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Something Wild: Tested with Fire

12/21/2018
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The diversity of New Hampshire’s habitats is staggering, as we’ve mentioned in the past there are more than 200 natural communities within our borders. This week, in another edition of New Hampshire’s Wild Neighborhoods Something Wild, again visits a rare habitat type. We’re going to visit the pitch pine scrub oak woodland, more commonly referred to as “pine barrens.” There are a few examples of this habitat in New Hampshire, but globally it’s pretty rare, too. To understand why pine barrens...

Duration:00:04:34

Something Wild: Where Have All the Birds Gone?

12/7/2018
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As we hunker down for the winter weather, we’re frequently too preoccupied with what is in our front yards that we tend not to notice what isn’t there. The snow and ice have muscled out the grass, and the chilly sounds of the north wind have blown away the dawn chorus that woke us this summer. And short of finding a postcard in your mailbox from a warm exotic location, signed by your friendly neighborhood phoebe , you probably haven’t thought much about the birds that flitted through your...

Duration:00:04:23

The Complicated History Of The Overpopulation Debate

11/27/2018
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Population growth has been a concern for environmentalists, and other interest groups, for more than a century. But the anxiety over the loss of space, and resources, as a result of human growth and consumption, is not simple. We talk with Sam Evans-Brown, host of Outside/In , NHPR's podcast about the natural world and how we use it, about his two-part show on the history of the anxiety of overpopulation. Listen to the episodes of Outside/In on overpopulation here .

Duration:00:57:07

Nashua Weighs Partnership To Clean Up 150K Tons Of Toxic Waste at Mohawk Tannery

11/27/2018
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Most of New Hampshire’s riverside mills and factories have closed. But they’ve left their mark - and in some cases, a lot of toxic waste. For decades, Nashua has struggled with what to do with waste from the Mohawk Tannery, a factory that produced leather for sixty years. Now, the city is considering a private-public partnership to clean it up, but the details are still up for debate.

Duration:00:06:08

Something Wild: Winter of Scarcity

11/23/2018
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This weekend of plenty is a time to celebrate the abundant harvest. But for a lot of species in the New Hampshire wilds, this is likely the early days of a winter of discontent. Winter is always the lean time of the year, but this winter especially, biologists are expecting scarcity for all sorts of forest dwellers: birds, rodents and larger mammals. And naturally, our colleague from the Forest Society will remind us that it’s all because of the trees. And this time he’ll meet no...

Duration:00:05:18

Climate Change Isn't Leading This Election Season, But Some Voters Say It Should Be

10/29/2018
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Last Halloween was not a great one for Chelsie Lent. A bad storm blew across New Hampshire, flooding part of a campground she owns in Warren, along the Baker River. The water swept away campfire rings, knocked picnic tables across the property, destroyed a road and bath house, and dropped all kinds of debris, she said. It was symptomatic of a changing climate here.

Duration:00:04:47

Bees and Beyond: Pollinator Symposium in Concord to Explore Restoring Species

10/26/2018
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New England naturalists will be in New Hampshire this weekend to talk about new efforts to restore pollinating species and native plants. NHPR's Annie Ropeik has more about their first-ever pollinator symposium.

Duration:00:00:49

Something Wild: The Dangers of Hiking the Whites

10/26/2018
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I rolled into the parking lot of the Mountain Wanderer Book Store in Lincoln, New Hampshire. I was there to meet two White Mountain hiking experts. Authors Mike Dickerman of Bond Cliff Books and Steve Smith, editor of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s White Mountain Hiking Guide. Steve also owns the Mountain Wanderer. From the bookstore, we drove to a nearby trail head for the Pemigewasset Wilderness Area in Lincoln. The wooden bridge at the trail head is the gateway to 45,000 acres of...

Duration:00:06:03

The Future of Natural Gas in New England & An Update On The Massachusetts Gas Explosions

10/9/2018
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The investigation into the Massachussetts gas explosions is ongoing. But opponents of this energy source are energized, and supporters are on the defense. We look at what the Bay State disaster says about existing regional infrastructure, and how it might affect current pipeline proposals.

Duration:00:57:11

It's Not Your Imagination, There's An 'Exceptional Die-Off' Of Minke Whales Off N.H.. Mass. Coast

9/21/2018
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A viral video of a whale carcass falling from a front-loader and dumpster to the pavement in Rye this week highlights what's being called an "exceptional die-off" of Minke Whales off the coast of Massachusetts and New Hampshire. New England Aquarium spokesman Tony LaCasse says scientists do not yet know the source of these dead whales. It may take months, or up to a year, to get more specific results. And, in some cases, there may not be a clear pattern. "We're having an exceptional die-off...

