Environment & Science

BIRD MIGRATION BREAKTHROUGH
12:07 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Cornell Scientists Find Small Birds Use Wind Patterns for Looping Migration Routes

Blackpoll Warblers were one of the first species found to fly a different migration route in fall than in spring. The new research shows that many more songbird species migrate in similar elliptical, clockwise routes.
Credit Brian Sullivan

There's been somewhat of a breakthrough by researchers at Cornell University's lab of ornithology who have a better idea of just how small songbirds migrate.   Scientists have known for over a century that waterfowl like geese and ducks tend to follow the same, narrow migration paths.    But after combing through years of crowd-sourcing data, scientists can now say the travel habits of tiny land-based birds follow less-defined flyways, and instead depend on wind patterns.  LaSorte says until now, the migration of small songbirds was mostly speculation.

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EARTH DAY 2014
4:40 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Syracuse College Campuses Getting Ready for Earth Day

Who's keeping watch on the environment ? Maybe this owl hanging out on the SUNY ESF Campus Wednesday for the Birds of Prey show.
Credit John Smith/WAER News

44 years have passed since Earth Day was launched and it seems people are more mindful than ever before about reducing their carbon footprint.  Adopting sustainable practices can begin today and higher education is taking a large role.  Syracuse University’s Sustainability Division is constantly working on the effort.  Marketing Manager Melissa Cadwell they’re looking for some extra help on Earth Day between Waverly Ave and Harrison Street on the hill.


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EARTH DAY 2014
6:23 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Calling Attention to Climate Change for Earth Day

Credit Greening USA

 Central New Yorkers might see some new billboards and other messages next week urging people to think of the consequences of climate change and to do something about it.   Local organization Greening USA is launching an advocacy campaign on Earth Day to raise awareness about the impact of climate change.   Advocacy Committee Chair Peter Wirth says climate change is  more serious than most people think.

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Save the Rain project
8:42 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Downtown Bike Tour Shows Off Green Infrastructure

Save the Rain bike tour stopped at Erie Canal Museum to see rain garden and porous pavers used to divert water from sewers.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  About 30 people could be seen pedaling their bicycles around Onondaga County this weekend enjoying nature...but also learning about how green infrastructure is saving it.  The Save the Rain program was showing off some of the things the county is doing in its Downtown Bike Tour.

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Energy in the 21st Century
5:35 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Energy Experts in Syracuse Consider Possibilty of All-Renewable Future

What is our energy - and alternative energy - future?
Credit cepa.org

How will you be able to get the power you need for our technology-rich lifestyles in an affordable and sustainable way?  More than 400 experts and public officials gathered in East Syracuse to consider such questions at the Energy in the 21st Century conference. 

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