Monday, August 8, 2016

Good News For Wild Bees?

honeybees the outside storyThe honey bee is an introduced species in North America. It’s only been here about 400 years, brought by English colonists who found none after stumbling ashore and then promptly put in an order with their backers back home.

The honey bee, more properly known as the European honey bee, took to its new home, spreading across the continent faster than its keepers. Thomas Jefferson, an astute observer of nature if there ever was one, wrote that Native Americans called them “the white man’s fly.”

Bee colonies thrived in hollow trees as well as in hollow logs called “bee gums” (later bee hives) kept by beekeepers. Thrived, that is, until recently, when wild honeybee populations crashed. Of several contributing factors, the main one is undoubtedly Varroa destructor, a bloodsucking mite native to Asia.. Like a tiny eight-legged vampire, the pencil point-sized red mite latches onto a bee and sucks its hemolymph (the bee version of blood) while spreading debilitating viruses. The mite’s introduction in the mid 1990s caused a crisis in American beekeeping and swept wild colonies from the woods. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 8, 2016

View’s House Tour by Boat Casts Off Saturday

great campView’s House Tour by Boat offers an opportunity to tour the interiors of some of the most fascinating camps on the Fulton Chain. Twenty party barges will depart at 10 am on Saturday, August 13, from the Old Forge lakefront to give passengers an opportunity to tour the grounds and interiors of camps that boaters usually only view from the water.

This year’s tour will include visits to six camps along the Fulton Chain. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, August 7, 2016

New Book Recounts Story Of ‘Adirondack’ Cougar

courgar courtesy Bigstockphoto.comOn a snowy winter night in Lake George, in 2010, Cindy Eggleston’s motion-detecting light came on in her back yard. She looked out her kitchen window and saw a big cat. A really big cat. Her husband, a retired conservation officer, guessed that it must have been a bobcat. No, she said, “it had a long tail.” So he went out to look around. In the snow he found huge tracks and, eventually, a hair sample. DNA analysis subsequently showed that these hairs came from a cougar, an animal whose last proven presence in the Adirondacks had occurred over a century before.

The life and death of this wandering cougar, along with a history of this splendid animal in North America and a discussion of its current status, are the subjects of Heart of a Lion: A Lone Cat’s Walk across America, a fascinating book by William Stolzenburg. He debunks myths and spins an engaging and often sad story. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Irish Fenians In The North Country

fenian meetingToday we would label them a “paramilitary organization.” In the years immediately following the American Civil War, life in the Adirondacks was briefly interrupted by the Fenians, also known as the Fenian Brotherhood.

The Fenian Brotherhood was an Irish Republican organization founded in New York in 1858 by John O’Mahoney. Their name is derived from legends about ancient Irish warriors called the Fianna.

Their goal was an Irish Republic free of British rule. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, August 6, 2016

A New Collection of Essays About The High Peaks

adirondack archangelsAfter more than a 25 years of protecting New York State’s alpine zone, the Adirondack High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program is being recognized in a new publication.

Adirondack Archangels: Guardians of the High Peaks, (Adirondack Mountain Club, 2016), is a collection of essays by and about individuals who have worked to protect the Adirondack Park and its highest peaks.

The collection is a tribute to the late Edwin H. “Ketch” Ketchledge, Ph.D., who in 1989 led the creation of the Summit Stewardship Program. It comprises thirty-nine essays and includes a foreword by celebrated writer Bill McKibben and over 250 photographs. » Continue Reading.


Friday, August 5, 2016

Former Finch, Pruyn Lodge At Boreas Ponds Demolished

Boreas lodge webA large lodge at Boreas Ponds built by Finch, Pruyn & Company has been demolished, removing one thorny issue facing state officials responsible for drafting a management plan for a recently acquired tract of Forest Preserve.

The Adirondack chapter of the Nature Conservancy, which sold the ponds to the state this year, hired a contractor to dismantle the lodge. The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) agreed that the lodge should be removed — even though local officials wanted it to stay.

Rob Davies, director of DEC’s Division of Lands and Forests, told Adirondack Almanack that it was not feasible to keep the lodge, partly because of the cost of maintenance, partly because it was a “non-conforming structure” in the Preserve. He said the project, including removal of debris and rehabilitation of the site, should be complete this month.

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Friday, August 5, 2016

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, August 5, 2016

View Arts Center Executive Director To Retire

Jennifer Potter HayesView Board President Chris Gaige has announced the retirement of Executive Director Jennifer Potter Hayes effective December 31, 2016.

Potter Hayes has been at View, the Adirondack arts and community center on Route 28 in Old Forge, since 2010.

