animals http://wnpr.org en Everything You Want to Know About Turtles http://wnpr.org/post/everything-you-want-know-about-turtles-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are currently some 57 turtle species living in the United States and Canada, 12 of which can be found right here in Connecticut -- including some sea turtles!</span></p><p>Chances are, you’ve probably seen a few of them poking around a nearby pond or basking on some sunlit rocks. Perhaps you’ve even rescued a few from the peril of oncoming traffic.</p><p>But there’s a lot more to these terrestrial critters than meets the eye.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 25439 at http://wnpr.org Everything You Want to Know About Turtles Why Osprey Nest Sightings in Connecticut Matter http://wnpr.org/post/why-osprey-nest-sightings-connecticut-matter <p>The Connecticut Audubon Society wants to get a better handle on osprey populations in the state. To do so, the group is launching <a href="http://www.ctaudubon.org/2014/06/osprey-nation/#sthash.Kac4KHyL.dpbs" target="_blank">a new citizen science program called "Osprey Nation."</a></p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:02:00 +0000 Patrick Skahill 24003 at http://wnpr.org Why Osprey Nest Sightings in Connecticut Matter Task Force Makes Mental Health Recommendations; Governor Signs Pet Shop Legislation http://wnpr.org/post/task-force-makes-mental-health-recommendations-governor-signs-pet-shop-legislation <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/QftpNRSArW4" width="560"></iframe></p><p>A task force created after the Newtown school shooting is recommending state lawmakers take steps toward improvement of mental health services to children and young adults. The 20-member panel, charged with examining mental health services for people between the ages of 16 and 25 released 47 recommendations on Tuesday for the General Assembly to consider when it reconvenes in January.</p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:33:25 +0000 Teri McCready 23854 at http://wnpr.org Obama Proposes Creation Of World's Largest Ocean Sanctuary http://wnpr.org/post/reports-obama-propose-creation-worlds-largest-ocean-sanctuary President Obama unveiled a proposal on Tuesday that would create the world's largest ocean sanctuary south and west of Hawaii,<em><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-will-propose-vast-expansion-of-pacific-ocean-marine-sanctuary/2014/06/16/f8689972-f0c6-11e3-bf76-447a5df6411f_story.html?tid=sm_fb"> The Washington Post</a></em> and <a href="http://mtstandard.com/business/obama-to-create-world-s-largest-ocean-preserve/article_6b07fbae-1417-5026-be04-2972ff85e8ff.html">The Associated Press</a> are reporting.<p>According to the outlets, Obama intends to expand a sanctuary created Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:58:19 +0000 editor 23777 at http://wnpr.org Obama Proposes Creation Of World's Largest Ocean Sanctuary Will A Triple Crown Win Save Horse Racing? Don't Bet On It http://wnpr.org/post/will-triple-crown-win-save-horse-racing-dont-bet-it At the start of a movie these days, how often do you read: "Based on a true story?" But if a movie was made about California Chrome, whether or not the horse wins the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, it would read: "Based on a dream."<p>Because the colt — of the most undistinguished heritage, bred by neophytes and trained by a kindly septuagenarian –– well, the whole thing is a ridiculous reverie.<p>California Chrome has been dubbed America's horse, and, for his owners and trainer, the American dream has been regularly invoked. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 07:39:00 +0000 Frank Deford 23025 at http://wnpr.org Will A Triple Crown Win Save Horse Racing? Don't Bet On It The House With Only the Sound of a Dog Barking Inside http://wnpr.org/post/house-only-sound-dog-barking-inside <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">after a line from Haruki Murakami</em></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:54:46 +0000 Dick Allen 22967 at http://wnpr.org The House With Only the Sound of a Dog Barking Inside Bringing Back the Woolly Mammoth http://wnpr.org/post/bringing-back-woolly-mammoth <p>Science writer <a href="http://carlzimmer.com/">Carl Zimmer</a> names the Dodo and the Great Auk, the Thylacine&nbsp;and the Chinese River Dolphin, the Passenger Pigeon and the Imperial Woodpecker, the Bucardo and Stellar Sea Cow among the species that humankind has driven into extinction. What's notable about that list is that most of us would recognize maybe three or four of those names.</p><p>Think about that.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">We have obliterated entire species whose names we don't even know.