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Greg Dower

Stories written under the Almanack's Editorial Staff byline are drawn from press releases and other notices. To have your news noticed here at the Almanack contact our editor John Warren at adkalmanack@gmail.com.


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Beaver Bird: The Adaptable Hooded Merganser

hooded merganserhooded merganserImagine ten nearly round white eggs snug in a hollow tree, lined with soft feathers plucked from the mother’s breast. The hen carefully tends the two-inch eggs for about a month until the chicks hatch. Prompted by their mother’s call, downy day-old chicks clamber up to the opening in the tree and leap into space, plunging head-over- tail some 50 feet down to bounce on the forest floor. They follow their mother on a perilous journey, sometimes of over a half-mile, to the relative safety of a marsh, beaver pond » Continue Reading.


Friday, March 24, 2017

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, March 24, 2017

1757 Attack on Fort William Henry Event Saturday

living history eventliving history eventFort Ticonderoga will hold a one-day living history event on Saturday, March 25th. Attendees will witness how French soldiers, Canadians, and Native warriors prepared for an attack on Fort William Henry on March 16, 1757.

Programs include tours, living history demonstrations, historic trades, weapons demonstrations, and fife and drum corps performances throughout the day.


Friday, March 24, 2017

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Wintry Mix, Deep Snow: Outdoor Adirondack Conditions (Mar 23)

CompassCompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is published each Thursday afternoon and can be heard Friday mornings on WSLP Lake Placid, and the stations of North Country Public Radio.

Contribute Your Knowledge: Send observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adkalmanack@gmail.com.

SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

DEC: 2016 Was Safest Year On Record for Hunters

The State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that the 2016 hunting season in New York had only 13 hunting-related shooting incidents, the lowest number on record since DEC began compiling hunting-related shooting statistics in 1958.

Of the 13 hunting-related shooting incidents in 2016, seven incidents were self-inflicted and six incidents involved more than one person. In 2015, there were 23 incidents. In 1966, there were 166 incidents, 13 of which were fatal.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

5th Annual Lake George Hike-A-Thon Registration Now Open

Photo of the Cook Mountain Preserve hiking group spelling out “LG” at last year’s Hike-A-Thon by Carl Heilman II/Wild Visions (provided).Photo of the Cook Mountain Preserve hiking group spelling out “LG” at last year’s Hike-A-Thon by Carl Heilman II/Wild Visions (provided).The early-bird registration period is open for the Lake George Land Conservancy’s (LGLC) 5th annual Lake George Hike-A-Thon.

Event organizers are anticipating nearly 750 hikers, paddlers and volunteers. Free t-shirts are given to those who register by April 30; thereafter shirts may be purchased.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

NYS Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guides Available

freshwater fishing guidefreshwater fishing guideThe 2017/18 New York State Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide is now available. Regulations in the guide are in effect from April 1, 2017, through March 31, 2018. Anglers should review a copy of the guide before casting a line after April 1.


Monday, March 20, 2017

APA, DEC Seek Comments Period on Trail Bridge Construction

A 12-foot wide snowmobile trail bridge constructed in the Moose River Plains in 2012.A 12-foot wide snowmobile trail bridge constructed in the Moose River Plains in 2012.The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and the Department of Environmental Conservation are holding a joint public comment period to solicit comments regarding proposed Minimum Requirements Approach Guidance.

The guidance pertains to the construction of trail bridges on State Land classified as Wild Forest Areas in the Adirondack Park.

The APA and DEC will accept comments on the Minimum Requirements Approach Guidance until April 14, 2017.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Seminar in Warrensburg

On Saturday, April 8th Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County will host a seminar on the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. Mark Whitmore of Cornell University one of the foremost authorities on the Wooly Adelgid will give a one-and-a-half-hour presentation starting at 10 am at the Cooperative Extension Education Center in Warrensburg.

Following his presentation, he will then conduct a field detection workshop at Pack Forest in Warrensburg from 12:30 pm to 2 pm. During that time, Whitmore will detail what to look for and how to distinguish adelgid damage from other tree issues.


Monday, March 20, 2017

2017 Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors

headlights watercolorheadlights watercolorView, the multi-media arts center in Old Forge, is seeking artists working in all forms of watermedia for the 2017 Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors.

The Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors is considered one of the top ten watermedia exhibitions in the nation, drawing artists and audiences from all over. Each year artists compete for a chance at over $14,000 in prizes and awards.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Tugboat Shipwreck to Become Underwater Historic Preserve

Steam tug U.S. La ValleeSteam tug U.S. La ValleeThe 1880 tugboat U.S. La Vallee shipwreck in Lake Champlain will become a Underwater Historic Preserve and will open for divers this summer, thanks to a 2017 Corridor of Commerce Grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership.

The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) plans to use the grant funds to establish the infrastructure that makes it possible for divers to safely visit the wreck site, as well as providing public interpretation of the wreck. The U.S. La Vallee is an example of the small, steam-powered commercial tugs that operated along » Continue Reading.


Friday, March 17, 2017

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Fine Arts Gallery Presents ‘Imagined Landscapes’

anything could happen paintinganything could happen paintingThe Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) has invited the public to an opening Meet-the-Artist Reception on Friday, March 24 from 5 to 7 pm with Parmelee Tolkan, Stephen Horne, Eleanor Sweeney and Jon Prime for their group exhibit, Imagined Landscapes.

This new exhibit will be on display in the LPCA Fine Arts Gallery through April 29. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 pm. Admission » Continue Reading.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Animal Tracking Event at Final Santanoni Ski Weekend

Tracking with SUNY ESFTracking with SUNY ESFMarch 18th and 19th is the last Great Camp Santanoni Winter Weekend. Visitors can ski or snowshoe to Camp Santanoni, the restored 19th-century “Great Camp” in Newcomb and walk through the Main Lodge, boathouse and other buildings.

Volunteers from Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) will lead tours and talk about the history, design, and family life at this unique, state-owned historic site. Visitors may warm up by the wood stove in the Artist’s Studio on the shores of Newcomb Lake, and enjoy complimentary » Continue Reading.


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