According to an announcement sent to the press, Potter Hayes was responsible for ensuring the completion in 2011 of the new 11 million-dollar “green” View facility, including orchestrating financing through the United States Department of Agriculture and Kinderhook Bank. Under Potter Hayes’ leadership the arts center was rebranded as “View.” View has raised more than $5 million in gifts to support building and operations during her tenure, the organization said. » Continue Reading.


Friday, August 5, 2016

Champlain Valley Passport Stamp Program Initiated

champlain stamp 2016This summer, a treasure hunt of sorts awaits visitors to some of the region’s museums, natural areas and cultural attractions. The Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (CVNHP) created a passport stamp program that directs people to places that exemplify the area’s rich, varied and unique natural and cultural heritage. People that visit all 11 participating locations will get a limited-edition “Find Your Park” challenge coin. » Continue Reading.


Friday, August 5, 2016

The Big Adirondack News Stories This Week


Thursday, August 4, 2016

Erastus Hudson and the Lindbergh Baby Case (Conclusion)

3A EMHudsonClothFrom a forensics perspective, Dr. Erastus Hudson voiced his deduction that the Lindbergh kidnapping was an inside job, based on evidence with which he was personally familiar. “A point of great importance rested in the absence of any fingerprints on the nursery window and its remarkably broad sill. Kelly [of the New Jersey State Police] had powdered it a few hours after the kidnapping. No prints were found, although Betty Gow [the child’s nurse] and Mrs. Lindbergh had opened and closed the window that same night. Miss Gow had rubbed the child’s chest with an ointment, the oleaginous base of which would have augmented the secretion of the finger ridges in leaving clear prints.

“Of course, there would have been older prints as well. The reason Kelly failed to get all these prints was because they must have been washed off. Someone with a pail of water and cloth undoubtedly bathed those spots where fingerprints must have been left. They did so between the time Betty Gow put the baby to bed and about four hours later, when Kelly began investigating. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 4, 2016

Outdoor Conditions in the Adirondacks (Aug 4)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is issued each Thursday afternoon and can be heard at North Country Public Radio on Friday mornings.

Sunrise Saturday in Lake Placid will be at 5:49 am; sunset at 8:13 pm, providing 14 hours and 22 minutes of sunlight. The Moon will rise at 9:43 am Saturday and set at 10:11 pm. The Moon will be Waxing Crescent, 15% illuminated. There will be mostly dark skies this weekend, but cloud cover will reduce visibility.

Perseid Meteor Shower: Earth has entered the stream of debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle, which is the source of the annual Perseid Meteor Shower. This year the meteor shower is expected to be heavier than normal, with forecasters calling for as many as 200 per hour during the peak, August 11-13.

SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Boquet River Theatre Festival Kicks Off Essex Day

238ff6_0c083b8b742c5fcd5657efefcf4768adChildren’s theatre can conjure up images of school recitals and awkward dances. For those of us visiting and living in the Adirondacks, there are many professional theatrical organizations lending their own brand of polish to provide a wonderful theatre experience.

Most recently Camp Pendragon Theatre wrapped up its summer camp program with two public performances of the musical Rags while the Depot Theatre’s Young Actor Apprentice Program‘s production of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit takes its final bow on August 10th at the Elizabethtown Community Center.  This weekend the Boquet River Theatre Festival is kicking off its 23rd season  with a musical montage of its most recent performances. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 4, 2016

Killdeer: The Pasture Plover

I always do a second take when I see a killdeer skittering across a northern New Hampshire lawn, more than 100 miles from any ocean. These lanky birds look and move like they belong at the shore, running along the edges of waves. Despite their shorebird appearance, killdeer are present throughout our region – in yards, fields, parking lots, and even atop gravel rooftops.

“They’re one of our plovers, which you do usually see along the shore,” said Rebecca Suomala, a wildlife biologist with New Hampshire Audubon. “They just have a different niche.” » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 4, 2016

Adirondacks National Watercolors Exhibit Opens Friday

CNYWS_Richard Price_TheFallenView, a multi-arts center located in Old Forge, will hold a reception celebrating the opening of the Adirondacks National Exhibitions of American Watercolors this Friday, August 5, 2016 from 5 to 7 pm. The reception is free and open to the public.

On Saturday, August 6, from 10 am to 12 pm, the Annual Walkabout Lecture and Brunch will take place with Juror of Selection Carolyn Lord. Brunch is $15 for non-members/ $10 for View members. Lord will discuss, in detail, some of her favorite paintings from the exhibition. » Continue Reading.


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