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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

BeWildNY Presents 22k Petition Signatures, Letters, New Video

advocating-for-adirondack-wildernessA coalition of regional and national conservation organizations and supporters presented more than 22,000 petition signatures and thousands of personal letters to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Adirondack Park Agency calling on the agency to protect the Boreas Ponds tract as motor-free wilderness.

Public hearings on the state’s land-classification plans for the area have already begun. They will continue through early December. Public comments will be accepted by the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) through Dec. 30. » Continue Reading.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Water Scorpions: Underwater Assassins

brown water scorpionRecently, my daughter participated in Odyssey of the Mind, a creative problem solving competition devoted to ingenuity and team work. As an entomologist, I was thrilled to learn that the program calls its highest award the Ranatra fusca. Not only was the award named for an insect, but an aquatic insect, and a particularly fascinating one to boot.

Ranatra fusca is the Latin name for a water scorpion, a creature little known to the general public but familiar to those of us who wield nets in ponds. This insect bears only a passing resemblance to real scorpions (which are arachnids, not insects). It does sport what looks like a prominent tail (more about that later), but lacks any sort of stinger. It can, however, be quite lethal… if you happen to be an aquatic insect, tadpole, or even a small fish. » Continue Reading.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Makerspace Event Brings Together Makers, Hackers, DIYers

makerspace groupIf you’ve never heard of a makerspace, or you’re not sure what one is, you are not alone. These shared creative spaces are cropping up all over the country and have gained much attention in business, political and research circles. On November 9th, nearly 70 local makers, business owners, and educators gathered at Saranac Lake’s Pendragon Theatre to explore the region’s active “culture of making” and how it can be further cultivated in North Country communities. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Adirondack Museum A Black Friday Holiday Headquarters

adirondack museum Friday, Nov. 25, through Sunday, Dec. 18, the Adirondack Museum Visitor Center and Museum Store will be open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm, with a variety of holiday activities and events.

The Adirondack Museum Store will feature holiday sales, unique wilderness gifts, and other Adirondack items. Visitors can explore free local history exhibitions, and access local area information.

The Museum Store features locally made pottery, jewelry, and crafts; books written in and about the region; holiday decorations and cards; Adirondack art and reproductions from the museum’s collection; toys and games for kids; one-of-a-kind artisan items; Adirondack home furnishings; and other unique holiday gift ideas.

Every purchase in the Museum Store helps to support the Adirondack Museum’s exhibitions, public programs, library, preservation work, and free programs at schools throughout the North Country’s 12 counties. » Continue Reading.


Friday, November 18, 2016

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, November 18, 2016

The Big Adirondack News Stories This Week


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Call for 2017 World Snowshoe Championships Entries

world snowshoe championshipsSaranac Lake has invited snowshoe enthusiasts to spectate and participate in the 2017 World Snowshoe Championships, which will be held February 24 to 26, 2017.

The competition includes the 10K open World Championship, Junior World Championship 5K (age 19 and under), and a 5K Citizen race. All three races will be held on February 25th, with the 10K start time of 11 am and the 5K races beginning simultaneously at 1 pm. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

LCBP Issues $490,000 RFP to Reduce Lake Champlain Pollution

lake champlain basin programThe Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) has announced a Request for Proposals for services to support planning and implementation of best management practices to reduce pollution within the Lake Champlain watershed.

Up to $490,000 is available to support these grants. Implementation projects to install best management practices will range from $50,000-$125,000, while project planning grants such as municipal green infrastructure or combined sewer reduction strategies will be funded up to $50,000. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Northern Forest Canoe Trail Online Auction Fundraiser

northern-forest-canoe-trail-auctionThe Northern Forest Canoe Trail’s 12th Annual Online Auction is now live until December 1, 2016. Proceeds support the nonprofit’s mission to maintain and protect access to the longest inland water trail in the nation.

The auction includes name brand paddling and camping gear made by ExPed, Kokatat, Mitchell Paddles, Patagonia, Seattle Sports and Pelican watertight cases. Paddle craft include an Advanced Elements inflatable kayak package, an NRS inflatable SUP package and a 16-foot Wenonah Adirondack Ultralight Kevlar canoe ($2,699 value). » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Survey

DEC LogoDr. Ann Herda-Rapp (Department of Anthropology and Sociology, University of Wisconsin – Marathon County) and Dr. Joy James (Department of Recreation Management and Physical Education, Appalachian State University) are conducting a survey of Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) participants to better understand how the BOW program affects women, their lives and their relationships with the out-of-doors.

Ann previously conducted research on BOW participants in Florida, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wisconsin in 2004-2006. Dr. Herda-Rapp is also a past BOW participant.

Those who have ever participated in a Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop, in any state or Canadian province, may help by taking the survey. (10-15 minutes.) The survey will be available at this link until December 10.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Vintage Adirondack Park Documentaries Now Available

slides033Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve has converted two influential documentary films from the 1970s, Of Rivers and Men and The Adirondack – The Land Nobody Knows, to digital format.

The conversion was supported by private donors including those who gave to a mini-campaign of Adirondack Gives, a crowd funding source sponsored by the Adirondack Foundation. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Recent Adirondack Forest Ranger Search and Rescues

DEC Forest RangerNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents 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, November 14, 2016

It’s A Shell Game For Turtles

turtleYears ago, I stopped when I saw a turtle attempting to cross a high-traffic road. When I picked it up, I noticed its intricately sculpted shell. The top, or carapace, was covered with layers of bony scales, called scutes, which formed small pyramids circled by concentric growth rings. Finely spaced ridges radiated from each apex. The unusual shell and orange skin helped me identify it as a wood turtle, a species being considered for federal listing as endangered because populations have declined in most northeastern states. » Continue Reading.


Monday, November 14, 2016

Saranac Lake Transgender Day of Remembrance Planned

adk diversity advisory council logoTransgender Day of Remembrance is an annual way to memorialize those who have died or were murdered as a result of transphobia, the hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people. Transgender Day of Remembrance serves to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community.

A Transgender Day of Remembrance observance will be held on Sunday, November 20, 2016 from 5 to 6 pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 136 Main Street, in Saranac Lake. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Help Sought For Tupper Lake’s Flanders Performance Park

tupper lake bandshellTupper Lake is looking to turn Flanders Park into a performance park, and it needs help from the community and visitors.

The plan is to build a bandshell on the shore of the scenic Raquette Pond and build a stone plaza in front of the bandshell. Construction will also include a rain garden behind the bandshell that will help with drainage. » Continue Reading.


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