his youth on the family farm. While the technology of haying has evolved dramatically, hayfields still serve as a home for a wide variety of wildlife.

Originally aired on June 17, 1988.


Wed June 20, 2012
-Nature of Things

Powerline Bird Watching

John Weeks explains that keeping an eye out for birds while driving can be both relaxing and informative. The power lines bordering highways provide an abundance of opportunities to sight beautiful birds. Bird watching in the car can be a good way to observe local nature without trekking through rough terrain.


Tue February 14, 2012

Environmentalists make case that nature is a good investment

Environmental advocates were in Albany Monday making the case that investing in the state's natural resources is good economic sense.

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