Duration:00:04:57

Energy Policy Rhetoric Heats Up In N.H. Governor's Race

9/4/2018
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Energy has become a focal point in the race to become New Hampshire's next governor. The region’s high energy rates make it a key economic issue, and climate change make it a crucial environmental one. Democrats Molly Kelly and Steve Marchand and Republican Governor Chris Sununu are all working to differentiate themselves on those challenges. Marchand is a self-described energy wonk. He's gone all in on the details of what he calls "generational change." Marchand supports federal study of...

Duration:00:03:16

Something Wild: Tidepools Aren't a Walk on the Beach

8/31/2018
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Labor Day weekend is often summer’s last hurrah – or at least our last chance to participate in those uniquely summer pastimes. So we thought we’d go out with some sun, surf and a nice breeze by exploring another of New Hampshire’s Wild Neighborhoods. And once again we take a tour of great place to visit, but a hard place to eke out a living. There are only a few examples of Maritime Rocky Shores within New Hampshire’s borders, and all are along our seacoast or on the Isles of Shoals. And...

Duration:00:05:22

Something Wild: Crickets Herald the Autumn

8/17/2018
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Something Wild fan, Michael Carrier, wrote in recently, he said “If possible could you do a program about identifying some of the more common sounds you hear at dusk or night in New Hampshire.” Yeah, we can do that. So a typical evening scene in Anytown, New Hampshire is a symphony of sound. A screen door slams in the distance…a jake brake startles the neighbor’s dog…the weekend warrior fires up her motorcycle… But as the evening settles in and human sounds fade away we can better hear the...

Duration:00:05:31

Something Wild: A Timber Harvest

8/3/2018
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We don't often think of trees when we speak of "harvest." Corn is harvested; apples, tomatoes, squash are the fruits of the annual autumnal rite which is the province of our farmers. Maybe it's because those plants are harvested at the end of their lifespan that we don't lament the moment they are cut down. We're much more precious with our trees. Maybe because we associate de-forestation with developments of housing sub-divisions, or banal strip malls with all the character and scenic...

Duration:00:12:32

Dartmouth Researchers Trace Inspiration For Dr. Seuss Book Back To Kenya

7/24/2018
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In the book The Lorax , by Dr. Seuss, a furry creature named the Lorax speaks up for the Truffula trees as they are being cut down. The character of the Lorax is generally seen as an outraged, even bossy spokesperson for the environment. But new research at Dartmouth suggests a different interpretation, in which the Lorax is actually part of the environment. Researchers believe the Lorax was inspired by real monkeys the author saw on a trip to Kenya in 1970.

Duration:00:04:54

Something Wild: Eye of the Turtle

7/20/2018
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New Hampshire benefits from the presence of seven different turtle species. This week on Something Wild we’re taking a closer look at two of the most common species you can find all over the state: painted turtles and snapping turtles. First off, we have to acknowledge that turtles are amazing, they’re like living fossils. Artist-naturalist David Carrol, has has spent a lifetime studying turtles describes them as "evolutionarily conservative." He said, "they go back to about 200-220 million...

Duration:00:04:26

Finding Quiet in the White Mountains is Hard to Do, But One Man's Trying to Crack the Code

7/16/2018
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Dennis Follensbee took a hike in the White Mountains about a month ago. He wanted to get away, to find some peace and quiet. Or, as he puts it, “nature sounds and not people sounds.” As he climbed out of the valley, the trickling of water from the brook below slowly faded away. The leaves rustled in the trees. But then, all of a sudden, he hit a ridge and everything changed. “You feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere, pushing through the forest,” he said. “And then you hear the...

Duration:00:04:53

Ask Sam: How Will The Current N.H. Drought Affect This Year's Fall Foliage?

7/13/2018
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This is the inaugural edition of a new segment we’ll be doing every other Friday on Morning Edition: “Ask Sam” in which NHPR’s Sam Evans-Brown tracks down answers to questions about the outdoors for our listeners. Do Drought Conditions Affect Fall foliage? Oh my gosh, Stephanie, Isn’t it a bit early to already be having fall foliage anxiety‽ We are now, ( as reported by the inimitable Annie Ropiek ) entering our third droughty summer in a row here In New Hampshire, and drought is a stressor...

Duration:00:06:15

Something Wild: Of Death, Beauty and Vultures

7/6/2018
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Outside/In host Sam Evans-Brown, joined us in the field this week at Something Wild. We were in Sutton, NH tracking some turkey vulture chicks, because Dave discovered some vultures living among the rocks in a nearby cliff-face. Turkey Vultures (one of three vulture species living in North America) are obligate to this kind of structure: cavities in a boulder field, caves in a cliff, even big hollow logs. TVs don’t build their own nests, they just create a depression in an existing...

Duration:00:05:39

Many N.H. Towns Struggle With Recycling Costs, But Not Derry

7/5/2018
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Cities and towns across the state are struggling to keep their recycling programs afloat with rising costs of disposing material. But there is one exception, and that's the town of Derry. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Mike Fowler, the director of the Public Works Department for the town.

Duration:00:05:09