Parks, Wildlife and Forests

NY's Black Bear Population Growing, Migrating

Jun 6, 2017
Cornell University

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - According to Cornell University researchers, the black bear population is growing in parts of New York state. Scientists are continuing to track the black bear numbers, and hope to get some help from the public going forward. 

Bald Eagles Face Deadly Threat From Lead Poisoning

Jun 3, 2017
Jim Luvulus, WAMC

GREAT LAKES TODAY - The comeback of the American bald eagle is a success story across the Great Lakes region, and keeping them safe is a high priority for many environmental professionals. But one serious threat to the great raptor is lead poisoning. 

New York State

New York state is expected to break ground this fall on a new environmental education center at Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville – the second part of an almost $17 million upgrade of the busiest state park in central New York.

Trout Unlimited

The upper part of the Delaware River hosts some of the world’s best trout fishing spots. The river also supports humans – about 16 million people living in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware share the river’s water. 

Payne Horning, WRVO

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo called it the largest public acquisition of land in central New York in more than 45 years. The state now owns 6,000 acres of land along and around the Salmon River, which is a major economic and tourism asset for Oswego County. 

Monica Sandreczki / WSKG News

It's hard to beat a relaxing day at the park. They're opening for the summer in Chenango and Chemung Counties.

At Dorchester Park in Broome County, Matthew Francis Gawors, Director of Parks, Recreation & Youth Services, is preparing for his first summer heading the department.


ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Wildlife researchers at Cornell University are asking for help from citizen scientists as they try to estimate the current black bear population in New York. 

Cayuga County Worries About Spread Of Hydrilla

May 8, 2017
Ellen Abbott, WRVO

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Cayuga County officials want to prevent the spread an invasive species in Cayuga Lake, before it becomes impossible to contain. 

Old Fort Niagara Pummeled By Lake Ontario Flood Waters

May 4, 2017

GREAT LAKES TODAY - Concerns are growing that the historic structures at Old Fort Niagara could be at risk of damage from Lake Ontario's flood waters. The fort is located in New York at the mouth of the Niagara River, where it meets the lake. 

SYRACUSE (WRVO/WXXI) - Residents who live along the shoreline of Lake Ontario have been trying to stay ahead of rising water levels that are threatening their properties. 

Sandbags stacked in Sodus Point, NYCredit Veronica Volk / WXXIEdit | Remove