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Linktoberfest: A Cornucopia of Autumn Links

Tamaracks provide fall's second season. Photograph by Anne LaBastille, 1973, for Environmental Protection Agency

Weather news

NOAA has issued its annual winter outlook, and it’s iffy: A wavering El Nino means the Northeast has a 50-50 chance of a cold, snowy winter.

Autumn is warming faster than other Adirondack seasons. New studies on Arctic ice melt and Jet Stream patterns may tell us why (and why summer storms are less predictable).

Bird news

There’s a new Peterson e-book just for New York State: the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of New York offers identification tips on 431 species for $4.99.

Of all the diving ducks, the boreal ring-necked duck is most likely to drop into small ponds during migration. Look for flocks now on shallow Adirondack waters.

A special Bicknell’s fund at the Adirondack Community Trust has awarded a $5,000 grant to Grupo Jaragua, whose biologists will study the thrush in forested mountains on the Dominican Republic’s border with Haiti.

Fish news

Despite drought and warm water, the early salmon run on the Salmon River (Lake Ontario) was a strong one.

Insect news

Dragonflies are also flying south. The Adirondack Lakes Survey Corporation recently collected dragonfly larvae to serve as sentinels to help indicate which Northeastern waters are most affected by mercury pollution.

Plant news

Fall’s “second season” is providing a last burst of color. The tamarack, the only Adirondack conifer that sheds its needles every autumn, is glowing spectacular gold in the northern Adirondacks.

As of this year, newly discovered plants can be named in English as well as Latin. The New York Flora Association explains how taxonomy works now.

Why are blueberries blue, and why is blue so rare in vertebrates?

Forest news

Seems obvious, but scientists keep trying to measure whether the odor of wood, the gurgling of streams and the scenery of forests actually reduce stress.

All-species news

The Encyclopedia of Life is compiling information and pictures of all species known to science online.

Halloween news

Meet live ravens, skunks, owls and other animals of the night, and get creative with creepy Halloween crafts at the Wild Center, in Tupper Lake, on Saturday and Sunday.

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