</span></p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 14:21:00 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 22244 at http://wnpr.org Bringing Back the Woolly Mammoth Filling You In On the World of Taxidermy http://wnpr.org/post/filling-you-world-taxidermy <p>Taxidermy stops time. Creatures are born, they live they die, they decay into dust. But taxidermy catches the wolf or the woodpecker in the middle of the cycle and keeps it there. That's why there's something unsettling and a little creepy about taxidermy. Never forget, the most memorable taxidermist in cinema history was Norman Bates. Tue, 20 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 22136 at http://wnpr.org Filling You In On the World of Taxidermy WNPR Listeners and Staff Share Their Turtle Photos http://wnpr.org/post/wnpr-listeners-and-staff-share-their-turtle-photos <p>During this morning's <em>Where We Live</em>, "<a href="http://wnpr.org/post/everything-you-want-know-about-turtles" target="_blank">Everything You Want to Know About Turtles</a>," we shared some of our favorite turtle photos and asked listeners to do the same. Below are some of the awesome photos we received. Enjoy!</p><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 17:03:15 +0000 Lydia Brown 21969 at http://wnpr.org WNPR Listeners and Staff Share Their Turtle Photos Everything You Want to Know About Turtles http://wnpr.org/post/everything-you-want-know-about-turtles <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are currently some 57 turtle species living in the United States and Canada, 12 of which can be found right here in Connecticut -- including some sea turtles!</span></p><p>Chances are, you’ve probably seen a few of them poking around a nearby pond or basking on some sunlit rocks. Perhaps you’ve even rescued a few from the peril of oncoming traffic.</p><p>But there’s a lot more to these terrestrial critters than meets the eye.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 21949 at http://wnpr.org Everything You Want to Know About Turtles A Bill to Protect Connecticut Horse Owners Heads to Governor's Desk http://wnpr.org/post/bill-protect-connecticut-horse-owners-heads-governors-desk <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Dannel Malloy plans on signing a bill into law that says horses are not inherently vicious. Both the Senate and House unanimously passed the bill in recent days. It was first introduced by </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Malloy in response to a court decision involving a horse named </span>Scuppy<span style="line-height: 1.5;">,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> who bit a child.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 15:02:00 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 21399 at http://wnpr.org A Bill to Protect Connecticut Horse Owners Heads to Governor's Desk A Tribute to Black and White http://wnpr.org/post/tribute-black-and-white <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We crave color. Think of the Spring trip you make to the park, that has beautiful tulips or multicolored roses in the Summer. Think of the enormous travel industry that springs up around fall foliage every year. </span> Tue, 06 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 21322 at http://wnpr.org A Tribute to Black and White Tips on Animal Care: Lyme, Ticks, and Fleas http://wnpr.org/post/tips-animal-care-lyme-ticks-and-fleas <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Barking, fleas, Lyme disease, pet food, biting, housebreaking, shyness, pet insurance, animal rescue. Top flight advice from vet </span><a href="http://www.northwindhamanimalhospital.com/locations/connecticut/north-windham-north-windham-animal-hospital/veterinarians/todd-friedland-dvm" style="line-height: 1.5;">Dr. Todd Friedland</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Don't miss his adventures with animals of all kinds.</span></p><p> Mon, 05 May 2014 14:05:00 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 21296 at http://wnpr.org Tips on Animal Care: Lyme, Ticks, and Fleas A Whale Of A Problem: Town Faces Threat Of Exploding Carcass http://wnpr.org/post/whale-problem-town-faces-threat-exploding-carcass People of the small Canadian town of Trout River, Newfoundland, have a big problem that just might blow up in their faces: what to do with a giant blue whale carcass that washed up on the beach and that some say threatens to spontaneously combust.<p>The 80-foot-long whale appeared on the beach in the town of about 600 people a week ago. Since then, the mass of rotting blubber has become bloated with combustible methane gas and, to put it delicately, is "emitting a powerful stench."<p>(The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 18:25:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 21059 at http://wnpr.org A Whale Of A Problem: Town Faces Threat Of Exploding Carcass Malloy Reverses $55 Refund Proposal; Improved Metro-North Service Schedule http://wnpr.org/post/malloy-reverses-55-refund-proposal-improved-metro-north-service-schedule <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/LiM6yj2NYzY" width="560"></iframe></p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 21:45:43 +0000 Teri McCready 20932 at http://wnpr.org DNA Results: Controversial "Wolfdogs" in Connecticut Have No Wolf Ancestors http://wnpr.org/post/dna-results-controversial-wolfdogs-connecticut-have-no-wolf-ancestors <p>Connecticut environmental officials said DNA tests on samples from seven animals in North Stonington showed that they are domestic dogs with no recent wolf ancestors.</p><p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 14:39:40 +0000 Associated Press 20780 at http://wnpr.org DNA Results: Controversial "Wolfdogs" in Connecticut Have No Wolf Ancestors Death Of Popular Hawk Highlights Concerns Over Rat Poison http://wnpr.org/post/death-popular-hawk-highlights-concerns-over-rat-poison The death of a beloved red-tailed hawk in Cambridge, Mass., has drawn attention to the issue of how rat poison is affecting wildlife.