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CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
11:47 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Rosamond Gifford Zoo Plans Ahead While Marking 100 Years

Director of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo Ted Fox and County Executive Joanie Mahoney announce a 20-year strategic master plan Tuesday.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Syracuse's Rosamond Gifford Zoo is mapping out its future while celebrating its 100th anniversary.  Officials Tuesday unveiled a 20-year strategic master plan that includes a combination of short and long term projects and a business plan.  

 County Executive Joanie Mahoney says the zoo has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a four acre plot with a few animals to 43 acres with more than 700. 

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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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SBH Open Houses
6:01 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Syracuse Drug Treatment Center Coping with Spike in Heroin Use

Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare operates treatment and other programs in Syracuse and Rochester.
Credit sbh.org

The rise of heroin use around central New York is being seen by those who try and help addicts with drug treatment.  Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare will host a free virtual tour on Wednesday.  Spokesperson Ronald Wood says there’s no escaping the spike in heroin use, which he calls the most common source of drug abuse in the region.

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Syracuse Press Club Awards
9:46 am
Sun May 4, 2014

WAER Awarded Best Newscast, Human Interest, Sports Show, News Feature, 5 others by Syr Press Club

Gabe Altieri (left) and Evan Weston honored for Best Sports Show

WAER was honored a total of 9 times at the Syracuse Press Club for work aired and published in 2013.  The event took place at Drumlins Saturday Night, covering radio, television, print, online, photography and graphics work.

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Town of Tyre, NY
2:56 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Finger Lakes Group Trying to Stop State-Backed Casino Project

Some Finger Lakes Residents don't think this looks like a good place for a casino.
Credit casinofreetyre.com

  A Finger Lakes community is trying to fight back against a proposed casino development.  The Town of Tyre, just north of Seneca Falls, has passed a local law to rezone a parcel of farmland in hopes that one of the state’s newly approved gambling resorts might be built there.  

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