animals

Environment
6:58 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Bald Eagles' Nest Brings People Together

Adult and baby eagles.
Michael Lejeune

For the past few months, a group of people has been gathering each night along an industrial stretch of Route 5 in Hamden. There, next to a nondescript building, they lift their binoculars,  focus their telescopes and gaze across the street--past the traffic, over the railroad tracks, and up about 70 feet high.  

Nestled in a crook of two branches in a tree sits a large nest.  Inside is a  bald eagle chick, with a watchful adult hidden nearby.

"This is the only birdwatching I’ve ever done."

Michael Lejeune works at the town library. 

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National Parks
12:19 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Wolves Not Linked to Elk Decline at Yellowstone Park, Yale Researcher Says

lanbullock68 Flickr Creative Commons

According to Wyoming's Game and Fish Department, there has been a 70 percent decline in migratory elk calf production in Yellowstone since 1992. For years, researchers suspected predatory wolves were to blame. Now, a new study details a more complex set of circumstances that account for the low calf numbers. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:12 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Animals Make A Lot Of Noise, But Do They Make Music?

The Faith Middleton Show
12:44 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

The Secrets of Lost Cats

Stewart Black/flickr creative commons

You've seen them. Hanging on telephone poles and posted on supermarket bulletin boards.

But have you ever wondered about the stories behind them?

When her orange tabby, Zak, disappeared, Nancy Davidson did what countless people before her had done. She made a lost cat poster. And after days of frantic searching, she found him. Nancy was ecstatic. Zak seemed happy, too—although being a cat, it was hard to tell.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:44 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

The Secrets of Lost Cats

Stewart Black/flickr creative commons

You've seen them. Hanging on telephone poles and posted on supermarket bulletin boards.

But have you ever wondered about the stories behind them?

When her orange tabby, Zak, disappeared, Nancy Davidson did what countless people before her had done. She made a lost cat poster. And after days of frantic searching, she found him. Nancy was ecstatic. Zak seemed happy, too—although being a cat, it was hard to tell.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:34 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Regulating Fido: Animal Laws In Connecticut

Lucy Nalpathanchil

This year the state legislature will consider bill that would forbid the outdoor the tethering of dogs between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., prohibit pet shops from selling dogs and cats bred at commercial animal mills, establish the idea of an animal advocate -- probably a law student working pro bono -- to investigate and argue for the welfare of an animal subject to cruelty, and prohibit municipalities from adopting breed-specific dog ordinances.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:34 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Regulating Fido: Animal Laws In Connecticut

Lucy Nalpathanchil

This year the state legislature will consider bill that would forbid the outdoor the tethering of dogs between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., prohibit pet shops from selling dogs and cats bred at commercial animal mills, establish the idea of an animal advocate -- probably a law student working pro bono -- to investigate and argue for the welfare of an animal subject to cruelty, and prohibit municipalities from adopting breed-specific dog ordinances.

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News
3:30 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

House Considers Bill On Dissection Choice

The legislature is considering a bill that would allow students to opt out of dissecting a dead animal at school.  WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. State Representative Diana Urban supports the bill. "There are students who actually avoid going to biology class because they object to using an actual animal in their dissection...And I know there's a lot of teasing that goes on in the classes." Urban says students should have a way to choose to use a computer model or simulation instead. Some high schools already allow the choice, while others specifically don't.

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Science Class
3:30 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

House Considers Bill On Dissection Choice

The legislature is considering a bill that would allow students to opt out of dissecting a dead animal at school. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. State Representative Diana Urban supports the bill.

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News
10:54 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Most Connecticut Snakes Aren't Venomous

DEEP

State environmental officials have joined a national campaign to raise awareness about local snakes. 

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Mystic Aquarium
12:16 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

No Flipper? No Problem!

Mystic Aquarium

An 8-month-old harbor seal pup has successfully recovered from a flipper amputation and is now on view at Mystic Aquarium.

She's called Pup 49, and when she came to Mystic Aquarium last summer she was in pretty bad shape.

"Pup 49 was very thin, she came in with a respiratory infection and she had lots of wounds all over her body, but very severe wounds on her rear flippers," said Mystic Aquarium veterinarian Dr. Allison Tuttle. She added that the wounds got very infected over time.

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Seal's Flipper Amputation
12:16 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

No Flipper? No Problem!

Mystic Aquarium

An 8-month-old harbor seal pup has successfully recovered from a flipper amputation and is now on view at Mystic Aquarium.

She's called Pup 49, and when she came to Mystic Aquarium last summer she was in pretty bad shape.

"Pup 49 was very thin, she came in with a respiratory infection and she had lots of wounds all over her body, but very severe wounds on her rear flippers," said Mystic Aquarium veterinarian Dr. Allison Tuttle. She added that the wounds got very infected over time.

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Where We Live
12:00 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Retiring Research Chimps, And Our Unique Human Evolution

Tambako the Jaguar, Creative Commons

We all know the story. Monkeys in a science lab, top secret research, something goes terribly wrong. It’s no surprise that most cinematic attempts to depict research like this ends up focusing on what happens to the humans.

But what about the ethics of this research, and what it means for the test subjects? In many cases, chimpanzees have been seen as viable in research because of their close relationship to humans.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
8:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Cats Kill The Darndest Things

Cats kill birds. You may have ready about the latest study -- it's really a study of other studies, a crunching of data from 90 other surveys -- which cranked up the estimated death toll of birds from cats. The old number was about half a billion; but the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service now put it somewhere between 1.4 billion and 3.7 billion.