<p>Veterinarians say the hawk likely died from eating a rodent that consumed rat poison. Local birdwatchers had followed the exploits of the hawk and her mate, which they named Ruby and Buzz, for years.<p>The state of California recently announced a ban on the retail sale of certain rat poisons, known as second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs), because of the hazards they pose to pets, children and wildlife. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:42:01 +0000 editor 20250 at http://wnpr.org Death Of Popular Hawk Highlights Concerns Over Rat Poison Can It Be? Parrots Name Their Children, And Those Names, Like Ours, Stick For Life http://wnpr.org/post/can-it-be-parrots-name-their-children-and-those-names-ours-stick-life <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ed9A4HPdXgQ</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:47:30 +0000 Robert Krulwich 20181 at http://wnpr.org Can It Be? Parrots Name Their Children, And Those Names, Like Ours, Stick For Life A Lot Riding on a Bill to Limit Liability For Connecticut Horse Owners http://wnpr.org/post/lot-riding-bill-limit-liability-connecticut-horse-owners <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Are all horses naturally vicious? The State Supreme Court didn't answer that question in its recent ruling about a horse named </span>Scuppy<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> who bit a toddler in 2006.</span></p><p>However, a majority of justices agreed that all horses are inclined to bite. This presumption has upset horse owners and equine business owners in Connecticut, who say a lot is now riding on legislation that would reduce their liability to personal injury lawsuits.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:27:16 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 19750 at http://wnpr.org A Lot Riding on a Bill to Limit Liability For Connecticut Horse Owners So You Think It's a Wolfdog: What Can DNA Tests Tell Us? http://wnpr.org/post/so-you-think-its-wolfdog-what-can-dna-tests-tell-us <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has ordered genetic testing for seven hybrid </span>“wolfdogs”<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> found in the state. But if all dogs come from wolves, can a DNA test actually tell us how much “wolf” and how much “dog” is in a hybrid?</span></p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:01:46 +0000 Patrick Skahill 19575 at http://wnpr.org So You Think It's a Wolfdog: What Can DNA Tests Tell Us? Sea Turtle's Amazing Journey By Sea And By Air http://wnpr.org/post/sea-turtles-amazing-journey-sea-and-air <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHtd1E8iPoc">[Youtube]</a><p>All of the species of sea turtles that inhabit the oceans are threatened or endangered.<p>Pollution, poachers, predators and fishing gear can all be dangers. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:31:32 +0000 editor 19378 at http://wnpr.org Sea Turtle's Amazing Journey By Sea And By Air Five Alaskan Students Visit Mystic Aquarium to Study Beluga Whales http://wnpr.org/post/five-alaskan-students-visit-mystic-aquarium-study-beluga-whales <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of Native American students from Alaska visited Mystic Aquarium this week as </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">part an academic exchange program studying beluga whales. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The five high schoolers are from Point Lay, an </span>Inupiat&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Native American village of about 250 people on Alaska's northern coast. They're on the second leg of a two-part academic exchange program.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:33:52 +0000 Patrick Skahill 19204 at http://wnpr.org Five Alaskan Students Visit Mystic Aquarium to Study Beluga Whales Mysterious "Wolfdogs" Roaming Southeastern Connecticut Will Be Genetically Tested http://wnpr.org/post/mysterious-wolfdogs-roaming-southeastern-connecticut-will-be-genetically-tested <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State officials said DNA tests will be conducted on seven animals to determine if they are hybrid "</span>wolfdogs<span style="line-height: 1.5;">." The animals, which are illegal to own in Connecticut, have allegedly threatened several people in the southeastern part of the state.</span></p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:50:00 +0000 Patrick Skahill 19104 at http://wnpr.org Mysterious "Wolfdogs" Roaming Southeastern Connecticut Will Be Genetically Tested How Your Love Of Burgers May Be Helping To Drive Wildlife Extinct http://wnpr.org/post/how-your-love-burgers-may-be-helping-drive-wildlife-extinct Many animal lovers have made peace with their decision to eat meat.<p>But the Center for Biological Diversity has a new <a href="http://www.takeextinctionoffyourplate.com/">campaign</a> that hopes to convince them that a hamburger habit does wildlife a disservice.