Red Winged Blackbird

Bruce Byers, Umass Biologist, explains to Laurie the distinct vocalizations and flashy visual territorial displays of the red-winged blackbird.

White Nose Syndrome in Bats

Bats are dying by the thousands thanks to a newly discovered disease dubbed the white nose syndrome. Laurie investigates with help from biologists Susi von […]

Ocean Acidification

Originally Aired 1/26/09. Laurie discusses with Scott Doney the consequences of the increasingly acidic nature of the world’s oceans.

Tom Ricardi & His Birds of Prey

Originally Aired 1/8/01. Laurie speaks with local conservation hero Tom Ricardi. Ricardi’s commitment to the rehabilitation and breeding of birds of prey have bolstered their […]

Asian Long-Horned Beetle

A significant amount of hardwood trees in Worcester, MA and across New England have died under from the stresses brought upon by the Asian Long-Horned […]

Emerald Ash Borer

Laurie consults quarantined insect researcher Julie Gould on the invasive Emerald Ash Borer. They focus in on the creature’s potential threat to New England and what researchers like Gould are doing to prevent it.

Winter Moth

Jeff Boettner and Laurie observe the increasingly detrimental influence of the invasive winter moth.

Bird Flight Calls

Originally Aired 10/27/08. Andrew Farnsworth listens in on the nighttime calls of birds in flight. What are they be communicating? Laurie speaks with Farnsworth to find […]

Spider Vision

Originally Aired 10/20/08. Laurie and Kathryn Craig explain the ultraviolet properties of spiders webs. These features, unseen by human eyes, bolsters the spider’s strategy of deception […]