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Where We Live
10:29 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Backyard Wildlife

Ken Thomas Creative Commons

Wildlife of all kinds thrives in our verdant, wooded state. Most of us are used to seeing squirrels and possums, raccoons and turkeys, some of us even bears and many, many deer.

But what happens when those furry critters rummage through your garbage, scare your kids or even burrow across your neatly trimmed lawn?

Today, where we live - what happens when we get too close to wildlife, and it gets close to us. Do you encourage nature to visit your doorstep? Or do you have unwanted animal visitors where you live? What do you do about it?

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Sorry, Wildlife. No Can Do
12:49 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Post-Sandy Aid Excludes Connecticut Wildlife Refuge

Tylar Greene, Courtesy US Fish and Wildlife Service

Last week, the US House of Representatives managed to pass a $50 billion Sandy relief package, but an amendment tacked on to the bill cut some $10 million to repair Westport's Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge.

Connecticut's third district Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro says damage sustained at the refuge was significant, and the aid package was vital to restoration efforts.

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National Fish and Wildlife Refuge
12:36 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Former Connecticut Yankee Land Expands Fish and Wildlife Refuge by 38 Acres

Jon Sullivan (Wikimedia Commons)

Last week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service announced it had purchased 38 acres of pristine land along the Salmon River from the owner of the former Connecticut Yankee power plant. 

The 38-acre parcel of land runs along Salmon River Cove, where the Salmon River meets the Connecticut River in Haddam. The land will become part of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.

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Traveling Disease
10:58 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Chronic Wasting Disease in Nearby Deer Prompts Reminder of Ban on Whole Venison

Jiří Nedorost (Wikimedia Commons)

After chronic wasting disease was identified in Pennsylvania and New York, Connecticut is trying to keep the disease from crossing the border.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says whole deer carcasses may not be brought out from these affected areas.

Ray Hardman talked with state wildlife biologist Andrew Labonte about the ban, and about chronic wasting disease.

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Skedaddle!
11:19 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Squirrel Population Boom Driving You Nuts?

Sage Ross (Wikimedia Commons)

Many parts of the country this year have seen an eruption in squirrel populations. I couldn't help but notice many, many more of the critters in my yard this fall. Is Connecticut being overrun by squirrels? Every year, we put pumpkins out on our porch and stoop, and most years we get a few nibbles and scratches on our pumpkins. But this year, they have devoured the pumpkins, just leaving the base. What's going on this year?

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To Be Sold
10:45 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Future of Plum Island in Long Island Sound Yet to Be Determined

Kyselak (Wikimedia Commons)

Plum Island in New York, off the coast of Connecticut, is currently home to the nation’s only research facility for highly contagious animal diseases. In 2008, the US Department of Homeland Security was directed to examine the need for a research facility. The federal General Services Administration was later directed to sell the island.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:53 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

The Nose: Presidential Debates, Death Of Print, & Puppies!

Chion Wolf

Here are a few things that happened this week in the presidential campaign.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:40 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Authors of The Dark End of the Street and Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat

Tim Sackton/flickr creative commons

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:38 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

'Adventures Among Ants' - A Journey To The Surface Of The Earth

The Faith Middleton Show
4:20 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Bruce Clements on Parenting Your Parents, Plus Veterinarian Todd Friedland

ascappatura/flickr creative commons

Regular contributor Bruce Clements helps us parse just what happens when adult children have to become parents to their mothers and fathers. Plus, local veterinarian Todd Friedland.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:45 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Attack Of The Invasive Species

prilfish, Flickr Creative Commons

The problem with invasive species is, of course, that they compete for resources with local species, and sometime they're a lot better at it. and sometimes they just incidentally wipe something out. 

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RAWR!
11:25 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Bear Sightings On the Rise in Connecticut

dvwtwo (Flickr Creative Commons)

Bear sightings in Connecticut are on the rise this year, and their numbers are growing. Appearing to talk about black bears and what you should do if you come across a bear is Paul Rego, a wildlife biologist with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

The core of the black bear population in the state is in the northwestern area, Rego says, in Litchfield County and western Hartford County. They're heading south in dramatic fashion, and somewhat to the east. Rego estimates their numbers at around 500.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:50 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

The Beak: Electing A New Connecticut State Bird - March Madness Style

All photos from Flickr Creative Commons

The Robin has had it too easy for too long here in Connecticut. It was named our state bird by law in 1943. And what has it done since then? The robin's scientific name is turdus migratorius, but, as you may have noticed, not all of them do migrate. A small percentage of robins, for whatever reason stick around during the winter. More of them are males than females, which figures. "I'm cold? Are you cold?" That's just Stuff Female Robins Say.

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The Faith Middleton Show
7:44 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Misophonia, The Death of Common Sense, and Carl Zimmer on Animal Friendships

Mike Goren/flickr creative commons

We'll look at whether animals have friendships with one another the way humans do. And discover why some people become full of rage after hearing normal sounds, like clearing your throat. Plus: why laws can sometimes mean The Death of Common Sense.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:33 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Rats!

Chion Wolf

Rats are political. Yes, I know all the jokes. But what I really mean is that the decisions about where there will be rats and where there won't be are all snarled up in politics.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:23 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Backyard Chickens

Chion Wolf

Today's show is already breaking some kind of record for communications from the outside world received in advance of the actual episode. As soon as the promo started airing, we started getting emails, and what those emails told us was:

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