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Greg Dower

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Study: Artificial Lights Disorient Migrating Birds

Migrating birds circle through the light beams during the 2017 Tribute in Light Billions of birds undertake migratory journeys each spring and fall. Most of these spectacular movements go unseen, occurring under the cover of darkness.

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences provides some of the most compelling evidence yet that artificial light at night causes radical changes in the behaviors of migrating birds. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Following This Fall’s Bird Migration

birdwatchingEach fall, migrating birds can be seen flying south to their wintering grounds. This is the ideal time of year for New York residents and visitors to head to Bird Conservation Areas across the state for great bird watching opportunities.

Visitors can search fields and forests for warblers, sparrows, and other songbirds and explore lakes, ponds, and beaches to see waterfowl and shorebirds. While exploring, visitors can hawk watch to witness the raptor migration. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Adirondack Colleges Partner on Outdoor Classroom Project

The outdoor classroom on the Saranac Lake campus of North Country Community College, located behind Hodson HallStudents and faculty from North Country Community College and Paul Smith’s College have finished construction of an outdoor classroom at North Country’s Saranac Lake campus.

Located on a behind Hodson Hall, the outdoor classroom features a large lean-to and a half-dozen long pine benches. All the timber for the project was cut from Paul Smith’s College property. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

New Exhibit On Water At Chapman Museum

Water fountain in front of the Rockwell House, Glens FallsThe Chapman Museum in Glens Falls has announced a new fall exhibit, H2O: A Brief History of our Relationship to Water, which will open October 19th with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

H2O examines the historical uses of water in the Glens Falls region from the mid-19th century, when people depended on private wells, to the present day. It explores the development of a municipal water supply after the Glens Falls fire of 1864, the transition from water power to electrical generators on the Hudson River, the role of the river and the Feeder Canal in transportation, and controversies surrounding pollution and access to the watershed. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A 1940 St. Lawrence Co Army Maneuvers Project

The Cavalry Camp Near Canton – St. Lawrence Co. Army Maneuvers, 1940On Thursday, October 19th, 2017, at noon, the St. Lawrence County Historical Association will host a panel of local residents who will recall their experiences during the 1940 U.S. Army Maneuvers that were held around the North County.

This panel is part of the Brown Bag Lunch Series, lunch time lecture series dedicated to the memory of Patricia Harrington Carson, who founded the series during her 24 years as a Trustee of the St. Lawrence County Historical Association. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Recent Adirondack Forest Ranger Missions

DEC Forest RangerNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers responded to 15 search and rescue incidents in the past two weeks in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.

What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Monday, October 16, 2017

Volunteer Vacationers Build New Trail in Wesport

Thirteen Volunteer Vacationers from around the country worked with CATS, guided by CATS Trail Steward Bill Amadon (second from left) and Abby-the-Golden-RetrieverA new trail is being added to the Champlain Area Trails (CATS) network, thanks to the efforts of 13 volunteers who recently visited the area. The Volunteer Vacationers came from Colorado, Arizona, Virginia, Michigan, New Jersey and New York in an American Hiking Society program that links people who want to spend their vacation building and maintaining trails for organizations like CATS. This is the fourth year CATS has hosted Volunteer Vacationers.

The group stayed at Camp Dudley while working under the supervision of CATS Trail Steward Bill Amadon to build a new trail. They spent a free day during the week exploring the Lake Champlain area from Ticonderoga to Rouse’s Point, including travels in Vermont to Middlebury and Burlington. » Continue Reading.


Monday, October 16, 2017

1900 Suffrage Convention Reenactment Set For Glens Falls

YMCA building in glens fallsThe Glens Falls Area Suffrage Centennial Committee has announced they will hold a 1900 Suffrage Convention reenactment to commemorate the New York State Woman Suffrage Centennial in Glens Falls on Saturday, October 21 from 1 to 3 pm at the First Baptist Church at 100 Maple Street.

The event will reenact the annual New York State Woman Suffrage Association Convention held at Rockwell House, and Ordway Hall in Glens Falls in the autumn of 1900. Speeches will be presented by historians and reenactors in period attire. National figures to be portrayed at the Convention include Carrie Chapman Catt, Rev. Anna Howard Shaw, and Mary S. Anthony, sister of Susan. Local figures will be portrayed as well, including Addison B. Colvin, Mary Loines, and Susan Bain. » Continue Reading.


Monday, October 16, 2017

Economics of Aging-Friendly Communities Forum Planned

A day-long educational forum will be held at Paul Smith’s College on Thursday, November 9 from 9:30 am to 3 pm, focusing on livability and the economic benefits of aging friendly communities.

Hosted by Mercy Care for the Adirondacks, with support from Adirondack Foundation and Eastern Adirondack Health Care Network, the forums feature two nationally recognized experts on aging: Dr. John Feather and Greg Olsen. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Recycle Those Old Clothes

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is reminding the public to rethink tossing unwanted clothing into the garbage. Approximately 1.4 billion pounds of clothing and textiles are disposed of in the State each year according to DEC.

Clothing and other textiles such as sneakers, shoes, stuffed animals and towels can be donated and/or recycled. Even worn and torn textiles, as long as they are clean, dry and odorless, can be recycled. These items are made into new products such as carpets and insulation. Participating in textiles recovery and recycling is a way to reduce waste, conserve natural resources, keep usable items out of landfills and extend the life of valuable materials. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Farms And Food: A Bike the Barns 2017 Recap

Bike the Barns participants ride past agricultural landscapes and mountain views in EssexThis year’s Bike the Barns event took place at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall on Sunday, October 1st. Organizers say registrations for Bike the Barns doubled since the inaugural event last year.  This fall, over 160 people signed up to ride.

This is the second year the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) has hosted the event, a one-day bicycle tour that offers riders the opportunity to explore the region’s agricultural scene, meet local farmers, tour their farms and taste local food and drink. » Continue Reading.


Friday, October 13, 2017

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, October 13, 2017

ANCA’s New Board Members, Annual Meeting Report

ANCA - Adirondack North Country Association LogoAt its annual meeting in September, the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) announced the addition of five board members to its Board of Directors.

Returning board member John Bartow, Executive Director of the Empire Forest Products Association (EFPS), will serve a new three-year term after stepping down for one year. Other new board members are Rob Bloom, Chief Financial Officer at Carthage Area Hospital; William Farber, Chairman of Hamilton County Board of Supervisors; Gerald Haenlin, Manager of Community and Customer Management for National Grid’s Northern Region; and Nichole Richardson, Senior Relationship Advisor of Silicon Valley Bank. » Continue Reading.


Friday, October 13, 2017

The Big Adirondack News Stories This Week


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Protect: Repeal of Clean Power Plan Enormous Step Backwards

protect the adirondacksWhat follows is a statement sent to the press by Protect the Adirondacks:

Protect the Adirondacks opposes the new plan by the Trump Administration and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to abandon the Clean Power Plan set up by the Obama Administration. This is an enormous set back for US policy on climate change and will have negative impacts in the Adirondacks as progress on significant reductions in acid rain over the past 20 years may be lost. The US EPA announced on October 9, 2017 that is was starting the process to take formal steps to officially repeal the Clean Power Plan. » Continue Reading.


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