Almanack Contributor Ed Kanze

Ed Kanze

Author, naturalist, photographer, columnist, and Adirondack guide Edward Kanze lives along the Saranac River.

His essay about the passenger pigeon, "In Search Of Something Lost," was named by the John Burroughs Association as the Outstanding Published Natural History Essay of 2004. The Burroughs awards, bestowed annually at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, are America's highest honors in nature-writing. The same essay earned a gold medal in environmental writing by the International Regional Magazine Association. PBS featured Ed and his writing in the 2008 documentary, "The Adirondacks."

Ed can be reached by email at [email protected]. For more information, visit edwardkanze.com.

You can listen and subscribe to the All Things Natural with Ed Kanze podcast by clicking at the Mountain Lake PBS website.


Friday, November 1, 2013

Ed Kanze: Who’s Inside, Who’s Outside?

ed_kanze_gray_jayEverywhere we turn, life manifests itself in an astounding number of forms. At our house, we try to keep track of all that lives and breathes. In this episode of “All Things Natural” we learn about an old-fashioned biological survey project that brings new discoveries almost every day [Listen Here].

The podcast is produced by Mountain Lake PBS. “All Things Natural” has been published continuously since 1987 and approaches its one-millionth published word. It currently appears in the Bedford, NY Record-Review. Listen to past episodes by visiting Mountain Lake PBS’s Borderless North webpage at mountainlake.org/bn.


Friday, October 25, 2013

Ed Kanze: Horns and Antlers

ed_kanze_deerIs a horn an antler and an antler a horn? For the low-down on high-level head gear. This week’s edition of All Things Natural with Ed Kanze explores the fine points of horns and antlers.


Friday, October 11, 2013

Ed Kanze: Arachnophilia

ed_kanze_spiderSpiders! Some of us hate them but we have every reason to love, or at least tolerate, their presence in our lives. Spiders eat mosquitoes. They eat blackflies. They eat deer flies. They almost never bite us, partly because the great majority of them lack the inclination and the anatomy to puncture human skin. Some spiders jump, others build webs, and some run around like wolves and are called wolf spiders. At our house, we welcome all spiders. But be careful if you go to Sydney…Learn more in this week’s edition of All Things Natural with Ed Kanze. » Continue Reading.


Friday, October 4, 2013

Ed Kanze: Confessions Of A Cereal Killer

field_sparrowMurder? You bet it is. When we think of predators, we generally think of animals that kill other animals. But plant-eaters are killers, too. Listen here to a cereal killer confess to its heartless crimes.
My goal each week for the “All Things Natural” podcast  is to throw in a kitchen sink’s worth of topical matter. One week I might write about how your beloved pet dog is really a wolf (the DNA doesn’t lie), and the next contemplate the sex lives of trees or the lonely life of the bobcat.
I write the pieces not just for nature lovers, but also with the idea of attracting even those readers and listeners who wouldn’t  touch an American toad, slime mold, or magnificent bear dropping with a ten-foot pole. » Continue Reading.

Friday, September 27, 2013

VIDEO: Researchers Study Adirondack Earthworms

ed_kanze_wormWorms, WORMS, WORMS! Sad but true—those lowly, wriggling saints of the natural world, hailed as creators and saviors of the soil since the days of Charles Darwin, are now known to represent an Evil Empire.

Well, maybe not evil. But it turns out that most North American earthworms were introduced from other continents, and the new arrivals, while doing some good in gardens, actually disrupt the ecology of forests, diminish the rich fabric of life in the soil, and even contribute to global warming. » Continue Reading.



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