<p>"We need to see a drastic reduction in meat consumption to protect land, water and wildlife," <a href="http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/about/staff/index.html">Stephanie Feldstein</a>, population and sustainability director for the Center for Biological Diversity, tells The Salt.<p>The conservation group says that some population Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:43:00 +0000 editor 18817 at http://wnpr.org How Your Love Of Burgers May Be Helping To Drive Wildlife Extinct On The Road: Mystic Aquarium http://wnpr.org/post/road-mystic-aquarium <p><em>This show originally aired May 24, 2011. We're reposting it here, along with Chion&nbsp;Wolf's photos, because of the <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/mystic-aquarium-beluga-whale-dies-33">death last week</a> of the 33-year-old beluga whale Naku.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We’re On the Road again! Today we take you to </span><a href="http://www.mysticaquarium.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Mystic Aquarium</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in </span>Stonington<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Connecticut. We’ll explore the fascinating lives of whales, penguins, sharks, seals, sea lions—all the wonders of the undersea world. We’ll talk to scientists, trainers, educators, and explorers—and a few marine mammals will talk to us (and you)! And don't miss </span><a href="http://wnpr.org/people/chion-wolf" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Chion Wolf</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">'s amazing photographs of <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/wnprimages/sets/72157626795784632/with/5754613751/">our day at the Aquarium</a>!</span></p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack, Jonathan McNicol & Chion Wolf 4831 at http://wnpr.org On The Road: Mystic Aquarium Tips on Animal Care http://wnpr.org/post/tips-animal-care-2 <p></p><p>Barking, fleas, Lyme disease, pet food, biting, housebreaking, shyness, pet insurance, animal rescue. Top flight advice from vet <a href="http://www.northwindhamanimalhospital.com/locations/connecticut/north-windham-north-windham-animal-hospital/veterinarians">Dr. Todd Friedland</a>. Don't miss his adventures with animals of all kinds. &nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 18150 at http://wnpr.org Tips on Animal Care Could Tarantula Venom Cure Your Aches and Pains? http://wnpr.org/post/could-tarantula-venom-cure-your-aches-and-pains <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Spider venom could be the next big thing to cure pain, according to research reported in the March issue of </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Current Biology&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">from Yale University.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are a lot of different components in venom. And here’s a cheery thought: not every part is out to kill you.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:43:55 +0000 Patrick Skahill 17924 at http://wnpr.org Could Tarantula Venom Cure Your Aches and Pains? A Conversation With Ingrid Newkirk, Co-Founder of PETA http://wnpr.org/post/conversation-ingrid-newkirk-co-founder-peta <p>The debate over animal rights is as old as Voltaire, as old as Aristotle. But as you'll hear today, it turned some kind of modern corner in 1975 with the publication of "<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Animal-Liberation-Peter-Singer/dp/0060011572" target="_blank">Animal Liberation: Towards an End to Man's Inhumanity to Animals</a>" by the Australian philosopher, Peter Singer. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:52:07 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 17218 at http://wnpr.org A Conversation With Ingrid Newkirk, Co-Founder of PETA Water-Skiing On Snow: Skijorers Aren't Just Horsing Around http://wnpr.org/post/water-skiing-snow-skijorers-arent-just-horsing-around Terri Moitozo, 52, kicks her boots into her downhill skis in Rochester, N.H. Odd thing is, she's 30 miles from any mountain.<p>"Combining two things I love, skiing and horses," she says. "I'm excited!<p>Moitozo doesn't need gravity to fly across the snow — that's what her horse, Friday, is for. That, and her buddy Nick Barishian, who's riding Friday.<p>"He's my horse husband," she says, pointing to Barishian. Sun, 16 Feb 2014 10:26:00 +0000 Emily Corwin 17063 at http://wnpr.org Water-Skiing On Snow: Skijorers Aren't Just Horsing Around What We Might Learn From Snoring Weather Cats http://wnpr.org/post/what-we-might-learn-snoring-weather-cats Sometimes it feels like all the fancy meteorological machinery and prognostication equipment is actually working. And that the weather folks may finally be able to predict — albeit with constant updates and countless hedge words — what the weather is going to be.<p>At least for the next day or so.<p>But is that good enough?<p>H.H.C. Dunwoody didn't think so. Dunwoody was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Signal Service, predecessor to today's <a href="http://www.nws.noaa.gov/pa/history/timeline.php" target="_blank">National Weather Service</a>. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 16:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 17042 at http://wnpr.org What We Might Learn From Snoring Weather Cats