June 5, 2003 |
NO DOUBT the average Jersey Shore beach-goer has a limited amount of sympathy for horseshoe crabs. At midsummer, their hulking shells litter perfectly good wading areas, with the ones long dead smelling up the joint. But the secret is that the horseshoe crab, ugly and dull though it might seem, is one of the Shore's big life-savers. Endangered bird species may be saved from starvation by eating horseshoe crab eggs. Fishermen enhance their catch with horseshoe crab meat. And potential miracle drugs are tested with a compound from horseshoe crab blood.
June 22, 2002 |
Larry Niles is following the birds - again. And he's got his digital camera with him so you can track his progress. Niles, who heads the state Department of Environmental Protection's Endangered and Nongame Species Program, is deep in the Arctic tundra looking for an intriguing species known as the red knot, which just a few weeks ago had stopped at the Delaware Bay on the way from Antarctica to the Arctic. It is the fourth year that Niles and other researchers have ventured into the wild to look for the tiny aviary puffs that weigh just a few ounces.
September 15, 2000 |
Nelson Figueroa spun a four-hit shutout and scored the deciding run on Reggie Taylor's seventh-inning single as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons blanked the host Indianapolis Indians, 1-0, last night. The win evens the best-of-five Triple A Governor's Cup finals series at 2-2. Figueroa (2-0), who entered the game a winner in his last four starts of the regular season and first of the postseason, struck out nine and walked only one to register the win. Taylor followed Figueroa's one-out double, the pitcher's second hit of the game, with a one-out RBI single into centerfield off of Horacio Estrada, giving Scranton the only run it needed.